Football Top Story
Hungry Wolves take a bite out of Patriots in 28-7 win.
Loranger collects five turnovers and shuts down the North Vermilion running game. GAME GALLERY to post Sunday.
LORANGER—The North Vermilion Patriots ran into a pack of hungry Wolves Friday night as Loranger played
lights out defense limiting the Patriots to 33 rushing yards while collecting five turnover en route to a
28-7 win in the opening round of the LHSAA State Playoffs. The win marked the fourth year in a row that
the Wolves advanced to the Regional Round of the state playoff. Loranger will hit the road to play Patterson
next Friday as Patterson defeatesd Rayville 42-0.
“Playoff time is when you want to see seniors to step up and make plays
and lead by example and our kids stepped up tonight and made some big plays for us,” said Loranger head
coach Sam Messina. “We still have a few things we need to clean up, but I am proud of the effort.
The guys played hard for all four quarters.”
The Loranger defense took away the Patriot running game right from the start forcing
North Vermilion to try the passing game, and benefiting from a pass interference call on a 3-and-13 the Patriots
used the pass to take the early lead as junior signal-caller Ty Desormeaux hit junior Seth Patin for
a 29-yard touchdown two plays later to complete a 56-yard, eight play drive on the Patriots initial possession. Senior
Trey booted the point after and North Vermilion led 7-0 with 6:44 showing. The Wolves would adjust, however,
and the Patriot passing game went the way of their running game as Loranger defenders collected four
interceptions and limited the North Vermilion passers to just 11-of-30 on the night for 114 yards.
The Wolves swarming defense set up Loranger’s first score as pressure up the middle
of the Patriot line forced a bad snap on a punt and the Wolves took over at the North Vermilion 18. Senior
Dylan Vaughn did the honors four plays later and with freshman Carson Reed’s boot the Wolves knotted the
score at seven with 11:56 to play in the second quarter.
With nowhere to run, the Patriots when back to the air on their second possession
of the second period, but the Wolves had an answer as freshman Evan Johnson collected a tipped pass and
raced 64-yard down the right sideline for a touchdown. It would be first of four picks for the Wolves. Reed converted and Loranger had the lead a
14-7 with 6:07 left before intermission.
The Patriots received the second half kickoff and showed some life mounting a 14 play,
62-yard drive to the Loranger two-yard line again aided by a pass interference call on third down, but
the Loranger defense only bent but did not break. North Vermilion failed to convert a fourth-and-goal
from the two yardline as senior Dylan Vaughn and Justin Zanders and a host of Wolves stuffed a run up the middle
and Loranger took over on downs.
“Our defense has been playing really well in the past few games and the goal line stand
was a real game changer,” said Messina. “The guys just made big plays when we had to have them.”
The Wolves had to punt deep in their own territory following the goal line stand and
the Patriots started in good field position at the Loranger 44 on their ensuing possession, but the Wolves
forced a 39-yard field goal try that was tipped by senior Cody Smith and fell short. It would be the
final gasp by North Vermilion and the Wolves defense totally dominated the final quarter intercepting a pair of
Patriot passes and stuffing the run.
Freshman quarterback Hunter Flanagan and the Loranger offense cashed in the momentum
created by the Wolves’ defense scoring twice in the final stanza to put the game on ice. Senior
Jake Ingraffia put the first dagger in the Patriots scoring from 44-yards out to finish
off a nine-play 80 yard march. Reed booted the point and Loranger owned a 21-7 advantage with 9:44 left to play.
Zanders, who is more known for his defensive play collecting nine tackles against
the Patriots, showcased his receiving and rushing skills as he put the final nail in the coffin of North
Vermilion scoring on a pass from Flanagan with 7:13 showing. Zanders took the 14-yard toss and raced the
rest of the way dragging a Patriot defender the final five yards to reach pay dirt. Reed made good
for the fourth time and the Wolves were in total command with a 28-7 lead.
Vaughn along with Zanders , D.D. McGee, Smith, and Johnson paced an impressive
defensive performance as Vaughn had five solo tackles and an interception, McGee had four solo tackles
and two picks, Smith five solo tackles and a blocked field goal, and Johnson six tackles and a pick for six.
