Football Top Story
Hornets sting the Wolves 63-21.
Turnovers frustrate Wolves offense.
HAMMOND LA— The Loranger Wolves football team suffered a 63-21 loss to the Albany Hornets in a District 8-3A contest played at SLU's Strawberry Stadium.
The loss dropped the Wolves to 0-2 in league play, while the Hornets improved to 1-1 in district and 4-1 overall.
Prior to the game, the Loranger football seniors, cheerleaders and dance/ Flag squads were recognized for their accomplishments during their tenure at Loranger High
Albany used a balanced attack racking up 42 first half points. The Hornets shredded the Wolves’ defense running and passing the football. Albany had over 400 yards rushing and passed for 185 yards.
“Too many mistakes early,” said Loranger coach Sammy Messina. “We let the game get away from us. We got to tackle a little bit better and offensively we can't shoot ourselves in the foot with penalties and turnovers.”
It did not take long for the visiting Albany team to score. Following a Loranger punt, the Hornets had a 22-yard return that put the football at the Loranger 47. Three plays later, the Hornets scored on a 47-yard off-tackle play that went for a touchdown. The two-point conversion score failed leaving the score 6-0 with 8:54 remaining in the first quarter.
The Wolves put together a nine-play drive that reached the Albany 37 yard line. But the drive stalled when quarterback Tucker Chapman was sacked for a nine-yard loss on third down.
Albany took possession at its own 22, but would give it right back to the Wolves when Tyler Dyson came out of a scrum and returned the football 41 yards for a Loranger touchdown. Beau Landry kicked the PAT and the Wolves took the lead at 7-6 with 3:18 remaining in the period.
The lead would be short lived. Following the kickoff, the Hornets scored three plays later on a 11-yard touchdown pass play. The two-point conversion failed and Albany moved ahead for good at 12-7 with 2:38 left.
Loranger went three-and-out on its next series. The Hornets took possession at their own 44 and scored three plays later on a 50-yard touchdown run. The two point conversion was successful giving Albany a 20-7 advantage heading into the second quarter.
Loranger’s Tucker Chapman fumbled the football on the Wolves next possession and Albany recovered it at the Loranger 36 yard line.
The Hornets were unable to take advantage of field position as the Wolves’ defense forced Albany into their first punt of the game.
Loranger took possession at their own 22 and scored two plays later when running back Bryce Vick went straight up the middle and out-raced the Albany defenders for a 72-yard touchdown run. Beau Landry booted the PAT and the Wolves trailed 20-14 with 9:09 left to play in the first half.
Loranger attempted a pooch kick that was recovered by Albany at their own 47. The Hornets scored three plays later on a 20-yard touchdown pass play. The two-point conversion was successful giving Albany at 28-14 lead with 6:59 left in the half. Highlighting the drive was a pass interference penalty called on the Wolves that converted a third-and-long situation for the Hornets to a first down that kept the drive going
Loranger's Bryce Vick returned the ensuing kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown, but the play was called back because of a penalty. The Wolves went three-and-out on its next series and Albany took possession at the Loranger 49 yard line. The Hornets scored on the very next play on a 49-yard touchdown run. The PAT was successful and Albany increased its lead to 35-14 with 4:29 remaining in the half.
The Wolves recovered a pooch kick at its own 43. Loranger could not sustain a drive despite field position and were forced to punt. Albany took over at its own 41. The Hornets marched 59 yards in six plays for its next score. The drive ended on a six yard touchdown. The PAT was successful giving Albany a 42-14 with :58 seconds left in the half.
Following the kickoff, the Hornets picked off a Chapman pass attempt giving Albany another scoring opportunity with :46 seconds left. The Hornets reached the Loranger six yard line on a three-play drive, but the game clock expired leaving the score 42-14 at the break.
In the third quarter, the Hornets took the kickoff and marched 80 yards in four plays for the score. The drive ended with a 41-yard touchdown run. The PAT failed and Loranger trailed 48-14 with 10:20 left to play in the period.
Highlighting the drive was a 34 yard run by the Albany quarterback and a horse collar penalty on the Wolves was tacked on the play moving the football down to the Loranger 4
The Wolves answered following the kickoff. Loranger mounted a 67-yard drive in seven plays where the drive ended with a 24-yard touchdown run by Courtney Alexander. Landry added the PAT and Loranger pulled to within 48-21 with 6:11 remaining in the period.
Spearheading the drive for the Wolves was a 18 and 24 yard run by Vick that moved the football down to the Albany 24.
The Hornets responded by marching 69 yards in seven plays to the Loranger six yard line where the Hornets added to their lead with a six yard touchdown score. The PAT was successful giving the Hornets a 55-21 advantage with 3:06 remaining.
Loranger’s Jonathan Lewis returned the ensuing kickoff 42 yards down to the Albany 38. Loranger was unable to capitalize on the field position failing to convert a fourth-and-9 situation on a incomplete pass play from quarterback La'Tadron Hills to Courtney Alexander.
