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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.
Wolves back to winning ways in impressive fashion.
Loranger pitches 41-0 shutout of visiting Port Allen Pelicans.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves got back to their winning ways in impressive fashion shutting out the Port Allen Pelicans 41-0 capping off Homecoming festivities played at Rusty Chambers Stadium.
The Wolves dominated offensively building a 27-0 advantage at the half and then added two more TDs in the second half. Senior quarterback D.J. Hookfin led the offense throwing for four touchdown passes after missing the last two games because of a foot injury. Meanwhile the defense prevented Port Allen (2-4) from crossing mid-field the entire game and forced the visiting Pelicans into turnovers which led to scores.
“We stepped up and played tonight,” said Loranger coach Sammy Messina. “Our staff did a great job of getting the kids ready. We got back to our basics. The last five weeks have been against tough competition. The only teams that can beat us is us. We just gotta play the way were capable of playing. This is something we can build on and we just got to take the next step now. If we play the way we played tonight, we’ll be fine going into District play.”
Loranger’s defense set the tone limiting Port Allen to just 43 yards of total offense. The Pels were held to 27 yards rushing and 16 passing yards.
Senior inside linebacker David Smith led the Wolves with six solo tackles, one assisted and a pair of fumble recoveries. Senior outside linebacker finished with five tackles, two tackles behind the line of scrimmage and senior Montel Duncan recorded three stops, one tackle for loss and one quarterback sack.
The Wolves began their scoring on their second offensive possession. Loranger benefitted from a short Port Allen punt taking the ball at the Pelican 44 yard line. Loranger needed just four plays to score when quarterback D.J. Hookfin connected with De Jean Carter on a 11-yard touchdown pass. Austin Trahan was successful on six of seven PATs to give the Wolves a 7-0 lead wih 6:53 remaining in the first quarter.
Following another Port Allen punt, the Wolves mouned a eight-play, 61-yard drive that was culminated by a 29-yard touchdown pass from Hookfin to Luke Colona to make it 14-0 with 4:13 remaining in the first half. Another short punt by the Pelicans gave Loranger possession at the Port Allen 43. The Wolves took advantage of the short field scoring in three plays when Hookfin rifled a 38-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Jackson.
Smith’s first fumble recovery gave Loranger back the football at the Pelican 39. Two plays later, Loranger added to its lead when Hookfin spotted Shawn Toefield in the end zone on a five yard touchdown pass play to make it 27-0 at the break.
In the third quarter, the Wolves took command over the outmanned Pelicans marching 66 yards in 11-plays for its fourth touchdown. The drive ended with a five yard run by Alex Williams and Port Allen trailed 34-0 heading into the fourth period.
Smith's second fumble recovery came in the fourth quarter with 6:09 remaining. Loranger took possession at the Port Allen and scored three plays later when backup quarterback Jake Messina lofted a 25-yard touchdown pass to Cyntonio McClain to make the final score 41-0 with 4:13 left.
Loranger amassed 337 yards of total offense. The Wolves had 200 yards rushing as Toefield finished with 97 yards on 23 carries. Williams gained 38 yards on seven attempts and Hookfin had 53 yards rushing on four carries. Port Allen had 27 yards rushing as Justin Cummings ended with 25 yards on nine attempts. Quarterback Terrell Jones completed three of 15 passes for 16 yards for the Pelicans.
Hookfin completed completed nine of 10 passes for 137 yards. Carter had three catches for 24 yards. McClain had two receptions for 30 yards and Colona finished with two catches for 39 yards.
Loranger, now 2-4 on the season, will begin District 7-3A play next Friday traveling to play Bogalusa.
Spartans rally to edge Wolves 23-21.
Wolves to celebrate Homecoming next Thursday.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves Football team suffered another tough loss when the visiting Salmen Spartans rallied from 21-7 down to take a 23-21 victory played at Rusty Chambers Stadium.
The Spartans trailed 21-20 with 2:04 remaining in the game and had possession at their own five yard line. Salmen marched 95 yards down to the Wolves’ five yard line. A 15-yard field goal with 0:08 seconds remaining by Eddie Smith sealed the 23-21 win. The Victory improved Salmen to 4-1 on the year and their third straight win, while the Wolves fell to 1-4.
“You have to execute down the stretch,” said Loranger coach Sammy Messina. “Offensively, we had two opportunities to put the game away and we didn’t run the clock out on our final possession. Defensively, we gotta get off the field. We gave up two fourth quarter touchdowns, and we gave them too many penalties to give them field position. It’s one of those things, we didn’t make the plays in the times we needed to make them and that’s the bottom line.”
It was a tale of two halves between the Wolves and Spartans. Loranger controlled the first half building a 14-7 lead at the half only to see the Spartans take control in the second half with two touchdowns and a field goal. Spartan quarterback LJ Leonard went to the air much of the second half for Salmen. The senior signal caller directed a no-huddle offense to spark the team after Loranger scored a third quarter touchdown to make it 21-7. Leonard completed 16 of 34 passes for 177 yards to lead the Spartan offensive attack while junior running back rushed for 61 yards on 15 carries.
The Wolves took advantage of Salmen turnovers to score their first two touchdowns. The Spartans muffed a punt and Loranger’s Tanner Armstrong recovered the ball at the Salmen 14 yard line.
Loranger scored four plays later on a Shawn Toefield one yard touchdown run. Austin Trahan kicked the PAT to give the Wolves a 7-0 edge with 2:49 remaining in the first quarter.
The Spartans answered with a eight-play, 73-yard drive that was capped by a five yard touchdown run by Williams. Smith booted the PAT to make it 7-7 with 11:54 left in the first half.
The drive was highlighted on a fake punt when the Spartans snapped the ball to the up-man Antonio Marquez and he gained 37 yards moving the football down to the Wolves’ 27.
A pass interception by Loranger’s Dante McGee set up the Wolves’ next score. Loranger took possession at their own 20 and needed three plays to score when quarterback Jake Messina lofted a 66-yard touchdown pass to De Juan Carter. Trahan added the point after to give the Wolves a 14-7 lead with 6:47 remaining in the half. McGee also picked off another Spartan pass to stop a Spartan drive.
The Wolves took advantage of a short punt by Salmen in the third period. Starting a midfield, the Wolves scored in five plays when Messina connected with Carter on a 37-yard touchdown pass. Trahan's PAT made it 21-7 with 5:41 left in the period. However, the Spartans answered by going no-huddle mounting a 11-play, 59-yard drive culminating with a nine yard touchdown pass from Leonard to Anthony Mosely to cut the lead to 21-14 with 9:07 left to play.
The Wolves punted on their next possession giving Salmen the ball at their own 36. The Spartans scored in three plays capping the drive with a 36-yard touchdown pass from Leonard to Smith. Salmen elected to go for the two-point conversion score following a roughing the kicker penalty on Loranger. But the Wolves’ defense held stopping Williams short of the goal line leaving the score with 4:53 remaining.
Loranger’s Keorian McKnight recovered a onsides kick by the Spartans at midfield. But the Wolves could not maintain possession to run out the clock and were forced to punt giving Salmen the ball at their own five yard line with 2:04 left.
The Spartans went to the air as Leonard completed passes of 15, 10, 17 and 11 yards, which included converting two fourth down conversions. Salmen managed the clock and reached the Loranger five yard line and kicked a 15-yard field goal by Smith to secure the 23-21 victory with eight seconds left.
“This was a heartbreaker when you could of steal a win from a 4A team who's 3-1,” said Loranger defensive coordinator Michael Young. “We tried to put pressure on their quarterback and put DB’s back into double coverage. We just didn’t make plays. In the first half we pretty much dominated, but it is hard to win games when you give up two fourth down conversions in the fourth quarter. We just gotta learn to put teams away and we don’t have that right now.”
Loranger amassed 264 yards of total offense. The Wolves had 109 rushing yards as Toefield led the way gaining 62 yards on 19 attempts. Teammate Alex Williams rushed for 43 yards on 14 carries. Messina completed eight of 12 passes for 155 yards and two TDs. Carter had five catches for 113 yards and Luke Colona finished with two receptions for 30 yards. Salmen had 308 yards of total offense. The Spartans chalked up 131 yards rushing and 177 passing.
The Wolves will host Port Allen on Thursday, Oct. 5 for its annual Homecoming game. The Pelicans (2-3) captured 42-34 win over Northeast Friday.
Wolves fall to Titans 28-6.
Wolves return home next Friday to host Salmen.
MANDEVILLE, LA—The Loranger Wolves football team suffered their third loss in four games when the Lakeshore Titans registered a 28-6 victory that culminated Homecoming festivities.
The win kept Lakeshore perfect on the season with a 4-0 mark, while the Wolves fell to 1-3.
The Titans may have had this game date circled on their schedule as Loranger had defeated the Titans two-out-of the-last three meetings, which included an exciting game that was won on the final play on a hail-mary pass for a touchdown. However, this time it would be Lakeshore’s turn to win as the Titans built a 21-0 lead until Loranger scored its only touchdown in the third period. Lakeshore added an insuarance TD on the first-play of the fourth quarter to make the final score 28-6.
“We've knocked them (Lakeshore) out of the playoffs two years ago and then beat them last season when they shouldn’t have lost,’ said Loranger coach Sammy Messina. “They were ready to play. It comes down to a few things. They got some really good players with 24 seniors and they are a well-schooled team. I’m proud of our kid’s effort, and I thought we never quit. We played some good teams and now we step up in class again next week. We just have to make some corrections and continue to get better and playing several tough opponents to start the season has made us better.”
Lakeshore used a no-huddle offense much of the way and scored on their second offensive possession in the first quarter. The Titans took advantage of field position after receiving a Loranger put deep in their own territory. Lakeshore took possession at the Wolves' 48 and needed eight plays to score on a three-yard touchdown pass play to make it 7-0 with 4:45 remaining in the period.
Lakeshore scored on its next possession on a 80-yard touchdown pass play that was nullified by a penalty. Later the Titans were forced to punt out of their own end zone giving Loranger field position at the Lakeshore 42. But the Wolves could not convert on a fourth-and-1 situation giving the ball up on downs.
The Titans added to its lead after receiving a shanked punt giving the Titans field position at the Wolves’ 38 yard line. Two plays later, the Titans scored on a seven yard touchdown run by running back to make it 14-0 with 4:15 remaining in the half.
A thunderstorm erupted at halftime preventing the third quarter to begin. The delay was for 45-minutes until teams and fans were permitted back into the stadium to resume play.
Lakeshore scored on its first possession in the period culminating a six-play, 50-yard drive. The Titans scored on a 14-yard scamper to make it 21-0 with 8:10 remaining in the quarter.
Loranger answered after the ensuing kickoff mounting a 12-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a one yard touchdown run by Shawn Toefield. The PAT was missed leaving the score 21-6 with 2:45 left.
Highlighting the drive was a pair of pass completions of 10 and 20 yards from quarterback Jake Messina to Luke Colona that moved the ball down to the Lakeshore 27.
Lakeshore responded with a 11-play, 65-yard drive that was capped by a one yard burst to make it 28-6 with 11:48 left to play in the game.
Loranger would have three more possessions in the final period, but were not able to score making the final 28-6.
“They made some key plays and controlled the tempo of the game,” continued Messina. “They kept us a little bit off-balance on defense. We did a pretty good job of adjusting, but one play here and one play there extended drives for them and they were able to finish those drives with touchdowns.”
Green Wave defense holds off the Wolves in the final seconds to save a 35-28 win.
Wolves play another slugfest against a parish rival for a second week in a row coming up just short on the final play.
PONCHATOULA—The Loranger Wolves took on another parish rival for the second week in a row and for the second week in a row came up just short as the Ponchatoula Green Wave stopped the Wolves on their one yard line as time ran out to preserve a 35-28 victory in the Swamp.
“In the first half we had some glitches, and I thought they (Ponchatoula) did a good job of making some adjustments to slow us down on offense,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “Their offense was operating on all cylinders, but we were able to get some turnovers and convert them into points. We came up just short at the end, but I really proud of the effort.”
After the two teams exchanged punts on their opening possessions, the Green Wave put together a ten-play drive covering 54 yards scoring on a TJ Finley pass to senior Jo’Quan Johnson. Senior Shawn Lagroue added the point after and Ponchatoula led 7-0 with 1:10 left in the first.
The Wolves answered on their ensuing possession marching 80 yards in ten plays as senior quarterback DJ Hookfin finished off the drive with a 29-yard pass to senior Luke Colona. Junior Austin Trahan converted the point after knotting the score at seven with 9:39 showing in the second.
Ponchatoula wasted little time retaking the lead needing just three plays as junior Michael Hines rumbled three yards for a touchdown. Hines set up the score with a 37 yard run on the first play of the drive. Lagroue converted and the Green Wave took a 14-7 advantage into halftime.
The Green Wave picked up where they left off starting the second half with a solid drive moving the ball inside the Loranger 40, but the Wolves defense had other ideas as they stopped them twice on third and one and fourth and one to take over on downs. The Loranger offense responded marching 45 yards in eight plays with Hookfin doing the honors on an 11-yard scramble for six. Trahan booted the point and the Wolves tied it at 14 with 9:19 left in the third.
The Loranger defense needed just one play to return the ball to their offense on Ponchatoula’s ensuing possession as the Wolves forced a Johnson fumble and Ladarius Gordon recovered for Loranger at the Green Wave 46. Aided by 25 yards in Green Wave penalties, the Wolves scored in just five plays as senior Alex Williams dove in from a yard out. Trahan converted and the Wolves led 21-14.
Ponchatoula wasted no time knotting up the score needing just three plays to reach pay dirt. Johnson ran 32 yards to open the drive and capped it off with a 22-yard jaunt for six to finish the drive. Lagroue converted to tie it at 21 with 3:19 remaining in the third.
Loranger regained the lead on their next possession using a solid running attack to march 80 yards in 11 plays as Williams finished it with a two-yard run for six. Trahan’s extra point gave Loranger a 28-21 advantage with 11:07 remaining.
The Wolves did not enjoy the lead for long as Ponchatoula answered again on their next possession going 78 yards in eight plays scoring on a Hines five-yard rumble. Lagroue added the point after and Ponchatoula got even at 28.
The Ponchatoula defense pitched a three-and-out on the Wolves next drive and the Green Wave offense responded with a 79-yard scoring drive to take the lead for good as junior Tyjae Spears collected a 15-yard pass from Finley for six. Lagroue made good on the point after and Ponchatoula held a 35-28 lead with 4:38 left. The Wolves would respond with a 79-yard drive to the Green Wave one but Ponchatoula held on a fourth-and-one try to secure the win as time ran out.
JV Wolves use air attack to defeat Green Wave.
Loranger’s Jake Messina tosses three touchdown passes and runs for two more as the Wolves score a 30-19 win over Ponchatoula.
PONCHATOULA—Certainly in what Loranger fans is a sign of things to come later this week when the Loranger Wolves and the Ponchatoula Green Wave meet in a Friday night parish rivalry, the JV Wolves handed the home-standing JV Green Wave a 30-19 setback in junior varsity action Tuesday night.
Sophomore quarterback Jake Messina paced a solid offensive showing by the Wolves rushing for a pair of touchdowns and passing for three more. Defensively, Loranger collected a trio of turnovers with Hayden Ridgell recovering a Wave fumble to end the final Ponchatoula drive. Cyntonio McClain and Dayne Robertson collected touchdown passes while McClain set up another score with 41-yard reception, and had an interception.
Wolves and Warriors get it on in another classic.
Amite escapes with 22-20 win.
LORANGER—When the Wolves and Warriors get together it is always a slugfest with both teams exchanging their share of big plays and some miscues and Friday’s meeting at Loranger was another classic as Amite escaped with a 22-20 win in a contest decided in the final seconds.
Loranger senior Montel Duncan along with a host of teammates blocked an Amite punt in the final minute of the fourth quarter to set the Wolves up with a chance to tie. Senior DJ Hookfin tossed a touchdown pass to senior DeJuan Carter two plays later to cut the Amite lead to 22-20, but the Warriors hung on as a two-point conversion run by Hookfin fell just short.
“When our guys come out to play, you get the full forty-eight minutes,” said Loranger head football coach Sam Messina. “That is what is expected out of kids and that is what they do.”
The Wolves struck the first blow of the contest needing just seven plays to move 61 yards to pay dirt as Hookfin connected with senior Luke Colona for a 54-yard touchdown. Junior Austin Trahan added the extra point and Loranger led 7-0 with 10:05 showing.
