“I was proud to see the way our guys fought the adversity tonight," commented Rayne Head Coach Curt Ware. "The played hard even when things weren’t going our way to get the W.”
And he was right. The Wolves were down 19 points at the end of the third quarter before they began their rally to the finish.
The game got underway with the Knights receiving the ball first. The Rayne defense gave up a first down through the air, but nothing else and Rayne received a punt deep in their own territory.
The Wolves also got little going offensively and put up the second punt of the night.
After another defensive stand by the Wolves, the Rayne offense struck first when Jalen Williams took a handoff 51 yards for a touchdown. A good PAT put the Wolves ahead, 7-0.
However, the remainder of the first half was all South Beauregard.
On Rayne’s next possession, the punt snap gave Delahoussaye some trouble and he is tackled for a big loss to give South Beauregard the ball at the Rayne 16. After holding on first and second downs, the Knight offense found a hole on third down from 15 yards out for their first touchdown of the night. Their two-point conversion attempt was successful for a 7-8 lead over the Wolves.
Another defensive stand for the Knights forced another Rayne punt and more trouble for the Wolves as penetration from the left side got to Delahoussaye for a blocked punt and South Beauregard's ball at the Rayne 35. A big hole on the left side of the Rayne defense allowed the Knights back to rumble 24 yards for another South Beauregard score. A failed two-point conversion left a 14-7 score.
A fumble on Rayne’s next possession set the Knights up for another chance to score before the end of the first half of play. They got deep in Rayne territory with time running down, but the Wolf defense held on for four downs to go into halftime with some momentum.
That momentum didn’t last long with Rayne’s first drive ending with a missed 44-yard field goal that sailed wide right.
Rayne’s defense played well and stopped the Knights once again, but couldn't get off of the field when the Wolves turned the ball over again with a muffed punt, putting the Knights at their own 36. The defense held again to force another Knight punt.
But on Rayne’s first play, a mishandled toss gave South Beauregard the ball right back at the Rayne 19. The Wolves managed to stop the Knights on first and second downs again, but third down kept giving them trouble. This time the Knights went to the air for an 18-yard touchdown. Another failed two-point conversion gives a 20-7 lead to the Knights.
The Wolves were bogged down by penalties on their next possession and forced to punt again. Knight returner weaved his way through the Rayne defenders until he finds the end zone for a 60-yard return. A failed two-point conversion extends the lead to 19 points with 2:31 left in the third quarter.
The Wolves looked down and out at this point, but kept fighting and finally got the spark they needed when RJ Buchannan got the hand off from Clerance Leger and tight-walked the sideline for 60 yards and the Wolves’ first score since the first quarter. The PAT was good to close the gap, 14-26.
South Beauregard got a big gain to start their next drive as they threatened to score again at the Rayne 28. But, Quinn Guidry stepped up for the Wolves and napped an interception at the goal line and returning it to the Wolf 15. The Rayne offense began to click as Williams took the ball to the 29. Then, Buchanan broke out for another big run down hie favorite sideline until he's dragged down at the 5-yard line. Jalen Williams cleans up the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run. Another good PAT leaves a slim 21-26 Knight lead.
South Beauregard got the ball with 9:19 left in the game and the Wolves had to get a stop to keep their hopes alive. The Knights began their drive at their own 32 and converted a couple of third downs, all while eating up the clock.
When faced with a do-or-die fourth and four at the Rayne 28, the Wolf defense stepped up big time and got a stop, putting the ball and the game in the hands of Leger and the Rayne offense.
With the ball 72 yards away from their first lead since the first quarter and 5:46 left to play, the Wolves had some work to do. On third and short, Dannie Harmon got behind the Knight secondary and Leger threw a strike for a 31-yard gainer and first down at the South Beauregard 22. Duhon collected another first down before being wrapped up at the Knight 8-yard line for a first and goal for the Wolves with only 54 seconds remaining in the ballgame. On third and goal at the five, Williams gets hit at the two, but drug two Knight defenders into the end zone with him for the go-ahead score. The PAT was good, giving the Wolves a 28-26 lead with a mere 20 seconds of action remaining.
A squib kick put the ball at the South Beauregard 44-yard line. A first down across midfield to the 42, then another to the 22 left only one second remaining on the clock and one last chance for the Knights. On an attempted pass by South Beauregard, RJ Buchannan gets the job done for the Wolves once again knocking the throw down in the end zone, securing a 28-26 Rayne victory over the South Beauregard Knights.
The Wolves had a big play night on offense tallying 366 total yards. Jalen Williams accounted for 130 of those yards on 19 carries and 3 touchdowns, while RJ Buchannan tallied 125 yards on 6 carries for a touchdown.
Defensively, Frank Leopaul lead the way with 11 tackles and Quinn Guidry had a solo interception.