Wolves show promise during Catholic High scrimmage
By Lisa Soileaux
A tough defense and developing offense for the Wolves was highlighted Thursday as Rayne High traveled to New Iberia where they met Catholic High in a pre-season scrimmage.
“Considering the big talent they (Catholic) have, I think we did well and held our own,” stated Rayne High Head Coach Curt Ware on last week’s scrimmage at New Iberia.
“When you face a team where there’s a couple good players being recruited by major schools, you always have a time trying to adjust,” continues Ware. “But, I think after the first couple of series, we bounced back and showed some improvement.”
Catholic High scored two touchdowns with the first team offense starting in untimed possessions starting at the CHS 30-yard line against Rayne’s first-team defense.
Quarterback Jason Pellerin faked a couple of handoffs, then found junior receiver Andre Bellefontaine wide open for a TD pass of nearly 50 yards on the Panthers’ third snap. Gabe Fuselier then broke loose for a long TD run on a sweep play near the end of the CHS series.
The Wolves answered with a first-team touchdown of their own on the next series as running back Javon Cormier broke loose on a 52-yard sweep around the right side, setting up a one-yard scoring run three plays later.
Despite some additional big plays by both teams, neither scored again until the scrimmage went to two eight-minute halves of simulated game play.
A tough Rayne defense and penalties stopped Catholic on its first possession of the timed scrimmage with a holding call wiping out a first-down gain and forcing a “punt.” The ball was placed on the opposing team’s 30-yard line to start a possession, since the squads did not actually punt the ball during the timed scrimmage.
Neither team scored in the first eight-minute half, but Rayne High got into the end zone on a big run by quarterback Tyler LeJeune after a defensive back bit on a fake allowing him to get an outside containment to the left side for a 44-yard TD. The point-after try was wide right.
Catholic High came back on its next possession, only to have a holding call wipe out a determined run by Bellefontaine, who slipped three tackles on a run from near midfield to the end zone. CHS fumbled the ball away on its next snap with a key hit by the Wolves, followed by Rayne High running out the rest of the clock to finish up the night.
“Defensively, we played well,” Ware said. “Sure, we have some work to do -- it’s early on and we were expecting that. Improvement will come with play and experience. We have a bunch of young players out there and four starters out right now. That will change soon.”
The Wolves will host the Acadia Parish Jamboree today (Thursday) at Wolf Stadium. Crowley will meet Church Point in the first game of the evening at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Wolves slated to meet Iota in the late game.