Football Top Story
Wolves finish spring drills strong with 24-12 spring game win over Pine.
Senior Jae Thomas scores on both offense and defense to spark a Loranger rally.
LORANGER, LA—It is not how you start but how you finish. Missing some key linemen expected to start this fall, the Loranger Wolves scrimmaged a solid Pine Raider team Thursday and fell behind 12-0 in varsity play but rallied to post 24 unanswered points to win the spring game 24-12.
“We had several guys out tonight including three of our starting offensive linemen due to injury,” said head coach Sam Messina. “We did some good things and of course there are other things we need to work on, but I was especially pleased with how we finished.
The Wolves indeed capped of the scrimmage strong as junior Courtney Alexander took the ball to house on a 70-yard dash on the final play of the live portion of the scrimmage. Loranger got two scores from Jae Thomas to tie the contest as the senior collected a touchdown toss from fellow senior Jake Messina and then intercepted a Raider pass returning it for a touchdown.
“Defensively we were stronger in the second half of work holding them to just three first downs and keeping them out of the end zone the last time they got in the red zone,” continued Messina.
Loranger will enter the coming season with a large group of seniors and coach Messina is pleased with their work ethic and leadership. “I think this is going to be a good group that will work hard and set an example for the younger players and represent our school well in the community,” added Messina.
The Wolves collected a pair of turnovers and three sacks and Messina tossed a pair to touchdown passes. Loranger will move onto summer conditioning and is set to work on their passing game in a seven-on-seven league.
Late Sumner touchdown and turnovers propell Cowboys over Wolves 6-3.
Freshman kicker Beau Landry gives Loranger the early lead.
LORANGER, LA—The Loranger Wolves defense held the Sumner Cowboys in check for all but one big play, but turnovers hurt the Wolves limiting their offensive output to just three.
The Cowboys needed a trick play late in the fourth period to get the win as running back Johnny Sims took a flea-flicker from quarterback LaQuintin Bickham and tossed a 30-yard pass to
Cam Lee for six.
The Wolves were not done relying on the arm of junior quarterback Jake Messina they marched into Cowboy territory with just minutes left but a tipped pass that
landed in the hands of Cowboy linebacker Jake Fowler ended the Loranger rally.
The loss was the third heartbreaker in a row for the Wolves having loss 7-6 two weeks ago and 18-12 to Bogalusa in overtime last week. Loranger will host
Archbishop Hannan this Friday as the Wolves celebrate Senior Night.
Wolves fall to Bogalusa in overtime.
Penalties and mistakes by both teams created a close contest that ended in an overtime.
by Matthew Roy
LORANGER, LA—The Loranger Wolves (1-6) fell 18-12 in overtime to the visiting Bogalusa Lumberjacks. Penalties and mistakes by both teams created a close contest, that ended in an overtime. The Wolves rushed for a total of 129 yards rushing during the game, with junior quarterback Jake Messina throwing 10 for 17 in passing and for a total of 102 yards on the night.
The game began with the Lumberjacks taking the opening possession. However, the Loranger defense cut their drive short, as Junior Dante McGee picked off a deep pass, giving the Wolves the ball at their own 47-yard line. Led by Messina, the Wolves marched down the field in a drive that saw Seniors Xavier Green, Will Brasher and Sophomore Courtney Alexander carry the Wolves into scoring range. However, the drive stalled when the Wolves reached the red zone. After three failed attempts to punch it in, Loranger opted to make one last attempt on 4th and goal, with only a single yard to the end zone. Brasher’s run was stopped just short, turning the ball over on downs.
The Jacks took over in their own end zone. Despite the treacherous field position, Bogalusa connected a pass for a 31 yard gain. The Lumberjacks’ scoring drive was nearly stopped as they faced 4th and 4. When the Jacks opted to go for the first down, an offside call against the Wolves rejuvenated the drive. Four plays later, the Jacks were in for a touchdown and after the 2-pt conversion was held off by the Loranger defense, Bogalusa led 6-0 with 27 seconds remaining in the first quarter.
The Wolves answered back late in the second quarter. With five minutes remaining in the first half, Loranger took over at their own 47-yard line. The ensuing drive culminated with Messina connecting with Brasher for a touchdown pass. However, the Wolves attempt at taking the lead failed as, Freshman Bea Landry’s field goal kick went wide, leaving the score tied at 6-6.
The second half opened with misfortune for the Wolves, as Bogalusa performed a surprise on-side kick and were able to recover at the 50-yard line. The Jacks then proceeded to drive up the field, reaching the Wolves’ 3-yard line. At the end of the nine play drive, Bogalusa was in for another touchdown. Once again, the Jacks’ 2-pt attempt was met with failure, as they led 12-6 with 9:29 left in the third quarter.
Loranger would once again tie the game up in the fourth quarter. After a 90-yard drive that began at their own 10-yard line during the third quarter, the Wolves reached the end zone. With 9:36 left on the clock, Messina connected with Green on a deep pass to give them 1st and 10 at the 13-yard line. Messina then found Cyntonio McClain for touchdown pass on 3rd and 8. Kicking woes continued for Loranger, leaving the score tied 12-12.
After going back and forth throughout the remainder of the fourth quarter, with neither team able to convert a drive into points, the game was decided in overtime. The Wolves won the toss and were given first attempt. Unfortunately, they were unable to find the end zone in four downs and turned possession over to the Jacks. After three plays, the Lumberjacks emerged victorious as they crossed into the end zone.
