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Wolves rally to score a 19-14 win over Saint Thomas.
Wolves make it two wins in a row.

HAMMOND LA—The Loranger Wolves and St. Thomas Aquinas Falcon football teams resumed their annual battle with the visiting Wolves rallying for a 19-14 victory non-district win played at Pete Valenti Field. The victory was the second straight for the Wolves (2-2) while the Falcons remained winless (0-4). Loranger trailed 14-0, but the Wolves scored 19 unanswered points to take its second consecutive win. “It was a great effort,” said Loranger coach Sammy Messina. “We got down early, but were able to fight back. Special teams was big for us and that kind of turned the game around into our favor. Defensively, we stepped up. We made some adjustments and the kids responded.”
    The Wolves took the opening kickoff and put together a nine-play drive reaching the St. Thomas 40-yard line. The Falcon defense stiffened and forced Loranger to turn the ball over on downs when quarterback Colton Morris threw incomplete on fourth down. Both teams would exchange punts on their next possessions. Loranger had to punt out of its end zone on its last series giving STA field possession at the Loranger 37 yard line. Four plays later, running back Darius Vaughn scored on a one-yard touchdown run off-tackle. Chad Cusimano kicked the PAT to give the Falcons a 7-0 lead with 3:16 left to play in the first quarter.
    The Wolves mounted another long drive reaching the STA 11 yard line. Morris threw to La'Tadron Hills on a five yard pass, but the ball was jarred loose from behind and Vaughn recovered the fumble for the Falcons at their own three yard line ending a Loranger scoring threat. St. Thomas took possession at their own three and mounted a eight-play, 97-yard drive that ended when quarterback Kendrell Perry lofted a 30-yard touchdown pass to Cace Reed. Cusimano added the PAT to make it 14-0 with 6:00 minutes left to play in the first half.
    The Wolves answered on the ensuing kickoff when Ricky James returned the ball 60-yards for a touchdown. The PAT was missed leaving the score 14-6 with 5:46 left to play in the half. STA was forced to punt on its next series. The snap from center was by the bobbled by the Falcon punter and Loranger was able to tackle the punter before he kicked it. The Result would be the Falcons giving the ball up on downs at their own nine-yard line. Loranger took advantage of the miscue taking possession at the STA nine yard line and scoring three plays later on a one yard touchdown run by Dorian Lusk. The two-point conversion attempt failed leaving the score 14-12 with 2:20 remaining in the half.
    In the third quarter, the Wolves recovered a fumble on the Falcons' opening possession of the second half. Loranger's Mikah Benton recovered the ball at the Falcon nine yard line. The Wolves capitalized on the turnover scoring five plays later on a two-yard touchdown run by Morris. Elvin Lobo kicked the PAT and Loranger led for the first time at 19-14 with 7:58 left to play in the period.
    The Wolves defense came up with an interception when Perry threw to Reed deep down field and Loranger's Jonathan Lewis picked it off and returned the ball 35 yards to the Loranger 45 yard line. However, STA got it right back when Cace Reed intercepted a Morris pass attempt and he returned the ball to midfield. The Falcons could not take advantage of field position punting five plays later. The Wolves took over deep in their own territory and could not sustain any offense. A shanked punt by the Wolves gave STA field position at the Wolves 29-yard line heading into the fourth quarter.
    Loranger's defense kept STA from mounting a drive forcing the Falcons to turn the ball over on downs when Reed was stopped short of first down yardage with a running play to the left side. Loranger put together a seven-play drive only to have it end on a punt giving STA another chance to regain the lead with 3:16 remaining to play. The Falcons mounted 10-play drive that reached the Loranger 43 with less than a minute left to play. But the Wolves defense stiffened again sacking quarterback Austin Davis twice for a loss on third and fourth down by Loranger's Dorian Lusk. The Wolves took over on downs near at the STA 45 with :26 seconds remaining to play to seal the win.
    “The offense scored when they had to and then we made plays on defense that stopped their momentum,” said Loranger defensive coordinator Michael Young. “We had a couple people out, couple people got hurt, couple people were disciplined, but the rest of our guys stepped up and played hard.”
Wolves celebrate Homecoming with a 54-14 romp over Glen Oaks.
Wolves defense frustrates Glen Oaks while the offense rolls.

