Football Top Story
The defending District Champs are back to work.
Loranger opens the season August 31 hosting Kentwood.
LORANGER, LA—The Loranger Wolves football team reached the second-round of the LHSAA state playoffs a year ago, going 7-5 overall and finishing with a perfect 4-0 mark and the District 7-3A championship.
Head coach Sam Messina returns for his 17th year at the helm and has compiled a 99-76 record during his tenure at Loranger. He is now the longest tenured prep football coach in Tangipahoa Parish.
“We come to work every day and do the best we can for our kids and our school,” said Messina. “We make sure we put a quality product on the field and in the Community. We want the kids to be on their best behavior at all times representing themselves, their families and our school the right way. I enjoy what I’m doing and may be here for another twenty years, who knows, only the good Lord knows how to answer that question.”
This season the Wolves will have just 10 seniors dotting the roster. “We have a small senior class that has great leadership ability and a large junior class that have ben working hard for an opportunity to prove themselves,” said Messina.
Leading the spread offense the Wolves will play this season will be junior quarterback Jake Messina, the son of the head coach. “We have a rule that what happens on the field stays on the field and not bring that home.” Messina said. “I’ve been his Dad for 17 years, but Jake is a competitive young man. He works really hard at what he is doing. As a Father, I’m proud of the things he has done as an athlete. As a coach, I feel like he is going to give us a good opportunity to be successful because he understands the game and he understands what were trying to do.”
Joining Messina in the backfield will be junior running back Shawn Toefield, who is the team's returning rushing leader with 1,245 yards and he scored 12 touchdowns. He and junior linebacker Coy Disher are top college prospects. Disher ended with 97 tackles last season. Senior BJ Jackson is slated to be the wingback and Disher will be the team's tight end. Senior Xavier Green is the slot receiver. The Wolves will have an experienced offensive line with four juniors and one senior. Senior center Keorian McKnight will anchor the line at center and will be flanked by junior guards Noah Morris and Elijh Bateman. Junior Brad Alack will be the starter at left tackle and Hayden Ridgedell is the right tackle.
Defensively, the Wolves return five starters. Up front, Loranger will led by senior defensive end Will Brasher. He will be joined by freshman Zamien Waller junior at nose tackle and Lane Huszar at defensive tackle. The linebacking corps is headed by Disher. He will be flanked by junior Truman Faust and the outside linebackers will be manned y seniors Tyrell Richard and BJ Jackson.
The Loranger secondary will led by senior cornerbacks Xavier Green and Jatavion Miller. Toefield will be the free safety and junior D'ante McGee is projected to be the strong safety.
“We will have to develop depth and maintain our conditioning because we will have a few two-way starters,” said Messina.
Beau Landry will be handle the placekicking choirs. Disher is slated to be the team's punter.
The schedule will have the Wolves hosting their own Jamboree this year. Loranger will play Independence for the first time in four years in the Jamboree which is set for Thursday, Aug. 24.
The regular season kicks the following week with the Wolves playing a pair of perennial playoff contenders in hosting Kentwood on Aug. 31 and at Amite on Sept. 7. Loranger returns home against Ponchatoula on Sept. 14.
District 7-3A begins Oct. 12 at home against Bogalusa and concludes on Nov. 2 at Albany.
“We feel as a team will compete for a third consecutive district championship and a spot in the playoffs for the ninth straight year,” Messina said. “The team is committed. They understand what were doing and believe in the team concept. They understand what the expectations are and are committed every day to accomplish those goals.”
Wolves work on the passing game in seven-on-seven drills against the Falcons.
Loranger gets in work against the Saint Thomas Aquinas.
HAMMOND, LA—The Loranger Wolves continued their summer workouts Thursday getting in some seven-on-seven passing drill work against the Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons. Junior quarterback Jacob Messina was solid on the day passing for 333 yards on 35 of 48 completions and two interceptions with one of the interceptions being a tipped ball by the receiver. Junior Varsity quarterback Byreon Jackson also enjoyed a good day completing 10 of 15 attempts for 110 yards and two scores.
