1-A White Castle spoils Port Allen’s homecoming, wins 50-45
Port Allen went into battle against a team known for upsets – and their opponent did just that.
A touchdown late in the fourth quarter allowed White Castle to deliver a 50-45 upset that spoiled the 2012 Port Allen homecoming Friday at Guy Otwell Stadium.
The Pelicans slipped to 3-1 for the season. Port Allen begins district action Friday against St. James.
White Castle, a 1A school, improved to 4-1.
Port Allen finished the game with six turnovers, but the problems began much earlier, PAHS coach Guy Blanchard said.
“It started Monday,” he said. “The kids lacked focus, lacked intensity and failed to prepare.
“It showed with six turnovers,” Blanchard said. “I’m not sure anyone in the history can find a game when you turn over the ball six times and score forty-five points.”
A turnover late in the fourth quarter opened the gates for Dontrell Taylor to sprint 50 yards for the game-winning touchdown. A Tyree Lang two-point conversion run put the lid on the Bulldog victory.
PAHS quarterback Darien Claiborne passed for 241 yards and rushed for 126 yards. He had two interceptions, passed for three touchdowns and ran for one TD.
Teammate Jestin Kelly rushed 100 yards on 17 carries and punched in one TD.
Claiborne’s 8-yard pass to Kyle Moore gave Port Allen the opening lead. An extra point put the Pels ahead 7-0 as they headed into the second quarter.
Claiborne scored on a 38-yard keep in the second quarter. He then connected once again with Moore, this time on a 36-yard TD pass. Kelly’s conversion run put Port Allen ahead 21-16 at halftime.
The Bulldogs scored twice in the second quarter. Darryl Young scored the first WCHS touchdown, followed by a Taylor two-point conversion run.
Robert Franklin followed with his first three TDs. He started with a 40-yard scamper, followed by a Taylor conversion run.
“Hats off to White Castle,” Blanchard said. “They were focused and prepared.
“I still don’t think they were the better team, but they won,” he said. “Their coaches did a great job of preparing them. They wanted it more than we did and it showed – bottom line, no excuses.”
Kelly scored on a 43-yard run for Port Allen in the third quarter, followed by a Claiborne conversion run.
Terione Thomas scored for PAHS on a 68-yard kickoff return. Kelly ran in the two-point conversion.
The Bulldogs churned out 20 points in the third quarter.
Young struck again with a 15-yard scoring run, followed by Chris Major’s pass to Franklin. Taylor came through once more on the conversion run.
Franklin and Major struck once more, this time on a 40-yard TD pass.
Young scored on a 3-yarder in the third to keep the pressure on Port Allen.
Claiborne scored in the fourth on a 68-yard pass to Moore.
He passed for 23 yards in the first quarter, 74 in the second, 69 in the third and 85 in the fourth.
Port Allen entertains St. James on Friday. White Castle heads to East Iberville.