“We are 1-0, but we have to get better,” said Rayne coach Curt Ware after the game. “We need to work on our stamina and eliminate the mistakes that can cost us in close games.”
The Wolves began the season on offense with high hopes, continuing where they left off last week in the jamboree.
But, the St. Ed’s defense had other plans.
The Jays forced a fumble on the opening possession of the ballgame, giving St. Ed’s the ball at their own 34.
The Rayne defense returned the favor on their opening drive giving up only four yards and forcing a punt.
The Wolves got back on track after an early penalty, seeing Jalen Williams turn the corner for a 43-yard touchdown run. Ty Delahoussaye’s PAT was good giving Rayne a 7-0 lead five minutes into the first quarter of play.
St. Ed’s offense moved the ball on their next possession on the legs of quarterback Perry Pitre into Wolf territory. But, Rayne defender Hunter Keely snagged a throw out of the air giving Rayne another chance at the Rayne 33. After getting into Blue Jay territory, the Wolves stalled and turned the ball over on downs at the 24 to end the first quarter of play.
After another quarterback scramble under Rayne High pressure, Pitre lost handle of the ball and Wolf Johnathan Dugas recovered. His return was negated because of a block in the back to set the Rayne offense up at the St. Edmund 23.
Williams went to work getting into the red-zone where Trent Duhon shot up the middle from eight yards out for the score. Delahoussaye’s kick was good once again for a 14-0 Rayne lead at the eight minute mark of the second quarter.
The Wolves struck again after good defensive stands from both teams when Wiliams got Rayne out of their red-zone with a good run to the 41, where Duhon took the next hand-off 57 yards to the two yard line. He then punched it in for the score and a 20-0 Rayne lead going into the halftime break.
After a quick three and out for the Blue Jays to start the second half, the Rayne offense was back at it. Williams started it off by reversing his field and getting out of a jam for a 28-yard run to the 44. Javon Cormier took the next snap and outran everyone 56 yards to the end zone for Rayne’s fourth score of the ballgame.
The Blue Jays decided to air out the ball on their next possession and it paid off. After starting off at their own 20 and with the help of a Rayne penalty, St. Ed’s capped off the drive with a 20-yard Pitre to Dupre connection in the end zone.
The Wolves answered back even after Duhon had a 50-yard touchdown called back, only to have Javon Cormier find the end zone for his second time of the night, scoring from 25 yards out. The PAT was good for a 34-7 Rayne lead early in the fourth quarter.
The Blue Jays got a big return on their first chance of the night and got to the Rayne 22. After converting two third downs, Pitre was able to work his way through the defense to find the end zone from two yards out. A blocked PAT by the Rayne defense left the score with a Wolf 34-13 lead.
But, the Wolves answered once again, this time using quarterback Clarence Leger on the ground, getting Williams into striking distance where he would take the ball and speed around the corner for a 44-yard TD run and 41-13 lead.
St. Edmunds got the final score of the ballgame as time expired converting a fourth and goal from 14 yards out to leave the final score of 41-19.
The Wolves racked up 517 yards of offense with 14 first downs on 124 rushing yards.
Lead rusher for Rayne was Jalen Williams with 238 yards on 20 carries and two touchdowns. Duhon tallied 143 yards on 17 carries and two touchdowns while Cormier scored two touchdowns with five carries totaling 86 yards.
In addition to six carries and 28 rushing yards, Leger was 2-for-8 in the air for 22 yards on the night.
On the receiving end with receptions were Dannie Mouton (1-for-17) and Johnathan Dugas (1-for-5).
Wolves Hunter Keely (10), Byron Mouton (3) and Javon Cormier (23) led kickoff returns, while Ty Delahoussaye booted seven kickoffs for 411 yards.
Cormier turned in two punt returns for eight yards for the Wolves.
The Blue Jays totaled 228 offensive yards against a tough Rayne defense lead by Cody Manuel (8), Hunter Keely (6), Todd Broussard (5), Grant Menard (4.5), Paton Duhon (4.5) and Andrew Broussard (4) on tackles.
The Wolves will travel to Welsh Friday to take on the Greyhounds. Kickoff is 7 p.m.