The Hornets took possession on downs and mounted a 10-play, 61-yard drive that ended with a two yard run touchdown score. The two-point conversion was successful giving Albany a commanding 63-21 lead with 5:31 left to play in the game.
“We were in position to make plays, we just did not finish them,’ added Messina. “A bunch of times their quarterback was able to scramble out and made plays. We just got to do a better job defensively finishing and offensively we got to sustain drives and keep our defense off the field a little longer.”
Albany used its big play opportunities and exploited the Wolves rushing defense throughout the game. “It's a big win for us,” said Albany coach Mike Janis. “Our guys were really fired up and we didn’t see a let down all week after the tough loss last week to Jewell Sumner.”
“They (Loranger) got some young guys and their quarterback went out pretty early,” said Janis. “Their continuing to build and they got some good players. Number seven is a heck of a player. He was tough to stop all night.”
The number seven Coach Janis eluded to was Bryce Vick, who led the Wolves offensively with 167 yards rushing on 20 carries and two touchdowns.
Loranger, now 2-3 overall, will play at Archbishop Hannan (4-1, 2-0) in Goodbee on Friday
Sumner dominates Wolves 40-0.
Loranger and Sumner open district play at Strawberry Stadium.
HAMMOND LA—The Loranger Wolves began District 7-3A play on a sour note when the Jewell Sumner Cowboys registered 40-0 shutout victory in a contest that was played at SLU’s Strawberry Stadium. The Win improved Sumner to a perfect 4-0 overall record and 1-0 in league play. The loss dropped Loranger to 2-2 and 0-1 in district.
“Not much to say about this one,” said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “They (Sumner) were more physical and had a lot of team speed. I thought we played hard. We just couldn't get anything going offensively or defensively.”
The Cowboys set the tone scoring first on their opening possession following a Loranger punt. Sumner marched 66 yards in three plays culminating the drive on a 25-yard touchdown run. The PAT was successful making it 7-0 with 9:11 left to play in the first quarter. Highlighting the drive was a 25-yard and a 22-yard run off-tackle plays that moved the football to the Wolves' 25.
The Wolves struggled on their next possession when quarterback Tucker Chapman was sacked for a nine yard loss forcing another punt. Sumner moved the ball to mid-field before being forced to punt because of a holding penalty nullifying a 15-yard gain.
Loranger took possession deep in their own territory at their own three and moved the ball out to their own 30 before the drive stalled forcing their third punt of the period.
The Cowboys took over at their own 10 and mounted a 90-yard drive in five plays that ended with a 46-yard touchdown run around the end for a touchdown. The PAT was successful making it 14-0 with 10:55 left to play in the first half. Spearheading the drive was a 16 and a 13-yard run that moved the ball to the Loranger 46.
After then ensuing kickoff, the Wolves committed the first turnover of the game when Chapman tossed a interception and it was returned 45 yards for a Sumner touchdown. The two-point conversion failed leaving the score 20-0 with 9:45 remaining in the half. Loranger committed its second miscue when Chapman's pass was picked off again and returned 26 yards to
the Wolves' 45. However, Loranger got it right back when safety Zarius Landrews intercepted a Cowboy pass attempt at the five yard line ending a scoring threat.
The Wolves tossed another interception three plays later giving Sumner field position at their Loranger 35 yard line.
The Cowboys moved the ball inside the Wolves' one yard line before Loranger linebacker Erik Starkey stripped the football on a quarterback sneak play and he recovered it at the Loranger seven ending a Sumner scoring threat with 4:36 left to play in the first half. Loranger could not sustain a drive forcing their fourth punt of the half at their own five yard line. The Cowboys took possession at the Wolves' 43 with 1:54 remaining in the half. However, the Wolves defense forced Sumner to turn the ball over on downs after failing to pick-up first down yardage on a fourth-and-9 situation ending the first half.
In the third quarter, The Wolves' defense forced Sumner into a three-and-out to start the period. Loranger took over at its own 37. The Wolves went backwards suffering a holding penalty and a quarterback sack forcing a punt from there own five yard line.
Sumner took possession at mid-field and needed six plays to score. The Cowboys scored on a 12-yard touchdown run around the right end. The PAT was successful to give Sumner a commanding 27-0 lead with 4:26 left to play in the quarter.
The wolves got a 44-yard kickoff return by La'Tadron Hills to start a drive at mid-field. However, Loranger coughed up the football and Sumner recovered it at their own 48. The Cowboys scored three plays later on a 51-yard touchdown run. The PAT was successful making it 33-0 with 2:02 left to play in the period.
Hills returned the ensuing kickoff 42 yards to the Sumner 47. However, the Wolves struggled to sustain any offense turning the ball over on downs at the Sumner 35 yard line with 7:03 remaining to play in the game.
The Cowboys put together its final scoring drive. Sumner marched 65 yards in nine plays for a touchdown. The drive ended on a 18-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion failed making the score 40-0 with 3:22 remaining to play.
Following the kickoff, the Wolves mounted a drive with their deepest penetration into Sumner territory reaching the Cowboy 22. But the referee called the game with 1:20 left to play because of lightening in the area.