On the offensive side, junior Cody James was the workhorse for Loranger rushing 23 times for 102 yards. Ingraffia added 48 yards on five carries and a touchdown. James was also activie in the passing game catching three balls for 32 yards and senior Jaylen James had one catch for 25 yards. Flanagan would finish his night with 103 passing yards and one touchdown toss on six-of-15.
Wolves clinch share of District 8-3A Championship!
Loranger romps over Bogalusa 41-8 to improve to 4-1 in district play and tie Amite for the league title.
SUMNER—The Loranger Wolves football team ran away with a 41-8 victory over the Bogalusa Lumberjacks
clinching a share of the District 8-3A title in the regular season finale played at Lewis Murray Jr. Stadium in
Bogalusa. The league race went down to the final week for the second straight season. The victory gave
Loranger a 4-1 mark tied with Amite for first place. Bogalusa dropped to 2-3 in District with hopes of
slipping into the postseason as a wild card.
Playoff pairings will be determined Sunday when the LHSAA makes the official
announcement of where teams stand to play according to power rankings.
Against Bogalusa, the Wolves let their defense setup two scores, while the
offense added pair of drives to break the game open.
“Our defense kept them from making the big play and our offense was able to
capitalize on their turnovers by scoring three touchdowns,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina.
“We are now co-champs, and I’m proud for our team and the effort we put forth getting the district title.
Now we hope this momentum will help us in the playoffs.”
Stopping Bogalusa quarterback Josh Roberts was the key in Loranger's victory.
The Wolves kept pressure on Roberts sacking him four times and making him toss hurried passes in
which one was intercepted.
Neither team would score in the first quarter. Loranger had two chances to score
after the Lumberjacks punter fumbled the snap from center and the Wolves took over on downs at the Bogalusa 30.
But Loranger’s Cody James coughed up the football two plays later to end a scoring threat.
Later the Lumberjacks could not get off a punt and the Wolves had possession at the Bogalusa 25.
But Loranger failed to score after reaching the 12 yard line and gave the football up on downs.
Bogalusa went three-and-out and got off a short punt giving the Wolves possession
at the 26. This time Loranger took advantage of field position scoring on the very next play on a 26-yard
touchdown run by James. Carson Reed kicked the point after to give the Wolves a 7-0 lead with 10:53
remaining in the second quarter.
Loranger’s defense forced Roberts to fumble on a running play as Cole Stevens
recovered at the Lumberjack nine yard line. On the very next play, James went off-tackle on a nine yard
touchdown run. Reed added the PAT and the Wolves built a 14-0 lead at the half.
Loranger kept the momentum to start the second half. The Wolves mounted a five-play,
57-yard drive that was capped by a James 43-yard touchdown run. Reed booted the PAT to make it 21-0 with
9:34 remaining in the period.
Loranger’s Jake Ingraffia intercepted a Roberts pass attempt and he returned the
football 55 yards to the Lumberjack 11. The Wolves cashed in the turnover four plays later when Dylan
Vaughn scored on a one yard touchdown plunge. Reed kicked the PAT to make it 28-0 with 4:43 left in the quarter.
Bogalusa turned the ball over on downs on its next series giving Loranger possession
at their own 26. The Wolves marched 64 yards in four plays ending the drive with a 42-yard touchdown pass
from quarterback Hunter Flanagan to Corey Foster. Reed added the PAT to give Loranger a commanding
35-0 lead with :47 seconds left to play in the period.
Loranger put together one final scoring drive midway in the fourth quarter.
The 12-play, 47-yard drive was culminated when backup quarterback Deandre Brown hooked up with Jaylen
James on a eight touchdown pass to make it 41-0 with 6:46 left to play.
Bogalusa avoided a shutout scoring of their final possession. The Lumbejacks went
65 yards in six plays with Roberts taking a pitch and he scampered in from eight yards for a touchdown.
The two-point conversion was successful making the final score 41-8 with 4:32 remaining.
Wolves play big time D to bite Cowboys.
Loranger scores 20-8 road win to remain in first place in the District title chase.
SUMNER—The Loranger Wolves used a stellar defensive perfomance to produce a 20-8 victory over the
Jewell Sumner Cowboys scoring a key District 8-3A victory. The win improved the Wolves’s league mark to 3-1
keeping them in a tie for first with Amite.
The Wolves defense pressured Sumner senior quarterback Rhett Travis throughout the contest.
