Rayne races to victory over DeQuincy
By Chris & Laurie Mueller
The Rayne Wolves completed a 59 yard pass on their first play from scrimmage, giving a quick preview of things to come last Friday at G. Dalton Faircloth Stadium.
Trent Winbush scored on the next play from 20 yards out, the first of his five touchdowns on the night as the Wolves defeated the Tigers 48 to 26 before a homecoming crowd. The Tigers held their own with the class 4-A Wolves and fought hard all night long.
Noah Aultman put the brakes on Rayne’s next drive with an interception, but DeQuincy was unable to move the ball, but a Sam Whatley punt pinned the Wolves on their own 1 yard line, Rayne then went 99 yards on 14 plays to up the lead to 14-0.
Jared Nash excited the huge crowd with a 63 yard return of the ensuing kick-off. The Tigers took advantage of the return as Kaleb Buck bulled his way to the 2 yard line and then scored to give the Tigers life.
DeQuincy recovered an onside kick taking over on their own 37, and drove 63 yards on 13 plays with Adrian Gates completing a 4 yard pass to Jared Nash to give the Tigers a chance to tie the game up the point after attempt failed and Rayne held a slight edge 14-12 with 3:13 remaining in the first half.
The next three minutes proved critical to the Tigers’ chances as Rayne quickly answered the Tiger score and then recovered an onside kick and drove down and scored with no time remaining on the clock to take a 28-12 halftime lead.
DeQuincy continued to play hard. After recovering a Rayne fumble on the Wolf 38, the Tigers marched down and scored on a Gates to Whatley 12 yard pass play. Once again, DeQuincy failed to make an extra point and the score was 28-18 midway through the 3rd quarter.
It only took three plays for Rayne to answer with a touchdown of their own and then a back breaking 80 yard interception of Adrian Gates for another quick score put Rayne on top 41 to 18.
Jake Cooper, DeQuincy's back-up quarterback, scored on a 1 yard run in the 4th quarter, and DeQuincy scored on a safety to make the final score 48 to 26.
Gates had another big night both passing and running. Gates was 18 of 23 for 140 yards and one interception. He also rushed for 123 yards on 13 yards. Sam Whatley had 7 catches for 46 yards. Jared Nash had 5 catches for 35 yards. Noah Aultman had 3 catches for 38 and Javion Leday had 3 for 24. Kaleb Buck had 19 carries for 69 yards on the night.