Turnovers plague Wolves in second straight loss
RAYNE – The Rayne Wolves continued their quest for the state playoffs by hosting the Eunice Bobcats Friday evening when they suffered a deflating 32-0 loss.
Turnovers plagued the Wolves, who were looking to rebound after their first loss last week.
“We gave up four turnovers in the first half,” stated Rayne Head Coach Curt Ware. “You can’t just spot a good football team 25 points and expect to have a chance to overcome that.”
And he was right – Eunice was faced with a short field most of the night and there was not much the Rayne defense could do about it.
The opening kick sailed through the end zone setting the Wolves up at the 20 for the opening drive. The offense was able to move the ball almost at will and were set up in Bobcat territory when Javon Cormier was stripped and recovered by a Eunice defender at their own 40.
After a few quick first downs, the Rayne defense settled down to hold the Bobcats to a field goal giving up an early 3-0 lead.
The Eunice defense held tough on Rayne’s next drive, forcing a punt and giving the Bobcats possession at their own 30. The Bobcats drove down the field to the Rayne 35. A roughing the passer penalty negates a Cody Manuel interception for the Wolves that Eunice capitalized on and found the end zone with a 13-yard touchdown run. The PAT was missed extending the Eunice lead at 9-0.
Defensive stands from both teams ended the first quarter but Eunice would dominate the second, scoring 22 points off of three Wolf turnovers.
The first came early in the second when Trent Duhon loss the handoff and a Bobcat defender recovered at the Rayne 36. A big pass completion moved the ball to the 5, where running back Darious Richard punched it in for the 15-0 Bobcat lead.
The next Wolf mistake was a muffed punt recovered by the Bobcats at the Rayne 35. Eunice wasted no time taking advantage as they went to the air on the very next play 35 yards for the Trosclair-Allison connection. Another missed PAT left Eunice with a 22-0 lead.
With time running down and the Wolves desperate to make something happen, Leger and Williams fumble the exchange, placing the Bobcats in position to end the half with a 29-yard field goal and 25-0 lead.
The second half proved tough for both offensive squads. Eunice’s opening drive stalled at the Rayne 8 when Javon Cormier came up with a big block for the Wolves.
Rayne’s first drive began at their own 4 after the block and took up most of the third quarter. First downs on the ground were turned in by Duhon and Williams, as well as a connection through the air from Leger to Williams. But, the Eunice defense held tough once the Wolves got into the red zone and forced a turnover on downs at the 12.
Facing a third down at the 15, Trosclair threw up a fade route and receiver Derek Denton made a play for his QB, seeing him race down the sideline 85 yards for the final score of the game, securing the Bobcats with a 32-0 victory over the Rayne Wolves.
Offensively the Wolves were limited to 175 yards, using the legs of Jalen Williams for 68 yards and 54 turned by Trent Duhon on the ground.
The Wolves relied mostly on Dannie Harmon through the air with 21 yards.
Quarterback Clarence Leger was 3-for-10 on the night for 41 yards.
Andrew Broussard tallied the most stops for the Wolves with 12 tackles, two of them for a loss. He was joined by Grant Menard and Christian Hodges, each with 10 stops, along with Cody Manuel with four, one for a loss.
Next week the Wolves will travel to Northwest where they will try to get back in the win column in time for the state playoffs.