The kitchen sink

PETER SILAS PASQUA news@postsouth.com
White Castle’s Daryl Young rips off a 22-yard run ahead of St. John’s Jacob Caballero and Alex Bickham in the second quarter of the Bulldogs’ 54-7 District 9-1A victory on Thursday night. Young rushed for 76 yards and one touchdown in the win.

White Castle amassed over 500 yards of total offense, scored touchdowns on their first five possessions and eclipsed the 50-point barrier for the fourth consecutive week on the way to a 54-7 District 9-1A victory over St. John of Plaquemine on Thursday night at COPAC Stadium.

The Bulldogs (6-1, 2-0), currently No. 10 in unofficial Class 1A power rankings, outgained St. John in total yardage 527-153 with 415 of it coming on the ground. Each team had one turnover and ran exactly 41 offensive plays but White Castle held the winless Eagles (0-6, 0-2) to just 27 total yards in the second half and only 104 after their opening scoring possession.

"We knew we had a chance to be good," White Castle coach Lamar Thomas said. "I think the key to it is our offense counts on moving the ball and giving different people chances by being quick and blocking on the edges.

"We spread the ball around and at any given time our kids know they are going to have a chance to make a play, so that helps them play fast and keeps their heads in the game. Each one of them are going to get several opportunities a game so at any time, their number could be called."

Tyrie Lang and Robert Franklin each scored three touchdowns for White Castle. Lang rushed for 138 yards and three scores on 10 attempts and Franklin had two rushing touchdowns and 64 yards on the ground to go with 93 yards receiving and one score.

Bulldog quarterback Chris Major completed 3-of-6 passes for 112 yards and one touchdown but was intercepted once. He also rushed for a touchdown.

Dontrell Taylor added 110 yards rushing on six carries and Daryl Young provided 76 yards rushing and one touchdown on seven attempts. DaJour Chaney also rushed for 22 yards on five carries.

Moses Young recovered a fumble and Byron Pierre had two sacks for White Castle.

"White Castle is an excellent football team," St. John coach Mike Dugan said. "They are well coached and extremely fast but the bottom line is we didn't execute on offense or defense. They didn't do anything we weren't ready for. They just simply executed better than we did and the result is we got thumped.

"We made the same mistakes in the second half that we made in the first half. We did not tackle or come to play football and were very soft on the corners. They only ran two plays in the second half and we still couldn't stop it."

All of the St. John's yards came on the ground. Benjamin Poirrier led the way with 66 yards on 12 attempts. Eagle quarterback Hunter Schnebelen rushed for 36 yards and one touchdown on 10 attempts. Brandon Noel also had an interception.

St. John took advantage of good fortune on the opening kickoff when the ball only went 10 yards and Colby Landry recovered it at the Bulldog 49.

"It was not an onside kick," Dugan said. "It was a miss kick. We wanted to be on defense first, not offense. We were just fortunate enough to get the football."

Schnebelen broke several tackles on a 39-yard option keeper around right end to crack the scoreboard on the opening series after a 10-yard run by Bo Dearman. Tyler St. Germain's point after touchdown kick put the Eagles ahead 7-0 just 50 seconds into the contest.

"We knew that they were going to come at us hard right away and maybe throw the kitchen sink at us but we just had to play through that little adversity and stay focused," Thomas said. "We handled it well and executed as a football team."

White Castle quickly answered on their first possession when Franklin capped off a 5-play, 56-yard drive with a 12-yard reverse for a touchdown. Lang's 27-yard run pushed the Bulldogs into St. John territory but Taylor was stopped short on the conversion to preserve St. John's lead with nine minutes remaining in the first half.

Major's 1-yard keeper put White Castle ahead for good on their next possession capping a 5-play, 65-yard drive that included completions of 36 yards to Franklin and 19 yards to Young. John Romig hit Taylor on the conversion to leave the score 12-7 with 3:25 left in the first.

Lang's 15-yard misdirection run for a touchdown finished the Bulldogs' next 5-play, 69-yard drive following a nifty 42-yard run by Taylor to make it 18-7 with 11:10 left in the first half.

Major connected with Franklin deep over the middle for a 57-yard touchdown on White Castle's next possession after Lang's 18-yard run. Nicholas LaFebvre stopped Taylor short on the conversion to leave the score 24-7 with 5:18 left in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs only needed one play to score on their next possession as Franklin took a reverse 32 yards for a touchdown after Young recovered a fumbled pitch. Jace Cedotal knocked down the conversion pass to leave the score 30-7 with 3:48 left in the half.

St. John drove to the Bulldog 29 on the ensuing possession courtesy Poirrier's 23-yard run but Pierre sacked Schnebelen for a 9-yard loss before White Castle drove to the Eagle 4 as time expired behind a pair of 20-yard runs by Franklin and Young.

Noel intercepted Major on the Bulldogs' first possession of the second half after Gregory Jordan tackled Poirrier for a loss to halt St. John's opening series.

Lang's 23-yard touchdown run around left end capped White Castle's next series and he ran in the two-point conversion to push the lead to 38-7 with 6:01 left in the third quarter.

Pierre sacked Schnebelen for a 10-yard loss on the next possession and Lang's 3-yard capped the Bulldogs' ensuing 4-play, 61-yard drive after a 41-yard run across midfield. Chaney ran in the conversion to make it 44-7 with 1:14 left in the third.

Daniel Edwards and Isaiah Allen combined for an 8-yard tackle for loss on the next series for White Castle before Young finished off the Bulldogs' final 10-play, 71-yard drive with a 2-yard run. Jacory Jones passed to Young on the conversion to reflect the final tally with 4:20 remaining.

White Castle travels to West St. John (3-3, 2-0) in another District 6-1A battle on Friday night in Edgard. St. John goes to East Iberville (3-3, 1-1) for another district game on Friday night in St. Gabriel.