Wolves Suffer First Loss
By TJ Fontenot
The Rayne Wolves attempted to continue their undefeated season Friday against another unbeaten in the Beau Chene Gators. This time, the Wolves came out as the defeated team falling to the Gators in a 20-41 decision, capping off Homecoming Week.
“Beau Chene is a good football team,” commented Rayne’s Curt Ware of his team’s first loss of the 2010 season.
Ware continued, “They (Beau Chene) have a lot of athletes that we played with for most of the game. We just let the big plays get the best of us.”
The Wolves began the contest on offense at their own 38 and moved the ball well. Wolf quarterback Clarence Leger connected with Brody Bourque to get across mid-field for a Rayne first down. Bourque got the ball into the red zone, but when the Wolves faced a fourth and one, they failed to convert and turn the ball over at the Gator 16.
The Gators wasted little time getting into Rayne territory when Beau Chene quarterback Michael James found Martin Bob for a 44 yard touchdown pass. The extra point was good and Beau Chene was up 7-0.
A short kick-off caught Rayne off guard as the ball popped out and into the hands of a Gator, giving Beau Chene good field position and a chance to extend their lead. Rayne’s defense steped things up and pushed the Gator offense back, forcing a punt from the 30. The snap sails over the punter’s head and Rayne’s Patrick Charles covered, giving Rayne the ball at the Gator 35.
On the drive, Bourque took the ball on the very first play down to the 23 for a first down, where Leger finishes the drive off with a 21-yard touchdown run. Andrew Abshire’s extra point attempt was good to tie the game at 7-all.
The Gators returned the kick to the 27 where Jacob Carmouche got a big chunk of yardage down to the Rayne 43. But, with the Gator offense threatening, Abshire forced fumble, recovered by the Wolves at their own 48. On a big third and long, Jaylen Williams came up big for a first down to keep the drive alive. This allowed Tre Leon to get around the left end for a 23-yard first down to the one-yard line. Brody Bourque finished the deal with the touchdown, but Abshire’s extra point was wide for a 13-7 Rayne High lead.
Rayne High’s lead was short-lived. The Gator kick-off return saw Jamal Chevis goes 93 yards for a Beau Chene touchdown. A bad snap on the attempted conversation kept the score 13-13, sending the game into the half.
The second half of play was all Beau Chene as speed started to kill the Wolves. The opening kick-off put the Gators at mid-field and quickly into the Rayne red zone where Jamal Chevis rumbled into the end zone from 9 yards out for the score. Another missed extra point put the score at 19-13.
With a Rayne High three-in and out, Jacob Carmouche took the first play 69 yards to pay dirt. A two-point conversion was good for 27-13 Beau Chene lead.
Rayne’s offense continued to struggle and was forced to punt yet again, this time seeing Jamal Chevis maneuvering his way through Rayne defenders 82 yards for his third score of the night. The extra point extended Beau Chene’s lead to 34-13.
Gator fullback Jimmy Francis found the endzone for Beau Chene on their very next drive, scoring from four yards out. With another extra point, the Gators increased their lead to 41-13 in the third quarter.
Rayne couldn’t find the endzone again until deep in the final quarter of play as Bourque hit the seam from two yards out. Abshire’s kick was good for the eventual 41-20 final score and Rayne’s first loss on the season.
Brody Bourque led the ground attack for the Wolves with 76 yards and two touchdowns, while Clarence Leger was 2-7 in the air.
Defensively, Andrew Abshire accounted for 14 takedowns, while Patrick Charles, Lacy Granger, and Jaylen Boutte all recovered fumbles for the Wolves.
Ware concluded on Friday’s loss, “We have to learn from this. But, at the same time forget about it. We can’t carry this loss with us the rest of the season. We have a number of teams ahead of us that we have concentrate on.”
Ware’s Wolves will take on the Church Point Bears on Friday in week four of high school football. The road trip to Church Point will begin at 7 p.m. with fans urged to attend.