“Things were kinda tight there at the beginning,” stated Rayne Head Coach Curt Ware on Friday’s win. “I really believe we relaxed once we got ahead.”
Ware continued, “Once I reminded our guys at the half that they were better than how they were playing, we tightened things up and got their game back on track.”
On Rayne’s very first drive of the ballgame, they saw the end zone. Jalen Williams and Trent Duhon turned in the yards for the first drive, ending with Williams plowing through the middle from the six-yard line for the score. Ty Delahoussaye split the uprights for the extra point and the Wolves were up 7-0 at the seven minute mark of the first quarter.
The Greyhounds tried to get things started and took to the air on their next drive. But, Dannie Harmon got a tackle behind the line for a Welsh loss and another punt.
With an additional 15 yards added to Rayne’s return due to a Welsh personal foul, the Wolves began their next scoring drive into Welsh territory at the 43 mark. Duhon was able to net a 21-yard gain, setting up a 29-yard touchdown run by Williams. Delahoussaye booted another extra point for a Rayne 14-0 lead going into the second quarter, at which time, the sky opened up.
With a drive that began at their own 44-yard line, the Greyhounds combined a running and passing game, all leading to a Caleb Hayes 20-yard touchdown completion to Mason Lognion for Welsh’s first score of the ballgame. Coby Sammis split the uprights for a 14-7 score with four minutes remaining in the first half.
Rayne was four and out on their next attempt as the Greyhounds prepared for their next drive from their own 44-yard line. Tray Goodwin and Andrew Moore combined for Welsh’s running game, which led to a touchdown run by Caleb Hayes. The extra point tied the ballgame at 14-all with only 35 seconds remaining in the first half.
With a 23-yard return by Javon Cormier, Rayne was over mid-field, but the clock was their enemy at this point with only 35 seconds showing. Runs by Williams and Duhon came up short, forcing the Wolves to attempt a 50-yard field goal with only two seconds on the clock. Delahoussaye’s attempt was just short and both teams hit the locker room for the halftime break with a 14-all ballgame.
The Wolves came out on their first drive of the second half ready to score, and that they did. Williams returned the kickoff 31 yards to Rayne’s own 38-yard line. Williams and Duhon again took handoffs from Wolf quarterback Clarence Leger for gainers, resulting in a 42-yard break away run by Duhon for the score. Delahoussaye missed the extra point on the slippery field, but the Wolves led 20-14 as the clock ticked at the 10-minute mark of the third quarter.
A fumble recovery by Bryan Minix set up Rayne’s next score, seeing Williams run in from one yard out for the Wolves. Instead of the air, the conversion saw Williams cut around the right side of the line for an extra two, bringing the score back on track with a 28-14 Rayne lead.
Hunter Keely, Dillon Soileaux and Christian Hodges combined for key tackles as Welsh attempted to score late in the third quarter, limiting the Greyhounds in yards. During action, Keely forced a fumble and Minix turned in a seven-yard run, setting up another Williams touchdown and extra point for a 35-14 Rayne lead.
The Rayne High defense beefed things up in the final quarter as Dannie Harmon, James Whitten and Chris Thomas limited Welsh runners, denying the Greyhounds the end zone.
Ware subbed in for the remaining minutes, seeing a knee taken for the final two snaps of the ballgame and another Rayne High win.
“I think being that close helped us,” commented Ware on Friday’s win. “I really believe it was a wake-up call of how close they were to letting them (Welsh) in the game. But, they pulled it together and played well on both sides.”