The defenses settled in for the remainder of the first quarter forcing each offense to punt twice, but an Amite interception setting them up at the Loranger 37 led to the first Warriors score. Junior Tyrin Taylor tossed a 28-yard strike to Devonta Lee for six. The Warriors setup to kick the extra point but and off sides penalty against Loranger allowed them to try for two instead and Lee did the honors giving Amite an 8-7 advantage with 7:20 left in the half.
An interception by sophomore Dante Mcgee set up a final scoring opportunity for the Wolves less than two minutes before halftime. Loranger took over at their 23 and marched inside the twenty but the drive stalled and a 27-yard field goal attempt missed leaving the score 8-7 in favor of Amite at the half.
The Wolves started the second half just like they left off at the end of the first mounting a 55-yard drive in seven plays that was sparked by a 15-yard reception by junior B.J. Jackson, but ended in a missed 24-yard field goal aided by a bobbled hold. The Warriors responded going on an 80 yard scoring drive on their next possession to pad their lead to 16-7 with a two-point conversion.
Loranger started a solid drive on their ensuing possession collecting a pair of first downs, but an interception by Amite’s Kyle Maxwell set the Warriors up at the Loranger 45. Amite needed just three plays to cash in the turnover as Cameron Henderson rushed 31 yards for a score. The point after was missed but the Warriors held a 22-7 advantage with 7:26 left to play.
Sophomore Shawn Toefield put the Wolves back in contention for the win returning the ensuing kickoff 83 yards to close the gap to 22-14 with the point after by Trahan.
The Wolves and Warriors exchanged turnovers on the next two possessions of the contest, but with less than two minutes left the Warriors were forced to punt and Duncan and gang of teammates blocked the Amite punt setting up Loranger’s final heroics that came up just short.
Wolves get defensive to hold off Kentwood.
Loranger gets solid road win to open season collecting a 21-14 victory.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves defense had an answer for the high octane offense of the Kentwood Kangaroos as they held off the home-standing Roos to get a 21-14 victory.
Loranger got a key fumble recovery by Cody Currier with two minutes left to play at the Loranger 33 yard line to secure the win.
“It was a good team win for us,” said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “There were times in the game where our defense had to pickup our offense. We had two defensive stands inside the twenty yard line. Offensively, our players made plays when they had the opportunity to keep drives going and put the ball in the end zone.”
The Wolves’ defense set the tone forcing Kentwood to punt on their first possession in the opening quarter. Loranger took advantage of a shanked punt by the Roos giving the Wolves field position at the Kentwood. 38. Five plays later, the Wolves capitalized when quarterback D.J. Hookin connected with Dejuan Carter on a 25-yard touchdown pass play. Austin Trahan kicked the PAT to give Loranger a 7-0 lead with 7:37 left to play in the first period.
Later following a Loranger punt, the Roos returned the ball to their own 40 and would score on the very next play when quarterback Jamarquea Diamond lofted a 60-yard touchdown pass to Edward Magee to tie the game at 7-7 with 3:26 remaining.
Loranger moved back into the lead scoring on the very first play of the second period when Hookfin went in on a one yard plunge. The PAT was successful by Trahan leaving the score 14-7 with 11:50 left in the first half. The drive covered 59 yards in seven plays as Hookfin led the way gaining 27 yards on a scramble and then he found Carter on a 11-yard pass reception. Kentwood aided the drive with a personal foul penalty that moved the ball down to the Loranger 39. The Roos ended the game being flagged 15 times for 150 yards in losses.
Kentwood, ranked No. 2 in the latest Class 1A state football poll, tied the game for a second time in the third quarter. The Roos marched 80 yards in eight plays capping the drive with a five yard touchdown run by Larry Carter to make it 14-14 with 8:29 left to play in the period.
Highlighting the drive was a 43-yard pass play from Diamond to Carter that moved the ball down to the Loranger 32.
Following a Kentwood punt in the fourth quarter, the Wolves took possession at the Roo 47 and scored two plays later on a two yard sneak by Hookfin. Trahan's PAT made t 21-14 with 5:50 left to play. The touchdown drive was setup when Hookfin rifled a 42-yard pass to Carter that put the ball at the Kentwood two yard line.
The Roos could not answer as the Loranger defense held Kentwood on downs when Diamond threw incomplete on a fourth down play. The Wolves took possession and ran the ball three times with Alex Williams to run time off the game clock. Loranger punted with 2:14 remaining giving Kentwood another chance to try to tie the game.
The Ros took possession at their own 33, but fumbled to plays later with Currier recovering the ball to seal the win.
“I’m proud of the effort all the way across,” continued Messina. “We had mistakes, but we just have to work through them and we did that tonight. We fought threw some adversity. We didn’t retaliate and get involved with the back-and-fourth jarring. I thought that was very good on our part. We were physical on both sides of the ball and this was a good test for us against a very good class 1A team.”
Loranger amassed 277 yards of total offense. The Wolves rushed for 122 yards as Williams led the way with 90 yards on 29 attempts. Hookfin gained 3 yards on nine carries. Hookfin completed 10 of 14 passes for 155 yards. Luke Colona had catches for 69 yards and Carter finished with four receptions for 86 yards.
Defensively, the Wolves were led by David Smith with seven solo stops and he had one quarterback sack.
“I think the guys rose up and played like I knew they were capable of playing,” said Loranger defensive coordinator Michael Young. Last week we kind of slumped off of some big plays, but this week they rose to the occasion and played the defense we called. The growth we had on defense was big.”
Wolves Jam with East Jefferson.
Loranger strikes first but Warriors rally and then hold off Wolves on final drive. QUICK GALLERY.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves played a final tune-up Friday at the annual Ponchatoula Jamboree coming up just short in a 15-7 loss to the East Jefferson Warriors.
The Jamboree consisted to two 15-minute halves. The Wolves scored on their second offensive possession in the first half and had second score called back on a penalty, as the Warriors countered with a two unanswered touchdowns to rally for the win.
“We never quit, said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “We had a last drive that showed a lot better effort and we did some things well. We got some things work on. We got to get better as players, coaches everybody involved. It’s one of those things why we are here. I thought we did some good things, but we have more to work on.”
The Wolves got on the board first taking advantage of field position at the 45 following a Warrior punt.
Loranger scored nine plays later on a three yard touchdown run by senior running back Alex Williams. Junior Austin Trahan added the point after to give the Wolves a 7-0 edge with 8:31 left in the first half.
Following another East Jefferson punt, the Wolves failed to pick up a first-down on its next series giving up the football on downs at the Warrior 38.
East Jefferson took over and mounted a six-play, 62-yard drive scoring its first touchdown on a 26-yard touchdown run. The Wolves were off-sides on a point after attempt. East Jefferson decided to go for the two-point conversion and was successful taking a 8-7 advantage with 1:57 remaining.
Loranger appeared to answer on its next possession on a 62-yard touchdown pass play from senior quarterback D.J. Hookfin to senior wide receiver Luke Colona, but the play was nullified because of a personal foul penalty on the Wolves.
East Jefferson began the second half with a 10-play, 80-yard drive that ended with a 36-yard touchdown play. The PAT was successful giving the Warriors a 15-7 lead with 9:07 remaining.
Highlighting the drive was a fake punt executed by East Jefferson on a fourth-and-3 situation that would keep their drive alive.
The Wolves failed to answer on its next possession giving the ball up on downs on a fourth-and-3 on a incomplete pass play from Hookfin to Williams.
However, Loranger’s defense held the Warriors and forced a punt with 2:36 remaining to play. The Wolves’ final drive began at their own 20 and marched down field reaching the East Jefferson nine yard line, but Hookfin failed to pickup yardage on a fourth-and-2 situation after being tackled inches short of the first down marker. Highlighting the drive was a pair of pass interference penalties by East Jefferson that moved the football into Warrior territory. Hookfin also connected with B.J. Jackson on a 25-yard pass play that put the ball at the Warrior 19.
“From me on down, we got to get better and that's what we are going to start working on beginning tonight,” Messina added.
Hookfin completed four of eight passes for 53 yards. Colona had two catches for 23 yards and Jackson had two receptions for 30 yards. “We were not physical enough,”
said Loranger defensive coordinator Michael Young. “We gotta do a better job in making adjustments.”
The Wolves open the regular season playing “Under the Water Tank” at Kentwood on Friday.
Wolves wrap up spring drills with scrimmage hosting Franklinton.
Loranger installs new offensive system and see some early positive results.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves football team wrapped up spring drills hosting the Class 4A Franklinton Demons in a scrimmage held at Rusty Chambers Stadium. The scrimmage was structured where both teams would alternate sides of the ball after two full possessions starting from the 40-yard line. Possession would end after a score, turnover, or turnover on downs.
The Loranger offense displayed several spread sets that featured deep shots. New Offensive coordinator Shane Smith was also pleased his team's performance. “We wanted to try to keep them (Franklinton) off-balanced,” said Smith. “We wanted to throw some short passes, we wanted to throw some deep passes, we wanted to run inside and we wanted to run outside. A lot of it is what the defense is giving us. We are a tempo offense although we could not do that night because of the scrimmage format.”
The Wolves previewed a new-look offense and Smith has been busy getting his troops adjusted to the new system. “Our offense did some good things. We’ve had nine days to install an entire new offense, and I think the kids exceeded our expectations, mostly because of the effort that they played with. There is a lot to build on, but I am excited about the upcoming season.”
Franklinton’s second string offense scored first marching 65 yards nine plays for a three yard touchdown run by their quarterback on a bootleg play.
Loranger’s second string answered on their possession scoring on a four yard touchdown run by running back Shawn Toefield culminating a five-play, 65 yard drive. Highlighting the drive was a 25-yard pass completion from quarterback Jake Messina to Trent LaMartiniere that moved the football to the Demon ten.
Franklinton’s first string offense could not score on their first possession of 12 offensive plays. Making key stops for the Wolves were defensive back Nick Scott on a quarterback sack and a jarring tackle for no gain by linebacker Paul Johnson.
The Wolves number one offense mounted a 13-play, 65-yard drive that ended on a six yard touchdown pass from quarterback D.J. Hookin to Luke Colona on a fade route in the end zone. Franklinton’s first string offense responded with a seven-play, 60-yard drive that was capped by a five yard touchdown pass play.
Loranger’s first string continued to move the ball effectively. The Wolves went 65 yards in ten plays capping a drive with a 21-yard scoring strike from Hookfin to Toefield. Setting up the touchdown score was a 15-yard jaunt on a sweep play by Toefield that put the ball at the Demon 35. Franklinton’s 1st string offense scored again on a 11-play, 60-yard drive that ended on a 36-yard touchdown pass play.
The scrimmaged ended with a full scale two-minute offense with no coaches on the field. Franklinton's possession started at their own 25 and the Demons failed to score when the Wolves defense forced Franklinton to turn the ball over on downs on a incomplete pass on fourth down.
Loranger’s most impressive offense took possession at their own 25 and marched 75 yards in 12 plays for a score. The drive ended with a two yard touchdown run by Alex Williams. The drive was highlighted by a trio of pass completions of ten, 12 and 20 yards by Hookfin.
“D.J. is absorbing what we are doing different well and made some good decisions,” said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “We had a couple miss assignments, but for the most part I was pleased. The execution on offense starts with the offensive line and I thought they did a good job for the most part. I’m excited about what we have coming and the direction we are going in.”
“Defensively, we stopped them inside the red zone three times on the seven possessions they had,” added Messina.
The Wolves will now continue to do conditioning and weight lifting drills throughout the summer months in preparation for fall practices that begin in early August.
Armstrong, Colona, and Evans, named to LSWA All-State First Team.
Loranger collects post season honors as eight Wolves earned selection to the Louisiana Sports Writers All-State Team Rosters.
LORANGER—After posting a 9-3 record, earning a District Championship, and featuring one of the more potent offenses in Class 4A, post season awards were sure to follow. The Loranger Wolves collected three first team selections to the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State Team along with five Honorable Mention selections.
Senior running back Evan Johnson led the first team selections followed by junior offensive lineman Tanner Armstrong and junior punter Luke Colona.
Senior offensive lineman Wade Baham, senior defensive back Deandre Brown, senior wide receiver Jabari Coston, and senior defensive lineman Malcom Perry led the Honorable Mention selections followed by junior quarterback D.J. Hookfin.
Carencro Bears end Loranger’s playoff run.
Wolves keep it tight early, but Bears pull away to score a 28-7 win.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves Football team saw its season end Friday as the No. 9 seeded Carencro Bears captured a 28-7 victory played at Rusty Chambers Memorial Stadium.
The No. 8 Wolves stayed close with the visiting Bears after tying the score 7-7 at the end of the first period, but Carencro used a balanced attack that amassed over 500 yards of total offense and scored three unanswered touchdowns to seal the 28-7 win.
“I thought we played hard, played with effort," said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “They (Carencro) are a good football team. They are well coached, well prepared and got some great players.
It’s always heartbreaking when you lose and heartbreaking for the seniors to go out they way, but they have a lot to be proud of because they accomplished whole lot in four years. They helped put this program going in the direction it needs to go in. I’m proud of them.”
The loss ended Loranger’s eight-game winning streak.
“They were big and physical,” said Loranger defensive coordinator Michael Young. “They (Carencro) just kept us on our heels a bunch with their depth and scheme. I thought the offense had a great year and I thought they did a pretty good job tonight, but they were just so big and physical and they kind of got us tonight.”
Carencro set the tone of the game on its opening possession in the first quarter. The Bears mounted a 13-play, 80-yard drive that ended when quarterback Carl Randall scored on a five yard touchdown run. Randall ended the game completing 10 of 17 passes for 226 yards and rushed for 97 yards on 14 attempts.
The Wolves punted on their first series, but got the football back on a muffed punt by the Bears giving Loranger possession at the Carencro 34 yard line.
Loranger took advantage of the short field scoring four plays later when quarterback D.J. Hookfin rifled a 33 yard touchdown pass to Evan Johnson on fourth down. Carson Reed kicked the point after tying the score at 7-7 with 4:28 left to play in the period.
Following a Loranger punt, the Bears marched 87 yards in eight plays for its next score. The drive ended when Randall found Deion Senegal on a 29-yard touchdown pass to make it 14-7 with 4:13 remaining in the first half.
Carencro threatened just before the half with a eight-play drive that reached the Loranger 31. But the Wolves defense stiffened and Carencro turned the ball over on downs when Randall threw incomplete on fourth-and-two.
The Wolves’ offense was held to just -10 yards rushing at the break and only 57 total yards. Meanwhile Carencro racked up 292 yards of total offense and had 148 passing yards as the Bears were controlling the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball going into the half.
In the third quarter, the Wolves went with Johnson running the offense in the Pistol formation putting together a nine-play drive reaching the Carencro 49, but the drive stalled forcing Loranger to punt.
Carencro would cough up the football and Loranger’s Jabari Coston recovered at their own 43. But the Wolves could not capitalize on the turnover punting four plays later.
Carencro responded with a eight-play, 78-yard drive that was culminated by a Randall 25-yard touchdown pass to Eric Tolivour to make it 21-7 with :57 seconds left in the third period.
Loranger put together a 11-play drive reaching midfield. But Carencro's Chandler Francois intercepted a Hookfin pass attempt to stop a scoring threat at the Bears' 25 yard line.
Carencro would seal the outcome of the game with another long drive that ate up over six minutes of the fourth period clock. The Bears marched 75 yards in 11 plays scoring on a 17-yard touchdown run by running back Kendarius Poullard to make it 28-7 with 2:50 remaining to play in the game.
Loranger threatened on its final possession reaching the Carencro 20 when Johnson completed a 21-yard pass to Dejuan Carter. A chop block penalty against Carencro moved the ball down to the Bears' 18, but time expired after Johnson connected with Travis Lamb on a seven yard pass that put the ball at the Carencro nine.
“I’m proud of the kids they came out did what we asked them to do,” said Loranger offensive coordinator Jermaine Spencer. “It hurts to lose, but I’m proud of our seniors in believing in us (Coaching Staff). I’m very proud of them.”
Loranger racked up 164 yards of total offense. The Wolves had 32 yards rushing as Johnson was held to 20 yards on 20 attempts. Hookfin had -18 yards on eight carries and Alex Williams finished with 40 yards on four carries.