“It was a hard played game on both sides,” stated Loranger Head Coach Sammy Messina. “Both teams battled their behinds off. Through all the mistakes and adversity, we gave ourselves a chance to win the game at the end, but we didn’t make enough plays at the end to win it.”
Messina stated that a key factor that affected the outcome of the game was the Wolves’ initial drive.
“We didn’t finish the drive at the beginning of the game,” said Messina. “We got stopped on the 1-yard line. That was points that should have been on the board. In hindsight, we probably should have kicked the field goal, but it is what it is.”
Looking forward, the Wolves will prepare for their district game against Jewel Sumner High School (4-3) this week.
Wolves rally for 20-19 win over Salmen in overtime!
Freshman Beau Landry makes good on second chance kick. Junior quarterback Jake Messina scrambles to convert a fourth and seven for TD toss to sophomore Byreon Jackson.
SLIDELL, LA— It took an overtime session, but the Loranger Wolves captured its first victory of the season holding off the Salmen Spartans 20-19 in a non-district contest played at Spartan Field.
Down 19-13, the Wolves answered with a touchdown score on their first possession of overtime to tie the game at 19-19. All that was needed was an extra-point attempt by freshman placekicker Beau Landry, who was successful on his second try after a penalty was issued on the Spartans being off sides. The made extra-point clinched the Wolves 20-19 victory snapping a four-game losing streak.
Landry had made amends after missing a crucial extra-point attempt in the fourth quarter that kept the door open for Salmen to tie the contest and force overtime.
“On the first try I lined it up and it missed just to the left, and I was devastated, and just waiting and hoping for another chance,” said freshman place kicker Beau Landry. “They score first in overtime and then we face a fourth down on our possession and I am thinking I have lost this game for us. Well, we scored to tie it and I get up to kick and I just kept telling myself ‘don’t miss, don’t miss’. I kick it and then they throw a flag and I am like here we go again. Second try it went straight through and the next thing I knew I am at the bottom of a pile of my teammates.”
“The kids never quit fighting," said an elated head coach Sammy Messina. “We got behind in the first half, but didn’t let them score again until after we gave them a touchdown on the bad snap on the punt. Defensively, we stepped up every answer we had too. The kids have been playing hard all year. I’m glad this finally got them in the win column and get us jump-started going forward from here.”
The home-standing Spartans (1-4) got on the scoreboard first in the opening quarter finishing a nine-play drive with a one yard touchdown run by quarterback Mikell Marco to give Salmen a 7-0 lead.
Moments later, the Wolves responded with a eight-play 65-yard drive that was capped by a 26-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jake Messina. Landry booted the PAT to make it 7-7 heading into the second period.
Salmen threatened on its next series driving down to the Loranger 24, but the Wolves defense threatened and forced the Spartans to turn the ball over on downs failing to convert on a fourth-and-two situation.
Loranger went three-and-out and were forced to punt deep in their own territory. The snap from center sailed over the punter's head and was recovered in the end zone by Coy Disher of the Wolves. Disher ran the ball up field but was tackled short of first down yardage giving Salmen possession at the Loranger five yard line. Four-plays later, Marco kept the ball up the middle for a Spartan touchdown score on a one yard run. The PAT was missed leaving the score 13-7 at the break.
In the third quarter, the Wolves defense forced the Spartans to fumble on a missed handoff by Marco to his running back. Loranger's Tyrell Ricard recovered the ball at the Spartan 23.
Later Salmen put together a seven-play drive reaching the Loranger 34. The Spartans faked a punt attempt as running back Aaron Williams took the snap from center but was stopped short of first-down yardage.
The Wolves took possession but would give the ball right back after Messina connected with Green on a pass play. Green took a jarring hit from a Spartan defender and coughed up the football with Salmen recovering it at the Wolves’ 44 yard line.
Loranger’s defense forced Salmen to punt again giving the Wolves possession at their own 19. Loranger mounted a 11-play, 79-yard drive that was culminated by a 22-yard touchdown run by Courtney Alexander. Landry missed the PAT leaving the score tied at 13-13 with 1:57 remaining to play in the game. Highlighting the drive was a 23-yard completion by Messina to BJ Jackson and a 19-yard scramble by Messina.
Following the kickoff, the Spartans elected to run out the rest of the game clock forcing the overtime period. The Spartans got first crack in scoring from the opponent’s 10 yard line. Williams scored on the third offensive play on a one yard plunge. The snap for the PAT attempt was mishandled by the Spartan holder leaving the score 19-13
Loranger’s possession in overtime saw the Wolves score on a fourth-and-goal from the Salmen seven yard line. Messina was forced out of the pocket and scrambled around dodging would be tacklers until he found sophomore Byreon Jackson. in the end zone for a touchdown score. Landry's first attempt for the point after was successful, but the Spartans were penalized for entering the neutral zone prior to the snap nullifying the PAT. The football was moved half-the-distance toward the goal line. Landry nailed his second attempt giving Loranger a 20-19 win.
“This is something that will propel us later in the year,” said Loranger defensive coordinator Michael Young. “We made a couple of changes on defense and the guys seemed to step up. They didn’t throw the deep ball tonight so that helped us.”
Loranger amassed 178 yards of total offense. The Wolves had 106 rushing yards as Alexander led the way with 70 yards on 11 attempts. Messina gained 24 yards on five carries and he completed seven of 23 passes for 72 yards. Green had nine yards on seven attempts. Defensively, the Wolves were led by Coy Disher who had 11 solo tackles. Lane Huzsar had eight stops and two assists. Truman Faust had seven tackles and two assists.
