Rayne Wolves Remain Unbeaten
By: TJ Fontenot
The Rayne Wolves did not disappoint the home crowd Friday night as they defeated the Welsh Greyhounds 20-14.
The Wolves used big plays on offense and a bend but not break attitude on defense to secure the win.
“We have to tackle better on defense and take better care of the ball,” said Rayne coach Curt Ware after the game, referring to two lost fumbles and numerous missed tackles at or behind the line of scrimmage. “But the defense stepped up when they needed too multiple times to get the job done.”
The Wolves struck first in the game on their second possession when Jalen Williams took the hand-off 57 yards for the score. The extra point missed wide to give Rayne a 6-0 lead.
After a touchback and one first down, the Greyhounds were stopped on a third and three and forced to punt.
The punt set the Wolves up at their own 38 and Williams didn’t take long to score once again as he got past the secondary and left everyone behind for a 63-yard touchdown. Delahoussaye’s PAT split the uprights for a 13-0 lead early in the second quarter.
Fumbles plagued both teams for the remainder of the half as Williams lost a fumble for Rayne at the Welsh 45. The Greyhounds failed to capitalize however, as Wolf Patrick Charles stalls the Welsh charge with a fumble recovery of his own at the Rayne 31.
Things got interesting toward the end of the first half when the Wolves went to punt, but a bad snap places the ball at the Rayne 31. The Greyhounds gained some momentum getting inside the Rayne red-zone but came up short as the Rayne defense held to give the Wolves the ball at their own 12 where they would kneel on it to go into half-time with a 13-0 lead.
The Greyhounds came out in the second half firing on all cylinders. Taking over at their own 39, Welsh never looked back as they drove the ball almost at will until Nick Hebert found the end zone from four yards out for the score. The PAT closed the gap to 13-7.
The Wolves looked to answer back but ran into problems when the ball found the turf and Welsh recovered at their own 41.
However, Welsh stopped themselves on this drive with penalties and were forced to punt.
RJ Buchannan took the Wolves’ next play from scrimmage and raced 64 yards for the score. Delahoussaye’s kick was good for a 20-7 lead.
Welsh closed the gap even more as they put together a drive from their own 17 and overcame a called back touchdown to have quarterback David Caraway sneak in from one yard out shrinking the lead to six 20-14 with 6:03 left in the game.
The Wolves attempted to drain the clock on their next possession but couldn’t kill it as they were forced to punt to the Hounds. The punt is downed at the 14, giving Welsh a long field ahead with 2:03 left.
After a quick first down to the 32, a penalty pushed Welsh back to the 28. Patrick Charles then came up with his second big play of the night, sacking the Greyhound QB to set up a fourth and 27.
And when all seemed to be over, a Welsh receiver slipped behind the defense for a first down at the Rayne 44 with 1:03 left. Another first down to the Rayne 27 leaves the clock at 25 seconds. An incomplete pass stopped the clock with 11 seconds left. Another incomplete gave the Greyhounds one more chance with only 2.3 seconds left but Rayne LB Billy Marcantel came up with a big sack to end the game and give the Rayne Wolves their second win of the season.
Offensively the Wolves put up 278 total yards while allowing 330. Jalen Williams had 151 total yards on 12 carries and led the offense. Defensively, Cooper Bouillion led the way with 21 total tackles.
The Wolves will be at home again next week taking on the Abbeville Wildcats.
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