Wolves thump Ville Platte in opener

Rayne High opened their 2008 football season with an irregular Saturday game due to the wrath of hurricane Gustav.

The Wolves traveled to Ville Platte High where they handed the Bulldogs a dominating the 27-6 opening game win.

“We started off a little slow,” stated Rayne Head Coach Kurt Ware of Saturday’s 5 p.m. contest against Ville Platte. “But, we got things going, came around well and saw some improvement as things progressed.

The Wolf offense started the regular season from their own 34 yard line following the opening kickoff of the new season where they put together a 7:25 drive, kept alive by a big fourth down conversion, capped off by a three-yard Antonio Wheeler touchdown run. A missed PAT opened the season at 6-0 for the Wolves.

After their first kickoff, the Wolf defense set the tone with a fumble recovery at the Ville Platte 16. The Rayne offense took advantage of good field position when quarterback Tyler Venable connected with Andrew Wynn for a 16 yard touchdown pass. A connected PAT extends the lead to 13-0.

The Bulldogs began their next drive from their own 27-yard line where Rayne’s defense held solid, forcing a Ville Platte punt from their own 31.

The Wolves took over at their own 46-yard line with two minutes remaining in the first quarter where they combined another drive, marching down the field. They opened up the second quarter with another Venable TD touchdown pass, hooking up this time with Vincent Sinegal from 41 yards out. The good PAT vaulted Rayne into a 20-0 lead.

On their next possession, Ville Platte gets a good return to their own 42-yard line, hoping to carry some of that return momentum into an offensive drive. But, Rayne’s defense carried some of their on momentum onto the field, forcing another Ville Platte turnover, giving the Rayne High offense another chance to strike at their own 15-yard line.

With 5:39 remaining in the first half of play, Venable and his potent offense come out driving once again. But, a combination of penalties stalled the attack and forced a Venable punt from his own 49-yard line.

A good return gave the Ville Platte offense the ball with a chance to score at their 47-yard line. With only 33 seconds left in the first half, the Bulldogs came out passing in hopes of reaching the endzone. But, with the obvious passing situation handed to them, Rayne’s defensive line collapses the pocket to record a 7 yard sack. The Bulldogs couldn’t beat the clock and ended the first half scoreless at 20-0.

The Bulldogs began the second half from their own 29 and tried to get some offense going -- but the Wolf defense had another plan in mind. The Ville Platte drive was short-lived and after only three plays, the Bulldogs were forced to punt from their 30.

Rayne’s offense got a chance to add some cushion to their lead and did not disappoint on their next possession. Running back Antonio Wheeler took a handoff and dashed 57 yards on the very first play of the drive. Team-mate Zach Quebodeaux finished the scoring drive with a forth-and-inches touchdown run. A good PAT ended the Wolves’ scoring for the night at 27-0.

A good return by the Bulldogs placed them in great field position. But, a penalty sent them back to their own six-yard line for the start of their next drive. Another turnover on first and long cut the drive short and the Wolves took over in good field position on Ville Platte’s five-yard line. A few negative plays pushed the young Wolf second team offense back to their 22 makrer where a fumble gsaw the Bulldogs retain possession and some much-neded momentum.

But once again, the Wolf defense managed to stuff the Ville Platte offense on a fourth and three from the Wolves’ four-yard line. The Rayne offense couldn’t get anything going again and puts pressure on Venable, who launched a 60-yard missile of a punt all the way down to the Bulldog’s 30 yard line.

Ville Platte took the ball and finally got something going as they make their way down the field to put their mark on the scoreboard late in the last quarter. A 25-yard Ville Platte pass in the end zone to finalize the game at 27-6, giving the Wolves the 1-0 record in their early season.

The Wolves controlled the game not only on the field, but also statistically where they held the ball for nearly 30 minutes of the ballgame.

Antonio Wheeler was the leading rusher for the Wolves carrying the rock 11 times for 97 yards and one touchdown, while Vincent Sinegal led the way on the receiving end pulling in three receptions for 30 yards and one touchdown.

On the defensive end, leading tackler for Rayne on the night was Bryant Gossen with nine tackles, while Kordiral Alexander recorded the lone sack.

Ware concluded on the evening, “I know next week, we won’t be able to afford a slow start as we meet up with Welsh. With all the distractions and re-scheduling, I think we will be more on top of things and better prepared both mentally and physically.”

Due to Hurricane Ike, the Wolves were scheduled to host Welsh Wednesday evening at Wolf Stadium. Action begins at 7 p.m.

Notre Dame

Their traditional week one contest against long-time rival Teurlings was scratched last week thanks to Hurricane Gustav, and wit Hurricane Ike setting its sights on the Gulf Coast, the Pioneers moved up their week two contest with traditional Class 4A power house Breaux Bidge. The Pios were slated to take on the Tigers last night (Wednesday) in Breaux Bridge.

The Pioneers came into the contest after getting some good work in the Kiwanis Jamboree learly two weeks ago.

Notre Dame took on Cecilia and walked away with a 7-0 victory in the two-period contest.

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