“They made the players when they counted and we didn’t” said Salmen coach Eric Chuter. “It seems like the last few years that we’ve played these guys it has come down to the last possession of the game. The biggest thing for us is not executing to make a play. We had our chances to put them away and we didn’t. Hats off to Loranger because they made plays when it counted.”
The Wolves, now 1-4 on the season, will play their final tune up before beginning District 7-3A play traveling to Port Allen next Friday.
Wave offense too much for Wolves.
Loranger took the early lead, but Ponchatoula rolled to a 54-20 win.
LORANGER, LA—The Loranger Wolves pre-district schedule makes them clearly one of the most tested teams in the parish and after taking on top-ranked Kentwood and Amite to start the season, the Wolves continued their tough schedule taking on 5A Ponchatoula in action Friday. The Green Wave did showcase their talent and depth scoring a 54-20 win, but despite the disappointment for the Wolves on the scoreboard, head coach Sam Messina saw early season growing pains start to turn into progress.
“We had one of our better performances so far on offense being able to move the ball against a quality opponent,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “We are playing really good teams that challenge you and they make us better. These young men just need to continue to work hard to get better.”
The Wolves did indeed impress early taking their opening drive in for a score to take the early 7-0 lead. Senior Xavier Green capped off the march with a 30-yard run to pay dirt and freshman Beau Landry booted the point after. Despite overall good numbers by Green, who also returned eight kicks for 148 yards and 15-of-22 passing by junior quarterback Jake Messina, the Wave quickly responded with 31 unanswered points.
Amite uses balanced attack to take down Wolves 41-6.
Young Wolves battle another top-ranked opponent.
LORANGER, LA—The Amite Warriors made the most of their home opener hosting the Loranger Wolves as they used a solid ground game collecting 248 yards and cashed in trio of touchdown tosses by senior Amani Gilmore to score a 41-6 non-district win over the visiting Loranger Wolves. The Warriors defense collected 14 tackles for losses dominating the line of scrimmage. The victory evened the Warriors record to 1-1, while Loranger dropped to 0-2.
“I am watching kids grow up right now and sometimes you learn hard lessons in the process,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “We have put oursleves into some tough situations trying to get better playing two really good teams to start and we have Ponchatoula next week. We just need to come out Monday, go to work and try to get better every week.”
The Warriors and Wolves opened the first quarter with the defenses getting the better of the action as both could not sustain drives and each had a miscue on a punt attempt. Amite took control in the second stanza putting up 21 unanswered points in nine minutes to close out the half.
After yielding one first down on the Wolves first drive of the second half, Amite forced a punt and took over at their 21 and quickly marched the distance for the first score of the game. Gilmore sparked the drive rushing 32 yards on the first play and then four plays later senior Cameron Henderson rushed for a 25-yard touchdown. Sophomore Lamontay Watkins added the point after and Amite led 7-0 with 8:09 showing.
The Warriors forced a three-and-out on Loranger’s next possession taking over at the Loranger 49 and needed just one play to find the end zone again as Gilmore and Henderson connected for six. Watkins converted and Amite led 14-0 with 5:55 showing.
The Amite scoring spree continued after an exchange of possessions by the two teams when Gilmore needed just one play on the Warriors final drive of the half to rumble 50 yards for a score. The point after was added and the Warriors took at 21-0 lead into intermission.
Amite padded its margin in the third period scoring twice. Gilmore hit senior Devonte Lee for a 33-yard touchdown and tossed a 45-yard strike to Jadarrius Jackson giving the Warriors a 34-0 advantage.
The Wolves got on the board starting a drive late in the third period and finishing the nine play drive with 9:59 showing in the fourth as junior Jake Messina hit senior Dante Magee for a 21-yard touchdown. Loranger went for two but did not convert.
The Warriors went to the ground game for their final score with junior Corey McKnight rushing 30 yards to pay dirt.
Gilmore made the most of three connections collecting 127 yards and matched that on the ground with another 127 yards rushing. McKnight added 78 yards on 11 carries. For Loranger Messina was 8-of-15 for 162 yards and sophomore Courtney Alexander rushed 10 times for 37 yards.
Amite will hit the road next Friday to Mississippi to play North Delta, while the Wolves will return home to host parish rival Ponchatoula.
Wolves stumble in opener as Roos take advantage.
Kentwood takes advantage of turnovers and field position to score a 27-6 win.
LORANGER, LA— Turnovers and big plays by the Kentwood Roos spoiled the Loranger Wolves season opener as the visiting Kangaroos hopped to a 27-6 victory played at Rusty Chambers Stadium. The Wolves offense sputtered throughout much of the game, but only trailed Kentwood 8-6 at halftime.
Kentwood took advantage of turnovers and field position in the second half to score three unanswered touchdowns to break away for the win.
“I'm proud of our effort,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “I thought we played hard and we never quit playing. We’re building to get better."
Penalties hurt both teams and rhythm on offense. The Wolves also suffered turnovers that setup two Kentwood touchdowns. “Too many penalties and turnovers against a very good team,”
said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “We got to get a little more consistency on offense. They (Kentwood) have the big play capability and they showed it tonight.”
“Great win,” said Kentwood head coach Jonathan Foster. “Anytime you play a team like Loranger they could pull it out because they are well coached and disciplined. We played well, but we played sloppy which we know we have to clean up the penalties and the blown assignments, but the kids fought through that and I am so proud of them.”