Hookfin completed 12 of 22 passes for 132 yards. Johnson had three receptions or 51 yards to lead the Wolves in pass receiving.
Carencro had 521 yards of total offense. The Bears had 295 yards as Poullard led the way with 136 yards on 16 carries. Treylon Barnaba added 73 yards on 15 attempts.
Carencro (10-2) advances to play top-ranked Neville in the quarterfinal round. Loranger ends its season with a 9-3 record.
Wolves dismiss Tigers 42-7 to advance to Regionals.
Loranger dominates Saint Martinville for first round playoff win.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves football team kept their win streak intact by defeating the No. 25 seeded St. Martinville Tigers 42-7 in a first-round Class 4A playoff contest played at Rusty Chambers Memorial Stadium.
The No. 8 seeded Wolves used a punishing ground attack to subdue the visiting Tigers racking up over 250 yards on the ground.
Loranger improved to 9-2 on the season and have not loss since Sept. 16 to Ponchatoula. The Wolves advance to the 2nd round of the playoffs and will host Carencro next Friday. The No. 9 seeded Bears were a 35-3 winner over Salmen.
“It’s a great win to start out in the playoffs,” said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “I thought we controlled the game from the beginning and really never let up. The kids played hard, played with great effort. Our offensive line did a excellent job especially in the second half in taking the game under control for us.”
The Wolves wasted no time getting on the scoreboard using trickery. A double-pass play from Evan Johnson to D.J. Hookin on a lateral pass and then Hookin threw to a streaking Travis Lamb down the sideline on a 57-yard pass for a touchdown. It was Loranger’s first offensive play from scrimmage. Carson Reed kicked the first of seven extra points to give the Wolves a 7-0 lead with 10:58 remaining in the first quarter.
Following a Saint Martinville punt, the Wolves mounted a nine-play, 69-yard drive that ended with tailback Evan Johnson scoring on a eight yard scamper to make it 14-0 with 5:43 left in the period. A pair of personal foul penalties by the Tigers aided the drive. St. Martinville finished the game being flagged 16 times for 125 yards in lost yardage.
Saint Martinville was forced to punt a third time giving the Wolves possession at their own 29. The Wolves marched 71 yards in 13 plays for its next score. The drive ended with running back Alex Williams going around the right end for a six yard touchdown run to make it 21-0 with 11:10 remaining in the first half.
Saint Martinville answered on its next series. The Tigers scored on a 47-yard bomb when quarterback Jared Davis hooked up with Deantre James. The drive covered 79 yards in four plays and was setup by a 26-yard run by running back Travien Benjamin that moved the football into Loranger territory.
Each team would exchange punts on its next two possessions. The Wolves capitalized on a muffed punt by Saint Martinville deep in Tiger territory. Loranger recovered the ball at St. Martinville nine yard line with less than a minute remaining before the half and scored three plays later on a one yard sneak by Hookfin to make it 28-7 at the break.
In the third quarter a short punt by St. Martinville gave Loranger field position at their own 42. The Wolves marched 58 yards in six plays for its next touchdown as Williams culminated the drive with a three yard touchdown run to make it 35-7 with 6:05 left in the period.
St. Martinville put together a 15-play drive that moved the football down to the Loranger 18. But the Wolves defense stiffened and forced the Tigers to turn the ball over on downs when Davis threw incomplete on a fourth-and-10 situation.
Junior defensive back Will Wilson setup Loranger’s next score when he intercepted a Davis pass attempt at the Tiger 25. Loranger mounted a 15-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a four yard by Williams for his third touchdown of the game making it 42-7 with 6:16 remaining to play.
“I’m so happy for these kids. We came out and played like a 4A team tonight,” said Loranger offensive coordinator Jermaine Spencer. “I knew this team was good, but I didn’t know we were going to beat them 42-7. Our offensive line came out and played well. Everybody did their job. Defense did their job. Special teams did their job.”
Loranger amassed 361 yards of total offense. The Wolves had 253 rushing yards as Johnson led the way with 94 yards on 17 carries. He was held out in the second half for a precautionary measure after a hard tackle late in the first half. Johnson walked off the field on his own power but was in a daze. Hookfin added 87 yards on 16 carries and Williams finished with 52 yards on six attempts.
ookfin completed five of 10 passes for 108 yards. Lamb had three catches for 60 yards an Dejuan Carter had two receptions for 35 yards.
“That was a good team we played,” said defensive coordinator Michael Young. “We started off hot and we stayed after them. We didn’t give them any kind of a break. We had a great week of practice and we played hard the whole night. Our youth is starting to grow up.”
Loranger will host Carencro (9-2) on Friday in a Class 4A regional contest. The winner advances to the quarterfinals to played on November 25.
Wolves celebrate SENIOR NIGHT with 54-6 romp over Riverdale.
Loranger finishes with 8-2 mark and set to host a playoff game.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves tuned up for the state playoffs with a dominating performance in manhandling the Riverdale Rebels 54-6 in a non-district contest played at Rusty Chambers Stadium.
The Wolves were led by running back Evan Johnson who rushed for over 200 yards and scored three touchdowns. Quarterback D.J. Hookfin added two rushing TDs and threw for another to help lead the Wolves to their eighth victory of the season. Loranger, which has secured the District 8-4A title outright for the first time in 15 years, led 10-6 at the end of the first quarter and then scored three unanswered touchdowns in the second period to break the game open with a 31-6 lead at the half.
“We got ourselves going in the right direction with this win tonight,” said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “We started off a little slow, sluggish, but we picked it up midway in the second quarter and had a great third quarter and finished off the way we needed to going into the playoffs.”
The Wolves defense kept Riverdale on their side of the field much of the way forcing the visitors to give the ball up on downs three times and forced a safety and fumble that turned into more points. For Johnson, it marked the eighth time the senior tailback has gained over 100 yards this season. He has rushed for 1,599 yards with 17 touchdowns scored and is ranked 11th in the state in rushing.
The Wolves, who are No. 6 in the latest Class 4A power rankings, saw the defense setup its first score in the opening quarter. Riverdale quarterback Chris Butler fumbled the snap exchange on their second offensive play from scrimmage and Loranger's Shawn Toefield recovered at the Rebel 11 yard line.
Loranger scored four plays later on a 21-yard field goal by Carson Reed to make it 3-0 with 9:52 left to play in the first period.
Riverdale gave ball up on downs on its next series and the Wolves took possession at their own 31. Loranger marched 71 yards in eight plays for its next score. The drive was capped by six yard touchdown run by Johnson. Reed added the point after to make it 10-0 with 4:43 remaining.
Highlighting the drive was a pair of runs of 20 and 16 yards by Johnson with the latter putting the football at the Riverdale six yard line.
The Rebels scored their only touchdown on its next possession. The Rebels mounted a nine-play, 80-yard drive that was culminated by when Joseph Dorien went in on a five yard scamper. The two-point conversion failed when Butler threw incomplete into the end zone leaving the score 10-6 with :19 seconds left in the period.
Loranger answered by mounting a 10-play, 54-yard drive that ended when quarterback D.J. Hookfin found a wide open Luke Colona in the end zone on a 12-yard touchdown pass play. Reed booted the point after to make it 17-6 with 8:54 left in the first half.
Riverdale gave the football on downs late in the first half giving Loranger possession at the Rebel 30. The Wolves took advantage of field position scoring six plays later on a one yard sneak by Hookfin. Reed added the point after to give Loranger a commanding 24-6 lead with 1:38 left before the break.
Riverdale had a shanked punt on its next series giving Loranger possession at midfield. The Wolves captolized on field position scoring three plays later on a 40-yard scamper by Hookfin. Reed kicked the point after to give Loranger a 31-6 edge at the break.
The Wolves took the second half kickoff and scored three plays later with Johnson running out of the pistol formation on a 34-yard jaunt for a touchdown. Reed kicked the point after to give the Wolves a 38-6 lead with 10:53 remaining in the third quarter.
Riverdale was pinned down deep in their own territory with a penalty called on the ensuing kickoff. The Rebels were forced to punt three plays later and the center snap went over the punter's head into back of the end zone resulting into a two-point safety and a 40-6 lead.
Loranger received the free kick and used just three plays to score its next touchdown. The drive ended with Hookfin scoring on a eight yard touchdown to make it 47-6 with 8:03 remaining in the period.
Riverdale gave the ball up on downs on its next series giving the Wolves possession at the Rebel 49. Five plays later, the Wolves scored their final touchdown of the game on a 48-yard run by Alex Williams. Travis Lamb kicked the point after to give Loranger a 54-6 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
The Wolves played with their backups the rest of the way. Hunter Flannigan and Jake Messina took turns running the offense on Loranger's last two possessions.
“Good effort by our kids,” Messina said. “Great for our seniors to go in their final regular season game with a win and finish off a great second half of the season for us.”
Loranger amassed 339 yards of total offense. Johnson led the way with 201 yards on 28 attempts. Hookfin had 41 yards on two carries and Williams added 54 yards on three attempts.
Riverdale racked up 112 yard of total offense. The Rebels had 25 yards rushing and 87 yards passing. Butler completed six of 18 passes as Riverdale ends its season with a 1-9 record. The Rebels have yielded 40 points or more scored on their defense for the sixth time this year.
“We wanted to come out and establish our run game,” said Wolves' offensive coordinator Jermaine Spencer. “I think we came out well and took care of the game. They did a great job, the kids had fun out there.”
Wolves secure the District 8-4A CHAMPIONSHIP!
Loranger defeats Salmen 23-21 to finish with perfect mark in league play
LORANGER— The Loranger Wolves football team captured its sixth straight win after securing a 23-21 victory over the Salmen Spartans in a District 8-4A contest played in Slidell.
The victory gave Loranger the league title outright finishing with a perfect 4-0 mark and are 7-2 overall. The loss dropped to Salmen to 5-3 on the season.
“It’s our first district championship in 15 years,” said Loranger had coach Sammy Messina. “It was a championship effort. You got to play four quarters, we played great in the first half, but in the second half we made a couple mistakes that gave them opportunities to put points on the scoreboard and they (Salmen) took advantage it. We were able to put the game away on a turnover. I can’t say enough about our attitude and our effort on the way we played.”
The Wolves set the tone of the game by taking the opening kickoff marching 67 yards in 10 plays for a score. The drive was culminated by a four yard touchdown run by running back Evan Johnson, who finished with 147 yards on the ground on 30 carries to lead the Loranger offense. Carson Reed kicked the point after to give the Wolves a 7-0 advantage with 8:15 remaining in the first quarter.
The Wolves would punt on its next three possessions before scoring again. Loranger mounted a six-play, 50-yard drive in the second period that was capped by a 19-yard touchdown pass from quarterback D.J. Hookfin to Jabari Coston. Reed added the point after to make it 14-0 with 5:52 remaining to play in the first half.
Loranger recovered a onside kick at the Spartan 45, but would give it right back when Johnson coughed it up giving Salmen possession at their own 29. The Spartans mounted a drive that reached the Loranger 25, but the Wolves defense stiffened stopping the scoring threat with a interception by Coston at the 20 yard line.
In the third quarter, the Wolves added to its lead on their first possession by driving 66 yards down to the Salmen nine yard line. The drive stalled when Hookfin threw incomplete to Hunter Flanagan in the end zone on a third-and-goal. Reed kicked a 19-yard field goal to make it 17-0 with 4:39 remaining in the period.
After the ensuing kickoff, the Spartan offense struck quickly scoring two plays later on a 83-yard bomb that went for a touchdown to cut the deficit to 17-7.
Following the kickoff, the Wolves were backed up deep in their own territory at the four yard line when Hookfin fumbled the snap from center and a Spartan linebacker recovered the ball and returned it for a touchdown to cut the Loranger lead to 17-14 heading into the final quarter.
The Spartans scored on their next series marching 50 yards in eight plays down to the Loranger 18. Two plays later, Salmen took its first lead of the game on a 16-yard touchdown run to make it 21-17 with 10:34 left to play in the game.
Loranger had a 45-yard kickoff return by Reg'shard Matthews that put the ball at the Spartan 34, But Hoofkin threw a interception on the very next play to end a scoring threat.
Salmen was forced to punt on its next possession and the Wolves took over at their own nine. Loranger mounted a 13-play, 91-yard drive that ended with a one yard plunge by Hookfin. Reed's point after attempt was missed leaving the score 23-21 with 1:52 left.
Salmen completed a 35-yard pass to move the football down to the Wolves' 21-yard line. But the Spartans fumbled the ball on the next play and Loranger recovered it to seal the two-point victory.
“We played hard and the kids did a good job. We made several great plays to get the lead back and the defense made a big stop to get the ball back on a
turnover and were able to put the game away,” Messina said.
Loranger amassed 269 yards of total offense. The Wolves had 132 yards rushing and 137 yards passing. Hookfin completed 14 of 18 passes with one interception. Flanagan had three receptions for 29 yards and Dejuan Carter finished with two catches for 31 yards for the Wolves.
Salmen racked up 305 yards of total offense. The Spartans had 118 yards rushing and 187 yards passing.
The Wolves, who have completed their district schedule, will travel to play Riverdale on Friday, Nov. 4 in the regular season finale.
Wolves overcome solid challenge by the Rebels to claim a 30-21 Homecoming victory!
Defense makes key goal line stand and Johnson runs for three scores.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves overcame some early miscues and a solid offensive game plan by the visiting Pearl River Rebels as they celebrated Homecoming with a 30-21 victory. The win kept the Wolves’ district title hopes alive as they remained in first place improving to 3-0.
“Credit them. They came in with a real good game plan an executed it well,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “They are a good football team and we had trouble getting off the field on defense in the first half, but our defense made some big stops for us when we needed them in the second half.”
The Wolves put up a quick ten points to start the contest before the Rebels used a solid ground game to dominate the time of possession in the first half. Loranger took the opening kickoff and marched 11 plays to the Pearl River 12 where senior Carson Reed drilled a 29-yard field goal with 7:13 showing. After a Pearl River three-and-out aided by a bad snap on third down, the Wolves needed just one play to score again as junior DJ Hookfin tossed a 36-yard strike to senior Hunter Flanagan for six. With the point after Loranger had the early 10-0 advantage.
Pearl River answered on their next possession eating up clock with an 80-yard, 16 play drive with junior Courtney Moore doing the honors with a three-yard plunge. The drive started with 4:26 showing in the first and ended with 7:12 left in the second.
The Wolves turned the ball over on the first play of their next possession ad Rickey Jessup recovered an Evan Johnson fumble setting Pearl River up at the Loranger 28. An Al Dauth 24-yard pass to Jessup set the Rebels up at the Loranger four and three plays later Moore ran in for the score giving Pearl River its first lead at 14-10 with 5:23 left in the second.
Johnson wasted no time making up for a miscue returning the ensuing kickoff 84 yards for a touchdown to put the Wolves back in the lead at 17-14 with 5:12 showing.
The Rebels had an answer, however, chewing up the rest of the first half with a 65-yard scoring march that needed 14 plays and ended with a one-yard dive by Jessup with five seconds showing.
The Loranger defense opened with second half forcing a three-and-out but a 47-yard punt return to the Pearl River 17 by Johnson ended in a fumble recovered by Dauth. The Rebels took advantage eating up the rest of the third quarter with a 17-yard march to the Loranger one, but on four and one, the Loranger defense got into the Rebel backfield stopping sophomore Austin Stodard short of the goal line.
The Wolves retook the lead for good marching 95 yards for a score that was set up by an apparent touchdown pass from Hookfin to senior Jabari Coston but a penalty negated the score but not a 56-yard gain. Johnson finished off the march with a 35-yard scamper and the Wolves led 24-21 with 10:34 showing.
The Rebels attempt to answer was quickly stopped this time as the Loranger defense pitched a three-and-out forcing a Pearl River punt. Johnson only needed three rushes to reach pay dirt for the third time on the night rumbling 1 yard for the score completing a 37-yard drive. The point after was missed by the Wolves had a nine-point advantage with 7:42 left.
Loranger’s Coston ended the Rebels hopes for a rally intercepting a Jessup pass after Pearl River had generated a pair of first downs. The Wolves took over gaining a first down and then ran the victory formation to close it out.
The Loranger offense totaled 144 yards rushing and 76 passing, while the Rebels’ ground game produced 181 yard and Pearl River added 94 through the air. Johnson led all rushers with 129 yards and an 84-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Moore led Pearl River with 75 yards.
