“It was a good game for us to have to fight to the end tonight,” stated Rayne High head coach Curt Ware on Friday’s win.
“We are getting to the meat of our schedule and the games won’t be run-a ways like earlier in the season,” Ware’s thoughts on the night.
The first half was a defensive battle even though 26 points were scored.
The South Beauregard Knights received the opening kickoff of the ballgame, but the Wolves quickly changed the pace when Hunter Keely intercepted a Knight pass giving the Wolves possession at the SB 32. A solid stance by the Knight defense forced a 4-and-out TOD at the 30.
After gaining a first down close to mid-field, the Rayne defense then forced another turnover, a fumble with Grand Menard coming up with the ball at the SB 45. The Wolves failed to capitalize once again as the Knights held tough to force a TOD at the 31.
On the Knights’ next drive, a horse collar penalty against the Wolves placed them in good field position, keeping the drive alive. Knight quarterback Brandon Hare held onto a keeper for a 50-yard touchdown run for the first score of the game. The PAT sailed wide for a 6-0 Knight lead.
The Wolves then made a mistake of their own by muffing the kickoff and giving the ball back to the Knights at the Rayne 21. On fourth down, the Rayne defensive line got in the backfield, tackled the quarterback, forcing a fumble. When the pile was cleared, Rayne’s Quinn Guidry had possession, giving the Wolf offense possession at their own 23 with a long drive ahead of them. But, Jalen Williams took the first play of the drive around the right end 77 yards for Rayne’s first score. Ty Delahoussaye’s kick is good, inching the Wolves ahead, 7-6.
On the Knight’s next possession, Dannie Harmon palms a one-handed interception and took it to the house extending the lead for the Wolves, 14-6.
The Knights didn’t stay down long and answered strongly with a 51-yard touchdown run by running back Joe Ledet. The two-point conversion failed, keeping Rayne ahead 14-12 going into the half.
The second half began in South Beauregard’s favor when the opening kick was fumbled and lost by the Wolves, starting the Knights in Rayne territory at the 41. After a first down to the 30, Harmon comes up big for the Rayne D with an 8-yard tackle for loss. The Knights could not recover and end up punting from the 38.
The Wolves began their drive at the 15 and quickly got into South Beauregard territory with a Trent Duhon run and a pair of Leger-Harmon completions. The drive would stall at the Knight 36 where the Wolves turned the ball over on downs.
After a few change of possessions the Wolves put a drive together getting into the red zone on the legs of Duhon and Williams, until a big hit by a Knight defender jarred the ball loose, having the Knights recover in the end zone for a touchback.
But, the Rayne defense didn’t let the momentum leave the home side allowing zero yards on the drive for another punt, giving Rayne the ball in South Beauregard territory at the 41.
The Wolves got into the Knight red zone once again, but then stall turning the ball over on downs at the 22 mark, giving the Knights one more chance with only 1:12 remaining in the ballgame. A big gain on first down set the Knights up in Rayne territory at the 47. The Rayne secondary stiffened the coverage, knocking down four consecutive passes and securing the 14-12 win for the Wolves.
Of Rayne’s 184 rushing yards, Jalen Williams led the way on the ground with 145 yards on 21 carries, followed by Trent Duhon (19-62) and Clarence Leger (7-30).
Leger completed four of eight passes on the night for 35 yards to Dannie Harmon, Trent Duhon and Jalen Williams.
Billy Marcantel led the defense with 11 tackles for the Wolves, in addition to Brice Meche (8), Dylan Soileaux (8), Grant Abshire (7), Andrew Broussard (7) and Hunter Keely, Cody Menual and Grant Menard each with five.
Quinn Guidry, Keely, and Harmon each had an interception on the night for the Wolves.