Both teams exchanged punts to begin the game. The Roos got on the scoreboard on its second possession marching 69 yards in nine plays. The drive was capped when quarterback Shaquil Woolridge connected with wide receiver Trey Palmer on a four yard touchdown pass. Running back Larry Carter ran in for the two-point conversion score to give Kentwood a 8-0 lead wth 5:52 remaining in the first quarter.
Loranger’s BJ Jackson intercepted a Kentwood pass attempt to setup the Wolves first score of the game. Loranger mounted a six-play, 58-yard drive that was culminated by a one yard touchdown run by Jackson. Beau Landry’s PAT attempt was blocked leaving the score 8-6 with 1:10 left in the period.
Highlighting the drive for the Wolves a 43-yard pass reception from quarterback Jake Messina to Dante Magee that moved the ball down to the Kentwood 11 yard line.
Loranger would turn the ball over on downs, fumble and punt on its remaining possessions in the first half, but the defense kept the speedy Roos out of the end zone.
“We saw them play in the Jamboree and their scrimmage and knew they could score,” said Loranger defensive coordinator Mike Young. "We had a few younger guys in the game and they gave up the big play which it hurts in the end. But I'm proud of the way our guys competed. Our guys played hard the whole game and didn't give up. We just have to eliminate the big play."
Following a Loranger punt, the Roos extended their lead mounting a five-play, 90-yard drive that ended with a 63-yard touchdown run by Woodridge. The PAT was missed and Loranger trailed 14-6 with 7:33 left in the third quarter.
The Wolves failed on a fake punt attempt when running back Will Brasher was stopped short of first down yardage giving the Roos possession at the Kentwood 39. Two plays later, the Roos struck again with its big-play capability when Woolridge tossed 39-yard touchdown pass to Carter. Loranger's Coy Disher blocked the PAT attempt leaving the score 20-6 with 4:27 remaining.
The Wolves put together a seven-play drive that ended on a pass interception by Jake Messina. Kentwood took over and scored on the first-play of the fourth quarter on a reverse that saw Palmer tight rope the sideline on a 35-yard touchdown run. Palmer booted the PAT to make it 27-7 with 11:49 left to play.
Loranger fumbled, and turned the ball over on downs on its final three possessions leaving the final score 27-6.
Kentwood amassed 396 yards of total offense. The Roos had 261 yard rushing and 135 passing yards. Carter led all rushers with 151 yards on 23 carries. Woolridge completed eight of 19 passes.
Loranger racked up 131 yards of total offense. The Wolves had 81 yards rushing as Brasher led the way with 35 yards on 11 attempts. Teammate Xavier Green gained 24 yards on 12 carries. Messina finished with three completions on nine attempts with two pass interceptions. Defensively, the Wolves were led by Truman Faust with seven tackles. Disher ended with six stops.
Loranger (0-1) will look to bounce back next Friday with a trip to Amite. The Warriors were upset in their opener 24-23 to Metairie Park Country Day School. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Wolves JAM UP the Tigers!
Loranger renews an old rivalry scoring a 7-0 win over Independence in the Wolfpack Jamboree.
LORANGER, LA—While they no longer play in the same district or classification, the Loranger Wolves and Independence Tigers renewed an old rivalry Friday night getting it on in the Wolfpack Jamboree hosted on the campus of Loranger High School and Rusty Chambers field. The two team played two twelve minute periods with the Wolves earning a 7-0 win.
“It was a good game,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “I thought they came a played and we came out and played hard. We made some mistakes that cost us points, but that is part of it. We have a lot of new faces this year in key spots and guys just need to get more experience. We will go back to work and clean up some things.”
Messina and his staff saw a pair of senior running backs get in some work with positive results as Xavier Green collected five carries including Loranger’s only score on a 55 yard dash in the first period, and Will Brasher added 37 hard yards up the middle on nine carries.
Defensively, Loranger pitched a shutout as junior linebacker Truman Faust dominated with eight tackles, a sack and one assist. Up front junior Lane Huszar paced the defensive line with four tackles, a sack and two assists.
“Faust is a solid player and made some big stops and showed his experience,” continued Messina. “I saw a lot of good things overall that we can take a build on.”
The defending District Champs are back to work.
Loranger opens the season August 31 hosting Kentwood.
LORANGER, LA—The Loranger Wolves football team reached the second-round of the LHSAA state playoffs a year ago, going 7-5 overall and finishing with a perfect 4-0 mark and the District 7-3A championship.
Head coach Sam Messina returns for his 17th year at the helm and has compiled a 99-76 record during his tenure at Loranger. He is now the longest tenured prep football coach in Tangipahoa Parish.
“We come to work every day and do the best we can for our kids and our school,” said Messina. “We make sure we put a quality product on the field and in the Community. We want the kids to be on their best behavior at all times representing themselves, their families and our school the right way. I enjoy what I’m doing and may be here for another twenty years, who knows, only the good Lord knows how to answer that question.”
This season the Wolves will have just 10 seniors dotting the roster. “We have a small senior class that has great leadership ability and a large junior class that have ben working hard for an opportunity to prove themselves,” said Messina.
Leading the spread offense the Wolves will play this season will be junior quarterback Jake Messina, the son of the head coach. “We have a rule that what happens on the field stays on the field and not bring that home.” Messina said. “I’ve been his Dad for 17 years, but Jake is a competitive young man. He works really hard at what he is doing. As a Father, I’m proud of the things he has done as an athlete. As a coach, I feel like he is going to give us a good opportunity to be successful because he understands the game and he understands what were trying to do.”
