“They're a good team," said Rayne High head coach Curt Ware following the loss. "But, not 33 points better than us.
"We didn’t play our best game tonight and it showed. I just hope our guys can come to practice on Monday ready to work with this loss behind us. We have four more district games and we can’t let this one loss bring is down.”
The first half of the game was all Livonia. Rayne received the ball and put together a solid drive before turning the ball over on downs just outside the Wildcat's red zone.
Livonia wasted little time getting on the board by marching down the field on a big play up mid-field and eventually scoring on a goal line play. The PAT was missed for a 6-0 Wildcat lead.
After a Rayne three and out, the Wildcats took only two plays to travel 56 yards as their tailback maneuvered his way 17 yards for the score. The two-point conversion was successful for a 14-0 Livonia lead.
On Rayne’s next possession, Leger kept the ball around the edge to break a big gain into the Wildcat red zone. But, looks were deceiving because on his way down, the ball was stripped and Livonia recovered, taking over at their own 14.
Good stands by both defenses however, placed the ball back in Wildcat hands at the Rayne 48. On first down, Livonia aired it out and brought it down to find the end zone for the third time of the game. A good PAT gave the Wildcats a commanding 21-0 lead.
Wolves began their next drive at their own 20 and spread the ball around to Buchannan, Williams, and Harmon for first downs into Wildcat territory. But, just as things were looking up for Rayne HIgh, Leger’s next air attempt was picked off and returned to the Livonia 39 with only 1:03 remaining in the first half of play. The Rayne defense couldn’t keep them out of the end zone as the Wildcats took the ball around the end for a 49-yard touchdown run and successful PAT for a 28-0 lead as both squads hit the locker room for the halftime break.
Livonia received the ball to start the second half and didn't need much time to threaten once again. A throw for a receiver screen for another big gain gave the Wildcats another first down. They entered Rayne's red zone and then into the end zone with a 4-yard run. Another good PAT extended Livonia's lead to 35-0.
On Rayne's next drive, Leger stepped up with a keeper for a first down to the 40, then connected with R.J. Buchannan for a 60 yard touchdown strike. The missed PAT placed the Wolves trailing, 35-6.
However, the Rayne defense bent during its next chance, but stiffens up the red zone to force the Wildcats to settle for a 27-yard field goal. The kick was good for a 38-6 Livonia lead.
On another drive by Rayne, Williams got a good gainer for a first down, plus a penalty against the Wildcats pushed the ball into Livonia territory. With the drive stalled on fourth and long, Ware gambles and wins as Leger goes to the air to connect with Buchannan once again, this time for a 51-yard score. A successful PAT inched the Wolves closer, but still trailing 38-13.
Just as the Wolves looked like they might make a run playing catch-up ball as Livonia got pinned at their own 10, the Wildcats put together a 90 yard drive ending with a quarterback keeper around the edge for the 12-yard score. The PAT was good to extend Livonia's lead to 45-13.
On the ensuing kickoff, Williams mishandles the ball for the Wolves, resulting in the Wildcats recovering the fumble at the Rayne 3. Livonia wasted little time to capitalize and extend their lead with a 3-yard run and another successful PAT for a 52-13 lead.
The Wolves make a final surge on the legs of Leger and Williams until, back from a leg injury, Brody Bourque crossed the goal line for the score. The missed PAT ends the scoring for the night with Livonia taking a 52-19 victory over the Wolves.
Despite the score, the Wolves managed to rack-up 459 yards of total offense with Leger accounting for 88 of those on the ground while throwing for 188 yards on 7 attempts.
Leading at receiver for the Wolves was RJ Buchannan with 118 yards on 3 catches.
Defensively, Billy Marcantel and Lacy Granger led with 7.5 tackles apiece.
Next week the Wolves will return home when they will try to bounce back by taking on the Port Barre Red Devils at RHS Stadium.