BJ Jackson and Xavier Green each had seven reception for the Wolves combining for 142 yards. Coy Disher had six catches for 37 yards and Daniel Coney and Jae Thomas each had four catches for a combined 92 yards.
Dayne Robertson made the big play of the day catching a short pass from Messina and then alluding being touched en route to a 60-yard touchdown.
Wolves close out Spring Practice in impressive fashion.
Courtney Alexander and Shawn Toefield combine for 178 yards rushing.
FRANKLINTON, LA—The Loranger Wolves closed out Spring Football Practice with an impressive road performance against the 4A Franklinton Demons. The Wolves dominated the live play session defeating the Demons 8-0.
“I thought it was a great end to a really good spring,” Messina said. “You saw the commitment on the field when we put in some new stuff on offense and executed against a good 4A school on both sides of the ball.”
The first half of the exhibition consisted of letting each team get the first and second strings on the field for two series apiece. After a short break, a live-game scenario that was a quarter of football long started.
“With the new things we installed on offense the kids started to understand it better as they had to play at live game-speed,” Messina said. “They started understanding how the little things work like the blocking angles, that you really can’t understand until you get into game-speed.”
“I thought we were physical on both sides of the ball. I thought we did the things you can’t coach really well. We’ll make corrections, but they’ll work to correct any mistakes which is the difference in this team,” continued Messina
Courtney Alexander also looked good, starting on the second team and playing for the first-team offense later on in the scrimmage. He ripped off an 86-yard touchdown and another big game on the second team for an unofficial 111 rushing yards on two carries. Alexander also caught a 20-yard pass and had an unofficial 29 yards on four carries with the first-team.
Shawn Toefield showed out and proved he could tote the rock early and often for the Wolves, carrying the ball 13 times for an unofficial 67 yards and a touchdown during the live-game scenario.
Jacob Messina started at quarterback and completed three-of-seven passes for an unofficial 36 yards and ran three times for 28 yards.
During the live-game, Loranger fumbled on their first possession but got the ball back immediately when Truman Faust recovered a fumble on Franklinton's first snap. Loranger used the momentum to drive down the field for Toefield to punch the ball in from five yards out. Xavier Green punched in the two-point conversion.
Then the Wolves’ defense let the Demons get down to the goal line but held up to force a turnover on downs and get the ball back. With time running out, the Loranger defense held up one more time to keep Franklinton out of the end zone and intercepted a pass to close out the game without allowing the Demons to score during the live-game scenario.
“They work hard and want to be successful and have shown they’ll work hard to be successful,” Messina said. “You can’t teach attitude and effort, and these guys have shown they’re willing to be coached and put in the effort to be successful.”
Wolves outlast Charging Indians to secure first round playoff win!
Loranger defeats Washington-Marion 21-20.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves extended their winning streak to six games as they used a late touchdown catch by sophomore Cyntonio McClain, an interception by senior D.J. Hookfin and three-for-three extra point boots by junior Austin Trahan to outlast the visiting Washington-Marion Charging Indians 21-20 in Class 3A first round playoff action Friday.
With the win Loranger advanced to the Regional round of the Class 3A LHSAA playoffs and will head to Monroe next Friday to take on Richwood who defeated #25 North Vermilion 20-17 to advance.
After the two team exchanged punts to open the contest the Wolves would have to cross the goal line twice before the six points would appear on the scoreboard. The Wolves took a short punt by the Charging Indians and marched 49 yards with sophomore Shawn Toefield running 26-yards for an apparent touchdown but the ball was fumbled out of the end zone for a touchback.