LORANGER, LA—The Loranger Wolves ended Homecoming festivities with a 54-14 victory over the Glen Oak Fighting Panthers in a non-district contest played at Rusty Chambers stadium. The Wolves improved to 1-2 on the season while Class 3A Glen Oaks dropped to 1-2. Loranger broke open the game in the second half after leading 13-0 at halftime. The Wolves scored three touchdowns in the third quarter and added two more TDs in the final period. Glen Oaks avoided a shutout scoring two second half touchdowns.
    “It was a good win for us,” said Loranger coach Sammy Messina. “I thought we played great defensively all night long. We kind of shot ourselves in the foot with a couple turnovers. Second half we executed really well. We still got things to work on, but it's a good start.to continue to get better for the rest of our season.”
    The contest had a scoreless first quarter. Loranger threatened on its first offensive possession marching down to the Glen Oak 15-yard line. But quarterback Colton Morris of the Wolves threw incomplete on a fourth down pass play that gave the Panthers the football on downs ending a eight-play drive. However, the Wolves scored on their second series when the defense forced Glen Oak to put out of their end zone giving Loranger field position at the Panther 30. Four plays later Loranger scored when Morris rifled a 33-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Lewis. Elvin Lobo kicked the PAT to make it 7-0 with 11:10 remaining to play in the first half.
    Glen Oaks gave the football up on downs on its next possession. But the Wolves gave it right back fumbling the ball at midfield. Loranger's defense kept Glen Oaks from scoring forcing a punt and Loranger took possession at their own 30. The Wolves mounted a eight-play, 70-yard drive that was culminated by a eight yard touchdown run by Ricky James to make it 13-0 with :53 seconds left to play in the half. Highlighting the drive was a 23-yard pass completion from Morris to La'Tadron Hills that moved the football to the Glen Oaks 45. Morris followed that play with a 10-yard run that put the ball at the Panther 35.
    The second half saw Hills returning the opening third quarter kickoff 54-yards for a touchdown. Lobo booted the PAT to stretch Loranger's lead to 20-0 with 11;46 remaining to play in the period. Following a Glen Oak punt, the wolves put together a 10-play, 75-yard drive that was capped by a one-yard touchdown run by running back Landon Chavers. Lobo added the PAT to make it 27-0 with 3:40 left in the quarter. Hills sparked the drive with a 22-yard run that moved the ball to the Glen Oaks 25.
    The Panthers answered with a four-play, 62-yard drive that ended with a 52-yard touchdown run by running back De'vontay Russell to cut the Wolves' lead to 27-6 with 1:25 left. The Wolves returned the ensuing kickoff to the Glen Oaks 30-yard line. On the very next play, Morris connected with Lewis on a 14-yard touchdown pass play. Lobo added the PAT to give Loranger a 34-6 lead heading into the fourth period.
    Following the kickoff, the Panthers mounted a four-play, 45-yard drive that ended with a 16-yard touchdown run by Russell. The two-point conversion was successful cutting the Loranger lead to 34-14 with 11:53 remaining to play in the game.
    The Wolves answered with another scoring drive marching 45-yards in four plays that ended with Hills scoring on a 10-yard touchdown run. Lobo kicked the PAT to make it 41-14 with 8:36 left. Highlighting the drive was a 22-yard pass completion from Morris to Lewis putting the ball at the Glen Oaks 15. The Panthers gave the ball up on downs on its next series. Loranger took possession at the Glen Oaks 45 and scored two plays later when Morris rifled a 19-yard touchdown pass to Hills. Lobo booted the PAT to make the final score 54-14 with 6:30 remaining to play.
    The Wolves led 27-0 at one point in the game and that drew the praise from Wolves’ defensive coordinator Michael Young. “I thought we played hard and fast tonight,” said Young. “Our staff did a really good job getting the guys ready to play. We gave up a couple of touchdowns because of not being in the correct alignment. We live and learn from those mistakes and I am kind of glad it happened so we can learn from those mistakes.”
    he visiting Panthers kept battling Loranger despite trailing 34-0 late in the third quarter. ”We did some things to ourselves that hurt us,” Said fourth-year coach Sean Beauchamp of Glen Oaks. “We have things we have to clean up. We saw some weaknesses and tried to exploit them early, but we had some penalties that stopped drives. We’re trying to get ready for district and earn power points. We play teams like U-High, Madison Prep and Parkview Baptist so this game against Loranger was great preparation for us and just have to learn and get better.”
    The Wolves will trek to Hammond to take on the Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons (0-3). “They (STA) are going to be a tough matchup for us,” Messina said. “We just got to come out and prepare like we did this week and make sure we play good technique football because we are going to get their best effort.”

