Rayne remains perfect with Homecoming victory over Ville Platte
RAYNE – The Rayne Wolves remained perfect, improving to 4-0 on the season by beating the Ville Platte Bulldogs, 28-12.
The win gave the Wolves their first Homecoming win and first 4-0 start since the 2007 season when they finished the season 9-2 and their first playoff berth in 10 years.
“We played as a team tonight to beat a team that had a ton of athletes," stated Rayne High head coach Curt Ware. “I’m proud or our guys for playing hard and coming away with a W for the big home crowd.”
The Wolves opened the game on offense and ate up the clock, ticking it down to 3:48. The drive was kept alive by junior quarterback Clerance Leger running hard on multiple third and fourth downs for conversions. But, it was a total team effort with Jalen Williams getting the final carry for a 13-yard touchdown run. The PAT was wide and scoreboard had the Wolves up, 6-0.
However, the Bulldogs were ready to answer. The first play from Ville Platte's line of scrimmage went for big yards to get into Wolf territory. But, when the Bulldogs got to the five and were smelling a score, the Rayne defense made a stand, forcing a fourth down and 10. Miscommunication in the Rayne secondary allowed a Bulldog to find an opening for a 10-yard touchdown reception. The point after try sailed wide for a tie ballgame, 6-6.
A turnover after a good drive for the Wolves gave Ville Platte the ball at their own six. The Rayne defense stepped up big, forcing a three and out.
On the punt, Rayne got into the backfield to record their second safety of the season for an 8-6 lead.
A squib on the kick-off gave the Wolves good field position at Ville Platte's 36, and it didn’t take long for the Wolves to score again. Trent Duhon carried the rock to the nine, then finished the drive off with a four-yard touchdown run. Another mishandled snap left a 14-6 lead for the Wolves.
But, the Rayne defense wasn’t done. On the very first play of the next drive, R.J. Buchannan nabbed an interception and returned it to the Bulldog 28. The Wolves failed to capitalize, however and went into halftime holding on to a slim 14-6 lead.
The Bulldogs came out in the second half ready to run. Ville Platte quarterback Cody Jones took the first play from the line of scrimmage 25 yards and a hit out of bounds against the Wolves moved the ball to the Rayne 36. But, Rayne's defense didn’t break and forced a turnover on downs at their own 35.
Trent Duhon took the first play of the drive 65 yards for his second touchdown of the night. The PAT split the uprights and extended Rayne's lead to 21-6.
Ville Platte answered back once again, when after getting down to the 1-yard line quickly, they had to use all four plays to sneak into the end zone. A two-point conversion failed for a 21-12 score and Rayne lead.
On the ensuing drive, Leger showed his throwing skills as he connected with Danny Harmon on a third and long to keep the drive alive. Two plays later, Jalen Williams reached the endzone from 36 yards out for his second score of the night. A perfect PAT gave Rayne a 28-12 lead.
Ville Platte threatened to score once again, but Rayne defender Grant Menard punched the ball out at the Rayne two yard line to stop a score and give Rayne the ball at their own one.
After converting two first downs, the Wolves drained the clock to put another “W” in the books defeating the Ville Platte Bulldogs, 28-12.
The Wolves rumbled for 363 offensive yards on the night. Duhon tallied 150 yards with Williams adding 107. Each contributed two touchdowns apiece.
Defensively, Billy Marcantel led the Wolves as he tallied a team leading 11 tackles and RJ Buchannan added one interception.
The Wolves will travel to South Beauregard on Friday for their final district tuneup game before the real battle begins.