No. 4 Rams wrap up 8-1A title over White Castle
WHITE CASTLE - West St. John overcame a second quarter deficit to add three touchdowns before halftime and take control of a District 8-1A matchup with White Castle on the way to a 57-22 victory on Friday night at Milton "Rocky" Ourso Jr. Stadium.
The Bulldogs (6-4, 3-2), under coach Lamar Thomas, finish in a three-way tie for second place in league standings, advance to the Class 1A nonselect playoffs as the No. 10 seed and will host East Iberville in the first round on Friday night. West St. John (8-2, 5-0) wrapped up the district title and enter the postseason as the No. 3 seed with a bi-district bye.
Jeremy Jackson scored five touchdowns for the Rams and rushed for 145 yards on 20 attempts. West St. John quarterback Austin Howard completed 12-of-17 passes for 151 yards and one touchdown and Bradley Borne had nine carries for 75 yards and two scores to go with three receptions for 58 yards.
Dontrell Taylor scored twice for White Castle and Daryl Young once.
White Castle took an 8-6 lead early in the second quarter following Taylor's 2-yard touchdown run but Jackson returned the ensuing kickoff 80 yards to pay dirt. Jackson cracked the scoreboard in the first quarter with a 5-yard touchdown run and added a 1-yard scoring run to go with a 7-yard touchdown reception from Howard as West St. John built a 28-8 halftime lead.
Young's 2-yard run and Taylor's 1-yard run, both for touchdowns sandwiched Borne's 7-yard scoring run to open the second half cutting the deficit to two possessions but Jackson answered with a 24-yard run to paydirt before Trey Nathan returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown. Borne's 6-yard scoring run capped scoring.
White Castle defeated East Iberville (0-10) 70-0 in league play earlier this season in Week 6. The winner advances to face No. 7 East Beauregard (8-2), who had a first-round bye. The Bulldogs were ousted by West St. John 48-12 last season in the regionals.