“I am proud of the guys especially at the end of the second quarter,” Messina added. “We stopped them three times and forced a turnover, but it could of been a lot worse. They have a very good football team.”
Loranger’s defensive coordinator knew what the Sumner offense was capable of doing. “We're trying to put these young guys into positions to win,” said assistant coach Michael Young. “They out-flanked us tonight. We just weren't there to make the play. That's part of my job to get them ready to play and I didn't get my side ready to play. We are going to work to get better, I promise.”
Loranger will host John F. Kennedy (4-0) in its annual Homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 30.
Wolves roll to 2-0!
Loranger opens home slate with 55-6 win over visiting Covenant Christian Academy.
LORANGER LA— The Loranger Wolves football team improved to 2-0 on the season after disposing the visiting Covenant Christian Academy Lions 55-6.
Loranger was led by senior running backs Courtney Alexander and Byrean Jackson as each scored a pair of touchdowns as the Wolves chalked up over 400 yards of total offense.
The Loranger defense held the Lions (0-2) to their side of the field much of the second half and forced turnovers stopping potential scoring drives.
“It was a good win for us to start the season at 2-0,” said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “I thought the kids played a little sluggish in the first half with only two days of practice, but we picked up in the second half.”
Loranger built a 21-6 at the halftime and then took control of the line of scrimmage in the second half scoring five touchdowns and the defense kept Covenant Christian out of the end zone.
“Second half was really good,” added Messina. “Both offenses and defenses our kids really stepped up their game a little bit. We executed well. We took a couple of shots (long passes) in the game to get ahead and then second half I thought we were really explosive and played good defense. The kids picked up their intensity in the second half and we made a few corrections. Defensively, we got in the places we were suppose to be in and did what they were supposed to do.”
Loranger wasted no time to get on the scoreboard. The Wolves went to their air on their first offensive play from scrimmage following a Lion punt and scored when freshman quarterback Tucker Chapman lofted a 54-yard touchdown pass to Alexander. Beau Landry booted the PAT to give the Wolves a 7-0 lead with 8:48 left to play in the first quarter.
Covenant Christian gave the ball up on downs on their next possession failing to convert on a fourth-and-8 on an incomplete pass.
Loranger took over at the own 25 and scored two plays later when Alexander broke loose and cut against the grain scampering for a 73-yard touchdown. Landry added the PAT to make 14-0 with 4:15 remaining in the period.
The Lions faked a punt attempt to keep a drive going, but Loranger's defense pressured quarterback Conner Matherne into two incompletions forcing another punt.
Later Covenant Christian fumbled the football and Alexander recovered for the Wolves at the Lion nine yard line. Four plays later, Jackson scored on a three yard touchdown run. Landry kicked the PAT to make it 21-0 with 5:47 left in the first half.
Covenant Christian put together their best offensive drive of the game marching 72 yards in six plays scoring on a 56-yard touchdown pass from Matherne to Malachi Ayo. Loranger's Devin Dunbar blocked the PAT attempt leaving the score 21-6 with 3:16 remaining to play in the first half.
In the third quarter, the Wolves made their adjustment scoring three TDs in the period and then added another pair of scores in the fourth quarter to break the game open.
Loranger recovered an onside kick at midfield to start the third quarter. The Wolves took advantage scoring four plays later on a two yard touchdown run by Jackson. Landry missed the PAT attempt, but the Wolves increased their lead to 27-6 with 10:23 remaining to play in the period.
Highlighting the drive was a 34-yard run by Jackson and Covenant Christian was penalized for grabbing the face mask on the play which moved the ball to inside the five yard line for a first-and-goal.
Covenant Christian fumbled the ensuing kickoff and Loranger recovered the football at the Lion 26. On the very next play, Chapman connected with Alexander on a 26-yard touchdown pass play to make it 34-6 with 10:10 left to play in the period.
Following a Lion punt, the Wolves got a 21-yard return by Jackson that moved football to the Covenant Christian 43. Three plays later, Chapman found Alexander on a 41-yard touchdown pass play. Landry added the PAT to give Loranger a commanding 41-6 advantage with 7:14 remaining in the quarter.
Covenant Christian would have to punt on its next two possessions to start the fourth quarter. The Wolves mounted a seven-play, 61-yard drive that was culminated by a 22-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback La'Tadron Hills to senior John Newman. Landry kicked the PAT to make it 48-6 with 6:39 left to play in the game.
A fumble recovery by the Wolves on the Lions' next possession setup the Loranger's final touchdown score at the Covenant Christian 49. The Wolves scored six plays later on a 18-yard touchdown run by sophomore Alan Hart. Landry booted the PAT to make the final score 55-6 with 3:22 remaining.
“I thought we started out a little slow,” said Loranger defensive coordinator Michael Young. “We stepped up in the second half. This was our first time looking at man-to-man type stuff with the Covid. We wanted to challenge them and get into position to make a play in the first half. We forced them into a lot of third-and-long situations and that got us off the field in the second half.”
