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Loranger outlasts Charging Indians in playoffs

Photo courtesy of Gary Lee

THE CATCH -- Loranger sophomore Cyntonio McClain won the battle for the ball over Washington-Marion's Ahman Lee for a touchdown on a fourth-and-nine in the final minutes of Friday's LHSAA Class 3A contest won by the home-standing Wolves 21-20. Loranger advanced to the Regional round of the Class 3A LHSAA playoffs and will head to Monroe next Friday to take on Richwood who defeated No. 25 North Vermilion 20-17 to advance.

From Staff Reports

LORANGER -- The Loranger Wolves extended their winning streak to six games as they used a late touchdown catch by sophomore Cyntonio McClain, an interception by senior D.J. Hookfin and three-for-three extra point boots by junior Austin Trahan to outlast the visiting Washington-Marion Charging Indians 21-20 in Class 3A first round playoff action Friday.

With the win Loranger advanced to the Regional round of the Class 3A LHSAA playoffs and will head to Monroe next Friday to take on Richwood who defeated #25 North Vermilion 20-17 to advance.

After the two team exchanged punts to open the contest the Wolves would have to cross the goal line twice before the six points would appear on the scoreboard. The Wolves took a short punt by the Charging Indians and marched 49 yards with sophomore Shawn Toefield running 26-yards for an apparent touchdown but the ball was fumbled out of the end zone for a touchback.

Washington-Marion took over starting at their twenty and moved the ball 16 yards in five plays but an interception by Loranger's Nick Scott ended the drive and set Loranger up at the Washington-Marion 46. Eight plays later Hookfin tossed a touchdown strike to senior Luke Colona from 34 yards out to give the Wolves the early advantage at 7-0.

The Charging Indians answered on their next possession marching 91 yards in 14 plays with junior Carrington Mcclinton doing the honors from two yards out.

It would be the first of three scores for Mcclinton who racked up 228 yards on 46 carriers. Junior Gerron Duhon add two more points with a three-yard scamper and the Charging Indians led 8-7 with 5:37 left before halftime.

Washington-Marion picked up where they left off to start the third period marching inside the Loranger five with a 13-play drive, but would end up with no points after a pair of big stops by the Loranger defense and a pair of motion penalties forced the Charging Indians into a fourth and eleven. A pass attempt fell short and the Wolves took over on downs.

The Loranger offense responded and needed just four plays to reach pay dirt as Hoofin hit Colona for his second touchdown of the night this one a 70-yard play that saw Colona break a pair of tackles on the way to the end zone. Trahan converted and Loranger led 14-8 with 3:46 left in the third.

Mcclinton again went to work rushing a dozen times to pace a 15-play scoring drive that knotted the score at 14. Mcclinton did the honors with a nine-yard jaunt with 8:29 showing. The try for two failed leaving the score tied.

The Charging Indians regained the advantage minutes later when junior Christian Guillory recovered a Loranger fumble to set Washington-Marion up at the Wolves' 41.

Mcclinton needed just three plays to cash in the Loranger miscue scoring on a 20-yard rumble. The try for two came up short but the Charging Indians led 20-14 with 6:14 left in the contest.

A short kick off set the Wolves up at their 48 and a 16-yard pass to Colona and 12-yard run by Toefield quickly put Loranger deep in Washington-Marion territory but the Charging Indians stiffened forcing a fourth-and-nine setting up McClain heroics.

The sophomore receiver out fought Washington-Marion's Ahman Lee for the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. Trahan delivered for the third time on the night kicking the go ahead extra point with just 3:45 left to play.

The Charging Indians would get one more chance and they converted a third-and-eighteen with a 23-yard pass from Tayen Grice to Jathan Royal to get into Loranger territory, but two plays later Hookfin ended any chance of a Washington-Marion rally with an interception allowing the Wolves to use the victory formation to run out the clock.

Hookfin finished 10-of-16 passing with 202 yards and three touchdowns, while Toefield carried the ball 14 times for 101 yards. Colona notched six receptions for 152 yards and two touchdowns. Senior Nick Scott had an interception and nine tackles to pace the Loranger defense, while senior David Smith and sophomore Truman Faust combined for 16 tackles and three assists with Smith collecting ten. Senior Jarrell Brumfield added six tackle and three assists for the winners.