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|Ouachita looks for first win|
The Ouachita Lions (0-1) will host Class 3A Rayville on Friday night following a 55-34 loss at Neville last week.
After losing so many seniors off of their quarterfinal playoff team of 2008, many did not expect Ouachita to put up much of a fight against the veteran Neville squad. The Lions proved everyone wrong and even in defeat, looked like a 5A team on the rise.
Ouachita brought a young team to Neville on Friday and showed great promise after jumping out to 14-0 lead.
Several special team miscues, including two safeties in the first half, helped Neville regain the momentum and stifle the Lions in the second half.
Ouachita found a new star in quarterback Quenton Wheeler as he completed 13-of-20 pass attempts for 203 yards and two touchdowns as well as 107 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries.
Starting running back Rickey McCarthy was stuffed most of the night as he was held to only seven yards for the entire game. The Neville game plan left the door open for Wheeler to take charge, and the first-year starter dominated each time he touched the football.
The rushing attack was a large focus of the Ouachita practices this week as they continue to improve their offensive efficiency.
"We have to establish the running game better," Ouachita head coach John Carr said. "On defense, we must make tackles against Rayville. They always have great athletes and are so well coached."
Rayville head coach Bo Barton looks to senior quarterback Phaquiton Lawson to lead the offense and he has shown great ability and poise.
Lawson threw for four touchdown passes in an opening week win at Oak Grove.
Rayville will bring a challenging rushing attack as well. Lawson added a 12-yard rushing touchdown to his totals against Oak Grove last week.
Gerard Jackson added a fumble return for a touchdown for the Hornet defense.
The Thursday contest gave Rayville an extra day to prepare and scout the Lions.
Ouachita will also get another great challenge in the defensive backfield after having to contend with possibly the best passer in the state last Friday when they faced Neville's Taylor Burch.
The contest can be heard on 92.3 FM with a 6:30 p.m. pre-game show.