The Wolves will play at Salmen on Friday in their final tune-up before embarking on District 8-3A play against Jewell Sumner on Oct. 23.
TWO is better than one!
Loranger converts a two-point play to secure a 29-28 overtime win over Liberty!!
HAMMOND LA—Despite limited workouts and a late start for all high school football teams due to early pandemic restrictions, the Loranger Wolves and Liberty Patriots showed no signs of rust and put on an impressive performance that ended in a 21-21 tie in regulation. In overtime, the Patriots struck first scoring going up 28-21 with the point after, but Loranger rallied answering with a six-yard rumble by Byreon Jackson for six and the following a hard count by freshman QB Tucker Chapman that drew the Patriots off sides, Jackson added the winning two-point conversion from a yard and a half out securing the 29-28 Loranger victory.
“We have seventeen new starters this year and had to battle through some early adversity but we did what good teams do overcoming mistakes and making plays,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “We even had some guys playing in positions tonight that they had not practiced so I was really proud of the way everyone stepped up.”
The Patriots took the first drive of the night the distance scoring with nine minutes showing in the first quarter, but the Wolves stuffed an attempt for two and Liberty’s two-point conversion failed. Defense controlled the rest of the first half that ended with Liberty holding just a 6-0 advantage.
The second half had the feel of a thrilling playoff game as both teams traded blows combining for 51 points and overtime to settle it. Loranger scored first with 8:17 still left in the third when Chapman tossed a strike to Courtney Alexander for an 89-yard touchdown. Beau Landry added the point and the Wolves led 7-6.
The Patriots answered to retake the lead 14-7, but the Wolves aerial show took over again as Chapman ended a drive started late in the third quarter with a 29-yard pass to Zaris Landrews for six. The Landry boot made it 14-14 with 11: 52 still left in the final quarter. The drive was highlighted by a pair of double-digit runs by Jackson for first downs. “Our offensive line took over in the second half,” said Messina. “Some early success throwing the ball by Tucker (Chapman) helped loosen up the middle of the field and Byreon (Jackson) had a solid night running for us.”
Liberty wasted no time in retaking the lead using the passing game to take a 21-14 advantage with 9:14 left. Jackson and the Wolves’ offensive line went back to work again and engineered a scoring drive that ended at the 6:38 mark on a ten-yard run by Jackson knotting the score at 21.
The Patriots appeared to have a final winning drive in regulation going marching to the Loranger 27, but a big sack by Devin Powell and solid play by the Loranger secondary on a four-down try by Liberty sealed the Wolves chances in overtime.
The Wolves finished with 284 yards total offense enjoying a balance of passing and rushing. Seniors Andrew Young and Dane Vining paced the defense with Young collecting four tackles and two sacks and Vining adding five tackles and two assists. Landry was perfect in the kicking game going three-for three in extra points. Chapman was five-of-nine for 139 yards and a pair of touchdowns while Jackson carried the rock 18 times for 127 yards and two scores.
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.
Defense and special teams rally Loranger to a 20-19 win over Hannan!
Wolves celebrate Senior Night with their ninth straight victory.
LORANGER, LA—The Archbishop Hannan Hawks rolled up 295 yards of offense while limiting the Loranger Wolves to just 122, but the Wolves had more where it counts—on the scoreboard as Loranger outlasted the Hawks 20-19 in a key District showdown. The victory assured Loranger a share of the district title and with a win next Friday at Bogalusa the Wolves can claim the title outright.
Hannan junior quarterback Jake Dalmado put on show rushing 32 times for 189 yards and a pair of touchdown runs, but the Wolves had an answer. Right after the Hawks scored to go up 19-14 at the 7:27 mark in the fourth, freshman Jahiem Johnson returned a Hawk kickoff 70 yards for a touchdown putting Loranger up 20-19, and the Wolves’ defense sealed the deal with a big stop of Hannan on fourth down inside the Loranger 30 with 2:43 left in the contest.
The Loranger offense had their best showing on the game’s opening possession as the Wolves marched 58 yards using a big run by sophomore Bryce Vick of 40 yards to set up an 18 yard dash by senior Jake Messina for a touchdown. Sophomore Beau Landry booted the extra point and Loranger led 7-0 with 11:13 still left in the first quarter.
The Hawks answered on their second possession cashing in an interception by junior Cory Robinson that set Hannan up at the Loranger 26. Dalmado did the honors scoring from one yard out to knot the score at seven with the extra point at the 3:15 mark.
Loranger took their turn at cashing in a turnover as senior Coy Disher recovered a Dalmado fumble at midfield and Messina converted a third and goal with a nine-yard toss to D’antae Mcgee for six. Landry was good again and the Wolves led 14-7 at halftime.
The Dalmado show continued in the second half as the Hawks used his running to drive 55 yards for a score to open the second half finishing the march as the junior quarterback passed 14 yards to junior Bryce Gregoire for six. The point after was no good, but Hannan closed to within one at 14-13.
