Rayne, Church Point fall short in Acadia/Vermilion Jamboree
CHURCH POINT – The opening round of the Acadia/Vermilion Parish Jamboree got started with a bang Thursday in Church Point.
Vermilion Parish came out on the upside with two victories after Abbeville slipped past Rayne, 8-7, in the opener and North Vermilion rallied for an 18-13 victory over Church Point in the nightcap to pull off the clean sweep.
In the opener, all signs pointed towards a shootout after both teams hit paydirt in the first four minutes of the contest.
Rayne struck first with a 5-play, 50-yard drive that was capped by Brody Bourque’s 4-yard touchdown run.
However, Abbeville answered back just one minute later.
Wildcat quarterback R.J. Frederick weaved his way through Rayne’s defense on his way to a 77-yard scoring run.
The difference in the game came on Abbeville’s PAT attempt. Gerald Minnick scored the eventual game-winning points when he crossed the goal line on a swinging gate play to give Abbeville an 8-7 advantage.
Rayne was able to hold Abbeville on a goal line stand at the 2-yard line late in the game, but the Wolves’ only offense threat in the final half ended in a fumble.
“We really played hard and wanted this game tonight,” said RHS coach Curt Ware. “But I was pleased. We played physical, executed our offense and moved the ball well. If we stay healthy, we can continue to get better.”
The Wolves and the Wildcats will square off once more during the regular season when the District 5-AAA rivals match up in Week 10.
Rayne will kick off its 2010 regular season Friday evening when they play host to Rosepine at 7 o’clock.
In the final game of the night, Church Point erased a 12-0 halftime deficit by scoring twice in the second half to take a 13-12 advantage.
The Bears’ first score was set up by a Zack Quibedeaux 49-yard run before Von Duplechain punched it in from one yard out.
Desmond Bellard scored the Bears’ final touchdown from eight yards out with 3:08 remaining in the game.
The Patriots had an answer, though.
Jabian Kern took a sweep around the left end with 51 seconds remaining for the game-winner.
Church Point opens the regular season Friday when the Bears travel to Arnaudville to take on the Class AAAA Beau Chene Gators at 7 p.m.