It ain't over until the Fat Lady howls …
LORANGER—It ain't over until the Fat Lady howls … at least that what Loranger coaches, players, and fans would say about Friday’s 42-36 last second come from behind District 4A victory over the visiting Lakeshore Titans. After taking the lead on a seven-yard pass from senior DJ Hookfin to senior Hunter Flanagan with 4:15 left to play, the Wolves saw the Titans rally with a touchdown march and a two-point conversion by senior Randy Raymond to give Lakeshore a 36-35 lead with 28 seconds remaining. But the Fat Lady stayed silent until with five seconds left Hookfin found senior Evan Johnson for a 46-yard touchdown to rally the Wolves to victory. The Titans got more chance with a second left after the ensuing kickoff, but a short pass from junior quarterback Chris Penton to senior Kentrell Johnson would end it and the Fat Lady howled.
“We coach our guys in practice to play every play, and tonight our kids did just that and our coaches did a great job of staying calm and keeping guys focused,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “This was game between two good teams that made big play after big play. They did a good job of getting on us early in the first half with a pair of long passes, but our guys responded with great effort and got the win. I am just really proud of our kids and coaches.”
The Titans started the big play scoring spree that saw the two teams combine for 78 points. On Lakeshore’s opening game drive facing a third and five, Penton found senior Cole Smiroldo for a 75-yard touchdown. Junior Josh Massa added the point after and the Titans took an early 7-0 lead with 11:36 showing.
Two possession later the Wolves responded with an 85-yard punt return for six by Johnson, but a block in the back penalty negated the score. But after an exchange of three-and-outs, Loranger put a drive together marching 81 yards in 11 plays capped off by a six-yard Hookfin pass to David Lewis. Senior Carson Reed added the point after the score was tied at seven with 10:12 left in the second. Carson would be perfect
on the night hitting six extra points. Hoofin sparked the march with a 35-yard scramble and would finish with 86 yards rushing on eight attempts.
Lakeshore answered the Wolves score on their next possession retaking the lead as Penton tossed another long strike this time to sophomore Jacob Bernard. Massa converted and the Titans led 14-7 with 9:11 showing.
The Wolves tied it on their next possession needing a dozen plays to march 68-yards. Johnson did the honors rushing 14 yards for the touchdown with 4:32 left before intermission.
Loranger got good field position to start the second half and took quick advantage using just four plays to reach pay dirt. Hookfin converted a third and eight with a 28-yard pass to Flanagan that set up a 24-yard rumble by Johnson for six. With the point after the Wolves led 21-14 with 10:49 left in the third.
The Titans knotted the score putting together a drive on their second possession of the third quarter marching 73 yards in 13 plays. Penton did most of the work rushing nine times for 51 yards and finishing off the drive with a three-yard run for six.
Having lost out on an earlier kick return for a touchdown, Johnson did it again on the ensuing Titan kickoff racing 87 yards to give Loranger a 28-21 lead with 1:02 left in the third, but not to be outdone Lakeshore answered right back on their next possession going 80 yards in 17 plays as Bernard finished off the march with an eight-yard run for six to tie the score again with 6:53 left in the final quarter.
With plenty of time left to regain the lead, the Wolves took the ensuing kickoff and used less than three minutes to take a 35-28 lead as Hookfin found Flanagan in the end zone for a seven-yard touchdown capping off a 61-yard drive. The Hookfin-Flanagan connection kept the drive alive with a 17-yard hookup on a third and eight. Lakeshore burned up most of the rest of the clock with a nine play drive for a score and added a two point conversion to take the lead 36-35 before the Wolves final heroics.
Johnson led all players with 335 yards of total offense including an 87-yard kickoff return and the game winning catch. Reed kept the Titans pinned back sending all but one of his six kickoffs into the end zone where they could not be returned. Hookfin made the most of 11 pass completions racking up 186 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Wolves cut down the Lumberjacks.
Loranger dominates in 35-6 romp over visiting Bogalusa.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves got in a final tuned up for District 8-4A play Thursday capturing a convincing 35-6 victory over the Bogalusa Lumberjacks in a non-district contest played at Rusty Chambers Stadium.
The Wolves amassed 256 yards of total offense building a 28-6 lead at the half. Loranger’s defense held the visiting Lumberjacks to just five first downs and 32 yards rushing. The Wolves intercepted three passes and recovered one fumble.
“The kids stepped and made plays,” said Loranger defensive coordinator Mike Young. “I knew our defense was pretty good and now they are starting to play like it now. What was scary is how we were going to come out and play after a emotional win (Amite) last week. I think the kids came out prepared and ready to play. We had a chance to come out flat because we beat a team last week for the first time ever, but we challenged them and they did it.”
The Wolves’ game plan was to establish the ground attack and senior running back Evan Johnson did most of the damage rushing for 160 yards on 24 attempts.
“I thought it was a good win for us coming an emotional win last week,” said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “We kind of did what we needed to do to get through this one. Our focus still needs to get a little bit better. We gave away some opportunities to get more points on the board. We got to finish drives especially when you have good field position inside the red zone, but I thought we played hard.”
Loranger wasted no time in setting the tone of the game by taking the opening kickoff and driving 71 yards in eight plays for its first touchdown. Johnson did most of the work rushing seven consecutive times getting runs of 20, 10, nine and eight yards. The drive ended when quarterback D.J. Hookin connected with Jabari Coston on a eight yard touchdown pass. Carson Reed of the Wolves was five of five of all point after attempts plus he kicked off getting a pair of touchbacks preventing the Lumberjacks of no returns. The only flaw he had was missing a 25-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter.
Defensively, the Wolves were led by senior linebacker Dalton Bivings who finished the game with 10 tackles, one quarterback sack and a fumble recovery on Bogalusa's first offensive possession in the first period.
A Jacks’ turnover set up Loranger's next score as the Wolves took over at the Lumberjack 44 and scored seven plays later when Hookfin rifled a 14-yard touchdown pass to senior Hunter Flanagan to make it 14-0 with 5:21 remaining in the quarter.
Following a Lumberjack punt, the Wolves committed a turnover when Hookfin threw a lateral pass that was scooped up by a Bogalusa defender who returned the ball 31 yards for a score. The two-point conversion failed leaving the score 14-6 heading into the second quarter.
A shanked punt by the Lumberjacks gave Loranger field position at its next possession. The Wolves took over at the Bogalusa 36 and needed five plays to score its third touchdown when Johnson broke loose straight up the Lumberjack defense and scampered 18 yards to paydirt to make it 21-6 with 10:06 remaining in the first half.
Bogalusa turned the ball over on downs after failing to convert on fourth-and-two. Loranger took over at midfield and scored when Hookfin found Flanagan on 21-yard over-the-shoulder touchown pass to give the Wolves a 28-6 edge at the half. The drive was aided by a roughing the punter penalty and a off-sides call against Bogalusa on fourth down.
In the third quarter, the Wolves had a missed field goal, turned the ball over on downs and had another drive end with a pass interception in the end zone.
A short punt by the Lumberjacks at the beginning of the fourth period gave Loranger possession at the Bogalusa 42. This time Loranger capitalized by scoring five plays later on a one yard sneak by Hookin to make it 35-6 with 7:49 left to play.
“We just gotta finish drives and we didn’t do a good job in finishing tonight," Messina said. “We established the line of scrimmage. We wanted to run the ball a little bit, but after coming off two wins we know Lakeshore is going to be a formidable opponent, so we got put this one asleep and get ready starting tomorrow for Lakeshore.”
Loranger had 183 rushing yards and 73 passing. Hookfin completed eight of 23 with one interception. Flanagan had four catches for 45 yards and two scores.
“We are in a pretty tough district. Lakeshore has a good team and their real disciplined and Franklinton is Franklinton,” said Young. “So the first two games are going to test for us right off the bat, but I think like the way we are playing we are going to be okay.”
“We came out on fire, but we can't have mistakes,” said Wolves offensive coordinator Jermaine Spencer. “They (Bogalusa) started blitzing us and that kind gave us some trouble, but we kind of fixed everything and we just ran the ball to run the clock out and get them out of here.”
The Wolves, now 3-2 on the season, will host Lakeshore on Friday in the District 8-4A opener for both teams.
JV Wolves jump on Cats early cruise to 27-18 win.
Freshman QB Jake Messina tosses three touchdown passes. Defense collects five turnovers.
LORANGER—The Loranger JV Wolves got a trio of touchdown tosses from freshman quarterback Jake Messina and the defense collected five turnovers as the Wolves scored a 27-18 win over the visiting Varnado Wildcats in action Thursday night at Rusty Chambers Stadium.
The JV Wolves started fast building a 20-6 first half lead on the strength of a pair of touchdown tosses by Messina set up by a pair of fumble recoveries by Coy Disher and some solid running by Brelen Bagnet. Loranger’s first score was set up by Disher who recovered a Wildcat fumble at the Varnado 21. Messina needed just two plays to reach pay dirt hitting Jae Thomas for a 19-yard score.
Disher again found the dropped pigskin on the Wildcat’s ensuing series setting up the Wolves at the Loranger 24. Messina went to work again finding Ja’Tavion Miller for 58 yards and following a Wildcat sack Messina finished the drive with a 29-yard strike again to Miller for six. Austin Trahan added the point after and Loranger led 13-6.
The Wildcats coughed up the ball on the first play of their next drive and William Foster recovered for Loranger at the Varnado 18. This time the Wolves stayed with the ground game as Bagnet ran 13 yards for a touchdown. Trahan converted and the Wolves had a 20-6 lead at intermission as Dante McGee finished off the Wolves first half efforts with an interception to end any further Wildcat first half threat.
The Wildcat and Wolves traded scores in the third period with Varnado getting on the board on a 17-yard run and Loranger going to the air as Messina found Miller in the end zone for a 31-yard completion.
The Wildcats added one more score as time ran out but is was not enough as Loranger secured the 27-18 win.
Wave outguns Wolves in scoring fest.
Ponchatoula and Loranger combine for 75 points as Wave scores the 45-30 win in battle of Tangi rivals.
LORANGER— The Loranger Wolves fell to 1-2 on the season after dropping a 45-30 decision to the Ponchatoula Green Wave in a non-district played at Rusty Chambers Stadium.
The game began with a steady rainfall making it tough for both teams to get traction and play with a wet football much of the way, but in the end, the Green Wave (3-0) made more plays to get the win.
“We executed well,” said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “But we can’t have bad snaps at inopportune times, can’t put the ball on the ground, can’t have interceptions. We just got to build on it. We got better from last week to this week and we played a better team, but we got better.”
Ponchatoula racked up 515 yards of total offense with their quarterback and running backs doing most of the damage. “There playmakers made plays and their number six is a difference maker,” Messina said. “We tried to play technique sound as we could, but we got off position and he (Jakyle Holmes) took advantage of it and made some stuff on his own to score on us. We battled and battled with them (Ponchatoula), but we made too many mistakes and that’s what it came down to.”
The Wolves gave up football on downs on its first offensive possession. Ponchatoula took over at their own 20 and marched 80 yards in seven plays for a score. The drive was capped by a 10-yard touchdown run by running back J'uan Gross to make it 7-0 wit 4:31 left to play in the first quarter.
Holmes setup the touchdown score with a 55-yard run that put the ball at the Wolves' 30 yard line.
Following a Wolves punt, the Green Wave mounted a seven-play, 79-yard drive that was culminated by a 31-yard field goal to make it 10-0 with 8:07 remaining in the first half.
On the Wave’s next possession, the Green Wave possession at their own 28 where Holmes broke loose on a 56-yard touchdown run to increase the lead to 17-0 with 5:38 left.
Another Wolves' punt put Ponchatoula deep in their own territory. Loranger forced the Green Wave into a three-and-out and the punt snap sailed over the head of the Ponchatoula punter and the ball rolled out of the back of the end zone resulting into a two-point safety.
Loranger would get the ball back with less than two minutes remaining in the half and the Wolves marched 58 yards in eight plays for a touchdown score. The drive was culminated when quarterback D.J Hookfin found Deandre Brown in the end zone on a 13-yard scoring strike. Carson Reed booted the point after to cut the deficit to 17-9 with :15 seconds left in the half.
In the third quarter, the Wolves had a 54-yard kickoff return by Evan Johnson to give Loranger possession at the Green Wave 44. Six plays later the Wolves scored their second touchdown when Hookfin connected with Travis Lamb on 13 yard touchdown pass. Hookfin connected with Hunter Flanagan for the two-point conversion to tie the contest at 17-17 with 9:31 left to play in the third period.
Ponchatoula answered two plays later with Gross scoring on a 48-yard scamper to make it 24-17 and then Holmes knifed though the Loranger defense for a 70-yard score and a 31-17 advantage.
“We had a couple of starters out with injuries and we had some young guys out there,” said Loranger defensive coordinator Mike Young. “When you play against a quarterback like that its hard to expect some of our freshmen to make a play. They (Ponchatoula) made some adjustments at halftime and they started hurting us on the inside zone and we just didn’t make the tackles. I think we will get better from this game. We got a lot to look forward to this week.”
A Hookfin pass interception setup Ponchatoula's next score. The Green Wave took possession the Loranger 35 and scored four plays later with Holmes going in on a five yard TD run to make it 38-17 with 11:26 left to play.
Loranger put together a seven-play, 77-yard drive that saw Hookfin rifle a 19-yard touchdown pass to Alex Williams. The two-point conversion failed leaving the score 38-23 with 8:22 remaining.
Ponchatoula responded four plays later with Holmes scoring his third TD of the game with a 55-yard run to give the Green Wave a 45-23 advantage with 6:50 left.
Loranger countered with a 12-play, 80-yard drive that ended with Hookfin tossing his third touchdown pass of the game from 11-yards out to Evan Johnson to make the final 45-30 with 3:55 left to play.
“We came back after last week not scoring in putting 30 points on the scoreboard,” said Wolves offensive coordinator Jermaine Spencer. “I'm proud of the guys. They played a lot better. We just have to come together as a team. The offensive line played a lot better than we normally play.”
Loranger amassed 410 yards of total offense. The Wolves had 231 rushing yards as Johnson led way with a season-high 200 yards on 23 carries. He also had four receptions for 16 yards. Hookfin completed 16 of 33 passes for 179 yards. Alex Williams had three receptions for 38 yards and Travis Lamb finished with three catches for 31 yards.
Defensively, the Wolves were led by senior Dalton Bivings with seven tackles and junior Jarrell Brumfield had five stops.
The Wolves will travel to play at Amite on Friday, Sept. 23. The Warriors (3-0) were 22-7 winners over Kentwood on Thursday.
Wolves outlast Roos in opening day classic!
Johnson headlines a list of play-makers with 141 yards rushing, an 80-yard kickoff return, and four touchdowns.
LORANGER—It is always good to get off to a fast start to the season and the Loranger Wolves did just that Friday night posting a 14-0 advantage after one quarter and then outlasting the determined Kentwood Roos 37-32 to get the opening day win. Senior Evan Johnson headlined a list of playmakers for Loranger carrying the pigskin 20 times for 141 yard and four touchdowns. Wolves quarterback DJ Hookfin completed 11-of-16 passes for 248 yard leading an offensive attack that collected 25 first downs and generated 443 yard of offense.
“We had too many turnovers and make some mistakes tonight, but when we had to have plays our playmakers made them,” said head coach Sam Messina as he saw his team get off to a 14-point lead but then struggle due to a flurry of turnovers that stalled drives. “We got the ball in the red zone two or three times in the first half and came up with nothing on the board, but I am proud of the effort. The guys found a way to overcome mistakes and get the win.”
The Wolves made an early statement taking the opening kickoff 65 yards in just seven plays for a touchdown. Hookfin and senior Hunter Flanagan setup the scoring march with a 40-yard pass and catch on the first play from scrimmage. Johnson did the honors scoring from 12 yards out to finish the drive. Senior Carson Reed booted the point after and Loranger led 7-0 with 10:04 showing.
Senior Jaquan Thomas collected is first of two interceptions on the night to set up the Wolves next score putting Loranger in business at their twenty yard line. The Wolves used eight plays to reach pay dirt as Johnson rumbled in from seven yards out to give Loranger a 14-0 lead with 5:20 left in the first after Reed added the PAT.
