FOOTBALL

No. 10 seed Bulldogs roll over East Iberville in first round

PETER SILAS PASQUA ppasqua@postsouth.com
White Castle’s Harold Zachary rips off an 8-yard run ahead of East Iberville’s Taylor Graf, Joseph Bailey and Brian Coleman and ahead of the blocking of Damicah Carter in the first quarter of the Bulldogs’ 52-0 Class 1A bi-district playoff victory on Friday night at Milton “Rocky” Ourso Jr. Stadium. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

WHITE CASTLE - White Castle High School raced out to a four-touchdown lead and cruised to a 52-0 Class 1A non-select bi-district playoff victory over parish and District 8-1A rival East Iberville on Friday night at Milton “Rocky” Ourso Jr. Stadium.

The No. 10 seed Bulldogs (7-4), under coach Lamar Thomas, took advantage of a short field to score at will against the winless 23rd-seeded Tigers (0-11), under coach John Young. White Castle, who defeated East Iberville 70-0 earlier in the season,  advance to the regionals against No. 7 seed East Beauregard (8-2) in DeRidder.

“It was great to be able to take advantage of the short field,” Thomas said. “When you are playing good defense and they keep giving it to you, that adds to a winning formula.

“Our biggest focus was to take care of what was in front of us and move on. That is the team we drew and we just had to get better by playing the opponent that was next up. When you are playing a team for the second time you are a little more familiar with them but they are more familiar with you.”

Dontrell Taylor cracked the scoreboard with a 38-yard scamper on White Castle’s first offensive play of the night. Harold Zachary ran in the two-point conversion to make it 8-0 just 1:47 into the game. Byron Pierre sacked Shawn Griffin for a 10-yard loss on the first play from scrimmage to send East Iberville backwards on the opening possession.

Pierre recovered a fumble caused by Andre Prevost on the next possession and Jacory Jones connected with Taylor for a 10-yard touchdown completion four plays later following a 3-yard tackle for loss by Reggie Brock. Taylor Graf stopped Zachary short on the conversion to leave the score 14-0 with 6:04 left in the first quarter.

Robert Franklin returned the next punt 35 yards down the East Iberville sideline for a touchdown following the Tigers’ next possession that included Daniel Edwards’ 9-yard sack and a 5-yard sack by Zachary, Edwards and Jared Little. Taylor ran in the conversion to push the lead to 22-0 with 4:22 still remaining in the first quarter.

Pierre sacked Devin Johnson for an 8-yard loss on the ensuing possession after Bryan Thomas tackled Brian Coleman for a 4-yard loss.

Tyidous Lang capped the next 6-play 33-yard drive with a 1-yard burst following Edwards’ 9-yard run and Zachary’s 8-yard carry pushed the Bulldogs into the red zone. Mark Tasker’s tackle prevented the conversion to leave the score 28-0 with 9:56 left to play in the second quarter.

Brandon Foster nearly sacked Johnson in the end zone for a 9-yard loss and safety on the ensuing possession but a face mask penalty gave the Tigers breathing room that they couldn’t capitalize on.

East Beauregard had a first-round bye and the winner advances to face the victor of No. 2 Mangham and No. 18 Delhi in the quarterfinals.

“I don’t know about being the favorite,” Thomas said. “I think we are playing well right now and our kids are doing a good job of staying focused. We feel like when we are playing well, we can compete with anybody in the state. We feel like an elite team when we are hitting on all cylinders and this is the time of the year you want to be playing well.”