Church Point slips past Rayne
BY T.J. FONTENOT
LSN STAFF WRITER
RAYNE – The Rayne Wolves’ fourth game of the season was played Friday against former district rival but still parish rival, Church Point. The Bears came out on top scoring on special teams and defense to drop the Wolves to 0-4 on the season with a 9-6 victory.
“We have to be more consistent on offense,” commented Rayne Head Coach Curt Ware on the loss. “We can’t afford to move the ball and not score like we’ve been doing all season. Our guys are playing hard, but just can’t punch it in.”
The bright spot of the Wolves on the night was the Rayne High defense.
“Our defense is still playing some outstanding ball. They’re giving us a chance in these close games. But, we just can’t get it across.”
The Rayne High defense showed their colors early on in the ballgame as Andrew Abshire came up with a Church Point fumble due to the wet field conditions, setting the Wolves is great position at the Church Point five-yard line. On the first play of the drive, Brody Bourque takes the hand-off from Tyler Venable for a 5-yard touchdown score for the Wolves, their first end zone touch since their opening game at Rosepine. Venable’s extra point was not good and the Wolves gained their first lead of the season at 6-0.
But, that lead was short lived as Von Duplechain took the ensuing kick-off 90 yards for a Church Point touchdown. Mike Leger split the uprights for the point after, giving the Bears a 7-6 lead with half of the first quarter remaining.
With fireworks coming early on in the ballgame, one would expect a shootout, but both defenses step up for the remainder of the first half with both sides going scoreless. Big stops for the Wolves came from Andrew Abshire on a third and long, Shelby Thibodeaux on second down, and Quincy Rochester running down a CP back after a long gainer.
Church Point moved the ball in spurts with big plays coming mainly from running back Von Duplechain and a converted fake punt by Dexter Charles.
Converting yards for the Wolves in the first half of play were Brody Bourque, Myles Pryor, and Tyler Venable.
Church Point received the ball to start the second half of action at their own 32 yard-line, resulting in the same outcome - Rayne’s defense stepping up and forcing Church Point to give up the ball. This go round, the Bears got down deep in Rayne territory before Jermil Rogers made a tackle for loss, giving Venable the ball with a long field ahead of the Wolves at the 5 yard-line. Failing to move the ball on first down, the second consecutive run was stopped behind the line and in the end zone for a safety, putting the Bears up, 9-6.
On the ensuing drive, a Bear touchdown was called back due to a holding penalty. The Rayne defense held tough again and forced another punt downed at the Rayne 19. Bourque’s first down run brings an end to the third quarter with the Wolves moving the ball at the 30. More penalties on the drive caused the Rayne offense to stall and punt from their own 43 and going down to the Church Point 15 after a holding penalty.
The remainder of the contest was a defensive battle with neither team able to score.
But, Rayne had one last chance with the ball at the Church Point 46 with only 49 seconds remaining. Venable’s passes were incomplete and Church Point held tough on the running game, giving the Bears the ball with six ticks on the clock. A kneel saw the final seconds roll by for 9-6 win.
The Wolves racked up 135 yards on the night with 132 of them on the ground and only three through the air. Tyler Venable was the leading rusher on the night with 56 yards on the ground, followed by Brody Bourque with 31, Myles Pryor at 18, Alexander Kentrill with 17 and Dylan Ware with an even 10.
Venable also completed one pass on the night for three yards with the lone completion going to Zach Heinen.
The defense gave up 191 yards on the night with 184 of those on the ground and seven through the air.
Carrying the load for the Bears on the ground was Duplechain with 135 yards on 13 carries. On the receiving end, he also caught the lone completion for 7 yards.
The Wolves will celebrate Homecoming on Friday when they host to Crowley. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Wolf Stadium.