Joining Messina in the backfield will be junior running back Shawn Toefield, who is the team's returning rushing leader with 1,245 yards and he scored 12 touchdowns. He and junior linebacker Coy Disher are top college prospects. Disher ended with 97 tackles last season. Senior BJ Jackson is slated to be the wingback and Disher will be the team's tight end. Senior Xavier Green is the slot receiver. The Wolves will have an experienced offensive line with four juniors and one senior. Senior center Keorian McKnight will anchor the line at center and will be flanked by junior guards Noah Morris and Elijh Bateman. Junior Brad Alack will be the starter at left tackle and Hayden Ridgedell is the right tackle.
Defensively, the Wolves return five starters. Up front, Loranger will led by senior defensive end Will Brasher. He will be joined by freshman Zamien Waller junior at nose tackle and Lane Huszar at defensive tackle. The linebacking corps is headed by Disher. He will be flanked by junior Truman Faust and the outside linebackers will be manned y seniors Tyrell Richard and BJ Jackson.
The Loranger secondary will led by senior cornerbacks Xavier Green and Jatavion Miller. Toefield will be the free safety and junior D'ante McGee is projected to be the strong safety.
“We will have to develop depth and maintain our conditioning because we will have a few two-way starters,” said Messina.
Beau Landry will be handle the placekicking choirs. Disher is slated to be the team's punter.
The schedule will have the Wolves hosting their own Jamboree this year. Loranger will play Independence for the first time in four years in the Jamboree which is set for Thursday, Aug. 24.
The regular season kicks the following week with the Wolves playing a pair of perennial playoff contenders in hosting Kentwood on Aug. 31 and at Amite on Sept. 7. Loranger returns home against Ponchatoula on Sept. 14.
District 7-3A begins Oct. 12 at home against Bogalusa and concludes on Nov. 2 at Albany.
“We feel as a team will compete for a third consecutive district championship and a spot in the playoffs for the ninth straight year,” Messina said. “The team is committed. They understand what were doing and believe in the team concept. They understand what the expectations are and are committed every day to accomplish those goals.”
Wolves work on the passing game in seven-on-seven drills against the Falcons.
Loranger gets in work against the Saint Thomas Aquinas.
HAMMOND, LA—The Loranger Wolves continued their summer workouts Thursday getting in some seven-on-seven passing drill work against the Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons. Junior quarterback Jacob Messina was solid on the day passing for 333 yards on 35 of 48 completions and two interceptions with one of the interceptions being a tipped ball by the receiver. Junior Varsity quarterback Byreon Jackson also enjoyed a good day completing 10 of 15 attempts for 110 yards and two scores.
BJ Jackson and Xavier Green each had seven reception for the Wolves combining for 142 yards. Coy Disher had six catches for 37 yards and Daniel Coney and Jae Thomas each had four catches for a combined 92 yards.
Dayne Robertson made the big play of the day catching a short pass from Messina and then alluding being touched en route to a 60-yard touchdown.
Wolves close out Spring Practice in impressive fashion.
Courtney Alexander and Shawn Toefield combine for 178 yards rushing.
FRANKLINTON, LA—The Loranger Wolves closed out Spring Football Practice with an impressive road performance against the 4A Franklinton Demons. The Wolves dominated the live play session defeating the Demons 8-0.
“I thought it was a great end to a really good spring,” Messina said. “You saw the commitment on the field when we put in some new stuff on offense and executed against a good 4A school on both sides of the ball.”
The first half of the exhibition consisted of letting each team get the first and second strings on the field for two series apiece. After a short break, a live-game scenario that was a quarter of football long started.
“With the new things we installed on offense the kids started to understand it better as they had to play at live game-speed,” Messina said. “They started understanding how the little things work like the blocking angles, that you really can’t understand until you get into game-speed.”
“I thought we were physical on both sides of the ball. I thought we did the things you can’t coach really well. We’ll make corrections, but they’ll work to correct any mistakes which is the difference in this team,” continued Messina
Courtney Alexander also looked good, starting on the second team and playing for the first-team offense later on in the scrimmage. He ripped off an 86-yard touchdown and another big game on the second team for an unofficial 111 rushing yards on two carries. Alexander also caught a 20-yard pass and had an unofficial 29 yards on four carries with the first-team.
Shawn Toefield showed out and proved he could tote the rock early and often for the Wolves, carrying the ball 13 times for an unofficial 67 yards and a touchdown during the live-game scenario.
Jacob Messina started at quarterback and completed three-of-seven passes for an unofficial 36 yards and ran three times for 28 yards.
During the live-game, Loranger fumbled on their first possession but got the ball back immediately when Truman Faust recovered a fumble on Franklinton's first snap. Loranger used the momentum to drive down the field for Toefield to punch the ball in from five yards out. Xavier Green punched in the two-point conversion.
Then the Wolves’ defense let the Demons get down to the goal line but held up to force a turnover on downs and get the ball back. With time running out, the Loranger defense held up one more time to keep Franklinton out of the end zone and intercepted a pass to close out the game without allowing the Demons to score during the live-game scenario.
“They work hard and want to be successful and have shown they’ll work hard to be successful,” Messina said. “You can’t teach attitude and effort, and these guys have shown they’re willing to be coached and put in the effort to be successful.”
Wolves outlast Charging Indians to secure first round playoff win!
