Rayne miscues proves costly in loss
By T.J. Fontenot
LSN STAFF WRITER
ROSEPINE – Rayne High got their 2009 regular season started with a road trip to Rosepine High School on Friday where the Eagles handed the Wolves a 21-12 non-district loss.
Rayne Head Coach Curt Ware noted about the outcome, “I know I say this alot, but we have to eliminate mental mistakes. We have to do it if we want to win football games.”
The Wolves opened up play receiving the opening kick-off, driving 82 yards into Rosepine territory. At this point early in game, the Rayne offense controlled the line of scrimmage throughout the entire drive and it showed, converting three third downs and a fourth with a pounding run game behind Dylan Ware and Kentrill Alexander.
Venable’s pass to Andrew Abshire put the Wolves in the red-zone and set up a nine yard touchdown run by Tre Leon for the game’s first score. The extra point was wide an the Wolves were ahead 6-0.
Rayne’s defense also came out in dominating fashion when just two plays into the Rosepine drive, the Wolves forced a fumble, which was recovered by Scott Curtis, leaving Rayne in great field position at Rosepine’s 32.
The Wolves converted another third down as Brody Bourque broke a couple of tackles for the first down, giving the Wolves another red zone-zone visit with first and 10 at the 20 yard line. But, penalties force the Wolves to try a field goal attempt, which was just wide left by Venable.
The missed field goal set up the Rosepine offense at their own 20 yard line where, on the first play quarterback Klint White kept the option and raced down the field 80 yards for the Eagles’ first touchdown. The extra point by Jacob Hill gave the Eagles a 6-7 lead with 10:18 remaining in the half.
Rosepine began their next drive at their own 26, which began in favor of the Eagles as White completed his only pass of the evening, while his offensive line allowed seams for a few rushing yards, setting up the Eagles on Rayne’s 37. The drive was halted by a big play by Curtis for the Wolves, forcing a fourth down and punt. But, a penalty on the punt gave the Eagles another chance at the 20, and they capitalize on the mistake as the fullback Kameron Suire took it into the end-zone from 11 yards out for an Eagles score.
It seemed the halftime break energized the Eagles. They took the kickoff, combined a solid running game and a couple of third down conversions for another score as Gary Sudan and White set up another Suire touchdown from four yards out.
Rayne’s next offensive possession ended abruptly with an interception by Dustin McWilliams, setting up the Eagles deep into Wolves territory at the 23 marker. But, the Rayne defense stood strong to a 3-and-out, attaining possession once more at the Rayne 40.
The Wolves responded with a Kentrill Alexnder touchdown as he fought his way into the endzone early in the fourth.
A good return sets Rosepine up at the Rayne 40, where they converted a couple of first downs until the Rayne defense forced them into a fourth down situation.
The Wolves will be at home Friday, host the Welsh Greyhounds when they will attempt to even their season tally.