Kentwood had an answer this time taking the ensuing kickoff starting at their 24 and marching the distance in 17 plays as junior Jamarque Diamond found senior Jaleel Hampton in the end zone from seven yards for a touchdown. The point after was missed but the Roos were on the board with 11:01 showing in the second.
The Wolves offense suffered a pair of interceptions and two fumbles for most of the rest of the half before an interception by Thomas set up a 17-yard field goal by Reed to give Loranger a 17-6 lead with just seconds left before intermission.
The Wolves and Roos traded blows to start the second half as Kentwood got a 63-yard quick six interception return by Trey Palmer to cut the Loranger lead to 17-13 with 7:11 showing in the third. The Wolves, however, answered right back with a 57-yard, six play drive capped off by a one-yard dive by Hookfin to put Loranger up 24-13 following Reed’s PAT.
Kentwood kept the pressure on the home-standing Wolves scoring on their next possession going 52 yards in six plays as Hampton in for Diamond tosses a 12-yard touchdown pass to Devion Hookfin cutting the Loranger lead to 24-19 with 2:22 left in the third.
The Wolves drove 77 yards in nine plays to the Kentwood one on their next possession, but were met with an impressive defensive stand that saw the Roos keep Loranger out of the end zone in four tries. The Roos took over on downs and collected 15 yards in two plays and seemed poised to take the momentum, but Loranger’s Deandre Brown intercepted a Diamond pass setting the Wolves up at the Roo’s 11. Johnson needed just one play to cash in the turnover racing in for the score giving Loranger a 31-19 lead with 8:29 left in the contest.
Not to be outdone Kentwood retook the momentum on the ensuing kickoff as Larenz Morris sprinted 90 yards to set the Roo’s at the Loranger seven. Diamond ran it in and the Roo’s trailed only 31-26 with 7:42 left.
A pair of penalties stalled the Wolves next drive forcing a punt. The Roos took over at their 19 and marched the distance in nine plays to take their first lead of the contest as Diamond ran it in for 10 yards out. The try for two failed, but Kentwood enjoyed a 32-31 lead with 4:19 to play.
Johnson answered the bell again for Loranger taking the momentum back on the ensuing kickoff as he ran 80 yards to set the Wolves up at the Kentwood nine and then finished the job with a touchdown rumble on the next play. The try for two failed but the Wolves owned the lead again at 37-32.
The Roos took over on their 40 with 4:02 left, but a defensive stop by Loranger’s Jabari Coston breaking up a Diamond pass on a fourth-and-three sealed the deal for the Wolves as they took over and ran out the clock.
Wolves blow away Tornadoes 33-0!
Loranger kicks off 2016 season in fine fashion.
PONCHATOULA—The Loranger Wolves kicked off the 2016 prep football season in fine fashion with a resounding 33-0 victory over the Hammond Tors in the South Tangi Jamboree hosted by Ponchatoula High School.
The contest featured two 15-minute halves as Loranger piled up 253 yards of total offense and the defense limited Hammond to just 95 yards.
“I was proud of our effort on both sides of the ball,” said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “However, we had too many penalties and we have to clean that up. It was real important for us to execute. We were able to control the line of scrimmage much of the time and kept them (Hammond) from making big plays on defense.”
Led by returning quarterback D.J. Hookin, running back Evan Johnson and receiver Jabari Coston, the Wolves have one of the top sets of skill players in Class 4A and all three displayed their talent against Hammond High. The Wolves defense forced their first turnover by forcing a fumble on a completed screen pass play. Loranger recovered the ball at the Hammond 36-yard line.
Loranger’s offense went to work as Hookfin engineered a 11-play 64-yard drive that culminated with a one yard sneak by Hookfin. Carson Reed booted the PAT to make it 7-0 with 11:39 remaining in the first half.
Highlighting the drive was Hookfin connecting on passes of 21, 14 and 11 yards, plus he rushed for another 11-yards on a keeper play.
Loranger's defense stood out again holding Hammond on downs after the Tors could not convert on a fourth-and-3 situation. On Hammond's next possession, the Wolves stopped a drive when Reggie Matthew intercepted a Tornado pass attempt near midfield.
Loranger would turn the ball over on downs and Hookfin tossed a interception to end their next two offensive drives. Senior cornerback Lonnell Harris intercepted another Hammond pass attempt late in the first half to setup a Loranger scoring drive at the Tornado 25. The Wolves capitalized scoring four plays later when senior running back Deandre Brown went in on a four yard touchdown run off the option play to make it 13-0 with 1:02 left to play in the half.
Loranger began the second half mounting a 15-play, 80-yard drive ending with a one yard plunge by Hookfin. The two-point conversion failed leaving the score 19-0 with 10:28 left to play.
Highlighting the drive was a 15-yard completion from backup quarterback Hunter Flanagan, a 12-yard reception from Hookin to Brown and a 16-yard gain on a off-tackle play by running back Evan Johnson.
Loranger’s defense intercepted another Hammond pass attempt when Harris grabbed his second pick of the game and he returned it 60 yard for a touchdown. Reed added the PAT to make it 26-0 with 8:25
Following a Hammond punt, the Wolves scored their final touchdown with a five-play 73-yard drive that was capped by a 29-yard touchdown pass play from Hookfin to Jabari Coston who out-jumped the defender in the end zone. Reed booted the PAT to make it 33-0 with 4:59 left to play.
“We did some things that we did a lot better than we did last week in the scrimmage,” said Loranger offensive coordinator Jermaine Spencer. “I was happy with the guys coming out playing well. I felt we came out flat to me to start the game. I tried not to go to the deep pass plays this time. I wanted to dink and dank and get guys to make plays in space.”
Loranger had 135 yards rushing as Johnson led the way with 58 yards and A.J. Warren added 43 yards on the ground. Hookfin completed nine of 14 passes for 114 yards. Coston had two receptions for 47 yards.
Messina, who enters his 14th season as the head mentor at Loranger, will be seeking to improve upon a 6-6 record and a regional playoff appearance from last season. Messina has compiled a 88-69 overall record during his tenure at Loranger.
The Wolves will begin the regular season hosting the Kentwood Kangaroos on Friday, Sept. 2. The Roos are the defending Class 1A state champions.
Wolves dominate scrimmage with Thomas Jefferson.
Loranger starts fast as D.J. Hookin connected with Jabari Coston on a 60-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the scrimmage.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves football team scrimmaged the Thomas Jefferson Jaguars Friday and head coach Sammy Messina said he was encouraged by the effort and execution of his team.
“I saw us do a lot of things we are trying to work on at practice and doing it well,” said Messina. “We got a lot to improve upon. We got to get better at tackling, we got off our blocks a little bit too quick at times and we got to finish blocks. It's early, but I thought the scrimmage was good for us.”
The scrimmage consisted of 12-plays for the first team’s offense for both teams and then the second teamers would get 12-plays with each team getting possession at their own 40-yard line. Each team practiced kickoffs and punts with no returns. The scrimmage ended with a 12-minute timed quarter with possession starting at the 35-yard line. Loranger got the better of it scoring on the very first play with the first team offense when quarterback D.J. Hookin connected with Jabari Coston on a 60-yard touchdown pass.
Later in the series the Wolves scored again ending a six-play, 60-yard drive with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Hookin to Deandre Brown. Hookin wasn’t finished as he ended the game-like situation series with a 31-yard scoring strike to senior Hunter Flanagan.
The Loranger defense kept Thomas Jefferson and their side of the field much of the time. The Wolves stopped two drives with a fumble recovery and a interception.
“I thought we did a good job on defense.” said Messina. “But one of those things that stood to me was tackling. Technique and playing lower have to get better. But it’s our first really live action. We don’t scrimmage a bunch and we only had three days in pads in two weeks because of the weather. So it wasn’t bad playing against somebody else and getting some live action.”
The first team defense sacked the Jaguar quarterback three times and had a interception to stop drives.
The second team offense for the Wolves scored on a 27-yard touchdown run by Alex Williams ending a three-play, 60-yard drive. The second team defense recorded a pass interception.
The first-team offense had a 10-play series that ended with a 13-yard touchdown run by Brown ending a five-play, 60-yard drive.
In the 12-minute timed segment, the Wolves scored on a 72-yard touchdown run by Evan Johnson. Carson Reed kicked the PAT with 10:25 remaining. A pass interception at the Jaguar 48 setup the next score. Backup quarterback Luke Colona rifled a 10-yard scoring strike to Dejuan Carter ending a five-play, 65-yard drive. Reed added the PAT to make it 14-0.
Following a Jaguar punt, the Wolves ended the timed-scrimmage reaching the Thomas Jefferson 30 yard line as time expired.
“I thought our defense played well,” said Wolves defensive coordinator Mike Young. “The kids played fast and physical. We had some young guys out there that played good and overall defensively I thought we had pretty good effort. We ganged tackled and forced some turnovers, but we got to understand that just because we beat that team that we still need to correct some things that were not that good tonight.”
“I was happy that we didn't commit a turnover,” said Wolves offensive coordinator Jermaine Spencer. “We kept it simple and we played a lot of kids. We just got to keep on getting better. We protected the football and we ironed out some kinks on where we want to play some people at key positions.”
The Wolves are coming off a 6-6 record from last season after reaching the regional round of the state Class 4A playoffs.
Loranger will prepare to participate in the Ponchatoula Jamboree set for Friday, Aug. 26 facing Hammond High with a 7:00 p.m. kickoff.
North DeSoto outlasts Wolves in slugfest.
Loranger and the Griffins deliver a classic as North DeSoto edges Wolves 42-35.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves football team saw its season come to an end when the North Desoto Griffins registered a 42-35 victory in a Class 4A regional playoff contest played at Rusty Chambers Stadium.
The win advances No. 9th seeded North Desoto (10-2) to the state quarterfinal round where the Griffins will play No. 1 Neville. Meanwhile No. 25 seeded Loranger ends its season with a 6-6 record.
“Great effort. We had to battle back 13-0 and gave ourselves a chance to win it. But they (North Desoto) made a great drive at the end and then we made a great attempt to try to tie the game on the last play,” said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “Our kids battled hard all year they fought adversity in a lot of different ways people don't even know. I couldn’t be more proud of the team than I am right now.”
North Desoto took advantage of a pair of Loranger turnovers to take a 13-0 lead early in the first quarter. Wolves quarterback D.J. Hookins tossed a pass interception on the third play of the Loranger's opening possession and the Griffins returned it 53 yards for a touchdown and a quick 6-0 lead with 11:00 remaining in the first period.
Following the kickoff, Hookfin fumbled the handoff to running back Davonte Green and North Desoto recovered at the Wolves 37 yard line.
Three plays later, the Griffins capitalized with a 42-yard touchdown pass play to makeit 13-0 with 9:42 left in the quarter.
Loranger answered on its next series mounting a four-play, 65-yard drive that was capped when Hookfin lofted a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jabari Coston. Carson Red booted the PAT and the Wolves trailed 13-7 with 7:52 remaining. Coston finished the game leading Loranger with four catches for 169 yards and four touchdowns.
North Desoto responded with a methodical 12-play, 62-yard drive that was culminated by a three yard touchdown run to increase the Griffin lead to 20-7 heading into the second period.
Each team exchanged punts with Loranger getting back on the scoreboard. The Wolves marched 98 yards in five plays culminating the drive with a 80-yard touchdown pass from Hookfin to Coston. Reed kicked the PAT and Loranger cut the deficit to 20-14 with 6:49 remaining in the first half.
North Desoto threatened to score on its next possession marching down to the Loranger five yard line on a seven-play drive. But the Wolves defense forced a fumble that was recovered in the end zone for a touchback ending the scoring threat.
Loranger countered with a six-play, 80-yard drive that ended with Hookfin rifling a 13-yard touchdown pass to Coston. Reed added the PAT that the Wolves their first lead of the game at 21-20 with 1:36 left.
But North Desoto would answer with a 38-yard kickoff return to the Wolves 39 and then scored on a 37-yard touchdown pass play to make it 27-21.
However, the Wolves were not done. After holding North Desoto on downs, Loranger's offense took over at their own 45 with just :24 seconds left to play in the half. Hookfin connected to Travis Lamb on a 10-yard slant pass and then found Lamb again in the seam between two North Desoto defenders for a 43-yard touchdown pass. Reed added the PAT to give the Wolves the lead again at 28-27 with just :03 seconds remaining in the half.
Loranger extended its lead in the third quarter when Hookfin found Coston for his fourth TD pass of the game on a 33-yard strike. Reed kicked the PAT to give the Wolves a 35-27 advantage with 6:47 remaining in the period.
Following a Loranger punt, the Griffins mounted a comeback with a seven-play, 52-yard drive with a two yard touchdown run. North Desoto was successful on the two-point conversion score that tied the contest at 35-35 with 11:57 remaining to play in the game.
The Wolves went three-and-out on its next series giving North Desoto possession at their own six yard line. But the Griffins marched 94 yards in 19 plays that took over seven minutes off the game clock. The drive ended with a two yard touchdown run that gave North Desoto a 42-35 lead with just :17 seconds remaining.
Loranger threatened on its last series when Hookin connected with Evan Johnson on a hook-and-ladder trick pass play that covered 13 yard. A face mask penalty by North Desoto was tacked on which moved the football down to the Griffin 25 with :07 seconds left. A unsportsmanlike penalty against the Grffins moved the ball down to the North Desoto 12. Hookin threw incomplete to Evan Johnson in the end zone with :01 second left and then Hookfin's pass into the end zone to Coston was batted away incomplete ending the game.
“We were just one touchdown away from the third round of the playoffs,” added Messina. “Great kids, great parents, great fans. You can’t ask anything better that what we have here at Loranger.”
The Wolves amassed 361 yards of total offense. Loranger had 97 rushing yards as Green led the way gaining 69 yards on 10 carries. Johnson added 23 yards on four attempts. Hookfin completed eight of 13 passes for 264 yards.
North Desoto tallied 344 yards of total offense. The Griffins had 252 rushing yards and 92 yards passing.
We couldn't defend No. 17,” said North Desoto head coach Scott Abernathy. “What a great ball game by him, but luckily their at the end we came up with the winning TD. We now have the most wins in school history and were going to quarterfinals so we are really excited.”
Wolves play on ... make it three in a row ...
Loranger wraps up regular season with a 34-0 shutout of visiting Riverdale, retires a baseball jersey and crowns a Homecoming queen. GAME DAY GALLERY ... Homecoming Court Gallery ...
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves made it three in a row to close out the regular season celebrating Homecoming with a 34-0 shutout of visiting the Riverdale Rebels. The Wolves used big plays on offense and defense to secure the victory and keep themselves in the second season hunt. The night was started with the retiring of Wade Miley’s baseball jersey number and continued with the game and crowning of senior Myeshia Brumfield as Homecoming Queen. Miley, a Loranger and SLU graduate, is currently on the pitching staff of the Boston Red Socks and already a legend in his own town of Loranger had his number 15 retired by the Loranger Athletic Department.
“We had some hard luck early and certainly no excuses, but these guys just kept playing and worked themselves back into the playoff picture,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “The first seven teams on out schedule this year are headed to the playoffs. I like the way we are playing right now. We have executed better on both sides of the ball and putting three wins together gives up some momentum.”
Junior Deandre Brown sparked a Loranger defense that held the Rebels to 191 total yards including just 28 yards rushing. Brown had a pair of interceptions including one returned 75 yards for a touchdown and recovered an onside kick off. In total, the Wolves collected five turnovers and blocked a Rebel field goal try.
“Deandre (Brown) played really well tonight,” continued Messina. “Our defense did a good job of getting penetration and disrupting their running game and guys made big plays in the secondary when they did get into the red zone a couple of times.”
The Rebels used a first quarter fumble by the Wolves to generate the game’s first scoring threat starting at the Loranger 27. The drive quickly stalled, however, and Riverdale was forced to try a 31-yard field goal that was blocked by senior Edward Alexander.
Two possessions later the Wolves returned the favor and recovered a Rebel fumble as Jaquan Thomas did the honors setting the Loranger offense up at the Riverdale 47. Seven plays later the Wolves cashed in the miscue as sophomore D.J. Hookfin passed 27 yards to junior Jabri Coston for six. Junior Carson Reed added the point after and Loranger led 7-0 with 9:40 left in the second quarter. The drive was saved by a perfectly executed 21-yard pass and lateral play by Hookfin, junior Travis Lamb and Brown. The Wolves went to their bag of tricks several times on the night using a fake punt to get a first down and collecting a turnover on an onside kick.
