White Castle squeaks out 44-41 win in thriller at Lusher
NEW ORLEANS – Last year, Lusher escaped with a win in a wild game at White Castle and this year’s game was more of the same.
White Castle avenged last year’s defeat in a thrilling 44-41 victory Friday night over Lusher at Brees Family Field.
Tahj Favorite only completed five passes in the game ,and one of them would wind up being the biggest. On 3rd and 10, Favorite connected with De’Quan Bellock for a 76 yard touchdown pass to give White Castle the lead with 4:24 left in the game.
After getting near midfield on the next drive, the Lions would wind up back at their 25 yard line after a holding call and a sack. A blocked punt by White Castle would give the Bulldogs the ball back at the Lusher 20 yard line with 2:22 remaining.
White Castle appeared to have the upper hand and was on the verge of putting another score on the board until sophomore running back Eddie Ned fumbled at Lusher’s one-yard line into the end zone where Lions junior linebacker Chandler Jones recovered the loose ball.
Lions quarterback Arnold Little connected with Miles Stewart on a 30 yard pass play to give the Lions some breathing room. A pair of catches by Chad Britton helped Lusher reach the White Castle 33 yard line. Javier Batiste then came up with his second interception of the game at the 5 yard line to seal the game for the Bulldogs.
Both teams combined for over 700 yards of offense.
On the third play of the game, the junior quarterback Favorite was picked off by Lusher senior safety Bryce Langford. Four plays later, junior running back Miles Stewart’s 18 yard run opened the scoring.
Favorite was picked off again on the very next drive by Lusher junior safety Sterling McKeithen who ran it back 60 yards for a touchdown to give the Lions a 14-0 lead with 7:45 left in the first quarter.
The Bulldogs answered right back with senior running back Javier Batiste’s 69-yard touchdown run. A two-point run by Clifton Dunham, Jr. drew the visitors within six points.
Continuing the scoring blitz, Miles Stewart broke loose for a 50 yard touchdown run on the very next drive to put the Lions up 21-8. Lusher recovered a fumble on the next drive but were unable to tun it into points.
Batiste scored his second touchdown of the game on a 30 yard run. The Bulldogs converted another two point try on a run by Dexter Jordan to cut the Lions lead to 21-16. After recovering an onside kick, White Castle drove 50 yards and took the lead on a five-yard touchdown run by Favorite at the beginning of the secod quarter.
Lusher slowed the pace somewhat with a 13-play drive but turned the ball over on downs at the White Castle 20 yard line. On the next play, Batiste’s 80’yard scoring run put White Castle up 30-21 with 3:18 left in the half.
Not to be outdone, Stewart recorded his third touchdown run of the half on the very next play from scrimmage from 58 yards out to make it 30-28.
Both teams combined for over 400 yards rushing in the first half. Stewart had 185 yards on 13 carries with three touchdowns to lead Lusher. Batiste had 177 yards on six carries and three touchdowns for White Castle.
Little found senior receiver Chad Britton on a 45-yard touchdown pass to lift Lusher back on top, 34-30.
White Castle took advantage of a Little fumble deep in Lusher territory, notching a safety when junior running back Quinten Crump was tackled in the end zone with the recovery for a safety. Receiving good field position after the kickoff, Favorite’s one-yard touchdown gave the Bulldogs a 38-34 lead.
On the next drive, Little and Britton connected on a 43 yard pass to put Lusher at the White Castle 12 yard line. Three plays later, Little-to-Britton resulted in 14 yard touchdown pass as the Lions regained the edge, 41-38.
Little finished 12-of-27 for 199 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Britton totaled six receptions for 143 yards and two touchdowns.
After forcing a three and out, Lusher had the ball back with great field position at the White Castle 30 yard line. A holding call was followed by Javier Batiste’s interception of Little in the end zone.
Batiste had a great all around game finishing with 208 yards on 11 carries and the three touchdowns. He added three catches for 23 yards plus the two interceptions.
Favorite finished 5-of-12 for 106 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions through the air plus 10 carries for 27 yards and a pair of touchdowns on the ground.
Stewart finished with 23 carries for 216 yards and the three first half touchdowns. He also had two catches for 28 yards.
Chandler Jones had a monster game on defense with 12 tackles (six solos), two sacks, 3.5 TFL and a fumble recovery. Marcus Lewis had 10 tackles, (seven solos), a TFL and a pass breakup.
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