Rayne cruises past Ville Platte
BY TJ FONTENOT
LSN STAFF WRITER
VILLE PLATTE – The Rayne Wolves opened up the 2008 prep football season in fine fashion Saturday, striking early and often to defeat Ville Platte, 27-6.
The game was originally slated for Friday but was pushed back due to damages left behind from Hurricane Gustav.
The Wolves opened the contest with a drive that consumed most of the first quarter thanks to a key fourth down conversion. Antonio Wheeler capped the series, scoring from three yards out to put the Wolves up 6-0.
Following the ensuing kickoff, the Rayne defense set the tone by forcing a fumble that was recovered by the Wolves on the Ville Platte 16-yard line.
Rayne quarterback Tyler Venable wasted no time in taking advantage of the short field, finding Andrew Wynn in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown.
Rayne’s defense stood tall again on Ville Platte’s second series, forcing the Bulldogs to punt from their own 31.
The Wolves took over at their own 42 with two minutes remaining in the first half and mount another drive that was capped by a 41-yard touchdown strike from Venable to Vincent Sinegal.
Ville Platte received the kickoff to start the second half but went three-and-out.
Rayne took over from there with Wheeler breaking loose for a 57-yard run before Zach Quibodeaux punched it in from one-yard out.
The Wolves forced another turnover on the Bulldogs’ next possession, giving the Wolves a first-and-goal situation from the five-yard line.
However, Rayne coach Curt Ware elected to send in his second team offense and the youngsters were pushed back to the 22 before a fumble gave the Bulldogs the ball back.
Ville Platte marched down to the RHS 4-yard line before being stuffed on fourth-and-three.
The Bulldogs did eventually score on a 29-yard pass from Cody Jones to Nelson Rarlensee with 2:12 remaining in the game.
The Wolves controlled the game not only on the field, where their time of possession was over 30 minutes, but also statistically.
Wheeler led the way on the ground, rushing for 97 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. Quibodeaux had 14 totes for 56 yards and a touchdown.
Sinegal was the top receiver, hauling in three catches for 60 yards and a touchdown. Perry Faucheaux and Wynn each had one reception for 15 yards.
Defensively, the Wolves were paced by Bryant Gossen with nine tackles while Kordiaral Alexander recorded the lone sack of the contest.