Loranger defeats Washington-Marion 21-20.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves extended their winning streak to six games as they used a late touchdown catch by sophomore Cyntonio McClain, an interception by senior D.J. Hookfin and three-for-three extra point boots by junior Austin Trahan to outlast the visiting Washington-Marion Charging Indians 21-20 in Class 3A first round playoff action Friday.
With the win Loranger advanced to the Regional round of the Class 3A LHSAA playoffs and will head to Monroe next Friday to take on Richwood who defeated #25 North Vermilion 20-17 to advance.
After the two team exchanged punts to open the contest the Wolves would have to cross the goal line twice before the six points would appear on the scoreboard. The Wolves took a short punt by the Charging Indians and marched 49 yards with sophomore Shawn Toefield running 26-yards for an apparent touchdown but the ball was fumbled out of the end zone for a touchback.
Washington-Marion took over starting at their twenty and moved the ball 16 yards in five plays but an interception by Loranger’s Nick Scott ended the drive and set Loranger up at the Washington-Marion 46. Eight plays later Hookfin tossed a touchdown strike to senior Luke Colona from 34 yards out to give the Wolves the early advantage at 7-0.
The Charging Indians answered on their next possession marching 91 yards in 14 plays with junior Carrington Mcclinton doing the honors from two yards out. It would be the first of three scores for Mcclinton who racked up 228 yards on 46 carriers. Junior Gerron Duhon add two more points with a three-yard scamper and the Charging Indians led 8-7 with 5:37 left before halftime.
Washington-Marion picked up where they left off to start the third period marching inside the Loranger five with a 13-play drive, but would end up with no points after a pair of big stops by the Loranger defense and a pair of motion penalties forced the Charging Indians into a fourth and eleven. A pass attempt fell short and the Wolves took over on downs.
The Loranger offense responded and needed just four plays to reach pay dirt as Hoofin hit Colona for his second touchdown of the night this one a 70-yard play that saw Colona break a pair of tackles on the way to the end zone. Trahan converted and Loranger led 14-8 with 3:46 left in the third.
Mcclinton again went to work rushing a dozen times to pace a 15-play scoring drive that knotted the score at 14. Mcclinton did the honors with a nine-yard jaunt with 8:29 showing. The try for two failed leaving the score tied.
The Charging Indians regained the advantage minutes later when junior Christian Guillory recovered a Loranger fumble to set Washington-Marion up at the Wolves’ 41. Mcclinton needed just three plays to cash in the Loranger miscue scoring on a 20-yard rumble. The try for two came up short but the Charging Indians led 20-14 with 6:14 left in the contest.
A short kick off set the Wolves up at their 48 and a 16-yard pass to Colona and 12-yard run by Toefield quickly put Loranger deep in Washington-Marion territory but the Charging Indians stiffened forcing a fourth-and-nine setting up McClain heroics. The sophomore receiver out fought Washington-Marion’s Ahman Lee for the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. Trahan delivered for the third time on the night kicking the go ahead extra point with just 3:45 left to play.
The Charging Indians would get one more chance and they converted a third-and-eighteen with a 23-yard pass from Tayen Grice to Jathan Royal to get into Loranger territory, but two plays later Hookfin ended any chance of a Washington-Marion rally with an interception allowing the Wolves to use the victory formation to run out the clock.
Hookfin finished 10-of-16 passing with 202 yards and three touchdowns, while Toefield carried the ball 14 times for 101 yards. Colona notched six receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Nick Scott had an interception and nine tackles to pace the Loranger defense, while senior David Smith and sophomore Truman Faust combined for 16 tackles and three assists with Smith collecting ten. Senior Jarrell Brumfield added six tackle and three assists for the winners.
Wolves are the CHAMPS!!
Loranger defeats Albany 24-9 to secure the District 7-3A Title.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves peaked at the right time running the table with four straight district wins to capture the District 7-3A title with a 24-9 victory over the Albany Hornets. The win gave the Wolves a perfect 4-0 mark in league play while Albany fell to 2-2.
Both teams entered the contest needing a win to claim the title and it appeared the Hornets had the right game plan going into contest as Albany drew first blood. However, the Wolves had an answer forcing three Albany turnovers that were turned into touchdown scores.
“It was a great win for our team,” said a soaked head coach Sammy Messina, who had just had a ice chest of cold water poured over by his elated players after the game ended. “Excellent second half defensively. Offensively with the few possessions, we were able to put some points on the board. Albany had a good game plan and executed it well. They tried to keep the ball away from us in the first half.”
The Hornets dominated the time of possession in the first half had ran 34 offensive plays to just Loranger’s eight plays, but the Hornets could only show seven points for their effort as turnovers prevented Albany from extending its lead.
Albany scored on its first offensive possession in the opening quarter driving 71 yards in 14 plays that took over eight minutes off the game clock. The drive ended with a 23-yard touchdown run by Justin Parrish. Orlando Pineda kicked the PAT to give the Hornets a 7-0 edge with 4:44 remaining in the first quarter. Highlighting the drive was a fourth down conversion and a pass interference penalty by Loranger that moved the ball down to the Wolves’ 32.
The Hornets put together another drive that went 12 plays reaching the Loranger 45, but Hornet quarterback Jackson Fazio was stripped of the football attempting to pass and Truman Faust of the Wolves recovered ending a scoring threat. Faust would end up collecting three fumbles.
