Brown throws four touchdowns in Tigers 35-12 win

DERON TALLEY, EDITOR @DeRonTalley
Donaldsonville senior running back Tajh Gillard caught a 55-yard pass that he took for a score in the win against White Castle Friday night.

The Donaldsonville High Tigers (2-1) trounced the White Castle Bulldogs (2-1) 35-12 at the Floyd Boutte Memorial Stadium Friday night.

The Tigers’ opening drive was anything but impressive as quarterback Tyler Brown came out and threw an interception. On the Bulldog’s first possession, White Castle marched directly down the field for a quick six points. After each team’s first possession, it looked like there would be a repeat of White Castle’s 28-18 upset in 2013. However, it would not be the case.

Donaldsonville head coach Benny Guilbeaux takes the blame for the team’s sluggish start.

“There are some things I may have to change right before the game, but all respect to White Castle,” Guilbeaux said. “They came out with a game plan and they were executing.”

“But, we were resilient and bounced back from last week’s tough loss,” Guilbeaux said. “We had a pep rally and the whole community, student body and faculty and staff supported these kids. Definitely hats off to the everybody in the Donaldsonville community.”

Brown and the Tigers offense got going and never looked back. The Tigers’ first touchdown was on a long pass from Brown to junior receiver Stephon Sullivan. At the end of the first quarter the game was tied at 6-6. Later in the second quarter, Brown connects to senior running back Tajh Gillard for a 55-yard touchdown. With that the Tigers led White Castle 14-6 and the score would remain there going into the locker room.

White Castle head coach Lamar Thomas said the team came out with a game plan to slow the pace down but it didn’t hold long.

“We have a lot of kids who play both ways,” Thomas said. “We knew they were deeper than us, and athletic out there at receiver so we tried to keep our defensive backs fresh because they played receiver for us as well. It was working starting off.”

On the opening possession after the half, Donaldsonville’s defense forced White Castle to go three-and-out, and from there the blowout was on. Brown connects with his third touchdown pass of the night with a laser nine-yard pass to receiver Norman Simmons to put the Tigers up 20-6. And for his fourth touchdown pass of the night, Brown connected to senior receiver Jaquel Gant for a 15-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

White Castle didn’t lie down though, trailing 28-6. The Bulldogs punched in for a score late in the fourth quarter, but the Tigers put the cherry on the cake with a rushing touchdown by Bozeman, leaving the score to remain 35-12.

Thomas said the Bulldogs are still growing up and learning.

“We made too many mistakes and inconsistent play to beat a football team like that,” Thomas said.

Guilbeaux added” “Wins are always good. At this point last year we were 1-2. We had a better week of preparation and it showed tonight. Guys really stepped up on defense. Things are coming along and we’re getting better. Anytime you get a win is always a positive. We’re going to use this momentum to go and give Southern Lab all they can handle next week.”