Amite dominates Wolves.
Turnovers and penalties slow Loranger offense.

LORANGER, LA—The Loranger Wolves suffered its second straight defeat when the Amite Warriors registered a 34-0 shutout victory on a rain-drenched field at Rusty Chambers stadium. The visiting Warriors recorded their first win of the season after capitalizing on miscues by the Wolves and turning them into touchdowns.
    “It was a great win for us. We came in here we knew we had to execute correctly so we can beat this team (Loranger), said Warrior interim head coach Courtney Whigham. "Our defense did a wonderful job. The coaching staff worked with our players and our guys showed up and brought us to a victory.”
    The Wolves moved the football offensively, but would get bogged down by turnovers, penalties and not converting when going for it on fourth down. "We had too many mistakes offensively, said Loranger coach Sammy Messina. “We had opportunities, but couldn't get anything going the whole game. They (Amite) are really good defensively. Our defense played well, but we made them earn their touchdowns for everything they got. We had a few goal line stands so that was promising. We just got to keep working to get better.”
    The Warriors scored on their first offensive possession following a three-and-out by Loranger. Amite marched 82 yards in eight plays capping the drive with a one yard touchdown run by senior quarterback Jalen Robinson to make it 6-0 with 8:09 left to play in the first quarter. Loranger coughed up the football on its next possession and Amite recovered it at the Wolves’ 40-yard line. The Warriors took advantage of field position scoring five plays later when Robinson scampered 16-yards for a touchdown. Nathan Graves kicked the PAT to make it 13-0 heading into the second period.
    Loranger gave the ball up on downs on its series reaching the Amite 28-yard line. Later the Wolves committed a turnover when quarterback Colton Morris under a heavy pass rush threw a pass interception when Amite's Trevor Landrews stepped in front of the intended receiver and returned it 38-yards for a touchdown. Graves booted the PAT to make it 20-0 with 2:28 left to play in the half.
    The Warriors had Ashton Terrell returning the second half kickoff 22-yards to midfield. Seven plays later, the Amite took advantage of field position scoring on a five yard touchdown run by Zaire Rogers. Robiinson connected with Lemar Harris for the two-point conversion score that gave the Warriors a commanding 28-0 lead with 9:25 left to play in the period. Following the kickoff, the Wolves mounted a drive reaching the Amite 45, but Morris was sacked for an 11-yard loss forcing a punt. Amite saw its next drive stopped by the Loranger defense when Robinson threw incomplete on fourth giving the ball up on downs. The Wolves were unable to generate any offense going three-and-out on its next two possessions. Amite's final score came on a 10-play, 50-yard drive that ended with a Rogers four-yard touchdown run. The Wolves blocked the PAT leaving the final score 34-0.
    Loranger put together its best drive marching 45-yards in nine plays to the Amite 24, but the drive ended when Morris threw incomplete to Jonathan Lewis on a fourth down pass play and the Warriors took over on downs with less than a minute to play in the game.
    Amite, now 1-1 on the season, will play host to St. Helena College & Career Academy on Friday, while the Wolves (0-2) will host Glen Oaks in its annual Homecoming game on Friday, September 16.

Kentwood jumps out to quick lead and Wolves unable to rally.
Roos use big plays to reach paydirt.

