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The Port Allen Pelicans host the Loranger Wolves tonight at Guy Otwell Stadium.

Loranger accomplished last week what Port Allen hopes to achieve Friday.

The Wolves chalked their first win of the season in a 20-19 squeaker against Salmen in Slidell.

Now, Port Allen hopes to use Loranger as a stepping stone Friday when the Pelicans entertain the Wolves in non-district action Friday. Kickoff at Guy Otwell Stadium is 7 p.m.

The Pelicans head into the fray after a 32-15 loss in their homecoming game against Northeast.

Gibson said he has warned his team to ignore Loranger's 1-4 record under head coach Sam Messina, now in his 17th year at the helm of the Wolves.

"This is a much better team than the record indicates," he said. "They've lost to some very solid teams along the way."

The Wolves fell 27-6 to Kentwood in Week 1 action and lost 41-6 in Week 2 against longtime 3A power Amite. LHS suffered a 54-20 loss Week 3 against Ponchatoula and fell victim to Lakeshore of Mandeville in a 62-20 contest.

Running backs Shawn Toefield and Coy Disher will carry the mantle of the rushing attack for the Wolves, whose offense is anchored by quarterback Jacob Messina.

"They have two explosive running backs in Toefield and Disher, and stopping those two guys will be one of the biggest parts of the challenge for us," Gibson said.

Defensive leaders include tackle Lane Huszar, along with senior defensive back Xavier Green.

The Wolves defeated Port Allen 42-0 in last year's meeting. Loranger finished its 2017 season 7-6 after 20-14 loss in a Class 3A non-select quarterfinal game to Richwood, in Monroe.

"They were a great team last year, but they've lost some experience from last year's roster," Gibson said.

Port Allen remains without the services of senior quarterback Jacoby Howard, who suffered torn cartilage in Week 2 action against Plaquemine. Howard is undergoing physical therapy, but Gibson is not certain he will be back in action before the end of the season.

Gibson said the Pelicans will continue their focus on the first win, something they believe they will accomplish.

"Our guys continue to come to work every day, and they realize that this is part of the growing pains of a young team," he said. "Our players won't give up."


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