White Castle shuts out Morgan City 24-0
By GEOFF STOUTE
WHITE CASTLE — Counters, sweeps and some passing are what Morgan City head coach Dennis Lorio said earlier last week were what he expected from White Castle.
Counters, sweeps and passing were what his defense got.
Unfortunately, Morgan City couldn’t stop it enough, and offensively, the Tigers couldn’t answer it.
White Castle rolled up 434 yards rushing en route to a 24-0 victory against Morgan City in the season opener Friday.
“Our defense played hard and made a lot of good plays,” Lorio said. “That team had 16 returning starters. They’re good. … I thought our kids played hard. We made a few plays on offense. We weren’t consistent, but I think the effort was pretty good. We just didn’t make enough plays.”
The Bulldogs punched the ball in the end zone on its first two possessions, one on a one-yard run by Dajour Chaney with 8:43 remaining on White Castle’s opening drive, and another on a 25-yard run by Daryl Young with 4:32 remaining in the quarter.
Both times the two-point conversion attempts failed.
The Bulldogs second touchdown was set up after Morgan City quarterback Jaylen Jones’ pass attempt to senior Buddy Humphrey deflected off the receiver’s hands and was hauled in by Robert Franklin, who returned the pick approximately 20 yards.
After the two initial scores, though, Morgan City’s defense settled in and held White Castle scoreless for the remainder of the first half.
However, the Tigers’ offense couldn’t get much going as they failed to cross midfield and ended the half with 64 yards.
Conversely, White Castle entered intermission with 202 yards of total offense.
“Our defense played hard and made a lot of good plays,” Lorio said of the squad’s performance in the game.
White Castle coach Lamar Thomas said his squad had some trouble at the beginning of the game getting going with its run game because they were breaking in some new players.
“Definitely we got to get our run game going,” he said. “We didn’t start off that crisp at the beginning. We missed some block assignments and we got some guys that we’re … trying to help develop depth so we can stand up to a 4A team for four quarters because we don’t have a lot of bodies … so the guys that we’ve got have to be able to contribute. That was a little part of it because we had some guys that were kind of in different situations, not used to playing that much so they’ve just got to get acclimated to playing on a regular basis.”
Morgan City opened the second half with its best drive of the evening and the lone one to cross midfield as the Tigers drove from their 32-yard line to the White Castle 28.
However, the drive ended after a pass fell through a Morgan City receiver’s hands on third down from the Morgan City 23, while on fourth down, Morgan City was stopped for a three-yard loss.
“We had the right guys doing the right things and it was everything we wanted,” Lorio said. “Didn’t happen.”
Thomas said his squad’s depth helped them with that initial drive to start the third quarter.
“We played a lot of guys on defense and it’s just a matter of making an adjustment,” he said. “They made an adjustment and it was a pretty good adjustment and helped them move the ball. … When they adjusted, we had to adjust. Kids took well to (the) adjustment and we ended up making a play.”
White Castle responded with touchdowns on its next two possessions, a 27-yard run by Robert Franklin with 6:03 remaining and a 57-yard dash by Dontrell Taylor with 10 seconds remaining in the third quarter to close the scoring.
The Tigers totaled 132 yards of offense, all but 11 yards on the ground. The Tigers had just six first downs.
The Tigers passing game struggled as quarterback Jaylen Jones completed one of 10 passes — an 11-yard completion to wide receiver Malcolm Watkins — and tossed two interceptions.
“We missed some passes that were open … We touched some we didn’t catch,” Lorio said.
Morgan City’s ground attack was led by Kevon Marsh, who totaled 79 yards on 15 rushes.
“I thought our kids played hard, but you got to execute to score on offense and we were very sporadic … You got to consider your opponent,” Lorio said. “They’re pretty good.”
Thomas said the squad wanted to crowd the line of scrimmage and make Morgan City pass the ball, noting Jones’ ability to elude defenders in the run game.
White Castle had 468 yards of offense.
The Tigers will return to action Friday when they travel to face Central of Baton Rouge.
First Downs 6 19
Rushing 121 434
Passing 11 34
Total Offense 132 468
PA-C-HI 10-1-2 5-1-0
Pts.-avg 6-35.3 2-26
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1
Pen.-yds. 11-57 10-85
Score by quarters
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
MCHS 0 0 0 0 0
WC 12 0 12 0 24
White Castle: Dajour Chaney 2-yard run
(Run failed) 8:43
White Castle: Daryl Young 25-yard run
(Run failed) 4:32
White Castle: Robert Franklin 27-yard run
(Run failed) 6:03
White Castle: Dontrell Taylor 57-yard run
(Run failed) 0:10
Morgan City Individual Stats
Kevon Marsh, 15-79; Jacolbi Francois, 9-30;
Jaylen Jones, 5-10; Kolbi Chatman, 1-2
Jaylen Jones, 1-10-2 11 yards
Malcolm Watkins, 1-11