If defense wins championships, White Castle may be on its way to the Class 1A title.

Bulldogs coach Lamar Thomas has put an emphasis on defense — and it’s showing.

After allowing 40-plus points in back-to-back losses to open the season, the Bulldogs have won four in a row, allowing fewer points each week.

The WCHS defense has allowed a combined 21 points to its past three opponents, with its last contest ending in a shutout.

“I definitely think our defense is the backbone of this team, and we’ve actually gotten better as the weeks progress,” Thomas said. “And I’m very proud to see that.”

Thomas said he thanks junior Quinton Sanders, whom he describes as a “high motor guy,” for that. Sanders, a junior linebacker, said the Bulldogs’ most recent defensive success comes from a total effort on that side of the ball.

“We came together as a team and just stuck together to win,” he said.

Thomas said improving on strengths and eliminating weaknesses have been crucial during his team’s winning streak.

“We just come back to practice and look at our mistakes and we correct our mistakes before we go on,” he said. “That has been very beneficial for us as a team. Next time we play, it’s harder for other teams to pick up on your weakness, because that’s what you work on to try to get them corrected. As far as our kids grasping concepts and playing together as a team, this group has done the best job of communicating with each other and being on the same page.”

That same defensive effort will be needed when White Castle and Southern Lab battle at 7 p.m. Thursday at Louisiana Leadership’s Doug Williams Stadium. The teams remain unbeaten in District 6-1A play at 4-2, 2-0.

Last week, Southern fell 42-0 to Florida prep-school power IMG Academy, while the Bulldogs blanked East Iberville 62-0.

The Kittens, led by quarterback Bladrick Veal and receiver Curtlan Williams, have outscored their past two district opponents, Ascension Catholic and St. John, 92-13.

Thomas said although Southern Lab sports a potent offense, the goal at practice this week has been to improve on last week’s mistakes.

“I know it’s going to be a hard game,” Sanders said, “but if we stick together, we can pull it out.”