“We really did not game plan to use these plays, but the opportunity presented itself several times when we felt like these options would work,” said Messina. “The kids wanted to try the onside kick telling me they could get the ball. My coaches were not for it, but I went with the kids and they got the ball for us.”
The first of two Brown interceptions set up Loranger’s next score as the junior put his teammate in business at the Riverdale 38. Four plays later Hookfin scampered in for six from two yards out with a minute before halftime. Reed converted and Loranger led 14-0.
Brown added some more heroics to his game resume on the Rebels ensuing possession intercepting another pass and this time taking it 75 yard to the house for six. Reed converted again and Loranger took a 21-0 lead into intermission.
Brown added one more notch to impressive night recovering Loranger’s onside kick to start the third quarter setting the Wolves up at the Rebel 49. Two plays later Hookfin and junior Evan Johnson hooked up for a 44-yard pass play setting up and first and goal inside the Riverdale ten. Three plays later senior Davonte Green rumbled in from one-yard out for the score. Reed converted and Loranger had commanding 28-0 advantage.
Riverdale converted a Christian Smith to Perry Brown 53-yard pass play late the fourth period and appeared to finally be getting on the board reaching first ad goal at the eight, but the Wolves would seal with shutout as Jarrell Brumfield intercepted a Rebel pass returning it to the Loranger 39. Two plays later senior Davonte Green put the icing on the cake with a 58-yard rumble for six. The point after was missed but the Wolves led 34-0.
Green finished with 72 yards on 15 carries and Hoofin connected on 7-of-12 passes for 114 yards as the Wolves enjoyed a balanced offensive attack collecting 267 yards. Senior Jason Albaral collected eight solo tackles followed by seniors Carter Leblanc and Alexander with six and five respectively. Alexander and sophomore Davis Smith notched quarterback sacks.
The unofficial LHSAA power ratings put the Wolves at 28 in Class 4A with the playoff pairings set to be announced over the weekend.
Wolves celebrate SENIOR NIGHT with 28-12 romp over Salmen!
Loranger evens District 4A mark at 2-2. Senior Davonte Green collects a pair of scores. QUICK GAME GALLERY.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves made it two in a row Friday night as they collected their second District 4A win with a 28-12 Senior Night victory over the visiting Salmen Spartans. The win evened the Wolves league mark at 2-2 and kept Loranger in the hunt for a playoff berth.
“We executed well especially early,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “In the second half we just tried to run some clock as we had a couple of guys get injured and we were resting them and we put in some other kids. We put the ball on the ground one time and I was not happy about that, but overall the kids played hard and finished, and I was proud of the effort.”
The Wolves and Spartans traded possession to start the contest with the defenses getting a stop, but on Loranger’s second possession, the Wolves put together a 55-yard march in eight plays to take an early 7-0 advantage as senior Davonte Green rumbled into the end zone from six yards out and junior Carson Reed booted the extra point. The drive that started with 2:40 left in the first quarter finished with 11:07 showing in the second.
Salmen responded with a ten-play drive reaching the Loranger 10, but the Wolves’ defense stiffened forcing a third-and-thirteen and a pair of LJ Leonard pass attempt fell incomplete and the Wolves offense took over marching the distance in 13 plays as sophomore DJ Hookfin converted a 42-yard pass play to Deandre Brown for six. Reed added the point after and Loranger led 14-0 with 11 second left before intermission.
The Wolves got the ball first to start the second half and needed just two plays to reach pay dirt at Green collected his second touchdown racing 49 yards for six. Reed was good again on the extra point and Loranger took a commanding 21-0 lead with 11:14 left in the third.
The Spartans again responded with a lengthy drive this time a dozen plays, but the Wolves again ended the threat forcing a third-and-eleven followed by a pair of Spartan incomplete passes.
After an exchange of possessions, the Wolves fast-tracked their final score of the night needing just one play as Hookfin connected with junior Jabari Coston for a 41-yard touchdown. Reed added the points after with 4:05 left giving Loranger a 28-0 margin.
A Loranger turnover inside their 20 setup the Spartan’s first score of the evening as senior Ausitn Pholmann recovered the fumble at the Loranger 14 and senior Johnny Lowrey scored from four yards out four plays later to cut the Wolves’ lead to 28-6 with 11:55 left to play.
Salmen used a second big play to notch their second score as Leonard tossed a 55-yard strike to junior Joshua Rodrigue to the Loranger four. Leonard finished the drive on the next play with a toss to senior Wallace Duplessis for six. The try for two failed but Salmen cut the lead to 28-12 with 2:40 remaining.
The Wolves delivered a balanced offensive attack collecting 178 yards rushing on 33 attempts and notching 137 yards in the air on 9-of-15. Green led all rushers with 105 yards on 17 carries.
Wolves score early and often in 49-3 rout over Pearl River.
Loranger earns first District 4A win.
PEARL RIVER—The Loranger Wolves football team captured its first District 8-4A win convincingly with a 49-3 thrashing of the Pearl River Rebels played at Rebel Stadium.
The victory spoiled the Homecoming festivities at Pearl River as the Wolves used a punishing ground attack and kept the host Rebels are their side of the field much of the way.
Loranger was led offensively by the one-two punch of Quarterback D.J. Hookin, who completed eight of 11 passes for 170 yards and scored four touchdowns and running back Davonte Green, who rushed for 90 yards on 11 attempts and had two TDs.
“It was a good effort all the way across,” said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “We came out and played fast and played error-free in the first half. We had a little glitch in the third quarter, but I thought we played well in all phases of the game.”
“We handled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and I thought our kids played with a lot of effort and energy tonight,” continued Messina.
The Wolves began their scoring barrage in the first quarter. Loranger’s Reggie Matthews recovered a Pearl River fumble at midfield to setup the Wolves’ first scoring drive. Loranger marched 53 yards in seven plays with quarterback D.J. Hookfin darting in from eight yards out for a touchdown. Carson Reed kicked the first of seven PAT's to give the Wolves a 7-0 edge with 6:50 left to play in the period.
Following a Pearl River punt, the Wolves mounted a five-play, 62-yard drive that ended with a two yard sneak by Hookfin to make it 14-0 with 1:43 left to play in the quarter.
Pearl River was forced to punt on its next series giving the Wolves possession at their own 42. Loranger drove 58 yards in four play for its next score when Hookfin connected with Jabari Coston on a 26-yard touchdown pass to increase the lead to 21-0 with 10:16 left to play in the first half.
The Wolves were successful on a onside kick attempt taking possession at the Rebel 29. Loranger capitalized on field position scoring three plays later on a 18-yard scamper by Keenan Curry to make it 28-0with 9:03 remaining.
Pearl River for the fourth time in the half giving the Wolves possession at their own 32. On the very next play, Evan Johnson received a shovel pass from Hookin that covered 67 yards for a touchdown to make it 35-0 with 3:24 left in the half.
Pearl River put together its best drive of the half moving the ball down to the Wolves' 15 yard line with less than a minute remaining. Loranger's defense stiffened and Pearl River's John Cook-Moulin connected on a 21-yard field goal attempt on the last play of the half leaving the score 35-3.
Pearl River began the third quarter turning the ball over on downs as the Wolves defense continued to control the line of scrimmage. Neither team would score in the period. Loranger added two touchdowns in the final quarter. The Wolves capped a five-play, 55-yard drive that had Davonte Green scoring on a six yard touchdown run to make it 42-3 with 11:18 left to play.
Pearl River faked a punt attempt and threw a pass that was picked off by Coston at the Rebel 23. The Wolves took advantage by scoring two plays later on a 12-yard touchdown run by Green to make the final 49-3.
“We really talked to the kids all week about playing hard and let them know that Pearl River had won more games than us,” said Wolves’ offensive coordinator Jermaine Spencer. “So I'm very proud of them. We wanted to establish the running game early and get our lineman back into the game and they did a great job controlling the line of scrimmage.”
Loranger amassed 385 yards of total offense. Alex Williams had 39 yards rushing on six attempts. Johnson had four catches for 80 yards to lead the team in pass receptions.
Pearl River, who has now suffered 16 straight district losses, had 96 yards of total offense. The Rebels had 50 yards rushing and completed just one pass in three attempts for 46 yards.
Leading Loranger defensively was Jarrell Brumfield with four tackles, one quarterback sack and one fumble recovery.
“I told our kids keep your head up high. The scoreboard don’t show it, but our kids busted their tails,” said first-year head coach Mike LaBourdette. “That's a really good football team (Loranger). They battled with Lakeshore, they battled with Franklinton and their three backs are explosive. Were improving, but unfortunately were improving against better programs than we are right now,” added LaBourdette.
The Wolves will play their next two games at home to finish out the regular season. Loranger will entertain Salmen on Senior Night and then host Riverdale in the season finale for Homecoming.
Wolves stay in it early, but Demons collect four second half touchdowns to get 41-14 win.
Loranger notches three interceptions. Game Day Gallery
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves collected a trio of interceptions and used an opening second half scoring drive to keep the 14th-ranked Franklinton Demons close at 13-7 early in the third period, but the Demons pulled away exploding for four second half touchdowns to score a 41-14 win.
The Demons got big second half production and out-gained the Wolves 403 to 158 on the night and collected 20 first downs to Loranger’s five. Tahj Magee of Franklinton led all rushers with 128 yards on 16 carries and passed for 162 more yards on 10-of-21.
The Wolves started fast on defense as junior Deandre Brown intercepted a Magee pass on the second play of the contest setting Loranger up at the Franklinton 49. The Wolves were not able to cash in the turnover as the Demons forced a three-and-out.
Franklinton took over at their 19 and mounted a 16-play drive to take the early lead as Magee scored from 13 yards out. Raif Branch added the extra point and the Demons led 7-0 with 4:13 left in the opening quarter.
After am exchange of possessions, the Demons collected an interception to end the first quarter as Tramarrio Magee intercepted to set Franklinton up at the Demon 35 with 54 seconds left in the first. Franklinton took their time marching the distance in ten plays with Re'Naz Wilson finishing the march with a one-yard plunge for six. The point after was no good but the Demons owned a 13-0 lead with 9:36 before halftime.
The Loranger defense held Franklinton in check the rest of the half as Jarbi Coston and Reggie Matthews grabbed interceptions to end Demon scoring threats. The Wolves’ offense got on track to start the second half marching 60 yards in just four plays as junior Evan Johnson got loose for a 30-yard gain followed by a 20-yard touchdown gallop by Davonte Green. Junior Carson Reed booted the extra point and Loranger cut the Franklinton margin to just 13-7.
The Loranger defense kept the momentum going on Franklinton’s ensuing possession posting a quick three-and-out setting the offense up at the Loranger 29. The Wolves quickly earned a first down to the 41, but two plays later a miss-handled lateral was scooped up by Franklinton’s Jamarian Crain and returned 32 yards for a touchdown. Raif Branch passed to Dijimon Jenkins for two and the Demons went up by two scores again with 7:08 showing on the clock.
The Demon defense stiffened the rest of the way limiting the Wolves to just one score with 2:56 left on a six-yard scamper by Green, while the Franklinton offense padded their margin adding three more scores. Three different Demons reached paydirt during the scoring burst as Magee scored from four yards out with 57 seconds left in the third and Wilson scored from eight yards with 7:29 left in the fourth followed by a two-yard score by Azende Magee with 3:38 showing.
Green finished the night with 22 carries for 100 yards and a pair of scores, while sophomore Luke Colona was stellar in the kicking game punting seven times for a 39.1 average. Johnson and Coston each had eight tackles while DaJuan Davis had six tackle followed by seniors Jason Albaral and Keenan Curry each with five.
Turnover bug haunts Wolves again.
Lakeshore Titans cash in to take a 34-13 win.
MANDEVILLE—The Loranger Wolves football team saw the turnover bug continue to haunt them after the home-standing Lakeshore Titans registered a 34-13 victory in the District 8-4A opener for both teams.
The Titans (5-1, 1-0) were led by quarterback Nathan Faciane who completed 17 of 23 passes for 257 yards and had two touchdowns while running back Randy Raymond led the ground attack with 172 yards on 29 carries with two TDs. Lakeshore’s best defense was keeping the Wolves’ high-powered running game off the field by staying on offense. The Titans converted two successful onside kickoffs after scoring touchdowns to keep the Wolves’ defense on the field. Lakeshore racked up 29 first downs to Loranger's 10.
“We didn't play very well tonight,” said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “Defensively, we gave them (Lakeshore) time-consuming drives and couldn’t get the ball on offense. When we did get the ball and got something going we would turn the ball over. We can’t make turnovers and that’s been our nemesis all year, also we got to tackle better. We got to keep working at it. No excuses, we got to play better.”
Lakeshore took advantage of a short kickoff by the Wolves to start the game. The Titans went to work executing the read option and marched 60 yards in nine plays for its first score. The drive ended when Faciane connected with Adam Yarzabal on a 17-yard touchdown pass. Ryan Miller kicked the PAT to give Lakeshore a 7-0 lead with 8:59 remaining in the first quarter.
Loranger appeared to answer following the kickoff mounting a 12-play drive that reached the Titan nine yard line. But the Wolves coughed up the football and Lakeshore recovered at its own seven to end the scoring threat.
Lakeshore took advantage puttining together a methodical 13-play, 93-yard drive that was culminated by a two yard touchdown run by Faciane. Miller booted the PAT to give Lakeshore a 14-0 advantage with 5:35 remaining in the first half.
The Titans then went for more converting an onside kick and recovered the ball at the Wolves’ 48. Lakeshore capitalized nine plays later when Miller nailed a 31-yard field goal to make it 17-0 with 1:45 left to play in the half.
After the ensuing kickoff, the Wolves went to its hurry-up offense moving the ball down field in seven plays for its first score of the game. The drive ended when quarterback Evan Johnson lofted a 18-yard touchdown pass to Jabari Coston. Carson Reed added the PAT and Loranger was on the board before halftime.
The Titans padded their margin in the third quarter. Following a Loranger punt, Lakeshore mounted a 15-play, 81-yard drive that was capped by a Faciane two yard touchdown run. Miller kicked the PAT to make it 24-7 with 4:13 remaining in the period.
Lakeshore converted another successful onside kick that gave the Titans possession at the Loranger 45. However, the Titans fumbled six plays later and Loranger recovered ending a scoring threat.
The Wolves, however, gave it right back when a Johnson pass attempt was intercepted.
The next Loranger possession saw the Wolves give the football up on downs failing to convert a fourth-and-2 at the Lakeshore 42. The Titans needed six plays to add to their lead when Raymond scored a touchdown on a 16-yard scamper. Miller added the PAT to give Lakeshore a commanding 31-7 lead with 8:12 remaining to play.
The Wolves scored their final touchdown on a 61-yard drive that ended on a hitch pass from backup quarterback D.J. Hookfin to Evan Johnson who ran down the sideline for a 45-yard touchdown pass play. The two-point conversion failed leaving the final score 31-13 with 7:32 left to play.
“It was a good way to start District play,” said Lakeshore coach Craig Jones. “We knew Loranger was very talented especially their quarterback who is like lightening in a bottle, but our defense did a good job containing him for the most part.”
“We executed on special teams, and we kept their athletes off the field. We were able to run ball and chew up some clock and that was huge,” continued Jones.
Loranger amassed 235 yards of total offense. The Wolves had 95 yards rushing as Johnson led the way with 86 yards on 14 attempts. Hookfin and Johnson combined to complete 11 of 18 passes for 140 yards. Coston had three catches for 46 yards. Lakeshore racked up 452 yards of total offense. The Titans had 257 yards rushing and 195 passing.
Defensively, the Wolves were led by senior Jason Albaral with 12 tackles. Edward Alexander and Ethan Wallace each had eight stops apiece.
Loranger (2-4, 0-1) returns home to host Frankinton in another key league matchup next Friday.
JV Wolves roll up yards but fall to Ponchatoula.
Visiting Green Wave uses fumble return to score 13-6 win.
GAME PHOTO GALLERY.
LORANGER—The Loranger JV Wolves outgained the visiting Ponchatoula JV Wave by one hundred yards but a costly turnover and penalty proved to be the difference as the Wave got 51-yard fumble return for a touchdown and an opening 70-yard drive for six kept alive by a key off sides penalty to collect 13 points. The Wolves finished with 191 yards of total offense compared to 91 for the Wave and the Loranger defense accounted for eight tackles for losses on the night.
