DONALDSONVILLE — It’s been 12 years since Ascension Catholic last defeated White Castle, but Doug Moreau’s squad ended its home schedule with a 34-20 victory in Donaldsonville on Friday night.
For White Castle (7-2, 3-1), the first half could have been renamed to “The Dontrell Taylor Show.”
The junior running back began the scoring for the visiting squad with a 50-yard score with 4:28 remaining in the first quarter, giving White Castle an early 8-0 lead.
Moreau needed a response, and he got one in the form of quarterback D.C. Mattingly, who drove Bulldogs the length of the field early in the second quarter, including rushing twice for 30 total yards.
He eventually found receiver Cleveland Fefie in the end zone for a 2-yard TD reception.
Taylor’s night was far from over.
With a 14-7 lead after White Castle quarterback Jacory Jones scored a 1-yard rushing touchdown with 4:38 remaining in the second quarter, Taylor made a play that could have put Ascension Catholic (7-2, 3-1) away.
In an almost déjà-vu scenario, Taylor took a handoff and curled around the left side of the White Castle offensive line, burst through the secondary and scored on a 65-yard rush.
At halftime, Taylor had eight carries for 164 yards and two touchdowns.
It only took 55 seconds for Ascension Catholic to respond to Taylor’s score.
Mattingly completed two passes to Fefie for 46 total yards, setting up an eventual 4-yard rushing score by Martin to put the home Bulldogs within one score.
After halftime, Mattingly and the Ascension Catholic offense, boosted by a 22-yard sprint by Kaleb Winchester, drove again to the White Castle 1, where Martin picked up his second score of night.
With just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter, Martin struck again — on fourth-and-2 near the Ascension Catholic 40-yard line, Martin took a handoff, bounced off a defender and sprinted 54 yards inside the White Castle 10-yard line. He scored two plays later for his third touchdown of the game.
Mattingly added a 1-yard score to seal the deal late in the fourth quarter.
“We’ve got a football team, and we’re capable of beating a whole lot of folks,” Moreau said. “It’s a testament to these young men to come back this week and play their guts out. Once we settled down, we were all right.”
Taylor didn’t have a rush for 10 or more yards in the second half. It was an adjustment by the Ascension Catholic defense that shut down the visiting offensive attack.
“We had some trouble with our blocking schemes where we just didn’t execute like we should have,” White Castle coach Lamar Thomas said. “My hat’s off to them because they’ve got a good ball team. I expected a good game. But I expected to win.”