Bulldogs shut out Morgan City in season opener

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com

WHITE CASTLE - White Castle High School scored on their opening possession and never looked back on the way to a 24-0 season opening victory over Morgan City on Friday night at Milton “Rocky” Ourso Stadium.

The 1A Bulldogs (1-0), under coach Lamar Thomas, amassed 374 yards rushing while limiting the 4A Tigers, under first-year coach Dennis Lorio, a White Castle native and former Plaquemine coach, to 92 yards of total offense.

“I think the kids played well,” Thomas said. “They had a little jitters playing in their first home game. We tried to play a lot of kids to see how we stack up against opposition because we can’t afford to let a team wear us down.

“They were a lot bigger than us so we had to make sure we kept fresh bodies in and sure our best players were in at the right time. We have a few new lineman and there are a few things we need to clean up technique wise that is very correctable but I think we will be back on track.”

The Bulldogs had two 100-yard rushers. Dontrell Taylor had 176 yards rushing and one touchdown on 15 carries and Daryl Young had 114 yards and one touchdown on 18 totes. Robert Franklin and Dajour Chaney also both rushed for touchdowns.

“We scored on our first drive,” Thomas said. “On the second play from scrimmage, we hit a long pass play and then we punched it in four running plays later.”

Bulldog quarterback Chris Major connected with Young on a 30-yard reception before Chaney’s 2-yard rumble put the Bulldogs on the board.

Reserve quarterback Jacory Jones entered in the second quarter and remained the White Castle signal caller for the duration.

“He needed that experience and once he got into the flow of the game, he did a good job for us,” Thomas said.

The Bulldogs led 12-0 at halftime following Taylor’s 60-yard jaunt.

Young scored on a 30-yard run in the second half and Franklin added a 30-yard reverse.

The Bulldogs travel to Covenant Christian on Friday night at 7 p.m. at Nicholls State University’s Manning Field in John L. Guidry Stadium in Thibodaux.  

“They are a fairly new school out of Houma,” Thomas said. “This is the first year they are a full-fledged member of the LHSAA.”