After the game, a cold and drenched Rayne High head coach Curt Ware said, “We’re happy to be here and looking forward to getting back at it for next week’s game. We were able to capitalize on their (Bossier) mistakes tonight and it worked out for us.”
But, the ballgame didn’t start the way the Wolves had planned.
The opening kick went to the Bearkats and quickly into the Rayne end zone for an 85-yard opening kick off return by Bossier's Breon Morris. The PAT was mishandled and stuffed, giving Bossier an early 6-0 lead only 13 seconds into the game.
The Wolves would answer later in the quarter with a big play of their own when Trent Duhon took the hand off from Wolf quarterback Clerance Leger at the 55-yard line for Rayne’s first score of the night. Delahoussaye’s kick sails wide leaving the game tied at 6-6.
Bossier fumbles the ball on their next possession, resulting in Rayne's Lacy Granger falling on top of it at the Bearkat 27. Jalen Williams gets to the 15 for the Wolves, then Duhon went around the corner to the 5, setting Leger up for a one-yard touchdown run. Duhon got into the end zone for the two-point conversion and 14-6 Rayne lead.
The next score for the Wolves was set up by a fumble recovery by Trent Duhon and returned to the Bossier 8. Rayne had to settle for a 22-yard field goal with Delahoussaye splitting the uprights, extending the Wolves' lead to 17-6.
The Bearkats threatened to score before half break, getting inside the Rayne 20. But the Rayne defense forced another fumble recovered by James Whitten at their own 13, taking a 17-6 lead into the half.
The Wolves received the ball to start the second half but fail to score and are forced to punt, placing Bossier deep in their own territory on their 8-yard line where the Rayne defense would take over.
And take over they did as Bearkats quarterback Samuel Dudley tried to pass against a tough Rayne defense, rushing in which flushes Dudley out of the pocket, forcing him to make a throw on the run when Wolf Grant Menard stepped in front of the throw for the Rayne interception returned to the 12.
On fourth and two at the four, Williams gets the call and with a powerful second effort, he finds his way into the end zone for a Rayne High score. Delahoussaye’s good PAT placed the Wolves up, 24-6.
Just to show that they were still around, the Bearkats took over at their own 32 and quickly moved into Rayne territory with a big run up the middle to the Wolf 37. Another good gain on third down placed the Bearkats at the 18, where another burst up the middle put Bossier on the board again. A two-point conversion attempt failed for the Bearkats, leaving a 24-12 Rayne lead.
With an interception by the Bearkats, Bossier took over at the Rayne 47. The Rayne defense stepped up big in the situation and forces Bossier to a fourth and long where Lacy Granger gets a sack to stop the threat.
The Wolves stall on offense and so do the Bearkats; but, on the punt the Rayne defense got through and forced Bossier's kicker to tuck the ball when he is taken down inside his own red zone. Brody Bourque took the ball down to the 9, where another second effort and a good push from the offensive line puts Leger across the goal line for Rayne's last score. The PAT was not good for a 30-12 lead and Rayne High victory over the Bossier Bearkats.
Offensively, Trent Duhon racked up the most yards for the Wolves with 94 yards on 9 carries, and Jalen Williams carried the load with 20 carries for 54 yards.
On the defensive side, Jalen Boutte and Lacy Granger both accounted for 11 tackles, while Grant Menard had the lone interception.
Next week the Wolves will be at home again playing a rematch of the 2008 first round playoff game against the #2-ranked Comets of St. Charles Catholic. Kickoff is scheduled at 7 p.m. at Wolf Stadium Friday evening.