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2021 offers renewed excitement as football activities return to normal.
Wolves continue summer conditioning and seven-on-seven drills.

LORANGER LA—There is a renewed pep in everyone’s step around high school football in Louisiana as teams’ conduct summer conditioning and players test their skills in seven-on-seven drills. The return to normal activities is surging while the pandemic is fading and excitement is building for the return of football this August without the many challenges faced in the 2020 season. For the Wolves, 2020 was a rebuilding year after a 10-0 season in 2019 and a District title. And, with a pair of young quarterbacks and first time starters on both sides of the ball the building continues, but the excitement of a full season has returned.
    Loranger worked their first seven-on-seven drills last week with Independence, Springfield and Albany taking part as the Wolves found the end zone four times and collected a trio of interceptions. Loranger will do three more seven-on-seven drills and continue conditioning until first practice starts for everyone in August. The Wolves will have their first scrimmage August 19 against Varnado and they will host their Jamboree playing Pine on August 27. The regular season opens September 2.

The Wolves are the CHAMPS!
Loranger clinches the 2019 8-3A Championship with s 29-11 win over the Bogalusa Jacks.

BOGALUSA, LA—The Loranger Wolves Football team finished the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record after capturing a come-from-behind 29-11 victory over the Bogalusa Lumberjacks in a District 8-3A contest played at Lewis V. Murray Stadium in Bogalusa. The win marked the first time since 1969 a Loranger Wolves football team finished undefeated in the regular season. The victory also gave the Wolves the District 8-3A championship outright finishing with a perfect 4-0 mark in league play.
    “Sweet win,” said an elated Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “First half we struggled offensively. Second half we decided we will put the ball in our running backs hands and let the offensive line decide to take the game over or not and they did.”
    The homestanding Lumberjacks, who were celebrating Senior Night, looked to be the aggressor after scoring on their opening drive of the first quarter. Bogalusa marched 69 yards in 10 plays to score its first touchdown. The scoring drive ended with 11-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion by the Lumberjacks was successful leaving the score 8-0 with 8:17 left to play in the first period.
    Loranger was forced to punt on its first two possessions of the quarter. The Wolves had another punt blocked in the opening minutes of the second period. The Lumberjacks took possession of the blocked punt at the Wolves' 10-yard line and scored three plays later on a 24-yard field goal to make it 11-0 with 7:14 remaining in the first half. The Wolves struggled the rest of the half with a fumble and a pass interception stopping potential scoring drives trailing 11-0 at halftime.
    Loranger took over the second half and dominated play scoring a pair of touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters to seal their 10th straight victory. The rally began with the Wolves scoring on their opening possession of the third quarter. Loranger mounted a five-play, 56-yard drive that was capped when quarterback Jake Messina connected with Cyn'Tonio McClain on a 32-yard touchdown pass play. Bryce Vick went in for the two-point conversion score and the Wolves trailed 11-8 with 10:13 left in the period.
    Following a Bogalusa punt, Loranger marched 75 yards in nine plays for another score. The drive ended with a two yard touchdown run by Vick. Bea Landry booted the PAT to give Loranger its first lead of the game at 15-11 with 3:47 remaining in the quarter. The Wolves tried to extend the lead on its next series moving the football down to the Bogalusa 22 yard line. The Lumberjack defense stiffened and forced Loranger into a field goal attempt by Landry, who missed from 33 yards.
     Bogalusa took over and committed a turnover three plays later when Truman Faust intercepted a Lumberjack pass attempt. Loranger took possession at their own 31 and scored three plays later on a McClain one yard plunge. Landry kicked the PAT to make it 22-11 with 6:45 left to play in the game. Highlighting the drive was a 52-yard burst by McClain that moved the football to the Lumberjack one yard line.
    The Lumberjacks put together a 11-play drive on its next series marching down to the Loranger 10. But the Wolves defense stiffened and forced the Lumberjacks to turn the ball over on downs after failing to convert on a fourth-and-goal. Loranger took over and scored three plays later with McClain breaking loose off-tackle and scampering 70-yards untouched for a touchdown. Landry added the PAT to make the final 29-11 with 1:52 remaining in the game.
    “We controlled the tempo of the game in the second half,” said Messina. “We did a great job getting off the field on defense. We contained their quarterback in the second half, so I'm very proud of our kids efforts. It was a great way to end the regular season.”
     The Wolves amassed 390 yards of total offense. Loranger had a season-high 338 yards rushing as McClain had his season best 182 yards rushing on 11 carries. Courtney Alexander gained 76 yards on nine attempts and Vick added 51 yards on 18 carries. Messina completed four of nine passes for 52 yards. Bogalusa racked up 254 yards of total offense with most of that coming in the first half. The Lumberjacks had 164 yards rushing and 90 passing yards. Loranger had three pass interceptions in the game.
     “We responded in the second half and played pretty good defense,” said Loranger defensive coordinator Michael Young. “Our offense came around and really had a good half of football. We played the way we know how to play.”
    The Wolves, who are ranked third in the latest Class 3A football poll, will host their opening round Class 3A playoff game on Friday, Nov. 15. The LHSAA will announce the playoff pairings for all classes on Sunday, Nov. 10.
    


    




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DISTRICT 8-3A 2020
Hannan 6-1, 3-0
Sumner 5-1, 2-0
Albany 4-2, 2-1
Bogalusa 4-3, 0-2
WOLVES 2-5, 0-2

DISTRICT 8-3A 2019
WOLVES 10-1, 4-0
Hannan 4-7, 3-1
Sumner 3-7, 2-2
Albany 5-6, 1-3
Bogalusa 3-7, 0-4

LHSAA
DISTRICT 7-3A 2018
Hannan 10-0, 4-0
Sumner 7-3, 3-1
Bogalusa 4-5, 2-2
WOLVES 2-8, 1-3
Albany 6-4, 0-4

LHSAA
DISTRICT 7-3A 2017
WOLVES 7-5, 4-0
Bogalusa 4-5, 3-1
Albany 8-3, 2-2
Hannan 9-3, 2-2
Sumner 1-9, 0-4


District Standings 2016
WOLVES 9-3, 4-0
Franklinton 5-6, 3-1
Salmen 5-4, 1-2
Lakeshore 4-6, 1-2
Pearl River 4-7, 0-4

District Standings 2015
Franklinton 8-3, 4-0
Lakeshore 8-3, 4-1
WOLVES 6-6, 2-2
Pearl River 4-6, 0-4
Salmen 2-7, 1-3

District Standings 2014
Amite 10-2, 5-0
WOLVES 7-5, 4-1
Bogalusa 4-7, 3-2
Sumner 5-6, 3-2
Independence 2-7. 1-4
Albany 2-8, 0-5

District Standings 2013
Amite 9-3, 4-1
WOLVES 7-5, 4-1
Sumner 8-3, 3-2
Bogalusa 4-7, 2-3
Albany 3-7, 1-4
Independence 1-9. 1-4

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