The Loranger offense struggled for most of the second half as the Hawks pitched a trio of three-and-outs. The Hannan offense took advantage and put together a fourth quarter drive of 67 yards with Dalmado again doing the honors from one yard out giving the Hawks a 19-14 advantage. Hannan tried for two, but Loranger’s Mcgee broke up a pass attempt.
With the momentum clearly in the hands of the Hawks, the heroics of Johnson turned it for Loranger as the freshman ran 70 yards for a touchdown on the ensuing Hannan kickoff. The Wolves tried for two but a Messina pass fell short leaving the score 20-19 with 7:10 left to play.
The Hawks quickly responded with a solid drive eating up clock and marching just inside the Loranger 30, but the Wolves defense forced a fourth-and-eleven and took over on downs after Dalmado managed only six yards on fourth down. The Loranger offense converted a key third-and-seven to set up the victory formation on an eight-yard run by Courtney Alexander. Messina knelt down twice and Loranger secured the win.
Finishing is better than beginning ...
Wolves take over in the fourth quarter to rally to a 30-14 win over Albany!
ALBANY, LA—The Loranger Wolves were met with a determined Albany Hornet team who scored first and led Loranger 14-13 at one point, but rallied to dominate the final quarter to claim
a 30-14 win that included a quick six interception by senior Coy Disher with less than two minutes remaining.
Albany took quick advantage of a Loranger turnover on their first possession to draw first blood as sophomore quarterback Jeremiah Doherty scored from two yards out. The point after try was blocked by a host of Wolves, but the Hornets led 6-0 with 8:59 left in the first.
The Wolves would answer twice in the second quarter before Albany would get on the board again. Senior quarterback Jake Messina converted a fourth-and-goal to tie the contest passing to Disher for six yards and a score. Sophomore Beau Landry added the point after and Loranger led 7-6. Loranger padded their margin minutes later with Messina going to the air again tossing a 13-yard strike to fellow senior Cyn’Tonio McClain for 13 yards. The point after was no good, but Loranger led 13-6.
Albany opened the third quarter with a pair of impressive drives with the first one stalling out inside the twenty-five, but the second resulting in a 37-yard Doherty pass to junior Rhett Wolf for a touchdown. The two hooked up again in an improbable two-point conversion play as Doherty was chased back twenty yards and was going down for a sack went he tossed a prayer in the end zone where Wolf made a diving catch to give the Hornets a 14-13 lead.
The Hornets defense pitched another three-and-out and then blocked a Loranger punt setting up good field position in Wolves territory. An upset appeared developing with a chance to score again, but the Loranger defense took charge and ended the threat.
Defense turned the contest for Loranger in the fourth as senior Truman Faust forced a bad pass by Doherty that was intercepted by Javion Haywood setting the Wolves up in good field position. The Loranger offense took advantage marching inside the ten where the drive stalled, but Landry delivered a 24-yard field goal to give Loranger the lead again at 16-14 with 9:48 showing.
Loranger went to the ground game on their next possession to give themselves a two-score advantage as sophomore Bryce Vick rumbled in from two yards out and the point after put Loranger up by nine at 23-14 with 5:28 left. Vick would finish the night as the workhorse racking up 156 yards.
The Hornets would have two more chances on offense but the Wolves defense answered the call and closed out Albany’s final effort with a quick-six interception by Disher that sealed it for Loranger.
The Wolves remained unbeaten at 8-0 and 2-0 in district and will host Archbishop Hannan on Senior Night next week. Albany will host Beau Chene in a non-district game.
Loranger celebrates Homecoming with 34-9 win over JFK to remain perfect.
Loranger improves to 7-0!
LORANGER, LA—The Loranger Wolves made it seven in a row as they remained unbeaten celebrating Homecoming with 34-9 win over the visiting John F. Kennedy Cougars. The Wolves defense limited the Cougars to just 119 yards of total offense while Jake Messina and his offense delivered a balanced attack scoring through the air and on the ground.
Messina used the big play completing passes of 74 and 45 yards for touchdowns to seniors Dayne Robertson and Cyn’Tonio McLain respectively. Robertson caught another pass for a touchdown that was called back. Sophomore Bryce Vick continued his rushing success into the end zone scoring twice from one and ten yards out.
The Wolves will return to District play on Friday as the travel to take on rival Albany. The Hornets boast the second best overall record in the league at 4-2, but are tied at third at 1-1 with Bogalusa and Sumner in district play.
Wolves rally to defeat Sumner 14-13!
Loranger remains perfect at 6-0!!
LORANGER, LA—Despite a slow start due to weather delays and a determined Sumner Cowboy team that gave Loranger all they could handle, the Wolves rallied from a 13-6 deficit to
claim a 14-13 win and remain perfect at 6-0!
Following an hour and a half weather delay the contest got under way and the Sumner Cowboys wasted no time getting on the board driving 61 yards as Johnny Sims capped off the march with a four-yard run for six. The try for two failed but Sumer owned the early lead 6-0 with 9:24 showing.
