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Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- White Castle coach Lamar Thomas

Sixth-seeded White Castle (6-5) travels to play No. 3 Haynesville (9-2), the two-time defending Class 1A champion in the quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

What’s the key point you’ve tried to get across to your team about playing playing Haynesville?

“It’s true, Haynesville is the two-time defending 1A champion, but that’s in the past. The 1A title for this year is still vacant. It’s going to come down to who wants it the most and who is willing to work the hardest for it.”

The schools are located more than five hours apart. It’s a classic north vs. south game. Do you see similarities between the teams?

“You know, I really do. Haynesville is big and physical and they also have a lot of speed. We also have size and speed. Plus, we run some of the same formations and like to do a lot of the same things on offense.”

Are there any teams you’ve played that you can compare Haynesville to?

“Scheme-wise, I think Abbeville is similar. They ran the same blocking schemes Haynesville does. And the team we beat last week, South Cameron, also used the same blocking schemes. We won’t be seeing anything we haven’t seen. The difference is how they (Haynesville) execute it.”

How long will trip be, and will the Bulldogs make any stops along the way?

“It’s about a five-hour trip. We’ll start them off with a good breakfast before we leave, and then we’ll feed them a pregame meal in Ruston. During a trip that long, you need to get out and stretch your legs a little bit.”

Is there anything you think will be crucial?

“Physically, I think we can match-up with them well. How we react in certain situations will be crucial. What do we do if we make a mistake? What happens if they make a big play? Especially on the road. you have to be able to handle advertsity.”