The Wave got on the board first taking their opening possession 70 yards in 12 plays for a touchdown. After an initial pair of first downs by Ponchatoula, the Wolves forced a third and six at the Wolves 37, but an off sides penalty gave the Wave a third and one helping them keep the drive alive with a gain of three on the next play.
The Loranger defense stiffened and held the Wave to minus four yards the rest of the half, and kept up the pressure to start the second half sending the Ponchatoula offense back to their bench
after one first down on their opening possession.
The Wolves offense took over from the thirty and seems poised to mount a scoring drive but after marching to the Wave 43, a fumble that was picked up and returned for a touchdown by Ponchatoula ended a Loranger rally giving the Wave a 13-0 lead with the PAT.
The Wolves again mounted a drive marching inside the Wave ten before the drive stalled and the ball went over on downs. Loranger did finally answer with 1:44 showing in the fourth when sophomore Luke Colona hit fellow sophomore DeJuan Carter for a six-yard touchdown. The scoring drive was set up by a 41-yard toss from Colona to Carter—a connection that produced five catches for 101 yards.
Wolves outlast Jacks!
Loranger gets back on the winning track with 34-28 road win over Bogalusa.
BOGALUSA—The Loranger Wolves Football team saw its two game losing streak come to an end after coming away with a 34-28 victory over the
Bogalusa Lumberjacks in a non-district contest played at Lewis Murray Jr. Memorial Stadium in Bogalusa.
“It was a big win for us,” said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “We were able to make plays especially in the second
half to comeback from a tied game. It was real important for us to catch some momentum starting district next week.”
The Wolves set the tone early by putting together a methodical seven-play, 64-yard drive that was capped by a seven yard touchdown run by D.J. Hookfin who started the game at quarterback. Junior Carson Reed kicked the PAT and Loranger led 7-0 with 9:11 left to play in the first quarter.
Bogalusa answered on its first offensive possession by driving 80 yards in 13 plays scoring on a one yard plunge by
Lumberjack quarterback Tym Toussaint and that tied the contest at 7-7 with 3:13 left in the period.
Loranger only needed just two plays to respond when Hookfin broke loose on a 39-yard scamper for a touchdown.
Reed booted the PAT to make it 14-7 with 2:05 remaining.
Each team would exchange turnovers with Loranger's Hookfin intercepting a Toussaint pass attempt, but the Wolves gave it
right back by fumbling a pitch on the very next play.
Bogalusa took possession at their own 30 yard line and marched 70 yards in seven plays for a score.
The drive ended when Toussaint connected with Tramarcus Levi on a 43-yard touchdown pass that tied the game at 14-14 with 7:28 left to play in the first half.
On the ensuing kickoff, the Wolves got a 34-yard return by Davonte Green giving Loranger field position at the Lumberjack 48. Nine plays later, the Wolves fumbled the snap from center at the Lumberjack 22 ending a scoring threat. Bogalusa moved the ball back into Wolves' territory only to give the football up on a pass interception by Deandre Brown ending a Lumberjack scoring threat at the 28 yard line with :39 seconds remaining in the half.
In the third quarter, the Wolves recovered a fumble on a bad snap from center in when the Lumberjacks were forced to punt. Loranger took possession at the Bogalusa 45, but could not take advantage when Green coughed up the football at the 10 yard line.
Bogalusa would go three-and-out giving the Wolves another chance with possession at the Lumberjack 48. This time Loranger capitalized on field position scoring six plays later on a one yard run by Evan Johnson who played quarterback in the second half. Reed added the PAT to give Loranger the lead at 21-14 with 1:56 left to play in the period.
Bogalusa answered with a nine-play, 65-yard drive that was culminated by a 14-yard touchdown run by Toussaint. The PAT attempt was blocked by the Wolves leaving Loranger with a 21-20 edge with 10:14 remaining to play in the game.
Loranger gave the ball up on downs on its next series giving Bogalusa another chance for a comeback. But the Lumberjacks went three-and-out and their punt was blocked by Deandre Brown of the Wolves. Loranger took possession at the Bogalusa 11 and scored two plays later on a Johnson one yard plunge. The two-point conversion failed and the Wolves led 27-20 with 5:27 left.
Bogalusa failed to convert on a fourth-and-eight situation with three incomplete passes by Toussaint. Loranger took over at the Lumberjack 30 and scored eight plays later on a Hookfin 12-yard touchdown run. Reed kicked the PAT to make it 34-20 with :37 seconds left to play.
Bogalusa was able to score on the final play of the game with Toussaint going off tackle on a six yard touchdown run.
He ran in for the two-point conversion score to make the final 34-28.
“It was a good win for us,” said Loranger offensive coordinator Jermaine Spencer. “I'm proud of the kids. They did a great job coming out executing and got
win under their belts. Now we go back and get ready to begin district play next week.”
Loranger amassed 287 yards of total offense. The Wolves had 276 yards rushing as Green led the way gaining 149 yards n 17 carries. Bogalusa racked up 63 yards of total offense. The Lumberjacks had 51 yards rushing s 212 yards passing. Toussaint led Bogalusa with 55 yards rushing and he completed 18 of 30 passes.
Defensively, the Wolves were led by Jaquan Thomas with seven tackles. David Smith had five stops with three tackles for a loss. Jarrell Brumfield finished with six tackles for Loranger.
“They run the option which isn't something we haven't seen,”said Bogalusa coach Brad Roberts. “We had some bad tackling, but they played hard.
They (Loranger) have some good athletes and their offensive line was pretty good too.”
The Wolves, now 2-3 on the season, begins District 8-4A play traveling to play at Lakeshore next Friday.
Bogalusa falls to 1-4 on the year and begins District 7-3A play next week hosting Independence.
Reed and Wolves KICK-IT for Cancer Research.
If you would like to help Carson & the Wolves KICK-IT to children’s cancer, go to www.kick-it.org.
LORANGER—Junior Carson Reed along with his high school football team the Loranger Wolves are doing a little something different this season – they are KICKIN’ IT for KIDS WITH CANCER! With the support of the school, Head
Coach, Sam Messina and some BETA Club members they are out in full force at every home game getting pledges and donations and banking on the Wolves putting extra points on the board.
Junior Carson Reed
“I feel that this is a great thing that Carson has put in place,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “We are proud of his efforts and as a team hope to give him every opportunity to make this a successful endeavor.”
Last spring, the Reeds were approached by Kelly Wall and introduced to an awesome program that her son Ivy participated in, along with Oak Forest Academy last year. It is an initiative to get these kids involved by using their athletic abilities to do something much bigger than just scoring extra points – they are making each point count!
Ivy Wall, now a punter for Southeastern Louisiana University, passed the proverbial football to Carson who took the ball and ran with it – well, he kicked it! Reed said, “We have raised over $2,000 this season by the team setting me up, and I get to do what I love to do – kick field goals!” Reed has made 21 extra points so far this season.
Cathy Welch, Director of Kick-It stated, “We have almost 200 kickers in 40 states participating in the Kick-It Champion program this season.”
The Kick-It Champion Program – dedicate your season to kids with cancer concept is simple. Kickers/teams raise money for children’s cancer research by asking family/friends/fans to make a one-time donation or pledge a dollar amount for every point scored through kicking during the season. The Kick-It Champion program was started by a former pediatric cancer survivor and All Ohio High School Kicker.
The program provides busy athletes with leadership roles, the importance of helping others, and an opportunity to rally the community, school, and team in making a difference.
Kick-It, a program of Flashes of Hope, is a national volunteer driven effort focused solely on raising money for children’s cancer research. Founded in 2009 by a 10-year old boy with cancer, Kick-It has raised more than $3 million dollars. If you would like to help Carson & the Wolves KICK-IT to children’s cancer, go to www.kick-it.org and under Support an Event or Individual – search for Carson or Wolves or Loranger – it’s just that easy to donate!
Wolves impress again, but turnovers bite hard.
Loranger comes up just short in battle with long time rival Amite as the number two ranked Warriors escape with a 28-21 win.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves football team fell behind by three touchdowns and then rallied back to take the lead only to come away with a 28-21 loss to the visiting Amite Warriors at Rusty Chambers Stadium.
It was a non-district battle, but the rivalry between the two schools is still there as both teams battled turnovers and had big plays that scored touchdown scores.
The Class 3A No. 2 ranked Warriors improved to 3-1 on the season while the Class 4A Wolves dropped to 1-3.
“We made too many mistakes,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “We got the ball and the lead two times in the fourth quarter
and gave the ball right back to them in scoring position. I can’t ask my defense to play any better especially after the third touchdown on.
We have got to finish games on both sides of the ball and that's why we sit at 1-3.”
Amite, which has dominated the series over Loranger in the last several years, wasted no time getting on the scoreboard scoring on the game's first offensive play. Warrior quarterback Montray Walker lofted a 65-yard touchdown pass to Earl Maxwell for a touchdown to give Amite a quick 6-o edge with 11:43 left to play in the first quarter.
Loranger’s miscues began on their opening possession fumbling away the football ending a nine-play drive at the Amite 19 yard line.
Each team exchanged punts with the Warriors returning the Loranger punt 43 yards to the Wolves 41. Amite took advantage of field position and scored three plays later on a eight yard touchdown run by Kenner Harrell. The PAT was successful giving the Warriors a 13-0 advantage heading into the second period.
Following a Loranger punt, the Warriors put together a seven-play, 82-yard drive that was capped by a Harrell 12-yard touchdown run. The PAT was successful giving Amite a 20-0 lead midway in the second quarter.
Following the kickoff, the Wolves offense mounted a 10-play, 71-yard drive that ended with a six yard touchdown run by Evan Johnson. Carson Reed kicked the PAT and Loranger trailed 20-7 with three minutes remaining in the first half. Johnson spearheaded the drive with runs of 11, 15, and a pass completion of 18 yards to Davonte Green that moved the football down to the Amite six yard line.
Loranger's defense forced Amite to punt the football to punt the ball out of their own end zone. The punt attempt was partially blocked by Kaine Bergeron of the Wolves and Loranger had field position at the Amite 15. The Wolves needed just three plays to score when Johnson hooked up with Deandre Brown on a 22-yard touchdown pass play. Reed added the point after and Loranger cut the deficit to 20-14 at the half.
Neither team would score in the third quarter. But, Loranger moved ahead on a possession that went into the fourth period.
The Wolves culminated a seven-play, 62-yard drive that had Green scoring on a eight yard scamper. Reed’s PAT gave Loranger its first lead of the game at 21-20 with
8:35 left to play.
Amite fumbled on its next possession and the Wolves Michael Bonds recovered at the Warrior 25, but Loranger gave it right back two plays later when Johnson was stripped of the football from behind and Amite took over at their own 39. The Warriors capitalized two plays later with a 33-yard touchdown pass from Walker to Davonte Smith. Harell ran in for the two-point conversion score to make it 28-21 with 3:00 minutes left to play.
Following the kickoff, the Wolves fumbled the football away four plays later when Johnson coughed it up and the Warriors recovered at the Wolves 32 sealing the 28-21 victory.
“We played hard in the second half,” continued Messina. “We can't make mistakes on top of mistakes. Our mistakes put us behind the eight-ball. Our mistakes kept us from winning the football game.
We played as well as we could. We outplayed them in the second half. We haven't played Loranger football yet. We cannot make mistakes like we made and give them the football.”
Loranger amassed 316 yards of total offense. The Wolves had 228 rushing yards as Johnson led the way gaining 128 yards on seven carries. Green followed with 89 yards on 20 attempts. Johnson completed seven of 10 passes for 88 yards. Amite racked up 323 yards of total yards. The Warriors had 158 yards rushing as Harrell finished with 155 yards on eight carries.
“In the first half, we kind of felt that we could throw the ball on them and were successful,” said Amite head coach Zephaniah Powell. “But I give
Loranger all the fight in the world. They dominated us in the second half. We made some mistakes on both our offensive line and defensive line,
but we kept fighting all the way to the end.”
“Their quarterback is a bottle of lightening. We had opportunities to tackle him, but he made plays,” added Powell.
Amite returns home to host Livonia, while the Wolves look to rebound traveling to play at Bogalusa next Friday.
Wolves impress early but Wave rallies for win.
Loranger and Ponchatoula clash in parish rivals contest as Wave wins 34-19.
QUICK GAME GALLERY
LORANGER—In a tale of two halves, the Loranger Wolves gave the sixth-ranked 5A Ponchatoula Green Wave all they could handle on their home field Friday as Loranger dominated play early owning the first half. The Wolves kept the ball for the first 15 plays of the contest scoring a touchdown and ran 35 plays to just 13 for the Wave in the first half building a 13-7 lead. The Wave would have an answer late, however, scoring a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns to pull away and secure a 34-19 win.
“This was a very good football game—good for the fans but of course not how we wanted it to turn out but I thought I guys played a
heck of a ballgame," said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “They made their mistakes early and we made ours at crucial times later in the game. We had an opportunity to
put them away and were not able to convert and then a late turnover really hurt us, but, I was really proud of the effort and enthusiasm our guys played with.”
“I thought Loranger played a great game and probably should have won the game,” said Ponchatoula’s Hank Tierney. “We made some big plays in the second half and to our kids’ credit, we had some adversity but we dealt with it. Give Loranger credit. They really took it to us for three quarters, but we found a way to win. You are going to have to win games like this and we did.”
Loranger enjoyed leads of 7-0 and 13-7 in the first half. The Wolves led 19-14 late in the third quarter before a 24-yard run
by Jakyle Holmes put the Green Wave up to stay.
Leading 13-7 the Wolves had a chance to extend their advantage to nine in the third quarter, but Jalen Pines got a hand on a 28-yard
field goal attempt by junior Carson Reed and Marcus Young collected the deflection racing 95 yards to give Ponchatoula a 14-13 lead with 4:33 left in the period.
Loranger had an answer, however, as junior quarterback Evan Johnson slipped around the right side breaking several tackles and running 73 yards to put
the Wolves back up 19-14 with 3:38 showing.
Ponchatoula came right back with a six-play 56-yard drive with Holmes doing the honors on a 24-yard jaunt of the middle to give the Green Wave
a 29-19 lead.
The Wolves took advantage of a pair of Ponchatoula mistakes to keep their opening scoring drive alive. Forced to punt from their 23,
the ball deflected off a Wave up-back and Tanner Armstrong recovered at the Ponchatoula 44. On fourth-and-thirteen from the 36 six plays later, the Green Wave was called
for roughing the kicker on a quick kick by Johnson giving the Wolves a first down at the 21. Four plays later Johnson took it in for a score giving Loranger
the early 7-0 lead with reed's PAT.
JV Wolves start fast, but big plays rally Titans to win.
Lakeshore JV scores 24-14 win.
LORANGER—The Loranger JV Wolves took and early 8-0 lead over the visiting Lakeshore Titans when sophomore Luke Colona connected with sophomore Will Wilson for a 47-yard touchdown and Colona scrambled for a two-point conversion with 4:39 left before halftime. However, the Titans would have an answer using four big pass plays to roll up 24 unanswered points before the Wolves were able to respond with a Colona to sophomore DeVonta Marlboro connection for six late in the final quarter. Lakeshore scored on pass plays of 63, 57, 60, and 12 yards.
Second half surge lifts Wolves over Warriors.
Loranger evens record with 45-23 win over Saint Michaels. GAME GALLERY
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves football team captured its first victory of the season after scoring five second half touchdowns to take a 45-23 victory played on a soggy field at Rusty Chambers Stadium.
The Wolves scoring surge was led by junior quarterback Evan Johnson and senior running back Davonte Green, who both finished with over 100 yards rushing and each scored touchdowns.
“I thought that we kind of went back-and-forth with them (St. Michael) in the first half,” said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “We gave up too many big plays in the first half defensively to give them opportunities to score. We had good stuff going, we just didn't finish some drives. The second half we came out with a good scoring drive and then our defense made some plays. We finished well in the second half.”
It was a cat-and-dog fight in the first half as both teams finished the half tied at 10-10. The Wolves first two offensive possessions ended on downs and a punt. The Warriors capitalized on field position on a short punt by Loranger. Saint Michael took possession at midfield and need just two plays to score a touchdown when quarterback Treylan Sibley kept the football on a busted play and scampered 47 yards for the score. The PAT was successful giving the Warriors a 7-0 advantage with 3:54 left to play in the first quarter.
