Coach Messina was more than pleased as his 3A Loranger Wolves picked up a big 22-6 win over the 5A Walker Wildcats. The Wolves were in a tight game and then sealed the victory in the fourth quarter to up their record to 2-1 on the season.
The Wolves will look to up their record to 3-1 this Friday Night when they travel to Pearl River to take on the 4A Pearl River Rebels. The Wolves got on the board in the second quarter when quarterback BJ Rainey set up the score with some solid plays.
Rainey had a key completion on the drive to wide receiver Marcus Lamb, and then, Jeryl Brazil scored on a three-yard run to give the Wolves a 7-0 lead in the second quarter of the game. The Wolves got a big effort from their offense.
Loranger tallied 317-yards of total offense in the game, and they were able to take advantage of a couple of big turnovers, created by their defense, that would lead to big plays in the game. The Wolves would pad their lead just before halftime.
Gilbert Boudreaux picked off a Wildcats pass, and the Wolves cashed in when Jonathan King hauled in a 22-yard touchdown reception. Gavin Oldham then tacked on the PAT, and the Wolves led 14-0 late in the first half.
The Wildcats got back into the game in the third, when they cut the Wolves lead to 14-6, but Loranger would not be denied victory in front of their home crowd at Rusty Chambers Memorial Stadium.
The Wolves Defense had one of their best outings in the last two seasons, as they limited the Wildcats to 233-yards, and the Wolves came up with four interceptions, including the game-clincher late in the game.
Down 14-6 in the fourth quarter, Walker had the football with a chance to go on a game-tying drive, but as they had done all night long, the Loranger Defense came up with the big play needed to help win the game.
Kyler Porche picked off a pass and then returned it 15-yards for a touchdown, and the Wolves went on to win the game 22-6.