Washington-Marion took over starting at their twenty and moved the ball 16 yards in five plays but an interception by Loranger’s Nick Scott ended the drive and set Loranger up at the Washington-Marion 46. Eight plays later Hookfin tossed a touchdown strike to senior Luke Colona from 34 yards out to give the Wolves the early advantage at 7-0.
The Charging Indians answered on their next possession marching 91 yards in 14 plays with junior Carrington Mcclinton doing the honors from two yards out. It would be the first of three scores for Mcclinton who racked up 228 yards on 46 carriers. Junior Gerron Duhon add two more points with a three-yard scamper and the Charging Indians led 8-7 with 5:37 left before halftime.
Washington-Marion picked up where they left off to start the third period marching inside the Loranger five with a 13-play drive, but would end up with no points after a pair of big stops by the Loranger defense and a pair of motion penalties forced the Charging Indians into a fourth and eleven. A pass attempt fell short and the Wolves took over on downs.
The Loranger offense responded and needed just four plays to reach pay dirt as Hoofin hit Colona for his second touchdown of the night this one a 70-yard play that saw Colona break a pair of tackles on the way to the end zone. Trahan converted and Loranger led 14-8 with 3:46 left in the third.
Mcclinton again went to work rushing a dozen times to pace a 15-play scoring drive that knotted the score at 14. Mcclinton did the honors with a nine-yard jaunt with 8:29 showing. The try for two failed leaving the score tied.
The Charging Indians regained the advantage minutes later when junior Christian Guillory recovered a Loranger fumble to set Washington-Marion up at the Wolves’ 41. Mcclinton needed just three plays to cash in the Loranger miscue scoring on a 20-yard rumble. The try for two came up short but the Charging Indians led 20-14 with 6:14 left in the contest.
A short kick off set the Wolves up at their 48 and a 16-yard pass to Colona and 12-yard run by Toefield quickly put Loranger deep in Washington-Marion territory but the Charging Indians stiffened forcing a fourth-and-nine setting up McClain heroics. The sophomore receiver out fought Washington-Marion’s Ahman Lee for the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. Trahan delivered for the third time on the night kicking the go ahead extra point with just 3:45 left to play.
The Charging Indians would get one more chance and they converted a third-and-eighteen with a 23-yard pass from Tayen Grice to Jathan Royal to get into Loranger territory, but two plays later Hookfin ended any chance of a Washington-Marion rally with an interception allowing the Wolves to use the victory formation to run out the clock.
Hookfin finished 10-of-16 passing with 202 yards and three touchdowns, while Toefield carried the ball 14 times for 101 yards. Colona notched six receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Nick Scott had an interception and nine tackles to pace the Loranger defense, while senior David Smith and sophomore Truman Faust combined for 16 tackles and three assists with Smith collecting ten. Senior Jarrell Brumfield added six tackle and three assists for the winners.
Wolves are the CHAMPS!!
Loranger defeats Albany 24-9 to secure the District 7-3A Title.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves peaked at the right time running the table with four straight district wins to capture the District 7-3A title with a 24-9 victory over the Albany Hornets. The win gave the Wolves a perfect 4-0 mark in league play while Albany fell to 2-2.
Both teams entered the contest needing a win to claim the title and it appeared the Hornets had the right game plan going into contest as Albany drew first blood. However, the Wolves had an answer forcing three Albany turnovers that were turned into touchdown scores.
“It was a great win for our team,” said a soaked head coach Sammy Messina, who had just had a ice chest of cold water poured over by his elated players after the game ended. “Excellent second half defensively. Offensively with the few possessions, we were able to put some points on the board. Albany had a good game plan and executed it well. They tried to keep the ball away from us in the first half.”
The Hornets dominated the time of possession in the first half had ran 34 offensive plays to just Loranger’s eight plays, but the Hornets could only show seven points for their effort as turnovers prevented Albany from extending its lead.
