“We played really well tonight,” stated Rayne High head coach Curt Ware following the Wolves’ big win over Port Barre. “We came out big in many areas that we need at this point and we’re back healthy. It was a good night for us.”
Friday’s district win came with a number of big plays, the first of which coming on a 52-yard punt return by Javon Cormier early in the first quarter. An extra point by Ty Delehoussaye gave Rayne a 7-0 lead.
On Rayne’s very next drive, quarterback Clarence Leger hit Wolf receiver Dannie Harmon for a 31-yard touchdown pass. Delahoussaye nailed the extra point for a 14-0 lead mid-way through the first quarter.
Port Barre then tried to take it to the air with a pass only to have it intercepted by Quinn Guidry, giving the Wolves the ball at the 44-yard line. But that drive was short-lived with a Rayne fumble recovered by the Red Devils near midfield.
Despite good field position, the Red Devils came against a stingy Rayne defense, forcing a short Port Barre punt and the Wolves at their own 38-yard line.
QB Leger mixed things up on the long drive with a couple of passes to Harmon and Cormier. The ground assault saw Javen Williams, Trent Duhon and Cormier make gains, but it came up short at the Port Barre 22-yard line. Delahoussaye was called on for a 39-yard field goal that he split between the uprights for a 17-0 Rayne lead to begin the second quarter scoring bonanza.
With a solid 31-yard kickoff return, the Red Devils began their first scoring drive at their own 41-yard line. Port Barre kept it on the ground for the drive, and on fourth and two, David Francis found an opening for a 38-yard touchdown run. The PAT was good and the Red Devils were on the scoreboard,17-6, with four minutes remaining in the first half, plenty of time for more scoring by both squads.
On the heals of nice gainers by Duhon and Williams, the Wolves lit up the scoreboard once again as the Wolf offensive line provided enough room for Cormier to score from five yards out. Delahoussaye’s PAT was good and Rayne remained ahead, 24-6, as the clock struck three minutes.
Despite a 59-yard kickoff, Port Barre’s Desmond Lewis made a big play of his own, sprinting 90 yards for a Red Devil touchdown. The PAT failed and Rayne still led, 24-12.
On the Port Barre kickoff, Wolf Byron Mouton made a big play of own with a 58-yard return, setting the Wolves just 28 yards from yet another touchdown. Four plays later, Williams scored on a short gainer and Delahoussaye hit the PAT for a 31-12 Rayne lead with only 1:23 remaining in the first half of play.
With a Port Barre three-and-out and less than a minute in the half, Williams broke through for a 44-yard gain, setting up a Duhon touchdown. Delahoussaye hit another PAT for a 38-12 Rayne lead for the halftime break.
The second half belonged to the Wolves seeing Williams scoring once again in the third quarter, and Mouton touching the end some twice in the last quarter for the eventual 58-12 Rayne High district win.
Of their five possessions in the second half, Port Parre was held to only first down by a tough Rayne defense.
That defense was led by Paton Duhon with six tackles, Dannie Harmon and Billy Marcantel each with five, Grant Menard with five and an assist, Dylan Soileaux at four, and Todd Broussard, Andrew Broussard ad Christian Hodges with two and a half tackles and assists.
Harmon’s interception in the first quarter was the lone turnover recovered by the Wolves.
The Rayne offense, who turned in 416 total yards on the night, was led in the air by Clarence Leger who was 2-for-7 at 21 yards and one touchdown. Receivers were Dannie Harmon and Javon Cormier.
Among those turning in 395 rushing yards for the Wolves were Javon Cormier (5-for-52 yards, 1 TD), Trent Duhon (8-for-62 yards,1 TD), Byron Mouton (7-for-82 yards, 2 TD’s), and Jalen Williams, who exceeded 1,000 yards on the season with 133 yards on 15 carries while adding two touchdowns.
Ty Delahoussaye scored a field goal and had eight kickoffs for 454 yards, averaging 57 yards. Tyler LeJeune (45) and Dylan Soileaux (30) also booted one kickoff each.
The Wolves will return home Friday for a two-week stint as they will host Church Point in a key district match-up at Wolf Stadium.
“We have a big game against Church Point this week,” noted Ware on this week’s outlook. “They’re always tough and we expect to have our hands full for this important district game.”