Crusaders rally by No. 7 White Castle in second half

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
White Castle's Dontrell Taylor carries against West St. John last season. The No. 7 Bulldogs fell to Westminster Christian 25-16 on Friday night. 
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OPELOUSAS - White Castle High School built a 10-point first half lead but was shutout in the second half falling for the first time this season on Friday night to Westminster Christian Academy 25-16.

The Bulldogs (3-1), under coach Lamar Thomas and ranked No. 6 in the Louisiana Sportswriters Association Class 1A poll, were outgained in total yardage 428-196 by the 2A Crusaders (1-3).

Westminster's Donyell Young rushed for 295 yards and three touchdowns on 42 carries for the Crusaders who totaled 359 yards on the ground. Quarterback Richard Hebert completed 8-of-14 passes for 73 yards.

Dontrell Taylor finished with 68 yards and one touchdown on 25 attempts for White Castle, which finished with 128 yards rushing. Bulldog quarterback Jacory Jones rushed for a touchdown and completed 3-of-9 passes for 68 yards. He was intercepted once.

Young put Westminster ahead on a 4-yard run with 4:55 left in the first quarter.

Jones' 35-yard run put White Castle on the board and Taylor's conversion run gave the Bulldogs the lead 8-6 11 seconds into the second quarter.

Taylor followed with a 15-yard run with 1:19 to play in the first half. Jones' pass to Harold Zachary on the conversion put White Castle ahead 16-6.

Bryce Badon's 20-yard field goal on the last play of the half cut it to 16-9.

Young's 4-yard run cut the deficit to 16-15 with 9:44 left in the third quarter. Badon added a 25-yard field goal with 8:45 left to play to put the Crusaders ahead 18-16.

Westminster added one more touchdown in the fourth quarter on Young's 15-yard run. Badon's point after touchdown kick reflected the final tally.

White Castle recovered three fumbles.

The No. 9 Bulldogs are on the road again this week when they travel to fifth-ranked Iowa of Class 3A on Friday night in Calcasieu Parish.