Albany scored on its first offensive possession in the opening quarter driving 71 yards in 14 plays that took over eight minutes off the game clock. The drive ended with a 23-yard touchdown run by Justin Parrish. Orlando Pineda kicked the PAT to give the Hornets a 7-0 edge with 4:44 remaining in the first quarter. Highlighting the drive was a fourth down conversion and a pass interference penalty by Loranger that moved the ball down to the Wolves’ 32.
The Hornets put together another drive that went 12 plays reaching the Loranger 45, but Hornet quarterback Jackson Fazio was stripped of the football attempting to pass and Truman Faust of the Wolves recovered ending a scoring threat. Faust would end up collecting three fumbles.
Loranger capitalized on the turnover by scoring four play later when Hookin lofted a 44-yard touchdown pass to Carter. Austin Trahan booted the PAT to tie the contest at seven with 7:02 remaining in the first half. Albany used the rest of the half with another long drive reaching the Wolves’ 22 yard line. The 11-play drive ended when a 36-yard field goal attempt fell short and wide as time ran off to end the first half.
Loranger took the second half kickoff and put together a ten-play drive reaching the Albany five yard line. The Hornet defense stiffened and Wolves settled for a 15-yard field goal by Trahan to give Loranger its first lead at 10-7 with 7:26 left in the third quarter.
Following the kickoff, the Hornets mounted a 12-play drive reaching the Loranger 34, but Jarrell Brumfield of the Wolves jarred the ball loose from Fazio and Ladarius Gordon recovered it stopping another Albany scoring threat. Two plays later, the Wolves scored when running back Shawn Toefield broke loose straight up the middle of the Hornet defense with a 39-yard touchdown run. Trahan added the PAT to give Loranger a 17-7 lead with :58 seconds left in the period.
After the ensuing kickoff, the Wolves’ defense struck again forcing another Albany fumble that was recovered at the Wolves' eight yard line ending a 12-play drive with 4:48 remaining.
Loranger took over deep in their own territory. A center snap that sailed past Hookin on the third play from scrimmage saw the ball roll into the end zone and out-of-bounds giving Albany a two-point safety to make it 17-9.
Following the free kick by the Wolves, the Hornets were just a touchdown and a two-point conversion from tying the game. But the Wolves defense forced another Hornet fumble that was recovered by Faust at the Albany 29. Five plays later, the Wolves capitalized on the miscue when running back Alex Williams went in on a six yard touchdown run. Trahan kicked the PAT to make it 24-9 with 1:59 left to play to seal the win.
“I’m very proud of our kids and the their effort, continued Messina. “The defense shut them out in the second half, winning the district championship and going into the state playoffs with five straight wins. It’s a pretty good feeling.”
Loranger amassed 216 yards of total offense. The Wolvs had 85 yards rushing as Toefield led the way with 62 yards on 10 carries. Hookfin added 13 yards on six attempts and he completed five of seven passes. Carter led the Wolves’ receivers with four catches for 105 yards and Luke Colona had one reception for 26 yards.
Albany racked up 257 yards of total offense. The Hornets had 216 rushing yards as Brad Lewis led the way with 136 yards on 26 carries. Kamryn Mayers gained 69 yards on 18 attempts.
But Albany's five fumbles cost the Hornets the district crown as the Wolves scored three times off the turnovers improving their overall record to 6-4 on the year.
“We’ve played some really good teams and Albany’s one of them,” addedMessina. “They showed me a lot tonight, and I think they will do well in the playoffs, but I’m proud of our guys I thought they fought hard all night long.”
“We made a couple of adjustments in the second half and it took a couple of fumbles on them (Albany) for us to secure the win,” said Loranger defensive coordinator Mike Young. “They have a good team. They kept the ball away from us. We were fortunate to come up with some turnovers to turn the game around.”
The Wolves will await their playoff assignment as the LHSAA will announce the playoff pairings for all classes and divisions on Sunday.
Wolves rally to earn an impressive 35-12 win over district rival Archbishop Hannan.
Loranger stays alone in the top spot in District 7-3A standings at 3-0.
