“I think we have a good team. Our players believe in what they have been working so hard for and now our goal is to keep their hard work going and get better each week,” said an excited Loranger Coach Sam Messina.
In front of a standing room only crowd the Wolves did not disappoint their fans that also had their own questions about how good this Loranger team really is. The Wolves' fans came out in huge numbers to witness the Wolves defeat the Tigers for the first time in over 20 years.
Just two short years ago the Wolves were 0-8 at this time and now they are 8-0 and take on the defending district champion and 3rd ranked Amite Warriors this Friday night in a huge showdown that will decide the district title.
Loranger jumped on the Tigers early going out to a 13-0 lead with big plays by Jeryl Brazil and Wide Receiver Jonathan King. King picked off a pass after a Brazil touchdown run and then he hauled in a touchdown pass to give the Wolves a 13-0 lead.
The Tigers would come right back and tighten things up when Miquel Toefield scored on a 52-yard run to cut the Wolves lead to 13-7. But, then the Wolves would cash in on a pick off by Brennan Catalano that was returned for a touchdown to give the Wolves a 20-7 lead.
Independence then faked a punt for a score on a 31-yard run by Toefield to cut the lead to 20-13. But the Tigers could not slow down the Wolves in the first half of the game as Loranger would come right back and answer the Tigers score with a touchdown pass from BJ Rainey to Jonathan King as the Wolves led 26-13 at halftime.
King has been the area’s top wide receiver this season and he is also one of the best in the state when you look at his numbers. King had eight receptions for 114-yards in the game. Loranger would add two more scores in the second half to win the game 39-19.