White Castle tops St. John, 36-14, in District 6-1A fare

Staff Report

The annual White Castle-St. John clash had the makings of a tight battle in the first quarter, but it took a sharp turn by halftime.

The Eagle defense held the Bulldogs to one touchdown in the first quarter, but White Castle turned up the heat in the second quarter en route to a 36-14 win in District 6-1A action last Friday at Andrew Canova Green Devil Stadium.

St. John junior Clayton Repp (4) tries to hold back White Castle’s Jamond Miller at the goal line in action last Friday at Andrew Canova Green Devil Stadium.

White Castle improved to 7-1 with a showdown looming against perennial rival Ascension Catholic for the district championship.

Much of White Castle’s fuel came from senior Shadarick Allen, who ran for two touchdowns and notched one off a 41-yard pass. He finished the night with 13 carries for 141 yards.

Jamond Miller also kept the wheels turning for White Castle. He carried 18 times for 100 yards and two TDs.

Allen punched in the first Bulldog TD off a 73-yard run in the opening quarter.

The Eagles stopped White Caslte on the conversion pass attempt and staved off any additional Bulldog scoring in the first quarter.

St. John’s hopes of a tight game – much like last year’s battle – fizzled in the second quarter.

Miller stretched the Bulldog lead to 14-0 after a 9-yard scamper and a conversion run.

“We gave them a trick play early, and that kind of helped us put them away in the first half,” head coach Marc Brown said.  

Allen turned up the heat when he raced 55 yards down field for a TD and tacked on the two-point conversion run.

He followed grabbled an 81-yard Ky’Lei Foster pass for a TD, while Foster kept for the two-pointer that put the Bulldogs ahead 30-0 at the half.

A Miller 4-yard run stretched the WCHS lead to 36-0, but the Eagles were far from ready to throw in the towel.

Gage Blanchard took a 12-yard scoring pass from Maddox Bennett, who returned last week after being sidelined with an injury.

The Eagles scored in the fourth when Bennett connected with Michael Patrick Edwards on an 18-yard TD.

“We challenged the guys at halftime, and we played much better in the second half,” St. John head coach Coby Minton said. “

Blanchard booted both extra-point kicks. Bennett completed 12 of 18 passes for 146 yards and carried 12 times for 39 yards. Edwards caught three passes for 53 yards, while Blanchard took three for 37 yards.