KENTWOOD, LA—The Loranger and Kentwood football teams battled under the famous water tower as the host Class 1A Roos routed the visiting Wolves 32-8 in the season opener for both teams. Kentwood, ranked No. 5 in 1A, used a balanced attack in building a 26-0 lead at the half. Kentwood was led by sophomore running back Jamarion Burton who led the team with 172 yards rushing and a touchdown.
    “This is a good football team (Kentwood),” said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina. “We physically played with them, but they have a little more speed and it showed obviously on the field.” The Wolves offense could not get on track in the first half as turnovers, penalties and bad field position kept Loranger on its side of the field. Kentwood’s defense also played a role pressuring and sacking Wolves sophomore quarterback Colton Morris to stop drives.
    Kentwood received the opening kickoff and scored in three plays when junior quarterback Germarcus Wilson lofted a 67-yard touchdown pass to senior wide out Jer’Michael Carter. The PAT was missed leaving the score 6-0 with 10:20 left to play in the period. Loranger senior Jonathan Lewis returned the ensuing kickoff 33 yards to the 44-yard line. But the Wolves fumbled the football on its first play from scrimmage and Kentwood's Jermaine Brown Jr. recovered it at the Wolves 40. On the very next play, Kentwood scored again when Wilson connected with junior split end Shemar Cooper on a 40-yard touchdown pass. Edwin Wilson Jr. kicked the PAT to give the Roos a 13-0 advantage with 9:56 remaining in the quarter.
    Following the kickoff, the Wolves put together an eight-play drive reaching the Kentwood 17. A 40-yard pass play from Morris to La’Tadron Hills moved the ball to the Roo 22 to highlight the drive. However, Kentwood's defense stood strong forcing the Wolves to turn the ball over on downs when sophomore running back Landon Chavers was stopped short of first down yardage.
    Kentwood would add to its lead scoring four plays later when junior running back Kevante Carter took a pitch and scampered 48-yards for a touchdown to make it 19-0 with 4:36 left in the period. Loranger went three-and-out on its next three possessions. Kentwood culminated a 10-play, 85-yard drive that ended when Wilson found Cooper on a 40-yard touchdown pass play. Wilson booted the PAT to give the Roos a 26-0 lead at the half.
    In the third quarter, Loranger put together its best drive of the game marching 68-yards in 13 plays to the Kentwood five yard line. But the Roos defense delivered a goal line stand and took the ball over on downs when Morris was tackled at the one yard line. The Roos gave up a two-point safety three plays later when Wilson was sacked in the end zone and Loranger trailed 26-2 heading into the fourth quarter.
    “We were able to control the line of scrimmage in the third quarter,” Messina said. “We kept the ball in 10 of the 12 minutes of the period, but we didn’t score. I’m proud of our effort. We’re a little young and we have some growing up to do spots, but we gotta keep working to get better.”
    Following a Loranger punt, the Roos took possession at their own 20 and scored when Burton took a pitch and rambled 80-yards down the sideline for a touchdown to give Kentwood a 32-2 lead with 11:28 left to play in the game.
    Loranger scored its first touchdown on its next series driving 50-yards in seven plays for a touchdown when Morris scored on a four yard run off the option play to trail 32-8 with 8:49 left to play. “We played good in the first half and then we kind of got sloppy, but anytime you get a ugly win its better than a pretty loss,” said Kentwood coach Jonathan Foster.II. “They (Loranger) were trying to stop the run when we saw them load up on the line. We made some big plays and that’s what you got to do to take what they give you.”
    Kentwood amassed 444 yards of total offense. The Roos had 227 yards rushing. Wilson completed 6 of 16 passes for 217 yards. Carter led all receivers with five catches for 105 yards and Cooper had two receptions for 80 yards. Loranger racked up 275 yards of total offense. The Wolves had 175 yards rushing as Morris led the way with 74 yards on 13 carries and Chavers finished with 61 yards on 15 attempts. Morris completed nine of 17 passes for 100 yards. Hills had two catches for 61 yards and Lewishad four receptions for 33 yards.
    Kentwood, now 1-0 on the season will play at cross-town rival Jewel Sumner (1-0) on Friday. Loranger (0-1) will host Amite (0-1) in its home opener on Friday. Both games kickoff at 7 p.m.
Wolves and Raiders “jammed up” at seven each.
Loranger and Pine play to a 7-7 tie in Jamboree.

