Bears edge Wolves
By: TJ Fontenot
CHURCH POINT – The Rayne Wolves looked to bounce back from a home loss last week traveling to Church Point to take on the Bears Friday evening.
But, the Wolves would fall to 2-2 with a 14-6 loss to the Acadia Parish rivals.
The Wolves started off on offense and like their last games, moved the ball very efficiently across midfield and into the red zone while running the clock down.
When the Wolves got inside the 10, the Bear defense tightened up and forced the Wolves to a turnover on downs, setting up the Church Point offense deep in their own territory.
Rayne’s defense held tough to force a punt and give Rayne the ball again at the Church Point 37.
The Wolves marched inside the red zone again but once again turn the ball over, this time coming by way of a fumble, giving the Bears the ball back at their 17.
Church Point converted one third down, but was stuffed once again and was forced to punt.
Chaisson mishandled the punt and Church Point recovered the with good field position at the 23.
The Bears fail to get anything going and end up turning the ball over on downs at the Rayne 22.
Penalties stall the Wolves’ drive and they were forced to punt from the 27, giving Church Point the ball again at the Rayne 46.
Both teams exchanged punts until Church Point drove the ball 73 yards with Ty Leger connecting through the air with Desmond Bellard from 7 yards out for the first score of the game. The PAT was good to give the Bears a 7-0 lead.
A Bear interception on a Hail Mary pass sent the game into halftime with Church Point leading 7-0.
Abshire’s kick to open the second half sailed into the end zone to give the Bears possession starting at their own 20.
The Rayne defense gave a little, but they forced a punt from the 37, where a penalty pushed the return back to the 20. Bourque and Williams combine for two first downs then Bourque dashes across midfield to the Bear 45. After a Tre Leon first down, he finishes what he started and goes around the end for 22 yards and the score. A fumbled snap leaves on the PAT left the Wolves trailing 7-6 with 3:07 left in the third quarter.
The Bears didn’t take long to answer back though, as they completed a reverse pass for big yards into Rayne territory before getting down to the RHS 20. Then on fourth and 23, Jacob Boone sneaks past the Rayne pass defense to catch Ty Leger’s pass for another Church Point score. The PAt was good with time winding down in the third quarter.
The Wolves got the ball and threatened to score again, getting inside the Bear 30. But the Church Point defense came up big, forcing the turnover on downs.
Church Point was able to hold on to the ball and run out the clock to seal the 14-6 victory.
Offensively, the Wolves gained a total of 284 yards with 102 of them coming on the legs of Brody Bourque. On the defensive side of the ball, Aaron Chaisson recorded the team high nine tackles on the night.
Church Point’s ground attack was limited to 93 yards on the night. Von Duplechain and Zack Quibodeaux each totaled 29 yards while Boone had 26 yards on six carries.
Leger completed six passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns. Bellard had three catches for 34 yards and a touchdown while Boone had one for a 28-yard touchdown.
Ware knows that his team killed themselves tonight.
“We had opportunities and we just turned the ball over at the wrong times,” said Ware. “I have no doubt that we can beat Church Point, but tonight just wasn’t our night.”
Next week the Wolves will be on the road again, this time heading west to take on the Crowley Gents.