Lane Wize’s 80-yard kickoff return helped ignite Vancleave past Bay High 40-23 on Friday night at Tank Williams Field.
The Vancleave tailback who ran for 138 yards on 14 carries, totaling 218 all-purpose yards to lead the Bulldogs (2-5, 1-2 Region 8-4A).
“Lane Wize weighs about 145 pounds, but every bit of it is heart,” said Bulldogs coach Lavon Capers. “He runs as hard as he can; he runs until he falls out. He ran until he cramped up tonight, then he went back in there. It was a total team effort tonight. It started with our O-line of course, but even our slots and wideouts.
“We just did a great job of getting on their guys and staying on them and fighting until the whistle blew, and staying on blocks. We didn’t give up blocks. We didn’t come off of guys early. We played till the whistle on every play.”
Bay High (0-7, 0-3) took the early lead with a 63-yard Jaylan Wilson keeper for the score.
The Bulldogs tied the game on their first possession of the game with a Tristan Glass 11-yard keeper. It was the first of Glass’ four touchdowns on the night.
Bay High regained the lead at 10-7 with a 23-yard field goal. But the lead wouldn’t last long as Glass capped the Bulldogs’ next possession with a 2-yard scoring run and a 14-10 lead.
The Tigers’ offense responded on their ensuing possession on a 35-yard pass from Wilson to KeSaun Laneaux to regain the lead at 16-14.
Glass scored his third touchdown, capping a 59-yard drive with a 6-yard carry and Vancleave never trailed again.
Wize’s kickoff return extended the lead to 26-16, and midway through the third quarter, Glass scored his fourth touchdown of the night on a 4-yard carry for a 33-16 lead.
Laneaux returned the ensuing kickoff 49 yards to the Vancleave 27, and on the third snap, Wilson kept right in front of the Tigers’ bench for 21 yards and a touchdown. The Tigers trailed 33-23 with just over four minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Chase Aubry closed out the game’s scoring with a 7-yard scoring carry with 10:55 remaining in the game.
The Tigers best chance for gaining momentum was late in the second quarter as Wilson mixed it up with runs of 10, 15 and 8 yards and a 28-yard completion to Kaleb Leavens, but the drive ended with a Tigers’ fumble as Vancleave recovered at their own 17 yard line.
“That turnover hurt us,” said Tigers coach Ben Foreman. “Then we start the second half, and it’s a one-score game, and they return the kickoff and made it a two-score game. I think we’re still a team that hopes for good things to happen, instead of expecting them to happen and making them happen.”
Aubry added 92 yards on 16 carries, Brandon Payne contributed 80 yards, and Glass added 58 yards for the Bulldogs.
For Bay High, Wilson rushed for 172 yards on 16 carries.