WELSH - The Rayne Wolves keep the ball rolling for the 2010 season Friday night with a 42-20 pounding of the Welsh Greyhounds.
Rayne High head coach Curt Ware was pleased with the hard work on both sides of the ball during the non-district contest, but knows this is just the beginning.
“It’s good to start the season 2-0 for sure,” he commented following the win. “But, week by week the competition keeps getting tougher. We have to keep improving, as well.”
The Wolves looked impressive on both sides of the ball with 13 of the 20 Greyhound points coming against the Wolves’ second team.
Things started off slow offensively for the Wolves fumbling the football on their first two possessions. Luckily though, their defense came to play forcing a punt, and forcing a fumble of their own in the red zone to keep the Greyhounds scoreless on their first two possessions.
But, the Hounds were the first to strike on the night after they turned another Rayne mistake into a scoring drive. Hound quarterback Payton Fox dashed across the goal line from five yards out to end the long scoring drought. Fox’s extra point was also good, leaving the Wolves trailing 7-0 with 2:43 remaining in the first quarter.
The Rayne High offense turned it on getting the ball at their own 22 and never looked back. They move the ball down the field led by Brody Bourque, Jaylen Williams and Tre Leon, until QB Clerance Leger found Leon in the end zone for Rayne’s first score of the night and his first touchdown in the air this season. Abshire’s extra point was good to tie the game at seven all.
Welsh’s ensuing drive ended abruptly as the Wolves force a fumble on the first play and Aaron Chaisson scoops it up for another Rayne possession at the Welsh 25. Bourque took the first play up the middle to the 8-yard line where he finished up the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run. Abshire’s extra point good to put the Wolves ahead 7-14 with 7:00 left in the first half. Welsh’s next possession ends in a three and out punt from their 21, and Chaission gets a good return on it to set Rayne up at the Welsh 45. Back to back losses see the Wolves facing a third and long when Leger completes another pass, this one to Dannie Harmon, and Harmon finds the end zone from 48 yards out. Another Abshire extra point extends lead 7-21. Another Welsh three and out give Leger and his squad the ball at their own 30. Back to back big plays of 31 and 24 yards from sophomore back Jaylen Williams put the Wolves in the red zone again. And it doesn’t take long before Bourque pounds his way up the middle and into the end zone for his second score of the night. Abshire’s kick good for the 7-28 Rayne lead with time running out in the half. We finally see some sparks from the Greyhound offense as the run a little hook and ladder down to the Rayne 24 with just under 0:43 left to play in the half. Rayne’s defense didn’t break though as they forced the Hound offense to turn the ball over on downs with 0:10 left. Leger kneels on the ball to send the game into halftime.
Action in the third quarter was limited as both teams struggled to get anything going offensively due to solid defense. But Rayne’s Brody Bourque opened things up in the 4th quarter when he scored his third touchdown of the night to put the Wolves up 7-35 with the good extra point. Bourque’s score inspired the Welsh offense to get things going as they drove the ball from their own 20 down to the Rayne 32 until Rayne safety Dequincy Senegal intercepts Fox’s pass and is forced out of bounds at the Rayne 40. Coach Ware then decides to get some kids some work in as he sends out his second string offense. They don’t seem to get into the rhythm of the game right off and the Wolves are forced to punt from their own 42. Abshire’s punt is downed at the 6, but a Welsh penalty puts the ball down at the three yard line. The Rayne second string defense starts off strong, but then they give up a 77 yard touchdown run to Jacob Daigle with Fox’s extra point good to put the Greyhounds on the board again 14-35. The Wolves answer back though, when Jaylen Williams finds running room again, this time for 73 yards and his first score of the night to get the points back and the 14-42 lead. The young Rayne defense gives up another big play on the next drive. Tre Cooper scrambles 41 yards for the score this time with the extra point going wide to leave the score 20-42. The Hounds get another chance to score as a bad Rayne snap gives Welsh the ball at the one yard line with 0:04 seconds remaining. But, the Rayne defense showed their dominance of the whole night when they capped it off by stopping the power attack behind the line to end the game 20-42 in favor of the Rayne Wolves.
The Wolves had impressive offensive stats with two backs carrying the ball for triple digits, and Leger’s two completions both touchdowns. Jaylen Williams rushed for 177 yards and one touchdown while Brody Bourque ended the night with 134 yards and three scores. Defensively, Aaron Chaisson was all over the field with 15 tackles and one fumble recovery. Also recording turnover recoveries for the Wolves were Kourtsie Bernard and Dequincy Senegal.
Ware was pleased with the hard work on both sides of the ball tonight but knows this is just the beginning. “It’s good to start the season 2-0 for sure, but week by week the competition keeps getting tougher and we have to keep improving as well. We have a few little things to work on, but I think we’re heading in the right direction.”
On Friday the Wolves will host the Beau Chene Gators for their Homecoming game. Action begins at 7 p.m., with the new Homecoming Queen to be crowned during halftime festivities.