Loranger answered getting its first touchdown on a drive that covered 49 yards in five plays. Sophomore D.J. Hookin found Keenan Curry in the flat for a 17-yard touchdown pass play. Carson Reed booted the PAT to tie the contest at 7-7 with 11:20 left to play in the first half.
Saint Michael put together a 10-play drive reaching the Loranger 13, but the drive stalled and the Warriors missed on a 21-yard field goal attempt.
The Wolves took over and marched down to the Warrior nine yard line. Saint Michael's defense stiffened and Reed kicked 23-yard field goal to give Loranger its first lead at 10-7 with 3:02 remaining.
,The Warriors were not done. SaintMichael mounted a nine-play drive reaching the Wolves 23 and kicked a 33-yard field
goal on the final play of the first half to tie the game at 10-10.
“We were in position to make plays and we did not tackle well. We didn't tackle as well as we needed to.
We got to better than that,” continued Messina.
In the second half the Wolves exploded for five touchdowns. The first came on the opening drive of the third quarter as Loranger scored
in just four plays. The drive was culminated by a Johnson touchdown pass to Green down the middle of the field.
Reed added the PAT to give the Wolves a 17-10 edge with 10:33 remaining. Highlighting the drive was a 52-yard run by Johnson that moved the ball down to the St. Michael 17.
The Warriors answered on the ensuing kickoff going 75 yards in five plays with Sibley running in on a three yard run to tie the game again at 17-17 with 8:36 left.
The Wolves bounced right back with a two-play scoring drive. Green went around the right and raced 67 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. Reed kicked the PAT to make it 24-17 with 8:00 left in the period.
Following a Warrior punt, the Wolves marched 68 yards in seven plays capping the drive with a 16-yard touchdown run by Green. Reed added the PAT to give Loranger a 31-17 lead with 3:35 remaining.
Saint Michael cut into the deficit with a 32-yard touchdown pass play from Sibley to Clarence McGarner ending a eight-play, 65-yard drive.
The PAT was missed leaving the score 31-23 heading into the fourth quarter.
Saint Michael forced the Wolves to punt on its next possession giving the Warriors a chance to take the lead. But Sibley coughed up the football on a scramble and Loranger's David Lewis scooped up the football and he returned it 56 yards down to the Warrior one yard. On the very next play, the Wolves capitalized on the turnover with a Johnson quarterback sneak. Reed delivered the PAT to make it 38-23 with 9:49 remaining in the game.
Saint Michael was forced to punt out of its own end zone on its next possession giving Loranger field position at the Warrior 35. The Wolves took advantage scoring in seven plays when Johnson rifled a 13-yard touchdown pass to Hookfin. Reed kicked the PAT and Loranger led 45-23 with 3:46 left.
Saint Michael threatened in the final minute reaching the Wolves eight yard line on a seven-play drive. But on fourth down, Sibley's pass attempt was batted down ending the scoring threat and sealing Loranger's first victory of the season.
“We had no turnovers. Our offensive line played a lot better. I’m happy. I’m happy for the team,” said Loranger assistant coach
The Wolves amassed 412 yards of total offense. Loranger hd 345 rushing yards as Green led the way gaining 163 yards on 17 attempts.
Johnson followed with 151 yards on 13 carries. Johnson also completed four of eight passes for 67 yards.
Saint Michael tallied 339 yards of total offense. The Warriors had 141 rushing yards and 198 yards passing. Sibley completed 16 of 28 passes and rushed for 90 yards on four attempts.
“We gave too many big plays other than that we did fine,” said Loranger defensive coordinator Mike Young.
“We have to execute a little bit more and be a little bit more physical, but I thought overall we played well.”
Turnover bug bites Wolves as Kentwood scores a 33-15 win.
Loranger opens season on the road against the number three ranked Class 1A Kangaroos.
LORANGER— The number three ranked Class 1A Roos built a 13-0 advantage at the half and then added three more
touchdowns in the second half to claim their first win of the season.
Loranger was hurt by turnovers fumbling the football seven times and loss four of them that stopped scoring drives and setup
Kentwood for its touchdowns.
Kentwood senior quarterback Shyheim Carter led the Roos offensively. He completed 11 of 19 passes for 239 yards and rushed for 56 yard on nine attempts. Carter threw one TD pass and ran in for another.
“He (Carter) is probably one of the best, if not the best athlete in the state,” said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina.
“He made some plays and we gave him too many opportunities in the first half. Three of his scores came off of our turnovers.
We just can’t do that. We have to do a better job of protecting the football and not make mistakes.”
“We moved the ball, but we killed ourselves with the turnovers,” continued Messina.
We put our defense in with their backs against the wall. They fought, fought and fought as long as they could and spent a lot of time on the field
because we didn’t protect the ball.”
The Wolves first turnover began on their opening possession fumbling at midfield. Loranger’s next possession came on another
fumble and Kentwood recovered at the their own 47. The Roos took advantage this time marching 53 yards in six plays scoring on a three yard touchdown run.
The PAT was successful giving Kentwood a 7-0 lead with 2:47 left to play in the first quarter.
Loranger returned the ensuing kickoff 42 yards by Deandre Brown giving the Wolves possession at the Kentwood 32. But the Wolves had to turn the football over on downs failing to convert on fourth-and-9 on a incomplete pass play.
Kentwood took over and went three-and-out giving the Wolves back the football at their own 18. Loranger put together a 15-play drive reaching the Kentwood 24, but the Wolves coughed up the football when quarterback Evan Johnson fumbled the snap from the shotgun passing formation. The Roos recovered it and scored on a 64-yard on the return to take a 13-0 advantage with 5:30 remaining in the first half.
Loranger went three-and-out on its next possession leaving the score 13-0 at the half.
The Roos took the second half kickoff and scored three plays later on a bubble screen pass play that covered 71 yards to make it 19-0 with 10:43 left to play in the third quarter.
Loranger answered following the kickoff marching 78 yards in five plays for its first score of the game. The drive was culminated by a 14-yard touchdown run by senior running back Davonte Green. Carson Reed booted the PAT at the Wolves trailed 19-7 wit 9:24 remaining.
Following the kickoff, the Roos responded with a 10-play, 82-yard drive that was capped by a one yard touchdown run by Carter. The two-point conversion was successful giving Kentwood a 27-7 cushion with 4:07 left.
Johnson returned the ensuing kickoff 55 yards down to the Kentwood 18. Three plays later, the Wolves scored their second TD of the game with a one yard touchdown run by Green. Green ran in for the two-point conversion score to cut the deficit to 27-15 with 3:35 left.
Loranger's defense held Kentwood on downs on its possession and the Wolves took over at their own 26. But three plays later, Loranger fumbled giving Kentwood the football at their own 41. Loranger backup quarterback Deandre Brown threw a interception deep in Kentwood territory ending another drive.
Kentwood took over at their own 15 and scored two plays later on a pitch to running back Darrilyn McKnight who scampered 67 yards for a touchdown. Loranger's Reggie Matthews blocked the PAT attempt and the Wolves trailed 33-15 with 3:05 left to play in the game.
Loranger went three-and-out on its next possession. Kentwood took over and ran the rest of the game clock to seal the win.
“We struggled tonight and turned the football over too much,” said Loranger assistant coach Jermaine Spencer.
“We just to go back and correct our mistakes and get better. We got a long season ahead of us.”
The Wolves racked up 233 yards of total offense. Loranger had 173 rushing yards as Green led the way with 97 yards on 17 carries. Johnson completed three of 11 passes for 60 yards. Keenan Curry led the Wolves receivers with two catches for 40 yards.
Kentwood tallied 413 yards of total offense. The Roos had 174 rushing yards as McKnight led the way with 108 yards on 12 carries.
Defensively, the Wolves were led by linebackers David Lewis with six tackles and Carter LeBlanc followed with five stops.
The Wolves, now 0-1 on the season, will host St. Michael in its home opener next Friday. Last year, St. Michael came away with a 23-14 win.
JV Wolves rally for win over Kentwood.
Loranger scores three second half touchdowns and limits Kentwood to just nine yards to rally for an 18-14 win. Game Photo Gallery.
LORANGER—The Loranger JV Wolves put on their rally caps Wednesday night as they rallied for three second half touchdowns to erase a 14-point deficit and score an 18-14 win over the visiting Kentwood Roos. The Wolves suffered turnover woes in the first half giving up three fumbles and fourteen unanswered points to the Roos, but the offense got on track in the second half marching for three scoring drives and the defense pitched a shutout limited the Roos to just nine yards of total offense.
Loranger used an interception by A.J. Warren to setup their first scoring drive marching 40 yards in seven plays with Will Brasher doing the honors with a one yard plunge. The try for two came up short but the Wolves trailed only by eight at 14-6.
The Wolves defense forced a quick three-and-out on the Roo’s next possession and the offense took full advantage as DeVonta Marlboro got lose on the first play of the drive for a 60-yard rumble for six bringing the Wolves to within two at 14-12.
Defense again setup the final Loranger score as the Wolves sent the Roos offense to the bench after three plays. Loranger reached pay dirt in just nine plays scoring on a pass from Luke Colona to Creek Baham. Baham kept the drive alive collecting another pass from Colona for 15 yards for a crucial first down.
The Wolves finished with 197 yards for total offense with 152 yards coming in the second half.
Wolves and Tornadoes combine for 45 first quarter points.
Loranger and Hammond put on big play first half in annual Ponchatoula Jamboree. Jamboree Photo Gallery.
LORANGER—In what is normally billed as a two quarter live scrimmage called a Jamboree game sure seemed like a four or five quarter contest as the Wolves and the Tornadoes of Hammond put on an offensive show in the first period combining for 45 points with Loranger taking a 31-14 advantage at halftime.
“That sure seemed like the longest Jamboree game I have ever been a part of,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “Hammond did some good things. They have some excellent skill players. Number seven (Gary Robertson) is a heck of a running back. We appeared to have him tackled several times but he managed to get loose for some big gains.”
Loranger and Hammond opened the game trading punts with the Wolves going three and out and the Tornadoes collecting a pair of first downs before having to punt. But the slow start would not last long as Loranger scored on its next possession when Evan Johnson hit fellow junior Travis Lamb for s 37-yard touchdown with 8:01 left followed by junior Carson Reed’s PAT. Hammond quickly answered on the ensuing kick as Trey Brazeil galloped 88 yards for touchdown knotting the score at seven with the extra point.
The Wolves came right back on their next possession marching 52-yards in seven plays with Johnson doing the honors on a five-yard run. Reed converted and Loranger led 14-7 with 5:54 showing.
The two teams again traded possession before Hammond evened the score on a 49-yard run by Robertson knotting the score at 14 with 2:31 on the clock. The Wolves quickly answered as Johnson collected his second touchdown run to put Loranger up 21-14 with 1:14 left before halftime.
Senior Michael Bonds stole the ball from the Hammond returner on the ensuing kickoff setting Loranger up at the Hammond 26 with 56 seconds left. Johnson wasted no time hitting Jabari Coston who made a circus catch for six. Reed converted and the Wolves led 28-14 with 52 seconds showing.
The Wolves forced a three and out on Hammond’s final possession of the first half and added insult to injury when Josh Devon recovered a bad punt snap setting Loranger up first and goal with six seconds left. Johnson tried one pass in the end zone that failed so with a second left, Reed booted a 21-ayrd field goal to give the Wolves a commanding 31-14 lead after one half of Jam play.
The scoring fest would end in the second half as Hammond had the only points scoring a touchdown on 17-yard pass from Reed Roberts to Kenny McCray.
Loranger finished with 232 yards of total offense, while the Tornadoes collected 191 total yards.
The Wolves will hit the road to open the regular season next Friday as they travel to Kentwood.
Wolves dominate the Dogs.
Loranger scrimmages Springfield in pre-season tune-up.
LORANGER—The prep football season is here, at least in exhibition form. It was only a scrimmage, but by all accounts the Loranger Wolves football team was happy to get on the field and play in a game-type atmosphere. The controlled scrimmage had no punts or kickoffs and each team was permitted to have their offense start at their over 30 yard line.
The Wolves first-string offense scored on their first offensive series as Loranger marched 60 yards in 12-plays culminating the drive with a two yard touchdown run by senior running back Michael Bonds. Highlighting the drive was 15-yard pass completion from junior quarterback Evan Johnson to sophomore Alex Williams. Johnson also had a 15-yard run that moved the ball down to the Springfield seven to setup the TD score. Bonds ended the drive rushing for 27 yards on seven carries.
The Wolves defense kept Springfield from ever scoring in the scrimmage and kept the Bulldogs on their side of the field much of the way. Heading up the defense for Loranger were junior David Lewis, senior Edward Alexander, junior Malcom Perry and senior Carter LeBlanc.
Loranger's second-string offense threatened to score on its initial series driving down to the Springfield 39 before running out of downs. Backup sophomore quarterback Luke Colona connected with sophomore slot receiver Dejuan Carter for a 25-yard gain that put the ball at the Bulldog 40 that highlighted the drive.
Defensively, sophomore Jarrell Brumfield recovered a Springfield fumble to stop a drive and LeBlanc registered a quarterback sack for a eight-yard loss. Senior Jason Albaral also had a sack for a loss.
Later the Wolves first-string offense moved the ball down field behind the running of Johnson. Johnson rushed for 32 yards on six carries, but was sacked for a loss that ended the drive.
In the timed session, the Wolves first-string offense put together a six-play, 60-yard drive that was capped by a 22-yard touchdown run by sophomore Deandre Brown. The touchdown drive was setup by Johnson who had a 24-yard run off the option and then he gained 16 yards on a roll out.
“I thought we did some good stuff,” said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “Execution wise offensively we were limited what we wanted to do but we did some good things, Defensively, I thought we played the way were capable of playing, but again technique wise there are a lot of things we need to fix. I thought we were aggressive, I thought we were physical and thought we ran to the ball well. We did the things we were supposed to do. Its just a matter of each week getting better. We play Hammond in the Jamboree and they will be mentally and physically be ready to play us next week.”
“Offensively, we had a couple miss snaps. We had good rhythm and made positive plays.
I was pleased with the way we handled the football especially with wet the field conditions,” continued Messina.
Offensive coordinator Jermaine Spencer was pleased with the running ability of Bonds in the Scrimmage. I was very proud of Michael Bonds who ran the ball real hard," said Spencer. I think we did pretty good. We came out and wanted to see our quarterback make reads and make sure our line was being physical. We played a couple of different guys on offense. We wanted to make sure our guys were doing their assignments right and not really worry really worried about what the defense was showing us.”
Wolves’ defensive coordinator Mike Young saw his defense contain the Bulldogs during much of the scrimmage. “I think we did pretty good. We controlled the line of scrimmage pretty much. To be successful we have to stop the run and that's our first priority.
We got a lot of confidence with our lineman and have some depth with guys that can come in and make plays for us.”
Wolves finish spring drills with three-team scrimmage.
Loranger continues to up the competition level as they prepare for a move to Class 4A.
LORANGER—The Loranger wasted no time continuing to step up the competition as they prepare for a move into Class 4A this coming season. The Wolves joined 5A Walker High traveling to Baton Rouge Thursday for a three-team round robin spring scrimmage hosted by five-time LHSAA State Champion Parkview. The three teams worked both sides of the field with squads of varsity and junior varsity alternating ten-play series starting at the forty yardline.
“Overall I like where we are right now,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “We had just a handful of practices coming into the spring scrimmage so we have worked mostly on the basics and certainly there is much more work to be done. Physically we matched up well against a pair of good teams and we were able to score on both of them and made a couple of defensive stands inside the red zone.”
The Wolves scored a pair of touchdowns in the varsity drills reaching pay dirt on an eight-yard run by Evan Johnson against Walker and a seven-yard scamper by Davonte Green against Parkview. The Loranger defense had a pair defensive stops inside the red zone, while AJ Duncan had an interception.
Wolves moving up to Class 4A this season.
Loranger heads to Baton Rouge Thursday for Spring Game against Parkview Baptist.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves will begin a season of changer as they say good-bye to District 8-3A and move to Class 4A. The Wolves made the most of their final four years in Class 3A collecting a pair of District Championships and Runner-up finishes, while finishing as a Regional finalist all four years.
The Wolves will get solid test of their early progress on Thursday as they travel to Baton Rouge to scrimmage the Parkview Eagle, the Division III State Runner-up this past season. First snap is set for 5:30 p.m.