Wolves handle St. Edmund in season opener
By Lisa Soileaux
RAYNE - The Rayne High Wolves opened the 2013 football season with a bang Friday evening as they handled Et. Edmund, 45-19.
“This being the first game of a new season, I think we have the ground work to keep things going,” stated Rayne Head Coach Curt Ware on Friday’s win.
Speaking of the four rushing touchdowns of the evening, “We have a number of guys that can run, that was evident tonight. We have some speed spread throughout our offense and a big offensive line giving them the seems they need.”
That speed showed up early on for the Wolves.
On Rayne’s second drive of the night, resulting from an interception by Byron Mouton, Trent Duhon and Mouton combined for the Wolves first score of the contest as Duhon saw the endzone from eight yards out. Ty Delahoussaye booted the extra point for a quick 7-0 Rayne lead.
The end of the first quarter saw the Wolves tack on a fieldgoal as Delahoussaye split the uprights from 36 yards out, placing Rayne up, 10-0.
Early on in the second quarter, Rayne quarterback Tyler LeJeune took to the air and connected with Duhon for a 32-yard touchdown reception. Delahoussaye added another extra point for a 17-0 Rayne lead.
Rayne’s defense stepped up a notch on the Blue Jays’ next drive as Jaquan Cormier added another interception, spotting the Wolves’ next drive at the 40-yard line. But, the Wolves would have to wait until their next drive for another score.
On Rayne’s very next possession, resulting from a fumble recovery by T.J. Bearb caused by teammate Byron Mouton, Javon Cormier took the hand-off and hit a seam for a 71-yard touchdown run. The extra point gave the Wolves a 24-0 lead
As the clock wound down, LeJeune found Javon Cormier a few yards downfield, setting up a 73-yard rushing touchdown by Duhon. Delahoussaye was on aim again for the PAT and a big 31-0 Rayne lead.
Rayne’s special teams also got in on the act near as the first half ticked away with a 58-yard punt return for a touchdown by Byron Mouton behind a key block by Grant Menard. Delahoussaye added another PAT for a huge 38-0 halftime Rayne lead.
Mid-way through the third quarter, the Blue Jays got on the board with a 11-yard Drew Brown pass to Zach LeFleur. The extra point by Alex Hunt brought the score to 38-7 with a wide Rayne lead.
On Rayne’s next drive, they traveled 67 yards downfield on the heels of their speedy running backs, topped off with a touchdown on a quarterback keeper by LeJeune. The PAT was good and Rayne continued to handle the Blue Jays, 45-7, with a quarter of action remaining.
Brown found two receivers in the final quarter, spreading out two touchdowns to end their scoring with 19 points, compared to Rayne’s 45.
The Wolves finished the evening with almost 400 total offensive yards, 62 on the arm of LeJeune who was 5-for-9. He also added seven yards rushing with a touchdown. Jaylen Reed added a 16-yard pass late in the game
Receivers included Reed (3-for-27 yards), Trent Duhon (1-32, TD), Cameron Gibson 1-16) and Javon Cormier (1-3).
Rayne running game put up 291 yards led by Javon Cormier (12 carries, 144 yards, 1 TD), Trent Duhon (12-135, 2 TD’s), Byron Mouton (7-18).
On defense for the Wolves were Christian Hodges with 7 tackles, Andrew Broussard and Jaquan (4.5 each), Anthony Seaux adding 3.5, and Donavan Cormier, Brice Meche and Nicky Faucheaux each with three.
Wolves getting behind the line for a quarterback sack were Desmond Cole, Brice Meche and Donavon Cormier.
“We have a lot of guys returning or have seen action last season,” commented Ware on this year’s squad. “We have alot of depth, but we just need to stay healthy. Everyone’s back and we need to stay that way.”
“If we do what we are supposed to do from here on out, work on what we need to and improve a little each week, we should do pretty good in this new district line-up, Ware summed up Friday’s outlook.
The Wolves will travel to North Vermilion Friday for a 7 p.m. contest.