Morgan City Tigers will head to Rayne
By GEOFF STOUTE
An injury-plagued Morgan City squad will travel to take on an undefeated Rayne High School squad this week in Morgan City’s final non-district matchup.
The Tigers, who enter the contest 0-5, will face a Rayne squad who is 5-0 and receiving votes in the latest Louisiana Sports Writers Association Class 4A poll.
“They have a strong running game,” Morgan City coach Dennis Lorio said. “Their backs are quick. (The) quarterback does a good job of distributing the ball and (they are) effective on the play action.”
Lorio said Rayne runs a Wing-T offense, while on defense, they run a 4-4 and sometimes a 6-2 scheme.
Lorio said Rayne has a big nose tackle that has been successful for them and they also have a good kicker.
Morgan City enters the contest battling injuries still, as Lorio said Daryl Johnson, Kevon Marsh and Tiryce Oloney all are “doubtful” for Friday’s contest, while Francisco Sierra, Clifton Escort and Jaylen Jones all are still out.
“We’ve been told there’s a chance he’ll be back in a week or two,” Lorio said of Jones, this year’s starting quarterback.
Freshman Hector Tolento has been filling in for the injured Jones the last two weeks and has completed 6 of 14 passes for 32 yards and has tossed two interceptions.
Morgan City’s injuries have been compounded by the fact that many players see time on offense, defense and special teams.
“By halftime they’ve virtually played a whole game,” Lorio said.
The Morgan City coach said his squad has performed well in the first half of ball games this year. Most recently, a week ago, the squad led Franklin 3-0 at the half.
However, Franklin stormed back in the second half with a 30-3 scoring advantage for the 30-6 win.
Marsh is the team’s leading rusher this season with 75 carries for 265 yards and two scores.
While Morgan City may be staring down a tough opponent, it’s one they can draw motivation from as Lorio said the Wolves finished 1-9 two years ago, won nine games a year ago and are now off to this year’s undefeated start.
The same struggling-to-success approach lies in the Tigers’ next opponent, Ellender.
Lorio said those teams’ improvement is a “good reference point for us to look at.”
Friday’s contest, which will serve as Rayne’s homecoming, is set for a 7 p.m. start.
Additional reporting by www.acadiatoday.com