White Castle shuts out winless Lions

PETER SILAS PASQUA news@postsouth.com
White Castle's offense lines up against University High earlier in the season. The Bulldogs amassed 590 yards of total offense in a 54-0 District 9-1A victory over Ascension Christian on Friday night. 

WHITE CASTLE - White Castle scored at will amassing 590 yards of total offense on the way to a 54-0 shutout victory over winless Ascension Christian in District 9-1A play on Friday night at WCHS.

The Bulldogs (7-2, 3-1), currently No. 11 in unofficial power rankings, scored on their first play of the game and never looked back to rebound from their first lost in five weeks and set up a matchup with Ascension Catholic for the district runner-up in the regular season finale on Friday night.

"We scored early and often and that gave our kids confidence," White Castle coach Lamar Thomas said. "I just wanted to make sure our kids got off their blocks, tackled well and were in position to make the plays we needed to make.

"This was an opportunity for us to get back on the winning track and play fast. (Ascension Christian) had a rough season and haven't won a game all year, so I wanted my kids to come out prepared and not take them for granted. We played a lot of kids and it helped us develop some depth and get experience in some needed spots to help us going into the playoffs."

It marked the fifth time this season the Bulldogs, who are averaging 41.6 points per game, have eclipsed the 50-point barrier. White Castle's only two losses have come to ranked opponents, University High of Class 2A and district leading West St. John.

Dontrell Taylor led the Bulldog attack with 317 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 12 attempts. He also had one touchdown and 10 yards on two receptions.

White Castle quarterback Chris Major completed 3-of-6 passes for 85 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 30 yards and one touchdown on three attempts.

Robert Franklin had two touchdown receptions for 55 yards and Daryl Young had two catches for 33 yards and one touchdown to go with 33 yards rushing on seven attempts.

Tyrie Lang added 50 yards rushing on seven attempts and Dajour Chaney provided 26 yards on six carries. Jacory Jones also completed both of his pass attempts for 55 yards and one touchdown.

White Castle hosts Ascension Catholic (7-2, 3-1) on Friday night in a matchup of teams tied for second-place in district standings.

"It is a big game and will affect playoff seeding," Thomas said. "They are a much improved team. I really don't pay much attention to who is favored. I just want our kids to go out and play the best that they can, execute and leave it out on the field. The hardest battle with high school kids is being consistent."