Travis was sacked five times and he tossed three interceptions in which two were brought back for Loranger touchdowns.
The Cowboys were held to just 36 yards rushing and Travis finished with only four pass completions on 17 attempts.
“Unbelievable!” said Loranger head coach Sammy Messina, who was doused with water
and ice from elated players on the sideline in the final seconds of the game. “We got challenged and our
players stepped up to the challenge. Our defense stepped up all night long. This was the best game defensively
we played all year. We were able to keep the field position in our favor because we played great on defense.
The kids stepped up. I can’t say enough about it. I’m speechless right now.”
Loranger’s defense forced the homestanding Cowboys to punt on their first three possessions.
The last punt gave the Wolves possession at the Cowboy 47 where Loranger capitolized on field position
scoring five plays later. The drive end when freshman quarterback Hunter Flanagan connected with senior
Javeon Francis on a 22-yard touchdown pass. Freshman Carson Reed kicked the point after to give the Wolves
a 7-0 edge with 9:56 left to play in the first half.
Sumner’s first score came on a safety when the snap from center sailed over the head
of punter Cody Smith. The football bounced into the Wolves end zone where Smith picked it up and threw
it out-of-bounds resulting into the two-point safety score with 3:27 left to play in the half.
Sumner received a free kick from Loranger and took possession at the Wolves 47.
Six plays later, the Cowboys scored using the “Wildcat formation” as running back Archie Miller went in on a
one-yard plunge. The point after was unsuccessful but the Cowboys led 8-7 at the half.
Loranger’s defense made the first of several game chaning plays on Sumner’s next drive to start the second half.
Senior Cody Smith intercepted a Travis pass attempt at the 45 and returned it the distance for a touchdown.
The PAT failed, but the Wolves moved back into the lead with a 13-8 lead wit 9:44 remaining in the third quarter.
Sumner had one more chance to pull out a victory when a short punt by the Wolves gave
Sumner possession at their own 36 with under two minutes left to play. But on the very next play, senior Deandre Bickham
intercepted a Travis pass and he scampered 43 yards on the return for a touchdown. Reed booted the PAT to make
it 20-8 with 1:35 remaining keep the Wolves in the hunt for a District 8-3A title with one game to go.
Loranger amassed 156 yards of total offense. The Wolves had 113 yards rushing as Cody
James led the way with 72 yards on 23 attempts. Flanagan completed three of 10 passes for 43 yards. Sumner had
101 yards of total offense. The Cowboys had 36 yards rushing and 65 yards passing. Both teams combined for 17 penalties.
The Wolves were flagged eight times for 55 yards and Sumner was penalized nine times for 75 yards in losses.
The tone was set early between the two teams when a unsportsmanlike penalty was called on the
Cowboys on a Sumner player lined up for the opening kickoff and he used the slash the throat signal with his hand across
his neck. A game official saw it and penalized the Cowboys giving Loranger the football at midfield to begin the contest.
Amite and Loranger are tied with 3-1 league marks and both will finish on the road next Friday as they try to close out
the season with a win. The Warriors travel to Albany and the Wolves head to Bogalusa and both need a win to claim a share
of the league championship.
JV Wolves take round one over Sumner!
Loranger junior varsity scores a 14-6 win over the JV Cowboys.
LORANGER—With the Sumner Cowboys and Loranger Wolves set to meet this Friday in a contest with
District 8-3A Championship implications, the JV squads got together Monday night for a preview of what Loranger
fans will be hoping for come Friday night. The JV Wolves handed the visiting JV Cowboys a 14-6 setback as
Loranger rolled up 247 yards of offense as Keenan Curry and Deandre Brown scored touchdowns and the
Loranger defense shut down the Cowboy running game.
The Wolves traded possessions to start the contest, but Loranger reached pay dirt on
their second march of the night as sophomore Keenan Curry paced a 65-yard drive rushing 22 yards on three
carries scoring on a three-yard run. Sophomore Austin Hernandez kept the drive alive with 19-yard pass
reception from freshman quarterback Deandre Brown. The point after missed, but Loranger took an early 6-0 lead.
The Cowboys answered on their ensuing possession with some help from a tipped pass
that was scooped up for a 65-yard touchdown. The Wolves stiffened on Sumner’s try for two keeping the score
knotted at six at intermission.
