FOOTBALL

White Castle overpowers PCC in spring football game

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com

WHITE CASTLE – White Castle High School scored six touchdowns to Pointe Coupee Central's none during a spring football game of 45 minutes running time per half on Thursday evening at Milton "Rocky" Ourso Memorial Stadium.

The Bulldogs, under second-year coach Lamar Thomas, were the District 9-1A runners-up last season with a 4-1 mark and were 9-3 overall after falling to district champion and semifinalist West St. John in the Class 1A regional playoffs. Pointe Coupee Central was the District 6-1A champion a year ago with an 8-3 overall record and advanced to the regionals.

"We got about 10 or 12 more bodies than we had last year so we picked up the numbers and I am happy with that," Thomas said. "The majority of them are lineman so I am really excited to see half of our team are actually lineman."

"We got everybody back. Our skill guys are really carrying this team right now and our offensive line is gelling. They are physical and aggressive but still have some things they need to clean up. Our kids are doing a great job of blocking on the perimeter. We work at that more than anything. Getting their feet moving and cutting people off."

Wide receiver Robert Franklin caught two touchdown receptions from quarterback Chris Major and running backs Daryl Young and Tyidous Lang each had two rushing touchdowns. Key departure is 1,000 yard-rusher Tyrie Lang and Dontrell Taylor is dinged up. Top returning lineman are Jared Little and Brian Jenkins.

"We want to grind the football and take our shots with Robert," Thomas said. "That is the name of our game. He does a good job in the return game and gets us going in the passing game. That is his role and he also does a good job blocking on the perimeter and helping our run game go."

"We got a little depth. One of our running backs didn't play today and we had to have a couple of other guys step up and play that didn't last year and they got some good quality reps. Everybody knows about (Tyrie.) He is a real good one and had some speed."

Dajour Chaney moves to middle linebacker to replace Marcellis Coleman. Franklin, Major, Moses Young and Jacory Jones return to the secondary. Also returning with defensive experience at linebacker are Byron Pierre, Harold Zachary and Brandon Foster while Little, Andre Prevost and Daniel Edwards return to man the front that losses Curtis Jones, an all-district selection on both the offensive and defensive line. Newcomers Jared Jones (fumble recovery) Ortello Batiste (tackle for loss) also made plays.

"Dajour played fullback for us last year and we moved him to linebacker on defense," Thomas said. "We are playing fast. We made some mistakes but we were able to recover and they weren't big enough to cost us because we ran well to the football and tackled. We got a lot of new faces on defense but we are excited about the way we played to keep them out of the end zone."

White Castle scored four times in the first half. Franklin got things started with two 30-yard touchdown receptions from Major. Lang and Young each followed with 30-yard touchdown runs.

Lang went off left tackle before cutting inside and dashing to the end zone on the first play of the Bulldogs' second possession of the second half for a 65-yard touchdown run.

Young broke through the middle shedding tackles on the first play two possessions later for another 65-yard touchdown run after Jones recovered a fumble.

Jacory Jones made an interception on the final play of the game after Pierre's tackle for loss.