Beau Chene upends Rayne
By: TJ Fontenot
RAYNE – The Rayne Wolves continued their undefeated season against another unbeaten in the Beau Chene Gators for their Homecoming game Friday.
This time, the Wolves came out on the short end, falling to the Gators 41-20.
The Wolves started the game on offense at their own 38 and moved the ball well once again. Leger connected with Brody Bourque to get across mid-field for a Rayne first down. Bourque gets the ball into the red zone, but when the Wolves face a fourth and one, they fail to convert and turn the ball over at the Gator 16.
The Gators waste little time getting into Rayne territory and then QB Michael James finds Martin Bob for a 44-yard touchdown pass. The extra point was good putting Beau Chene up 7-0.
A short kick-off caught Rayne by surprise and the ball came out to give the Gators good field position and chance to extend the lead.
Rayne’s defense stepped up and pushed the Gator offense back to force a punt from the 30. The snap sailed over the punter’s head and Rayne’s Patrick Charles fell on it to give Rayne the ball at the Gator 35. Bourque took the ball on the first play down to the 23 for a first down, where QB Clerance Leger finished the drive off with a 21-yard touchdown run. Abshire’s PAT was good to tie the game 7-7.
The Gators then returned the kick to the 27 where #22 gets a big chunk of yardage down to the Rayne 43. But, with the Gator offense threatening, Abshire comes up big with a forced fumble recovered by the Wolves at their own 48.
On third and long, Jaylen Williams came up big for a first down to keep the drive alive and allow Tre Leon to get around the end for a 23-yard first down to the one yard line. Bourque finished the deal with the touchdown but Abshire’s PAT missed for the 13-7 lead.
The Gators’ kick-off return ended badly for Rayne as Jamal Chevis went 93 yards for the touchdown but a bad snap keeps the score 13-13 sending the game into the half.
The second half was all Beau Chene as speed started to kill the Wolves. The opening kick-off put the Gators at mid-field and quickly into the Rayne red zone where Jamal Chevis rumbles into the end zone from nine yards out for the score. Another missed extra point leaves the score 19-13 in favor of Beau Chene.
The Rayne offense got the ball back and hit a brick wall getting nothing and had to punt from their own 31. After the return, Jacob Carmouche takes the first play 69 yards to pay dirt. The two point conversion was good, giving Beau Chene a 27-13 cushion.
Rayne’s offense continued to struggle and was forced to punt again. This time Chevis maneuvers his way through Rayne defenders 82 yards for his third score of the night. The PAT split the uprights, extending the lead 34-14.
Rayne’s ensuing possession started at their own 36 but the Wolve’s went three and out and were forced to punt, this time kicking the ball out of bounds at the Beau Chene 44.
A quick first down and penalty put the ball inside the Wolf red zone again and on a first and goal, fullback Jimmy Francis finds the end zone from four yards out. The PAT was good to put the Gators up 41-13.
Rayne finally started to move the ball with time running down in the third quarter. Starting their drive at their own 33, the Wolves converted third and fourth downs until Bourque found the end zone from three yards out, ending the scoring and game with the Wolves collecting their first loss of the season.
Bourque led the way for the Wolves on the ground with 76 yards and two touchdowns while Leger was 2-7 in the air.
Defensively, Andrew Abshire accounted for 14 takedowns while Patrick Charles, Lacy Granger, and Jalyen Boutee all recovered fumbles for the Wolves.
“We have to learn from this but at the same time forget about it,” said RHS coach Curt Ware. “We can’t carry this loss with us the rest of the season. Beau Chene is a good football team with a lot of athletes that we played with for most of the game. We just let the big plays get the best of us.”
Ware’s Wolves will travel to Church Point this Friday to take on the Bears at 7 p.m.