Central Catholic falls hard to White Castle
By GEOFFREY STOUTE
Central Catholic can’t blame Friday’s 44-2 loss to White Castle on a lack of offensive production — it frequently moved the ball into White Castle territory.
Instead, it was the Eagles inability to finish offensive drives as well as turnovers that hurt the squad.
It didn’t help that they were without two of their best players, wide receiver Dontrell Brown and quarterback Josh Singleton, along with defender Justin Arceneaux. All three did not dress out for Friday’s contest.
When asked following the game if the trio was hurt, CCHS coach David Fuhrer smiled and said, “Yeah, you could say that.”
Asked if they would be available for Friday’s road game matchup against Berwick, Fuhrer said, “You could say that too, hopefully, if they get cleared.”
In Singleton’s place, fellow senior backup quarterback Luke Landry played and was able to move the Eagles’ offense down the field. However, the Eagles could never complete drives.
Of the Eagles’ nine offensive possessions on the night, the squad had the ball in White Castle territory seven times, including three times down to at least the 10-yard line.
However, a fumble, a Landry sack and a Landry interception negated all three drives.
“We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot and we didn’t capitalize on the opportunities we had,” Fuhrer said.
On the other hand, White Castle had no trouble scoring touchdowns as they reached the end zone on three of their four offensive possessions in the first half as well as another on a fumble return after causing Landry to cough up the ball at the White Castle 10 on CCHS’ opening possession.
White Castle jumped out to a 14-0 lead after one quarter with a touchdown on its first drive, a 29-yard Chris Major touchdown pass to Dontrell Taylor with less than seven minutes remaining, and another with 2:23 left when Tyrie Lang scooped up Landry’s fumble and raced 90 yards for a touchdown. Taylor’s two-point run following the second touchdown was good for a 14-0 White Castle advantage.
White Castle added touchdowns on its next two drives as Robert Franklin scored on a 20-yard run with 11:56 left in the second quarter, while he followed it up with a seven-yard run with 3:37 remaining in the second quarter.
Taylor’s two-point run was good on the first touchdown, while Lang’s two-point run attempt on the second drive failed for a 28-0 White Castle lead.
Central Catholic finally got on the board via a third-quarter safety with 4:04 left when Lamar Grogan sacked Major in the end zone for a six-yard loss.
White Castle added two more second-half touchdowns, though, on Taylor runs of 30 yards with 10:11 left in the fourth quarter and a 10-yard run with 5:30 remaining. White Castle was successful on two-point conversions on both drives.
Landry led the Eagles with 16 carries for 79 yards, while he completed 10 of 24 passes for 100 yards and an interception.
Tyler Hoffpauir led the Eagles receivers with six receptions for 35 yards.
White Castle rolled up 319 yards of total offense, led by Lang’s 115 yards on 11 carries. Taylor added 10 carries for 96 yards and two scores.
Through the air, Major tossed a touchdown pass and threw for 51 yards. Taylor caught both passes.
Despite the loss, the Eagles did get some good contributions from Stephano Guarisco in the kickoff return game as well as at wide receiver, while third-string quarterback Bryson Barbier saw time at quarterback.
“We did some good things in spots,” Fuhrer said. “We just need to put it all together. We just went Jekyll and Hyde at times but we’re going to be all right.”