Wolves Fall Short In Quarterfinals
By: TJ Fonteot
The Rayne High Wolves’ playoff run ended Friday night as they fell to No. 2-ranked St. Charles with a final score of 52-24.
Turnovers in the first half set the Wolves back and they just couldn’t recover from there.
Following Friday's loss, Rayne High head coach Curt Ware stated, “I’m really proud of our guys tonight. They played hard all game and never gave up and as a coach that’s all you can ask for.”
The Wolves did better than expected with St. Charles being the heavy favorite. Rayne was able to put up 24 points on a defensive squad that had only given up 36 points the entire season going into the game. The Wolves even put up better offensive production numbers in total yards than the Comets but came up short.
In almost an identical manner of last week's win again Bossier, Friday's game began almost the same, only this time it was the second play of the game when Comet back Brandon Zimmer took 75 yards for the first score of the game. The extra point was good giving St. Charles an early 7-0 lead.
The Wolves answered against a stout Comet defense starting at their own 24 and converting a crucial fourth and one to keep the drive alive at the 32. After a couple of Brody Bourque first downs, Rayne High quarterback Clerance Leger connected with Dannie Harmon for a 42-yard pass and catch to get to the Comet 2 yard line. Leger would sneak into the end zone for Rayne's first schore of the evening. Ty Delahoussaye’s kick sailed wide leaving St. Charles with a 7-6 lead midway through the first quarter of action.
A short kick gave St. Charles good field position at their own 43 and kept the ball moving from there. After getting inside the 10, the Comets are slowed down and face a third and goal at the 9 when St. Charles quarterback Donnie Savoie went to the air and found Chris Millet for a nine-yard score. A good PAT gave the Comets a 14-6 lead.
At this point, turnovers began to plague the Wolves as Leger and Jalen Williams could not connect for a handoff, resulting in a St. Charles' recovery at the Rayne 39. The Comets quickly got inside the red zone and on third and five Wolf Lacy Granger collects a tackle for loss, forcing a fourth and six at the Rayne 13. But the Wolves couldn’t finish the stand and they gave up a thirteen-yard pass to Sammy Miller. Another good PAT gave the Comets a 21-6 lead.
On Rayne’s next possession Brody Bourque got the ball close to midfield when Leger’s pass was deflected at the line of scrimmage, giving Comet linebacker Nick Montegut time to run under it for the interception that he would return down to the Rayne one-yard line. The Rayne defense held tough on first and second downs until the play action pass finds Michael Millet for a one-yard score. The extra point attempt was good and extended St. Charles' lead, 28-6.
Rayne got things moving again on their next possession as Williams got two quick first downs, and is then aided by a penalty after another to get across midfield into Comet territory at the 32. Ware puts the ball in the hands of Leger again after the interception and he finds RJ Buchannan behind the defense and connects for a 32-yard touchdown. The Wolves’ two-point conversion try failed leaving a 28-12 score in favor of the Comets.
St. Charles got the last possession of the first half and threaten to score six again, but the Rayne defense tightens up on third down forcing St. Charles to settle for a 28-yard field goal that splits the uprights for a 31-12 lead going into half.
The opening kick of the second half takes a bad bounce and gets behind Jalen Williams, starting Rayne’s first drive at their own 10. A quick three and out for the Wolves brings out Marcantel to punt from the 10 and it goes to the 44 where the Comets would take over. A couple of big plays set them up inside the red zone where they would score through the air again this time finding Matt Torres from 11 yards out for 28-12 score.
The Wolves stalled on their next possession also and was then rushed a punt that only goes three yards, giving St. Charles the ball at the Rayne 30. On fourth and seven from the 14, Savoie hits the air again finding Chad McNeil for a 14-yard touchdown strike extending the Comets' lead even further to 45-12.
Rayne get the ball back and tried to get something going by going for it on fourth and short, but get stopped in their own territory setting the Comets up at the 40. There, Jeffery Hall took the hand-off around the corner for the Comets' final score of the game and a 52-12 lead.
The Wolves found the endzone on their next possession as Leger goes deep to RJ Buchannan for a 54-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion fell short leaving a 52-18 Comet lead.
The Wolves then forced a St. Charles three-and-out to get the ball back at the 46. Williams would take the ball around the corner to the 31, then Bourque to the 5 where he would punch it in one play later. The two-point conversion failed again and that would end the scoring and the Wolves season with a 52-24 loss to the St. Charles Comets.
The Wolves collected a total of 367 yards on offense. Jalen Williams accounted for 68 yards on the ground, followed by Brody Bourque (49), Clerance Leger (43) and RJ Buchanan (24). Williams and Bourque also collected a fumble each.
Clerance Leger hit the air for 183 yards in the passing game. Receivers were RJ Buchanan with 90 yards, Dannie Harmon (51), Brody Bourque (19) and Tyler LeJeune (16).
Defensively, Billy Marcantel gathered the most tackles with 11, followed by Jalen Boutte, Grant Menard and Trent Duhon.
It was a good season for the young Wolves and one that they hope to build on for next year. "These guys set a goal and went beyond it, something they can be proud of," concluded Ware on the 2011 season for the Wolves.