Loranger capitalized on the turnover by scoring four play later when Hookin lofted a 44-yard touchdown pass to Carter. Austin Trahan booted the PAT to tie the contest at seven with 7:02 remaining in the first half. Albany used the rest of the half with another long drive reaching the Wolves’ 22 yard line. The 11-play drive ended when a 36-yard field goal attempt fell short and wide as time ran off to end the first half.
Loranger took the second half kickoff and put together a ten-play drive reaching the Albany five yard line. The Hornet defense stiffened and Wolves settled for a 15-yard field goal by Trahan to give Loranger its first lead at 10-7 with 7:26 left in the third quarter.
Following the kickoff, the Hornets mounted a 12-play drive reaching the Loranger 34, but Jarrell Brumfield of the Wolves jarred the ball loose from Fazio and Ladarius Gordon recovered it stopping another Albany scoring threat. Two plays later, the Wolves scored when running back Shawn Toefield broke loose straight up the middle of the Hornet defense with a 39-yard touchdown run. Trahan added the PAT to give Loranger a 17-7 lead with :58 seconds left in the period.
After the ensuing kickoff, the Wolves’ defense struck again forcing another Albany fumble that was recovered at the Wolves' eight yard line ending a 12-play drive with 4:48 remaining.
Loranger took over deep in their own territory. A center snap that sailed past Hookin on the third play from scrimmage saw the ball roll into the end zone and out-of-bounds giving Albany a two-point safety to make it 17-9.
Following the free kick by the Wolves, the Hornets were just a touchdown and a two-point conversion from tying the game. But the Wolves defense forced another Hornet fumble that was recovered by Faust at the Albany 29. Five plays later, the Wolves capitalized on the miscue when running back Alex Williams went in on a six yard touchdown run. Trahan kicked the PAT to make it 24-9 with 1:59 left to play to seal the win.
“I’m very proud of our kids and the their effort, continued Messina. “The defense shut them out in the second half, winning the district championship and going into the state playoffs with five straight wins. It’s a pretty good feeling.”
Loranger amassed 216 yards of total offense. The Wolvs had 85 yards rushing as Toefield led the way with 62 yards on 10 carries. Hookfin added 13 yards on six attempts and he completed five of seven passes. Carter led the Wolves’ receivers with four catches for 105 yards and Luke Colona had one reception for 26 yards.
Albany racked up 257 yards of total offense. The Hornets had 216 rushing yards as Brad Lewis led the way with 136 yards on 26 carries. Kamryn Mayers gained 69 yards on 18 attempts.
But Albany's five fumbles cost the Hornets the district crown as the Wolves scored three times off the turnovers improving their overall record to 6-4 on the year.
“We’ve played some really good teams and Albany’s one of them,” addedMessina. “They showed me a lot tonight, and I think they will do well in the playoffs, but I’m proud of our guys I thought they fought hard all night long.”
“We made a couple of adjustments in the second half and it took a couple of fumbles on them (Albany) for us to secure the win,” said Loranger defensive coordinator Mike Young. “They have a good team. They kept the ball away from us. We were fortunate to come up with some turnovers to turn the game around.”
The Wolves will await their playoff assignment as the LHSAA will announce the playoff pairings for all classes and divisions on Sunday.
Wolves rally to earn an impressive 35-12 win over district rival Archbishop Hannan.
Loranger stays alone in the top spot in District 7-3A standings at 3-0.
COVINGTON, LA—The Loranger Wolves side-stepped a few early tough breaks and miscues that had them trailing the home-standing Hannan Hawks 9-0 in the first quarter and rallied to an impressive 35-12 key District 7-3A victory that kept the Wolves in sole possession of first place at 3-0.
“We made some adjustment in our scheme on offense in the second half and really it was stuff that was there in the first half we just did not execute well,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “We put the ball in the hands of our playmakers in the second half and they made plays. I really proud of the way the guys responded.”
Poor field position and a penalty that kept a Hawk drive alive led to an early Hannon 9-0 advantage. Backed up inside the five a bad snap led to a safety as Hookfin was tackled in his own end zone with 11:42 showing. On the Hawks ensuing drive the Wolves forced an incomplete pass on third-and-nine at their thirty yard line, but a personal foul penalty kept the Hannan drive going and senior Chris Rabensteiner cashed in the miscue with a 10-yard scamper for six.
Loranger got on track on their next possession marching 69 yards in nine plays with senior DJ Hookfin doing the duties with a five-yard run for the score. Junior Austin Trahan added the extra point and the Wolves cut the Hannan margin to just two at 9-7 with 2:26 left in the first. Trahan would be perfect on the night booting all five extra points.
The two teams traded a pair of punts and with 6:56 left in the second the Loranger offense found their rhythm again putting together another 69-yard march highlighted by a pair of Hookifin completions with a 13-yard toss to DeJuan Carter and another 13-yard toss to senior Luke Colona. Hookfin finished off the drive with a three-yard dive and with Trahan’s kick the Wolves led 14-9. It was Loranger’s first lead and they would not trail again as they tacked on 21 second half points and pitched a shutout on defense.
Hannan kept it close before intermission cashing in a phantom face mask call that set up a 21-yard field goal by senior Seth Caillouet to pull the Hawks to within two at 14-12 halftime.
The defenses dominated play to open the third period as the team traded a pair of punts and it was defense that finally led to the first second half score. Loranger sophomore Coy Disher recovered a Hannan fumble to set the Wolves up at the Hawk 31. The Loranger offense would need just one play as sophomore Shawn Toefield sprinted into the end zone for six. With the point after Loranger led 21-12 with 3:31 showing.