COVINGTON, LA—The Loranger Wolves side-stepped a few early tough breaks and miscues that had them trailing the home-standing Hannan Hawks 9-0 in the first quarter and rallied to an impressive 35-12 key District 7-3A victory that kept the Wolves in sole possession of first place at 3-0.
“We made some adjustment in our scheme on offense in the second half and really it was stuff that was there in the first half we just did not execute well,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “We put the ball in the hands of our playmakers in the second half and they made plays. I really proud of the way the guys responded.”
Poor field position and a penalty that kept a Hawk drive alive led to an early Hannon 9-0 advantage. Backed up inside the five a bad snap led to a safety as Hookfin was tackled in his own end zone with 11:42 showing. On the Hawks ensuing drive the Wolves forced an incomplete pass on third-and-nine at their thirty yard line, but a personal foul penalty kept the Hannan drive going and senior Chris Rabensteiner cashed in the miscue with a 10-yard scamper for six.
Loranger got on track on their next possession marching 69 yards in nine plays with senior DJ Hookfin doing the duties with a five-yard run for the score. Junior Austin Trahan added the extra point and the Wolves cut the Hannan margin to just two at 9-7 with 2:26 left in the first. Trahan would be perfect on the night booting all five extra points.
The two teams traded a pair of punts and with 6:56 left in the second the Loranger offense found their rhythm again putting together another 69-yard march highlighted by a pair of Hookifin completions with a 13-yard toss to DeJuan Carter and another 13-yard toss to senior Luke Colona. Hookfin finished off the drive with a three-yard dive and with Trahan’s kick the Wolves led 14-9. It was Loranger’s first lead and they would not trail again as they tacked on 21 second half points and pitched a shutout on defense.
Hannan kept it close before intermission cashing in a phantom face mask call that set up a 21-yard field goal by senior Seth Caillouet to pull the Hawks to within two at 14-12 halftime.
The defenses dominated play to open the third period as the team traded a pair of punts and it was defense that finally led to the first second half score. Loranger sophomore Coy Disher recovered a Hannan fumble to set the Wolves up at the Hawk 31. The Loranger offense would need just one play as sophomore Shawn Toefield sprinted into the end zone for six. With the point after Loranger led 21-12 with 3:31 showing.
“After the first quarter we tackled a hundred percent better,” said Messina. “We did not tackle well early and were out of position on defense, but we made some corrections and the guys executed well in the final three quarters.”
The Wolves padded their advantage to start the fourth quarter with a five-play drive that ended with a 46-yard gallop by Toefield giving Loranger a 28-12 lead with 8:43 left in the contest. Not to be outdone, Hookfin followed up Toefield’s heroics minutes later with a 57-yard run breaking four tackles on the way to paydirt to cap off the Loranger’s scoring.
“Our offense is led by the offensive line—they get all the credit. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without them,” said Hookfin.
The Wolves collected 234 yards rushing and 125 yards passing as Hookfin went nine for fourteen and Toefield rushed 13 times for 117 yards.
Loranger will put their one-game district advantage over Bogalusa and Albany on the line next Friday as they host the 8-1 Albany Hornets.
“Our mindset for the last five weeks has been one game at a time. We were 1-4 coming into the last five games, and we knew to get to the playoffs we had to take everything one week at a time,” Messina added. “Albany is well coached and his having a great year and we expect a great high school football game next Friday.”
Wolves move into first place in district play.
Loranger routs Sumner 35-6 to improved to 2-0 in the league standings.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves captured their third win in a row after defeating the winless Jewell Sumner Cowboys 35-6 in a District 7-3A contest played at Rusty Chambers Stadium.