The Wolves answered on their first possession driving 44 yards after short Sumner kickoff. Cyn’Tonio McClain did the honors with one yard dive and some solid running by Bryce Vick set up the scoring march. Vick would do must of the rushing chores on the nigh carrying 26 times for 110 yards. A mishandled snap resulted in a failed extra point attempt the score was tied a six with 3:55 left in the first.
The Wolves threatened again in the second quarter marching all the way the Sumner three yard line but a fumble ended the chance for pay dirt and the two teams remained tied at halftime.
Sumner pitched a quick three and out to start the second half and a partially blocked punt set the Cowboys up in good field position. Using a break away run by Maleke Evans, Sumner quickly marched inside the Loranger five yard line and Sims did the honors again scoring from two yards out. The point after was good and Sumner owned a 13-6 lead with 9:24 left in the third.
Defense dominated the rest of the third quarter and much of the fourth and the two teams traded big stops, but a final key stop on a fourth and two by Sumner to keep a drive alive and possibly go up by two scores set the Wolves up for the winning march. Loranger used the run game to go the distance with Vick finishing the drive with a two-yard rumble. The Wolves elected to go for two and the win but a delay of game penalty set them back five yards, but no worries as Jake Messina delivered a strike to McClain in the corner of the end zone for two and a 14-13 Loranger advantage.
The Loranger defense smelled blood and stopped Sumner and the Wolves offense took over notching a pair of first downs and running out the clock with a victor formation.
Wolves start fast and dominate Falcons 35-7!
Sophomore Bryce Vick carried 25 times for 94 yards and senior Jake Messina tossed a pair of TD passes.
HAMMOND, LA—The Loranger Wolves used a stingy defense, a balanced offense and great special teams play to defeat the Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons 35-7 in a non-district played a Pete Valenti Field.
“We started off really strong,” said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “Our offensive line did an excellent job and our kids stepped up and did a lot of good things tonight.”
The Wolves needed just :16 seconds off the game clock to get on the scoreboard. Courtney Alexander received the opening kickoff for Loranger and scampered 91 yards for a touchdown. Bea Landry connected on all of his five extra point attempts to make it 7-0 with 11:46 left to play in the first period.
The Wolves' defense forced the Falcons to punt on both of its possessions in the first period. Loranger scored its second touchdown on a nine-play, 72-yard drive that ended when quarterback Jake Messina rifled a 33-yard scoring strike to Alexander to give the Wolves a 14-0 advantage with 6:00 left in the quarter.
Following a STA punt, Loranger scored again culminating a six play drive with a Messina to Jae Thomas touchdown pass play that covered six yards to make it 21-0 with 2:02 remaining in the period.
After the ensuing kickoff, the Falcons began to change the momentum of the game by putting together their best offensive drive. Saint Thomas mounted a six-play, 65-yard drive that ended when quarterback Drew Milton scored on a one yard touchdown plunge. Brayden Leyer kicked the PAT to cut the deficit to 21-7 with 10:29 left to play in the first half.
Following the kickoff, the Wolves committed their first turnover when Messina threw a pass interception. Devon Wilson of the Falcons picked off the pass attempt at midfield and returned the football 24 yards down to the Loranger 26.
The Falcons could not capitalize giving the ball up on downs after failing to convert a fourth-and-14 situation on a incomplete pass. Loranger mounted a nine-play drive reaching the Falcon nine yard line. But a pair of penalties pushed the Wolves back to the STA 27. On third-and-goal from the Falcon 27, the Wolves failed to score as time ran out when Messina's pass went incomplete in the end zone ending the first half with a 21-7 lead.
In the third quarter, both teams exchanged punts to start the period. A shanked punt by the Wolves gave Saint Thomas field position at the Wolves' 39.
However, the Falcons had a bad snap, were penalized for holding and then Milton was sacked by Loranger's Truman Faust for a eight-yard loss forcing another punt from their own 45.
Four plays later, the Wolves committed their second turnover when Messina fumbled the snap from center and Devaski Williams of the Falcons recovered at the STA 48 yard line.
Three plays later, the Falcons coughed up the football when Brayden Thompson lost the ball on a pass reception after being tackled from behind and Loranger recovered at their own 31.
The Wolves took advantage of the miscue driving the ball down field in six plays when running back Bryce Vick went off-tackle on a 13-yard touchdown run to make it 28-7 with 11:53 remaining in the game.
Highlighting the drive was a 33-yard pass play from Messina to Cyn'Tonio McClain that moved the ball to the STA 22 yard line.
Loranger extended its lead with a nine-play, 56 yard drive that was climaxed with a two yard touchdown run by Vick to give the Wolves a commanding 35-7 lead with 5:17 remaining to play.
“We had a couple of turnovers in the second half that kind of slowed us down,” Messina said. “Once we got our selves back underneath us we were able to punch in two more touchdowns in the fourth quarter.”
The win kept the Wolves unbeaten with a perfect 3-0 mark, while Saint Thomas remains winless at 0-3. Loranger travels to Houma to take on Covenant Christian Academy while the Falcons will entertain Pine. Both games will be on Friday, Sept. 27 with 7:00 p.m. kickoffs.
