The Donaldsonville Tigers traveled 10 miles down La. 1 to face the White Castle Bulldogs, and the defense was the first group to get off the bus.
The Tigers used a suffocating defense to shut out the Bulldogs 24-0 and move to 2-0 on the season.
“Our defense continues to make strides every week in learning a new scheme; we are pleased with the effort,” said coach Brian Richardson.
The Tigers jumped out to a 18-0 lead in a steady rain behind the running of senior Rae’land Johnson. Johnson toted the rock 23 times for 121 yards.
“Once again, Rae’land was our workhorse," Richardson said. "He really showed his leadership when their defense put us in some difficult third-down situations. We gave the ball to him and he kept some drives alive for us. He has put the work in and is poised to have a big year."
Junior quarterback Treveyon Brown accounted for three touchdowns, including a 49-yard strike to wide receiver Jamarcus Miller and a 36-yard touchdown pass to Daimar Robinson. The rain picked up in the second half and both teams were certainly affected as only one score came in the last 24 minutes of play.
Big plays on offense in the first half were overshadowed by the play of the defense all night. Junior Randell Oatis picked up a White Castle fumble and returned it 30 yards for a first-quarter touchdown and gave the Tigers a 12-0 lead.
“Randell Oatis set the tone for us with two sacks and a fumble return for a touchdown. Robert Kent and Ramon Brown made several plays near the line of scrimmage and Joshua Collier stopped their deepest drive with an interception,” Richardson said.
The Tiger coaches know they must continue to improve as the schedule will get tougher, including a strong district tilt. “We must eliminate turnovers and play penalty free; those have been drive killers for us,” said Richardson.
Brown finished 6 of 12 for 115 yards, two touchdowns passing, 1 rushing and two interceptions. Punting on a wet night could be a recipe for disaster but Tiger punter Josh Collier turned in two outstanding punts for a 42-yard average and flipped field position for the defense to do its thing.
The Tigers will take their 2-0 record on the road on Friday to 5A New Iberia. “New Iberia will be our biggest test to date," Richardson said. "They are a 5A program with numbers. This game will be used to see how far we have come. Hopefully we can stand tall and compete at a high level for 48 minutes."
When the Tigers travel to New Iberia, one thing is for sure, the defense must be on the bus; they certainly were this week.
Scores from last week's games:
East Ascension 30, Warren Easton 27, double OT
St. Amant 46, Sophie B. Wright 0
Donaldsonville 24, White Castle 0
Dutchtown 31, Vandebilt 20
Westminister 48, Ascension Christian 21