Taking care of business: No. 9 Bulldogs hold off rival Donaldsonville

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
White Castle's Dontrell Taylor spins into a 12-yard rush in the Class 1A No. 9 Bulldogs' 28-18 victory over rival Donaldsonville on Friday night. Taylor rushed for 189 yards on 29 carries.  
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua


WHITE CASTLE - With the game tied at halftime, Louisiana Sportswriters Association's Class 1A ranked No. 9 White Castle High School made adjustments to control the second half and come away with a 28-18 non-district victory in the renewal of the sugar rivalry between 3A Donaldsonville on Friday night at Milton "Rocky" Ourso Stadium.

"It was tough tonight," White Castle coach Lamar Thomas said. "We had a couple of guys who couldn't go but we had guys step up and take care of business.

"We wanted to try and renew this rivalry because it has been awhile. They are right down the road and a lot of these people are kin and know each other. It was good for the kids and fans and felt good for the community."

The Bulldogs (3-0) amassed over 400 yards on the ground led by sophomore running back Dontrell Taylor, who rushed for 189 yards on 29 carries.

Daniel Edwards rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns, while Tyidous Lang had 89 yards on the ground and Harold Zachary provided 58 yards and one touchdown on the ground.

Senior safety Moses Young returned an interception 35 yards for a touchdown and Jacory Jones reigned the signals for the Bulldog offense who was without top rusher Daryl Young and would end up without top receiving threat Robert Franklin.

Edwards rumbled 13-yards to put the Bulldogs on the board with 2:38 left in the first quarter.

A sack in the end zone by Jared Little and tackle for loss by Andre Prevost gave White Castle good field position winding down the second quarter but Jaquel Grant's 60-yard interception return set the Tigers up at the WCHS 25.

LeAndre James 23-yard touchdown completion knotted the score up 6-6 with 2:30 left in the first half.

White Castle drove to the Tiger 15 on the ensuing series but came up empty.

Lang's 2-yard burst capped the Bulldogs' opening 8-play, 80-yard drive in the second half. Taylor's 31-yard scamper and Lang's 22-yard dash fueled the possession.

"We went in at halftime and looked at what they were doing," Thomas said. "They were stacking the box and giving us a six-man front. We just made an adjustment and the kids went out there and executed it perfectly."

James connected with Stephen Sullivan from 45 yards to knot it up again on the next series.

But, Zachary's 3-yard burst put White Castle ahead for good with 1:36 left to play in the third quarter capping a 7-play, 60-yard drive. Taylor ran in the conversion to make it 20-12.

Brandon Foster and Byron Pierre began the disruption of the Tigers' next possession with tackles for loss before Jones, Prevost and Isaiah Allen combined for a 13-yard sack.

Young's interception return two possessions later virtually sealed the deal. Edwards ran in the conversion to make it 28-12 with 7:03 left to play.

"Moses is a senior," Thomas said. "We expect him to play well for us. He played well for us all last year and he has picked up right where he has left off."

Donaldsonville capped its ensuing 9-play, 60-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run before the Bulldogs would run out the clock.

White Castle travels to Westminster Christian on Friday night in Opelousas.