“Our offense played well and our defense was solid tonight” said Rayne High Head Coach Curt Ware. “Things are coming together for us right now."
The first half of the game was all Rayne as they managed to score on every possession. Their first drive went 60 yards with a balanced ground and air attack until R.J. Buchanan finished the drive with an 8-yard touchdown run around the corner.
Abbeville’s first drive of the ballgame went south for them after converting a third down. On their next attempt they lost a fumble and Wolf Quinn Guidry scooped the ball before it rolled out of bounds for another Wolf possession just outside the Wildcat red-zone.
On the first play, junior quarterback Clerance Leger found Buchanan for his second score of the night with a 21-yard touchdown reception.
A three and out stand by the Rayne defense gave the Wolves the ball again at their own 20, but a holding penalty brought up first and 20 at their own 10. Two good gains brought up a third and short when Trent Duhon ran the ball to the 46. Leger then took the ball himself to Abbeville's 38. After a short gain, Leger went to the air to find a wide-open Danny Harmon for a 29-yard touchdown pass.
On another punt for the Wildcats, a bad snap allowed the Wolf defense to get into the backfield and take down the punter for a safety to extend the lead 23-0.
On Leger’s first play of the following drive, he took a hit as he threw, allowing the ball to get away into the hands of a Wildcat defender. But, Buchanan worked hard for his quarterback to take the ball back and get a first down out of it for the Wolves. And hard work paid off in a big way as Buchanan took the next play 31 yards for his third touchdown of the night.
Another bad snap on a punt gave Rayne the ball in Wildcat territory once again.
After Leger carried the ball to the 15, Williams found running room and stepped into the end zone.
The Wildcats began to put together a nice drive, but at the end of a long run Wolf Jaylon Boutte stripped the ball from the runner and took it 55 yards in the other direction for another Rayne touchdown to end the half.
The coaches agreed to a running clock in the second half, but that didn’t stop Abbeville from coming out with something to prove.
On their first possession of the second half, they faked a punt to get into Rayne territory. But, the Rayne defense would not give up a touchdown just yet as Patrick Charles recovered a fumble at the Rayne 32. Wolf freshman running back Javon Carrier showed a lot of promise late in the game as he had multiple carries and found the end zone from 23 yards out.
The Wildcats finally got on the board on the first play of the ensuing drive as Abbeville took it 87 yards for a touchdown run. A missed extra point will gave the final scoreboard showing at 51-6.
Offensively, the Wolves dominated the contest with 413 total yards.
Defensively, Billy Marcantel was the leader for Rayne with 16 tackles.
The Wolves will be home again Friday night facing off against the Ville Platte Bulldogs.