The victory keeps Loranger tied for first place in the District 7-3A race with Albany with each sporting 2-0 marks. Loranger and Albany will close out the regular season in a key contest that could settle the
“We started out by getting a turnover, but gave the football right back,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “We give up an onside kick and those are two possessionsin the first half that we should have points off of. In the second half we drive the ball down the field and fumble inside the 20 yard line. Three of those possessions we give the ball right back to them (Sumner). You can’t do those kind of things, but hopefully we get that our of our system and move forward.”
he Wolves spotted the visiting Cowboys a 6-0 lead before rallying with five unsanswered touchdowns to secure its fourth win of the season. Leading Loranger was quarterback D.J. Hookfin, who scored two rushing touchdowns and passed for three more. Wide receiver Luke Colona was on the end of two TD passes as he finished with five receptions for 128 yards. Hookfin completed eight of 11 passes for 215 yards and rushed for 59 yards on 11 carries.
Sumner fumbled on the first play of the game in the opening quarter and Loranger's David Smith recovered. Moments later Sumner’s Jakiem Robbins recovered a Loranger fumble giving the Cowboys possession at their own 38. Sumner mounted a four-play 62-yard drive that ended with quarterback Sam Gilliland connecting with Jeremy Slaven on a 34-yard touchdown pass to make it 6-0 with 6:56 left to play in the period.
However, it would be all Loranger the rest of the way. The Wolves defense forced the Cowboys to punt seven times in the game. Most of the punts came deep in their own territory and Loranger benefitted with a short field to score on.
The Wolves moved ahead in the second period with a five-play, 62-yard drive that was capped by a Hookfin eight yard touchdown run. Austin Trahan was successful on all five of his PATs to give Loranger a 7-6 advantage with 10:00 remaining in the second quarter.
Following a Sumner punt, the Wolves extended their lead marching 55 yards in five plays culminating the drive with a Hookfin 36-yard touchdown pass to De Juan Carter to make it 14-6 with 4:35 left in the first half.
The Wolves threatened on their opening possession in the third quarter, but Hookfin coughed up the ball and Sumner’s Tyresse Milton recovered at the Sumner 20 yard line. Following a Cowboy punt, the Wolves got on track again puttining together a seven-play, 50-yard drive capping the drive with a three yard touchdown run by Hookfin to make it 21-6 with 6:00 left in the period.
Loranger extended its lead on the first play of the fourth quarter when Hookfin rifled a 26-yard touchdown pass to Luke Colona to give the Wolves a 28-6 lead with 11:46 remaining in the game.
Following the Sumner punt, the Wolves scored on the very next play when Hookfin lofted a 76-yard touchdown pass to Colona to give the Wolves a commanding 35-6 edge with 8:20 left to play.
Sumner would punt twice more as the Wolves' defense prevented the Cowboys from crossing midfield the rest of the way. Leading Loranger on defense were Lane Huszar who had five tackles and one fumble recovery. Montel Duncan had four tackles and a quarterback sack and Jarrell Brumfield had two tackles, two assisted stops to go along with a tackle for loss.
“We did the things we needed to do up front,” Messina said. “That’s one of the things we talked about at halftime. We did a better job of not letting them slip through miss blocks. I’m proud of our kids for correcting it and we did what we were suppose to do in the second half.”
Loranger amassed 418 yards of total offense. The Wolves had 203 yards rushing as Toefield led the way with 72 yards on 11 attempts. Brelen Bagnet had 43 yards on seven carries and Alex Williams finished with 29 yards on six carries. Sumner was held to 99 yards of total offense. The Cowboys had 44 yards rushing and 54 passing yards. Gililand completed two of four passes with no interceptions.
“Our kids played hard for two and half quarters and its something to build on because we are a very young team.” said Cowboy coach Ross Currier. “They fought to the end. We were down by a touchdown at halftime against playing the best team in the district. I was very pleased tonight with our effort.”
The loss dropped Sumner to 0-8 on the year and 0-3 in district. Loranger improves to 4-4 overall and 2-0 in District and will play at Archbishop Hannan in (7-1, 1-1) next Friday.