Welsh runs past Rayne
By T.J. Fontenot
LSN STAFF WRITER
RAYNE - “The effort was there, but we just couldn’t put it all together,” stated Rayne High head coach Curt Ware of Friday’s 26-0 loss to Welsh.
Turnovers seemed to be the death of the Wolves Friday evening as the Greyhounds converted an interception and fumble for two of their four scores of the game.
“We are still making too many mental errors, thus causing turnovers,” continued Ware. “We have to eliminate this and get our game in the right direction.”
Despite the three Rayne fumbles recorded on the night, it was the Wolves who recovered a Welsh fumble on their very first drive of the game. With a Shelby Thibodeaux recovery and a couple of runs by the Wolves, a Tyler Venable pass was intercepted by Welsh’s Blaine Monceaux, returning it to Rayne’s 13 yard line. Will Guidry took the first play of the drive the distance for the first score of the game. The point after was missed to put the Greyhounds ahead with an early 6-0.
On the kick-off at the 44 yard line, Myles Pryor sets up a third and 1 with a nice gainer, followed by a run by Dylan Ware who found a hole for a new set of downs at Welsh’s 45. A holding penalty pushed the Wolves back for a second and 21, where Venable’s pass was tipped, intercepted, and returned for a touchdown by Dustin Wilridge. The two point conversion failed to extend Welsh’s lead 12-0.
Alexander takes the ensuing kick-off down to the Rayne 26 yard line where Venable’s offense doesn’t get much, and forced to punt from the 30. His punt gets a good roll to give the Greyhounds the ball at their own 19.
The Welsh offense converts a third and short and face another third down at the Rayne 46 as the first quarter comes to an end. This time, the third down attempt failed and the Hounds are forced to punt from their own 48.
The punt went out of bounds at the 20 where the Wolves get their running game going as Brody Bourque carries the ball and defenders for 10 and 28 yard gains. Dylan Ware pushed forward for another Rayne first down. Bourque’s next carry was fumbled but recovered by teammate Scott Curtis to give the Wolves a fourth down chance at the 33. But, the snap is fumbled and lost to give the Greyhounds the ball at the Rayne 32.
A false start after a fresh set of downs puts Welsh in a first and 15 situation, where the Wolves hold strong to force a third and 14 from the 40, where Curtis gets through the line for a quarterback sack and put the Hounds in a punting situation at the 32.
Aaron Chaisson downs the punt and Venable takes over at his own 39. On the first play of the drive, Bourque broke for another run to get into Greyhound territory with new downs at the 37. The Rayne offense is then put in a fourth and two situation, where Ware takes the ball and forces a measurement, but is inches short, giving Welsh the ball again at the 37.
Welsh quarterback Payton Fox mishandles the first play for a loss, and a third and 11 stop forces another Welsh punt from the 33, where Tre Leon downs the punt at the Rayne 35 with 1:09 left in the half. The offense fails to get anything going, sending the game into halftime with Welsh holding on to a 12-0 lead over the Wolves.
Welsh’s second half opening kick-off goes to Tre Leon who brings it down to the 34. On three and out, the Rayne offense goes nowhere fast as they are forced to punt from the 34. A good boot by Venable brings play down to the Welsh 35. The Welsh offense completes a pass and finds a hole for two first downs, before the Rayne defense steps up and forces the Greyhounds to punt from the Rayne 42.
Rayne’s following drive resulted in another funble, giving the Welsh offense another start at the 32.
The Rayne defense holds strong, but on fourth and one Dylan Hebert lunged forward for a first down at the Rayne 17. A holding penalty leaves Welsh facing a third and 18, but a facemask penalty on a tackle behind the line gives them another chance with a fourth and four at the 13. Welsh capitalizes as Hebert follows his blockers for a 13 yard touchdown on the very next play. The two point conversion was good to give Welsh a 20-0 lead.
Another fumble by the Wolves led a Will Guidry touchdown for the final touchdown of the game.
Offensively, Brody Bourque led the Wolves on the ground racking up 118 of Rayne’s 176 rushing yards on 22 carries. He was followed by Dylan Ware with 33 yards on 10 carries, and Myles Pryor for six carries for 17 yards.
Through the air, Venable went 2 for 7 with nine yards and two interceptions. On the receiving end were Aaron Chaisson and Scott Curtis.