“After the first quarter we tackled a hundred percent better,” said Messina. “We did not tackle well early and were out of position on defense, but we made some corrections and the guys executed well in the final three quarters.”
The Wolves padded their advantage to start the fourth quarter with a five-play drive that ended with a 46-yard gallop by Toefield giving Loranger a 28-12 lead with 8:43 left in the contest. Not to be outdone, Hookfin followed up Toefield’s heroics minutes later with a 57-yard run breaking four tackles on the way to paydirt to cap off the Loranger’s scoring.
“Our offense is led by the offensive line—they get all the credit. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without them,” said Hookfin.
The Wolves collected 234 yards rushing and 125 yards passing as Hookfin went nine for fourteen and Toefield rushed 13 times for 117 yards.
Loranger will put their one-game district advantage over Bogalusa and Albany on the line next Friday as they host the 8-1 Albany Hornets.
“Our mindset for the last five weeks has been one game at a time. We were 1-4 coming into the last five games, and we knew to get to the playoffs we had to take everything one week at a time,” Messina added. “Albany is well coached and his having a great year and we expect a great high school football game next Friday.”
Wolves move into first place in district play.
Loranger routs Sumner 35-6 to improved to 2-0 in the league standings.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves captured their third win in a row after defeating the winless Jewell Sumner Cowboys 35-6 in a District 7-3A contest played at Rusty Chambers Stadium.
The victory keeps Loranger tied for first place in the District 7-3A race with Albany with each sporting 2-0 marks. Loranger and Albany will close out the regular season in a key contest that could settle the
“We started out by getting a turnover, but gave the football right back,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “We give up an onside kick and those are two possessionsin the first half that we should have points off of. In the second half we drive the ball down the field and fumble inside the 20 yard line. Three of those possessions we give the ball right back to them (Sumner). You can’t do those kind of things, but hopefully we get that our of our system and move forward.”
he Wolves spotted the visiting Cowboys a 6-0 lead before rallying with five unsanswered touchdowns to secure its fourth win of the season. Leading Loranger was quarterback D.J. Hookfin, who scored two rushing touchdowns and passed for three more. Wide receiver Luke Colona was on the end of two TD passes as he finished with five receptions for 128 yards. Hookfin completed eight of 11 passes for 215 yards and rushed for 59 yards on 11 carries.
Sumner fumbled on the first play of the game in the opening quarter and Loranger's David Smith recovered. Moments later Sumner’s Jakiem Robbins recovered a Loranger fumble giving the Cowboys possession at their own 38. Sumner mounted a four-play 62-yard drive that ended with quarterback Sam Gilliland connecting with Jeremy Slaven on a 34-yard touchdown pass to make it 6-0 with 6:56 left to play in the period.
However, it would be all Loranger the rest of the way. The Wolves defense forced the Cowboys to punt seven times in the game. Most of the punts came deep in their own territory and Loranger benefitted with a short field to score on.
The Wolves moved ahead in the second period with a five-play, 62-yard drive that was capped by a Hookfin eight yard touchdown run. Austin Trahan was successful on all five of his PATs to give Loranger a 7-6 advantage with 10:00 remaining in the second quarter.
Following a Sumner punt, the Wolves extended their lead marching 55 yards in five plays culminating the drive with a Hookfin 36-yard touchdown pass to De Juan Carter to make it 14-6 with 4:35 left in the first half.
The Wolves threatened on their opening possession in the third quarter, but Hookfin coughed up the ball and Sumner’s Tyresse Milton recovered at the Sumner 20 yard line. Following a Cowboy punt, the Wolves got on track again puttining together a seven-play, 50-yard drive capping the drive with a three yard touchdown run by Hookfin to make it 21-6 with 6:00 left in the period.
Loranger extended its lead on the first play of the fourth quarter when Hookfin rifled a 26-yard touchdown pass to Luke Colona to give the Wolves a 28-6 lead with 11:46 remaining in the game.
Following the Sumner punt, the Wolves scored on the very next play when Hookfin lofted a 76-yard touchdown pass to Colona to give the Wolves a commanding 35-6 edge with 8:20 left to play.
Sumner would punt twice more as the Wolves' defense prevented the Cowboys from crossing midfield the rest of the way. Leading Loranger on defense were Lane Huszar who had five tackles and one fumble recovery. Montel Duncan had four tackles and a quarterback sack and Jarrell Brumfield had two tackles, two assisted stops to go along with a tackle for loss.
“We did the things we needed to do up front,” Messina said. “That’s one of the things we talked about at halftime. We did a better job of not letting them slip through miss blocks. I’m proud of our kids for correcting it and we did what we were suppose to do in the second half.”
Loranger amassed 418 yards of total offense. The Wolves had 203 yards rushing as Toefield led the way with 72 yards on 11 attempts. Brelen Bagnet had 43 yards on seven carries and Alex Williams finished with 29 yards on six carries. Sumner was held to 99 yards of total offense. The Cowboys had 44 yards rushing and 54 passing yards. Gililand completed two of four passes with no interceptions.
“Our kids played hard for two and half quarters and its something to build on because we are a very young team.” said Cowboy coach Ross Currier. “They fought to the end. We were down by a touchdown at halftime against playing the best team in the district. I was very pleased tonight with our effort.”
The loss dropped Sumner to 0-8 on the year and 0-3 in district. Loranger improves to 4-4 overall and 2-0 in District and will play at Archbishop Hannan in (7-1, 1-1) next Friday.