In preparation of next week’s opening round of the 2012 state playoffs, the No. 8-ranked Wolves completed their regular season slate with a huge 45-12 win over Northwest.
“This was a great team effort,” stated Rayne High head coach Curt Ware on the win.
“Both our offense and defense played well tonight,“ Ware continued. “We put points on the board and saw Trent (Duhon) and Javon (Cormier) combined for 300 yards while Jalen (Williams) was still out."
Rayne’s defense also held their own for the win allowing only 118 yards on the ground, forcing the Raiders to go to the air throughout the contest.
Ware also noted, "The team as a whole did an outstanding job and really went all out.”
The Wolves took a quick 14-0 lead early in the first quarter of action and never looked back for the district win.
On the opening kickoff, Rayne’s Cody Manuel made a return to their own 40 yard line, setting up a 60-yard scoring drive. With runs by Trent Duhon and Javon Cormier, the Wolves found themselves in scoring position early-on. A 28-yard Clarence Leger pass to Dannie Harmon set up a three-yard touchdown run by Cormier and a Ty Delahoussaye PAT for a 7-0 Rayne lead in the first three minutes of the ballgame.
As the Wolf defense halted Northwest on their first drive of the contest, Rayne’s second drive was just as productive with Cormier making a 32-yard punt return to set up a 33-yard scoring drive. Duhon punch it in from one yard out for Rayne’s second score of the night. Delahoussaye’s PAT placed the Wolves up 14-0 midway through the first quarter.
With the first quarter coming to an end, the Raiders went to the air for their first score as Germany Ledet found Justin Ardoin for a completion and a 53-yard touchdown, cutting into a 14-7 Rayne lead.
Rayne High’s third touchdown of the first half of play came on the heals of a Raider pass broken up by Wolf defender Grant Menard. A 60-yard touchdown drive was capped with a Cormier 42-yard TD run for a 20-7 Rayne lead.
Northwest answered on their next drive with their second and final score of the ballgame. The 80-yard scoring drive saw Northwest’s Sadrian Jackson hit a seam for a 70-yard touchdown run. The Brandon Allamon PAT put the score at 20-14, the closest the Raiders would get to the Wolves all night.
Ty Delahoussaye wrapped up the first half with a 24-yard field goal and a 23-14 lead or the halftime break.
The second half was all Rayne High as the Wolf offense tallied three additional touchdowns for the win.
Duhon was provided a seam by the Rayne High line for a 65-yard rushing touchdown. Tyler Lejeune found Dannie Harmon for a two-point conversion and a 31-14 Rayne lead.
A 77-yard drive saw Leger punch in a one-yard QB sneak for Rayne’s next score. The third quarter was completed with a Delahoussaye PAT and an extended 38-14 Rayne lead.
Rayne’s final score of the ballgame came on a Cormier TD run, topping off an 80-yard scoring drive. Delahoussaye split the uprights for the last time for the 45-14 Rayne High win.
In addition to their 321 rushing yards, Leger added 65 passing yards for Rayne’s 386 offensive total.
Rayne quarterback Clarence Leger was 3-for-5 on the night for 65 yards. Dannie Harmon had three receptions for 65 yards.
Leading Rayne’s ground attack were Trent Duhon and Javon Cormier. Duhon turned in 19 carries for 160 yards, while Cormier had 139 yards on 17 carries.
Northwest’s offense was limited to a stingy defense led by Quinn Guidry (5 tackles,2 assists), Billy Mercantile (4 tackles, 2 assists), Grant Menard (3.5 tackles, 3 assists), and Andrew Broussard (3 tackles, 2 assists).
Marcantel, Menard, Broussard, Dylan Soileaux, Dannie Harmon and Grant Menard all had tackles for losses.
With the regular season complete and the Wolves standing with an 8-2 overall record and 3-2 in district, Rayne entered the final week of action in the top 10 of the state’power ranking. The completed state bracket will be announced Sunday afternoon with the Wolves expected to play at home on Friday.