Rayne runs past Ville Platte

VILLE PLATTE - They were not the first to score Friday night, but the Rayne High Wolves claimed a 28-12 win over Ville Platte.It was the Wolves’ fourth straight victory for an impressive start to the 2012 football season.

“Considering the situation we were in a few times, we overcame it and pushed forward for the W,” stated Rayne High coach Curt Ware on Friday’s win over the Bulldogs.

The Wolves were tagged with over 100 penalty yards during the contest, compared to Ville Platte’s 25.

“You have to overcome that stuff, put your head in the game, and play your game,” continued Ware. “We had some players step it up tonight and we like to see that.”

Rayne’s offense rushed for 342 yards and passed for 33 on the night.

Jalen Williams and Trent Duhon each broke the century mark against the Bulldogs’ defense. Williams delivered 164 yards on 18 carries and scored two touchdowns. Duhon had 15 touches for 114 yards and two scores of his own. Javon Cormier and Clarence Leger turned in 43 and 26 yards on the night, respectively.

Leger was 1-for-3 in the air for the Wolves. He connected with Williams for a 33-yard completion.

But, Ville Platte’s offense was the first team to light up the scoreboard, almost compliments of the Wolves.

On their very first punt return, the Wolves lost possession on a fumble near mid-field, setting up Ville Platte’s first scoring drive of the night. The 64-yard scoring drive was also assisted by the Wolves with the first two of their 12 penalties of the game. A 14-yard quarterback keeper by Ville Platte’s Isaiah Thomas set up Jermarcus Jones’ three-yard touchdown run for the Bobcats. The extra point failed and the Bobcats held a short-lived 6-0 lead late in the first quarter.

The Wolves began the second quarter with a drive combining the running efforts of Williams, Duhon and Cormier, setting up a 15-yard touchdown run by Williams. The extra point was booted by Ty Delahoussaye for a slim 7-6 Rayne lead.

The Wolf defense held tough on Ville Platte’s next drive seeing a mid-field drive stall on a quarterback sack by James Whitten and Brice Meche. The punt placed the Wolves at their own 23-yard line for their next scoring drive.

Despite a couple of penalties, the Wolves combined their running game with a long completion by Leger to Williams, setting up a touchdown run by Duhon. Delahoussaye split the uprights once again for a 14-6 Rayne lead to close out the first half.

The Wolves opened the second half with their third scoring drive. The 70-yard drive saw significant runs by Duhon, Williams and Cormier, ending on another Duhon score from 21 yards out. Delahoussaye’s extra point was good for a 21-6 Rayne lead in the middle of the third quarter.

Yellow flags flew Rayne’s way during Ville Platte’s second and final scoring drive coming late in the third quarter. The 80-yard drive was helped with 35 penalty yards called against the Wolves. Ending the Bobcat drive was quarterback Isaiah Thomas scoring on a keeper for Ville Platte’s second score. The two-point conversion failed and the Bobcats trailed 21-12 entering the final stanza.

Rayne’s final score of the evening came on the heels of Williams, Duhon and Leger, seeing Williams score his second touchdown from 14 yards out.

Ville Platte played catch-up in an attempt to bridge the gap, but defensive plays by Dannie Harmon, Andrew Broussard and Brice Meche halted the Bobcats, who were forced to punt to the Wolves.

Rayne’s defense held Ville Platte’s offense to a total 164 yards. Leading tackle stats on the night were Cody Manuel (7.5 tackles, 3 assists), Billy Marcentel (5.5 tackles, 3 assists), Andrew Broussard (5.5 tackles, 3 assists), Hunter Keely (4 tackles, 4 assists), and Brice Meche, Tyler LeJeune and Grant Menard with 2.5 tackles each.

The Wolves limited Ville Platte to only 23 rushing yards, with Thomas hitting the air for 141 yards on 12 completions.

Ty Delahoussaye was three-for-three in extra-points on the evening. He also averaged 30 yards on two punts, while averaging 57 yards on four kickoffs for 228 yards. Isaiah Thomas booted one kickoff for 60 yards, in addition to one extra point.

Rayne High will be home this week as they will host South Beauregard Friday for homecoming. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Wolf Stadium.

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