”We are getting better with our mind set,” said STA coach Randell Legette. “I told them tonight not to worry about the scoreboard. I really think that this tough competition the last couple weeks will really help us later in the season and then into the playoffs.”
Wolves rally for 27-26 win over rival Amite!
Senior quarterback Jake Messina tosses a trio of touchdowns and senior Shawn Toefield rushes for 94 yards and a score.
LORANGER, LA—Nothing is sweeter than when you beat your long-time rival and especially when you have to come from behind to do it. Well, the Wolves defeated their long-time rival Amite 27-26 in overtime as senior Shawn Toefield scored from three yards out in overtime and the Loranger defense stopped a two-point try by the Warriors to secure a one-point victory. The win improved the Wolves early season mark to 2-0 with Saint Thomas Aquinas up next on the road.
The Wolves made an early statement scoring first as senior Jake Messina tossed the first of his three touchdown passes 39 yards to junior Courtney Alexander. The point after was missed but Loranger led 6-0 with 6:37 showing in the first.
Amite answered cashing in good field position on their next possession connecting on a pass play for six and with the extra point they led 7-6 with 10:09 left in the second period. Loranger answered right back scoring with just 2:40 remaining in the half when Messina tossed a bullet in the corner of the end zone to senior Cyn’Tonio McClain. Sophomore Beau Landry made good on his second point after giving Loranger a 13-7 halftime lead.
A fumble return early in the third quarter gave Amite a quick six putting the Warriors up 14-13 with 9:08 showing. Amite extended their lead to 20-13 with a fourth quarter drive. With time running out on the Wolves, the home-standing team delivered an impressive drive to tie it up as Messina when to the air to move his squad down the field and finished off the march with a 37-yard strike to Alexander for six. Landry was clutch again making good on the point after to send the contest into overtime.
Loranger got the first possession in overtime and senior Shawn Toefield and the Loranger offensive line when to work using three plays to reach pay dirt. Landry continued to deliver putting the Wolves up 27-20. Defense would seal it for Loranger as they stopped a two-point attempt by Amite to win to secure the one-point victory.
Wolves use big second half to down Riverdale.
Shawn Toefield rushes for 122 yards and Jake Messina passes for 101 more.
LORANGER, LA—The Loranger Wolves started slow but built a 9-0 at the half and then erupted for 20 more points in the second half to register a convincing 29-0 shutout victory over the Riverdale Rebels in the regular season opener played at Rusty Chambers Stadium.
The Wolves committed some turnovers in the first quarter that stopped potential scoring drives. Loranger also had two touchdowns called back because of penalties.
However, the Wolves’ defense kept Riverdale on its side of the field much of the way and prevented the visiting Rebels from scoring late in the game to claim the shutout win.
“It was a good win for us,” said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “We have a lot of things to clean up. We made plenty of mistakes, had too many penalties and missed opportunities.”
Neither team would score in the first quarter. But the Wolves fumbled three times in the first period. Riverdale could not capitalize as the Loranger defense forced the Rebels to turn the ball over downs and punted twice.
The Wolves put together a 17-play, 77-yard drive that saw the game go into the second period. The drive ended when running back Shawn Toefield bullied into the end zone on a one yard touchdown run. The PAT was missed leaving Loranger with a 6-0 lead with 5:23 left to play in the first half.
Following the kickoff, the Wolves' defense had strong safety D'Antae McGee pick off a Riverdale pass attempt and he returned the football 55 yards for a touchdown. The score was nullified because of a penalty. Loranger took possession at the Rebel 43 and needed seven plays to score when Bea Landry delivered a on a 21-yard field goal attempt as time expired giving Loranger a 9-0 edge at the break
The Wolves waisted no time to extend its lead in the second half as Loranger scored on the very first play from scrimmage in the third quarter. Quarterback Jake Messina lofted a 55-yard touchdown pass to McGee down the sideline as he out raced the Riverdale defenders into the end zone. Landry booted the PAT to make it 16-0 with 11:37 remaining left in the period.
Riverdale saw its next two possessions end on interceptions as McGee and Zarius Landrews each picked off a pass. The latter led to another Loranger score as Toefield went off-tackle scoring on a 13-yard touchdown. Landry kicked the PAT to make it 23-0 with 3:54 left.
A shank gave Loranger field position at the Rebel 41. The Wolves could not capitalize missing on a 22-yard field goal attempt by Landry.
Loranger's defense recovered a fumble at the Rebel 24 yard line to setup a score. Five plays later, Messina connected with Courtney Alexander on a 32-yard touchdown pass to make it 29-0 with 6:19 left to play in the game.
Riverdale threatened to score late in the game reaching the Loranger 10 yard line. But penalties marred the drive and the Rebels could not score as time expired.
“In the middle of the second quarter and on we kind of started to play our game,” said Messina. “We were able to protect the ball, score some points and did a lot of good things. It’s a good win for us after coming off the season we had last year.”