Loranger dominated the second half marching into the red zone three times before
finally cashing in as Brown scored from 12 yards out and then hit David Lewis for a three-yard pass
for two to give the Wolves a 14-6 advantage.
The Wolves defense was stingy for most of the contest limiting the Cowboys to just 97 yards while collecting a pair of turnovers as Brock Rakocy recovered a fumble and Justin Callahan intercepted a pass.
Senior Night is Sensational!
Loranger delivers complete wire-to-wire rout of Albany to earn a share of the District 8-3A lead. PHOTO GALLERY.
LORANGER—The Loranger Wolves showed up with their motors running for Senior Night and never let up on
the gas pedal as the Wolves dominated the visiting Albany Hornets from start to finish scoring a key District
8-3A 48-0 rout to earn a share of the District lead heading into the final two weeks of league play.
Loranger controlled every facet of the game scoring through the air, on the ground and twice on special
“The kids and the coaching staff all did a great job, and we were able to put
together a complete game and you always want your seniors to go out with a win on
the night we honor them,” said Loranger head coach Sam Messina. “Sumner beat Amite tonight so we are right
back in the hunt for a district title. We just have to continue to work hard and take care of our
business the next two weeks.”
The Wolves wasted little time making a statement about who would be in charge of
the game. The Loranger defense forced a quick three-and-out to start the game and senior Deandre Bickham took
the ensuing punt to the house running 74 yards for a touchdown. The point after was blocked, but the Wolves
led 6-0 with 9:41 left in the first.
The Loranger defense was stingy again on Albany’s next series forcing a
third-and-fourteen as Cole Stevens sacked Albany quarterback Skylier Lehmann for a seven yard loss forcing
another Hornet punt. The Wolves’ offense responded marching 56 yards in just five plays as Loranger freshman
Hunter Flanagan tossed the first of three touchdown passes on the night hitting junior
Cody James for a 19-yard score. James set up the touchdown with a 33-yard run on the second play of the march.
The Wolves went to work again on their next possession using just seven plays to
march 61 yards to pay dirt. Freshman Evan Johnson did the honors this time scampering in from seven yards out
for the score. Flanagan converted for two hitting senior Corey Foster and the Wolves les 20-0 with 1:17 left
in the first.
A fumble recovery by Stevens on the third play of the Albany’s ensuing possession set
the Wolves up at the Albany 20. Flanagan needed just one toss to cash in the turnover finding senior Jake
Ingraffia for a touchdown. Freshman Carson Reed booted the extra point and Loranger owned a 27-0 advantage
with 11 second left in the first quarter.
Loranger traded a pair of possession with the Hornets eating up most of the second
period, but with 1:47 left before intermission the Wolves put together another scoring march starting from
their 22. With less than a minute left before half, Flanagan tossed a pass to senior Hagan Populis for
31 yards giving Loranger a commanding 34-0 lead at the half after Reed’s point after.
The Loranger defense continued to dominate play in the second half, while the Wolves’ offense tacked on a
pair of scores in third quarter. The Wolves held the Hornets to just 78 total yards including just 48
yards on the ground in 33 tries.
The Wolves started the second half the same way they began the first collecting a
special teams touchdown. Johnson took the second half kickoff and ran 65 yards for a quick six. Reed booted
the point after and Loranger led 41-0 with 11:44 still to play in the third.
Senior Javunte Andrews completed the scoring for the Wolves making a circus catch
of a Flanagan toss for an 11-yard touchdown. Reed added the point and Loranger owned a 48-0 lead with
five seconds left in the third. Ingraffia set up the scoring march with 33-yard punt return.
The Wolves rolled up 384 total yards including 14-of-24 passing by Flanagan for 239
yards and three touchdowns. James led the Wolves on the ground with seven carries for 71 yards and caught
three passes for 42 yards and a score. Ingraffia had three catches for 53 yards and a touchdown,
while fellow senior Jaylen James added two catches for 42 yards.
Loranger collected four sacks as seniors Justin Zanders and Trevor DePhillips
along with junior Cole Stevens wrecked havoc in the middle of the Albany offensive line. Zanders had
six solo tackles and DePhillips four, while senior Damon Abron notched a sack blitzing off the edge.