LORANGER, LA—The Loranger Wolves and the Pine Raiders finished in a 7-7 tie in the Loranger football Jamboree contest played at SLU's Strawberry Stadium. “It was a good clean effort for us,” said Loranger coach Sammy Messina. “There are a few things we got to clean up. This is the first competition against another school we have had since the spring. We had the one turnover, but we able to force another turnover to get the ball back. I would have liked to finish a couple of drives that got stalled, but I thought it was a really good first outing for us.” The contest was played with two twelve minute halves.
    The Wolves took the opening kickoff and drove down in six plays to the Pine Raider 39 yard line. Highlighting the drive was a 16-yard pass completion from quarterback Colton Morris to Jonathan Lewis that moved the football to the Raider 39. However, Loranger fumbled the handoff on a running play and the Raiders recovered it ending the drive. However, the Wolves defense got the ball right back when Loranger’s Tucker Chapman recovered a Raider fumble at the 32-yard line. But Loranger could not capitalize on the miscue after turning the ball over on downs When quarterback Colton Morris threw incomplete on a fourth-and-9 situation.
    Pine was forced to punt on its next series giving Loranger field position at their own 49 yard line. On the very next play, Morris went around end on a read option play and scampered 51 yards for a touchdown. Elvin Lobo kicked the point after and the Wolves led 7-0 with 2:54 remaining in the first half. Loranger’s defense forced the Raiders to punt on its next possession as time expired ending the half.
    In the second half, the Raiders tied the game by marching 62 yards in six plays for a score. The drive ended with a 28-yard touchdown pass play. The PAT was successful to make it 7-7 with 9:12 remaining in the game. Loranger punted on its first possession of the second half. Pine took over at their won 25 and mounted a drive that reached the Loranger 20. But the Wolves defense came up with a pair of key quarterback sacks. The first cone came when Davin Joseph and Jordan Mendoza of the Wolves tackled Pine’s quarterback for an 11-yard loss. The second came on a fourth and long situation when Damotae Muse came in with a solo sack for a 13-yard loss. Pine turnover the ball over on downs ending the scoring threat. Loranger took over with less than a minute left to play, but could not sustain a drive to score as time expired.
    The Wolves will begin regular season play on Friday traveling to play Kentwood. “We have a lot to get better at,” said Messina. “I watched Kentwood play in their Jamboree. They are very athletic, good size up front. But we got to take care of ourselves and improve on where we are every week.”
    Loranger’s defensive coordinator Mike Young was pleased with the way his unit performed. “I thought defensively we played pretty good," said Young. "I wanted to see some man-to-man coverage and we had a situation where (Pine's) last drive we had a pair of coverage sacks. I have some young cornerbacks playing that position and I thought they were able to cover and tackle well. Against Kentwood this week we are going to have to commit to stopping the run.”
2022 has a lot of “new”.
Loranger buildind a new football facility and moves up to 4A play.

LORANGER, LA—A lot of “new” may be the best description of the 2022 Loranger Wolves. The Wolves will have a new football facility that also contains classrooms along with moving up to 4A classification putting Loranger in a new Distrct that will include Archbishop Hannan, Franklinton, Lakeshore, Pearl River, and Salmen. The roster will also see a lot new faces assume starting roles as this year’s Wolves will be mostly young with less than ten seniors.
    Archbishop Hannan, a familiar foe that was in the same district as Loranger in 3A, was a Regional finalist in last season in Division II. Franklinton who the Wolves have often scrimmaged in Spring drills in the past lost to Lakeshore in the first round of the 4A playoffs last year with Lakeshore eliminated in the second round. Pearl River and Salmen were also eliminated in the first round of teh 4A playoffs.
    The first official practice in full gear is set for August 4 and the earliest scrimmage can take place on August 15. Loranger will host a Jamboree contest August 26 scrimmaging the Pine Raiders. The season opens September 2 on the road when the Wolves travel to Kentwood to take on the Roos.

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