The Franklinton Demons scored four third-quarter touchdowns en route to a 36-14 victory over the Rayne Wolves in a regional-round Class 4A game Friday at Franklinton.
Franklinton (11-1) will be home against Landry-Walker next week in the quarterfinals.
Rayne finishes its season 9-3.
Franklinton gained 253 of its 386 yards in the decisive third quarter.
“We made some adjustments at halftime and established the run,” said Demons coach Shane Smith. “Rayne looked like they got tired. But give them credit, they came out early and controlled the clock.”
Franklinton led 8-0 at halftime. The Wolves had a 15:08 to 8:52 advantage in time of possession in the first half.
On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, Azende Magee took a speed sweep 60 yards for a touchdown. Connor Ackerman added the extra point to increase the Demons lead to 15-0.
Rayne responded with a seven-play, 65-yard scoring drive. John Besse caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Jaylon Reed. Ben Alvarez added the extra point to cut the Demons lead to 15-7 with 8:44 left in the third quarter.
Renaz Wilson scored on a 12- yard touchdown run to give Franklinton a 22-7 lead 7:07 to go in the third quarter. Magee had a 4-yard touchdown run, and Wilson scored from 2 yards with 30 seconds to go in the third to increase the lead to 36-7.
“Our offensive line made some key blocks,” Wilson said. The tempo was key in the third quarter, and we did what we needed to do.”
The Demons were led by Wilson who had 166 yards on 18 carries. Magee had 76 yards rushing on just 3 carries as the Demons rushed for 250 yards.
“Up front they are so big” Rayne coach Curt Ware said. “We moved the ball all game long, but they were just so fast on defense. They don’t have too many weaknesses.”
Rayne rushed for 176 yards and had 271 total yards. Deontrey Wilridge rushed for 125 yards on 24 carries. Reed finished 10 of 15 for 95 yards. Besse caught eight passes for 78 yards.
The Demons got their only score of the first half on a 41- yard touchdown pass from Michael Wilson to Ryche Jenkins. The score was setup on the preceding play when the Demons converted a fourth-and-1 1 as Wilson ran for 4 yards. The Wolves jumped offsides on the extra point, and the Demons sent their offense back onto the field. Wilson easily ran in the two-point conversion to give Franklinton an 8-0 lead with 4:46 remaining in the first half.
Rayne’s only scoring threat of the first half came on its opening possession. After the Wolves drove 11 plays and 43 yards, they faced a fourth-and-7 at the Demons 25. Kobe Crain batted down Reed’s pass to turn the ball over to Franklinton. Reed is the son of former LSU and NFL wide receiver Josh Reed.
The Demons outgained the Wolves 107 yards to 91 in the first half.