White Castle romps to 8-A grid crown with 53-6 romp over East Iberville

Tryve Brackin
LEADS CHAMPS…White Castle High junior RB Tyree Bracken tallied three TDs in Friday night’s District 8-A title-clinching victory over East Iberville, pushing his regular season scoring total to 188 points and his TD total to 30.

White Castle High’s Bulldogs claimed the outright District 8-A football championship Friday night with an easy 53-6 romp over parish and league rival East Iberville High.

The victory boosted Coach Ferrante Dominique’s Bulldogs to 7-3 for the season and to a perfect 5-0 in 8-A play. The victory gives WCHS a home field berth in the opening round of the state playoffs this week.

“I played a lot of people in the game after we got a big lead. We worked on some things for the playoffs and won a game we were favored to win. It was great to win the district championship. We have fourteen seniors who have been with me from the very start, many of them going back to little league baseball. I was grateful I could help them win a district title,” commented Coach Dominique.

The Castlemen jumped out to a 28-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back. Junior running back Tyree Bracken scored three times in the initial quarter on runs of 50, 23, and 2 yards. Senior quarterback Ronald Martin linked up with backup QB and receiver Isaac O’Bear for the second TD in the first period on a 12-yard scoring pass.

Also adding to the first-quarter scoring parade was a PAT boot by O’Bear and a safety registered by WCHS senior linebacker Jonathan Roberts.

Martin scored on a 5-yard run to begin a 13-point second period. Martin then linked up with receiver Shaquille Armstead on a 35-yard TD pass play and O’Bear added his second PAT.

White Castle went on to tally single touchdowns in the third and fourth stanzas. Senior defensive back Darnell Jackson picked off an errant EIHS pass and returned his interception 48 yards for a touchdown in the second half.

Dominique said Tyree Lang turned in a solid effort running the ball for the Bulldogs in the second half.

East Iberville High closed out its season with a 0-10 record, playing with their numbers as low as 16 total players. “Give those boys and Coach Kelcy Dotson and his staff credit for holding it together as they lacked the numbers and the experience this year,” commented Dominique.

An 18-yard touchdown run in the final period by QB Nick Brooks helped the Tigers avoid a shutout in their season finale.

WCHS rolled up 228 yards rushing and 76 yards passing with the starting offensive unit playing sparingly after the first quarter. WCHS lost two fumbles and was hit for 10 penalty flags for 70 negative yards. EIHS managed 130 yards rushing, but missed on 11 passing attempts. WCHS had a trio of fumble recoveries and three pass interceptions. EI had six flags for 70 yards in penalties.

The Tigers especially struggled on defense this season as White Castle became the fifth team on their schedule to score 50 or more points in a game. East was shutout in its first two games, but managed to score anywhere from 6 to a season-high 30 points two weeks ago in a 56-30 district loss to parish neighbor St. John. Their closest game was a narrow loss by a touchdown to False River Academy. Brooks, late-season standout WR-DB Greg Pickett, RB-DB Lennett Little, RB-QB-DB Joseph Bailey led the team in skill position play, while veterans Marlon Stewart and Reggie Brock were the club’s top linemen.

TIGERS END SEASON…East Iberville High QB Nick Brooks (24 at right) ended his Tiger football season Friday night with a loss to District 8-A champ and parish rival White Castle High. Brooks tallied the only touchdown for the Tigers on an 18-yard run.