Abbeville closes out season with win over Rayne
By Phillip Laperouse
LSN STAFF WRITER
ABBEVILLE – The Abbeville Wildcats and the Rayne Wolves entered Friday night’s district finale both looking at the future and hopes of sending their seniors off on a good note.
In search of their first homecoming win in nearly five years, the Wildcats seemed to have had plans of ending that streak picking up the 19-8 win.
“The kids told me before the game that Abbeville had only won two home games in the last four years and one homecoming win in at least five years” said Abbeville head coach Troy Breaux. “We definitely wanted to end that streak and send our seniors out with a win.”
After losing a couple of games earlier in the year that could have gone either way, the Wildcats (2-8, 2-3) needed to jump on the Wolves early.
AHS quarterback R.J. Frederick jump started the offense when he found senior receiver Branden Trahan on an 88 yard touchdown pass for the 6-0 lead with 5:30 to play in the first quarter.
“We played really hard tonight and had a couple of breaks go our way tonight for a change” Breaux said.
One of those breaks came after a 62-yard Rayne completion was fumbled at the AHS five-yard line and recovered by Trahan as the Wildcats regained possession.
With less than a minute to play until halftime and the Wolves trailing by only six, the Wildcats looked for a little insurance. As time expired in the first half, Trahan was able to sneak past the secondary and haul in the Frederick pass from 48 yards out for the 12-0 lead.
“We really wanted to send these seniors out with a win” said junior quarterback R.J. Frederick who had over 200 yards passing and three touchdowns on the night.
The “big play” was what hurt the Wolves all night, but the final score of the night for the Wildcats came on and 11 yard Frederick pass to Brett Meaux with just over one minute to play in the third quarter.
“I think this was the best game our offense has played all year” Breaux said. “And other than one or two plays our defense played well the majority of the night.”
The Wolves (1-9,1-4) were able to find the end zone with 10:02 to play in the game on a hook up from five yards out, chipping into the AHS lead at 19-8. That proved to be the final scoring of the night for either team as Abbeville held on for the 11 point victory.
Frederick paced the Wildcat attack with 219 yards, completing 10-14 with three touchdowns through the air. Frederick also had 63 yards rushing on 11 carries. Gerald Minnick ran for 48 yards on ten carries, and Tony Boudreaux had 23 yards on 11 carries. Branden Trahan led all receivers with 154 yards on five receptions with two touchdowns.