“It took a total team effort to get the job done and they did it well,” said Rayne coach Curt Ware following the victory.
In a constant drizzle brought on by Tropical Storm Lee, the Class 3A Wolves rolled up 372 yards on the ground to punish the undermanned Class 1A Blue Jays.
“We need to learn, progress and get better as the season goes on,” said St. Edmund coach Thomas David. “If we don’t learn from our mistakes, then we are doomed to repeat it.”
The Wolves grabbed a 13-0 advantage in the first quarter after a 60-yard touchdown scamper by R.J. Buchanan and a 62-yard scoring run by Jalen Williams.
Rayne extended its lead to 15-0 shortly after when Lacy Granger tackled Blue Jay quarterback David Scott LaFleur in the end zone for a safety with 2:30 remaining in the opening quarter.
St. Edmund answered back in the second quarter when they mounted a 14-play, 98-yard drive that was capped the nine minute drive with a nine-yard touchdown run. Trey Caswell’s PAT cut the lead to 15-7 with 6:02 left in the half.
Rayne threatened late in the half as the Wolves advanced to the Blue Jay 18-yard line before a fumble, recovered by Kyle Dupre, ended the drive.
After a short St. Edmund punt, the Wolves were in great field position but once again, the Blue Jay defense held at midfield as time expired in the half.
In the third quarter, the Wolves won the field position battle before mounting a short five-play, 27-yard drive that was capped by Brody Bourque’s two-yard touchdown run.
St. Edmund’s Perry Pitre blocked the extra point as the Wolves claimed a 21-7 advantage with 2:12 left in the third quarter.
Bourque struck again early in the fourth quarter, this time scoring on a 10-yard run.
St. Edmund’s blocked the PAT once again and Rayne took a 27-7 lead.
After forcing St. Edmund to punt on the ensuing drive, a high snap resulted in LaFleur being tackled at the Blue Jay 23.
It took Williams just one play to race for the score before Alfred Wheeler’s PAT gave the Wolves a 34-7 lead with 8:23 left in the game.
St. Edmund recovered two Rayne fumbles late in the frame to halt the Woves from scoring again.
Williams led the Wolves’ ground attack with 185 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries while Bourque had 93 yards and two scores on 15 carries.
Defensively, the Wolves allowed just 184 yards of total offense and just one touchdown while intercepting two passes. Billy Marcantel led the way with 14 tackles while Granger followed closely with 10 tackles and one sack.
The Wolves look to keep their winning ways next week as the Welsh Greyhounds make their way to Wolf Stadium Friday night.
St. Edmund will play host to Iota.