Rayne defense holds tough in 28-10 win over North Vermilion
By Lisa Soileaux
MAURICE - The Rayne Wolves hit the road Friday and recorded their second in as many tries with a 28-10 win over the North Vermilion Patriots, a great start to the 2013 football season.
“I’m proud of these guys,” stated Rayne High head coach Curt Ware following Friday’s win. “They really played well and are on their way.”
With all starters back in the line-up and both sides of the line playing on all cylinders, the Wolves limited the Patriots to 207 total offense for the win. Defensively, the Patriots was held to nine rushing yards, forcing North Vermilion to the air where Ty Desormeaux recorded 16 completions for 198 yards.
“Our defense played well and are really playing hard right now,” continued Ware. “We kinda tired out in the third, but they pulled it together again in the last quarter to finish on a good note. We really came out and scored when we had to against a good team.”
On Rayne’s very first drive of the ballgame, the Wolves drove down the field for an 80-yard scoring drive when Trent Duhon punched it in from two yards out for the score. Ty Delahoussaye booted the extra point for a fast 7-0 Rayne lead.
Off a 34-yard punt return by Byron Mouton, Rayne scored once again in the first quarter with a 12-yard TD run. Delahoussaye split the uprights for another PAT for a 14-0 Rayne lead with the end of the first quarter.
A key tackle by Christian Hodges and Jaquan Cormier pass rejection, the Wolves held the Patriots in the start of the second quarter, limiting North Vermilion to a field goal from 22 yards out by Trey Broussard.
Special teams kicked it up a gear as the first half was winding down with Byron Mouton hitting a seam for an 80-yard punt return for another Rayne score. Delahoussaye added another extra point for a 21-3 halftime Rayne lead.
Mid-way through the third quarter, the Patriots tried to make it a game with a 61-yard scoring drive as Desormeaux found Seth Patin for the touchdown. Trey Broussard split the uprights for the extra point to cut the Rayne lead to 21-10.
But, the Wolves answered with a pass completion of their own for a touchdown when Tyler LeJeune found Paton Duhon for a 27-yard score. Delahoussye closed out the scoring with another extra point for the 28-10 Rayne win.
Wolf quarterback Tyler LeJeune finished the evening with three completions for 29 yards and one touchdown, reserving Rayne High’s offense on the ground with 257 rushing yards. He also donated five carries for 26 yards.
Nabbing a reception each were Paton Duhon, Javon Cormier and Trent Duhon.
Leading Rayne’s rushing stats were Trent Duhon (23 carries, 135 yards, 2 TD’s), Javon Cormier (7 for 27), Grant Menard (1 for 14 yards), and Byron Mouton (8 carries, 55 yards) in addition to an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Leading the tough Rayne High defense were Christian Hodges (1 tackle, 8 assists), Grant Menard (6.5, 3), Brice Meche (5, 6), Andrew Broussard (4.5, 3), Desmond Cole (3.5, 1), Nicky Faucheaux (3, 4), and Jaquan Cormier and Donavon Cormier each with 2.5 tackles and 2 assists.
Cormier also recorded a quarterback sack on the evening.
The Wolves will hit the road again on Friday when they travel to Abbeville as they prepare to begin their district slate the following week against Washington-Marion. Kick-off is 7 p.m. at Wildcat Stadium.