Defensive coordinator Michael Young of Loranger indicated that his team still has a ton of work to do despite the shutout win.
“We played good, but I still think we got room for growth,” said Young. “We moved some guys from defense to offense trying to get some players to play both ways. They stepped up for us even though we made a few minor mistakes. Overall, I was happy with the effort.”
The Wolves, now 1-0 on the season, will host Amite (1-0) on Friday. Last year the Warriors registered a 41-6 victory.
Wolves get in good work against Kentwood in Covington Jamboree.
Shawn Toefield sparks solid running game reaching paydirt twice.
COVINGTON, LA—The Loranger Wolves matched the Kentwood Roos touchdown for touchdowns before the Roos broke a 14-all tie with a pair of big plays to earn a 27-14
win in the Covington Jamboree. The Wolves showcased a solid running game in the scrimmage as senior Shawn Toefield ran for 62 yards and two touchdowns, while senior
quarterback Jake Messina went 8-for-12 for 60 yards including a 23-yard strike to junior Courtney Alexander.
Kentwood converted a pair of plays over 50 yards that proved the difference in the contest. The Roos will open the season at home against South Pike (MS),
while Loranger will open its season hosting Riverdale.
Wolves working to get back in the playoffs.
A large senior class expected to lead the way.
LORANGER, LA—With the 2019 roster boasting a large senior class, the Loranger Wolves football team will be seeking to improve upon a 2-8 record from a year ago and a return trip to the postseason. The Wolves, who finished in third place in the District 7-3A race last season, made the state playoffs in 2017 and reached the second round. This year head coach Sam Messina wants to see his squad go deeper into the postseason. Messina, who enters his 28th year as a prep coach, has compiled a 101-81 record. He enters his 18th season at Loranger
Messina indicated that the strength of this year's team is their overall attitude and commitment to team success. “We have a senior class that has great leadership ability and a junior class that have been working hard for an opportunity to prove themselves,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “We will have to develop depth and maintain our conditioning because we will have a few two-way players, but we feel that as a team we can compete for a district championship. We are looking forward to see how we progress.”
Offensively, the Wolves will operate out of the spread formation with as much as five wide receivers on the snap of the football.
Leading the offense for the Wolves will be Messina's son senior quarterback Jake Messina, who passed for over 1,000 yards last season tossing for 12 touchdowns. He was named to the 2nd team all-district squad last year. Joining Messina in the backfield will be senior tailback Shawn Toefield, who was injured last season. Toefield has the capability to make big plays with his quick feet and will make the Wolves a double-threat with its run and pass game.
Messina's favorite target in the passing game will be senior wide out D'ante McGee and junior Courtney Alexander McGee had 25 receptions for 425 yards with three touchdown scores. He was a 1st team all-district performer last year. Alexander had 225 yards receiving with seven touchdowns. He also rushed for 750 yards
filling in for the injured Toefield. Also look for senior Jae Thomas to split time with Alexander as a slot receiver.
Senior Coy Fisher returns at the tight position.
Along the offensive line, the Wolves returns three starters in senior right tackle Hayden Ridgedell, junior center Dawson Brunies and senior left tackle Noah Morris. New starters are senior left guard Scandarius Brumfield and senior right guard Colt Cusic.
Defensively, the Wolves will show a 4-2-5 alignment that features four down lineman and two linebacker to go along with five defensive backs.
Leading the defense for Loranger will be senior linebacker Truman Faust, who is the team's returning leading tackler with 115 stops and made all-district last season.
The defensive line returns three starters in senior end Coy Disher, who finished with 108 tackles and was all-district. Flanking him will be senior Colt Cusick at tackle and senior Lane Huszar at nose tackle. Cosick had 41 tackles and two quarterback sacks and Huszar ended with 65 stops and three sacks. Senior Scandarius Brumfield will be a new starter at the other defensive end position.
Flanking Faust at linebacker is senior Javion Hayward. The secondary returns two starters in senior Da'Michael Anderson and strong safety and seniopr D'ante McGee at free safety. The corners will be manned by new starters in senior Ladarius Jackson and senior Jae Thomas. Senior Shawn Toefield will play the nickel position.
Coy Disher returns to handle the punting choirs and Beau Landry is the team's placekicker
“Depth will be a concern as we enter the season,” Messina said. “The number of seniors (13) we have will help us with experience.”
The schedule opens at home the first two weeks against Riverdale and Amite. Week 3 and 4 have the Wolves facing St. Thomas Aquinas in Hammond and Covenant Christian school in Houma.
Loranger will play three straight home games with Salmen on Oct. 3 and Jewel Sumer on Oct. 11 for its first District 8-3A contest. The home stand comes to an end on Oct. 18 against John F. Kennedy for the Wolves' annual Homecoming contest.
The Wolves play two of their final three games on the road against district foes Albany (Oct. 25), Archbishop Hannan (Nov. 1) and Bogalusa (Nov. 8). This may be pivotal for Loranger to make a state playoff berth.
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.