Strong second half lifts Bears past Wolves
BY T.J. FONTENOT
LSN STAFF WRITER
CHURCH POINT - “I know I say this every week, but we have to get tougher mentally if we want to get better” said Rayne coach Kurt Ware Thursday evening as his Wolves fell to the Church Point Bears, 27-7, in their second district contest of the 2008 season.
The Wolves fall to 3-4 overall and 0-2 in district play with the loss.
With a blanked first quarters on both sides of the scoreboard, Church Point’s Bruce Citizen ran in a one-yard touchdown run for the game’s first score, resulting from a long drive that started at the Bears’ own 32-yard line. The extra point was wide and the Bears were ahead 6-0 mid-way through the second period.
Rayne High’s Antonio returned the ensuing punt near mid-field to Rayne’s 45. Unable to capitalize, the Wolves put the ball on the turf again to give the Bear offense possession at the Church Point 47. Mixing up their running and passing game, the Bears capitalize once again with a 17-yard touchdown run by Citizen, in addition to a two point conversion to bring the Church Point lead to 14-0.
Rayne’s offense looked as through their game plan was coming into play late in the first half. Quarterback Tyler Venable and teammates put together a 63-yard drive that was finalized by a 32-yard Venable to Perry Faucheaux one handed grab in the end zone. Venable’s kick was good to cut the lead 14-7 going into the half-time break.
On Rayne’s first drive of the second half, the offense was moving the football along including a Vincent Sinegal reception and Andrew Wynn rush to Church Point’s 39-yard line. On a slant play to the left side, Venable went down near the sideline with an injury, forcing sophomore Austin Meche to take over the offensive reigns. But, the Bear defense clamped down hard and the rest of the way was all Church Point as they headed into the final quarter of the ballgame.
Despite a loss of yardage tackle by Laine Primeaux and Adrien Broussard, the Bears drove 59 yards down th field for a fourth and goal on their first drive of the final quarter. The Bears came up throwing, seeing a 17- yard touchdown pass from Boudreaux to Citizen for another Church Point score. Tony Thibodeaux placed it between the uprights for the extra point and the Bears held a 21-7 lead mid-way through the fourth and final period.
On the Wolves’ ensuing possession, Wheeler and Quibodaux once again rushed the ball over the half-way mark, but in an attempt to get Rayne in scoring position, a Meche pass was intercepted to give the Bears the ball on their own 3 yard line.
Church Point took control of the game on the drive, marching 97 yards on the Rayne defense. The drive was capped off with a 5 yard touchdown run by Joseph Carrier. The extra point was blocked by Dakota Broussard to leave the score 27-7.
Rayne’s final possession of the ballgame ended with a Hail Mary pass interception as the Wolves tried to force a play downfield, having Rayne on the short end of a 27-7 finale.
“Venable’s injury definitely limited the things we could do offensively,” added Ware following the game. “Our health is starting to become an issue late in the seasonm with a number of key players out”.
Rayne’s Andrew Wynn has been playing less than 100% after suffering an injury during the Erath contest.
Also, offensive lineman Josh Tauzin missed most of Thursday’s game with an illness that definitely hurt the offensive line’s unity.
“I don’t know exactly what’s wrong with Tyler, but hopefully it’s nothing bad and he’ll be back by next week,” concluded Ware.
The Rayne High offense could only muster 198 total offensive yards, 126 on the ground. Leading rushers for the Wolves were Antonio Wheeler with 90 yards on 22 carries, and Zack Quibodeaux turning in 11 carries totaling 32 yards.
Venable threw 55 yards on five attempts, with receivers including Perry Faucheaux (2 for 41 yards) and Vincent Sinegal.
The Wolves (3-4 over and 0-2 in district) will need everyone healthy to take on the undefeated Notre Dame Pioneers next Friday in Rayne during another district showdown. Kickoff is 7 p.m.