No. 5 Iowa rallies by ninth-ranked Bulldogs

White Castle's Robert Franklin returns a kickoff against West St. John last season. Franklin had a touchdown reception and returned a kickoff for another score in the Bulldogs' 34-18 non-district loss to Iowa on Friday night. White Castle hosts East Iberville on Friday night. 
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IOWA - White Castle High School jumped out to a 12-point halftime lead but surrendered three fourth quarter touchdowns in a 34-18 non-district loss to Iowa on Friday night in Calcasieu Parish.

The Bulldogs (3-2), under coach Lamar Thomas and ranked No. 9 in the Louisiana Sportswriters Association Class 1A poll, were outgained in total yardage 237-170 in a defensive struggle with the Yellowjackets (5-0), ranked No. 5 in the 3A poll.

White Castle quarterback Jacory Jones completed 7-of-15 passes for 105 yards and one touchdown. Robert Franklin had four receptions for 89 yards and one touchdown and returned a kickoff for another score.

Daniel Edwards added 36 yards rushing and one touchdown on 10 attempts, while Tyidous Lang carried five times for 17 yards and Daryl Young had 10 yards on eight attempts.

Colinje Wildridge led the Yellowjackets with 68 yards and two touchdowns on 15 attempts. D'Juan Rigmaiden added 54 yards and two scores on 10 attempts. Kendrick LeJeune threw a touchdown pass to Hunter Roussel.

Edwards' 1-yard burst put White Castle on the board in the first quarter before Jones connected with Franklin from 10 yards out to give the Bulldogs a 12-0 lead.

Franklin's 85-yard kickoff return to pay dirt answered Rigmaiden's 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to put the Bulldogs ahead 18-6 at the half.

Rigmaiden added another 1-yard run in the third quarter before Roussel's 26-yard touchdown reception from LeJeune tied it 18-18 in the fourth quarter.

Wildridge scored on runs of 23 and 8 yards and Rigmaiden ran in the conversion both times to reflect the final tally.

White Castle opens District 8-1A play on Friday night against parish rival East Iberville at Milton "Rocky" Ourso Jr. Stadium for homecoming.