Church Point, Rayne cruise to jamboree victories
ERATH – In one of the most dominant performances since the start of the Acadia/Vermilion Parish Jamboree four years ago, the Church Point Bears manhandled the Abbeville Wildcats from start to finish Friday evening at Erath’s Bobcat Stadium.
The Bears limited the Wildcats to just 69 total yards total offense in the two 15-minute halves and while their own offense reeled off six unanswered touchdowns in a stunning 41-0 victory.
The shutout was the third in four games in the two-day jamboree. North Vermilion knocked off Iota, 10-0, while Crowley blanked Kaplan, 13-0, on Thursday in Crowley.
“We had a lot of young guys that played on defense last year and we kind of got slapped around a few times and gave up a bunch of points,” said Church Point coach John Craigh Arceneaux. “And that was the emphasis going into spring and summer. Those guys were angry. They were all coming back and they want to be able to shut people down.”
The Bears limited Abbeville to just four first downs on the night and forced three turnovers.
Offensively, Church Point racked up 233 yards on the ground and picked up another 78 through the air.
Jacob Boone rushed for 52 yards and two touchdowns - on runs of seven and 28 yards - on just four carries in the first half. Devin Landry (3-14) scored the other touchdown in the opening frame on a three-yard run.
Gallen Williams (7-58)scored on a three-yard run early in the second half before Deion Monroe broke free on a 60-yard scoring scamper.
The final score of the night came on an 11-yard run by Tyler Clavier (3-26) with just over three minutes remaining in the game.
Church Point quarterback Jake Morvant completed all three of his pass attempts to three different receivers, all for big gainers. Desmond Bellard hauled in one pass for 28 yards while Brett Thibodeaux had a 27-yard reception and Boone had one catch for 23 yards.
“Offensively, we only had four starters coming back, but we moved some guys around and we have six seniors from tackle to tight end on the offensive line,” said Arceneaux. “We’ve got a senior split end, a senior halfback...so those guys have pride. They challenge each other every day and it showed today.”
Abbeville was led by Ross Duhon with 16 yards on seven carries while Darrell Chambers picked up 15 yards on nine runs. John Clostio and Patrick Landry rounded out the Wildcats’ ground attack with 13 and 12 yards respectively.
Duhon also completed two of his nine pass attempts, both to tight end Brock Clark, for 15 yards.
The Bears will open the 2011 regular season on the road when they travel to Arnaudville Thursday to take on Beau Chene.
RAYNE 34, ERATH 7
The Rayne Wolves closed out the 2011 Acadia/Vermilion Parish Jamboree Friday night with a convincing 34-7 victory over the host Erath Bobcats.
The Wolves set the tempo on the first offensive play of the game when Clarence Leger hit R.J. Buchannan for a 60-yard scoring strike.
Rayne added another touchdown on its next drive when Jalen Williams scored on a 33-yard run.
Erath answered on its ensuing possession when the Bobcats’ quarterback broke containment and raced for a 65-yard touchdown to cut the lead to 12-7.
That was as close as the Bobcats would get however.
Rayne added two more scores before the half on runs by Williams and Buchannan to take a 28-7 lead at the break.
The Wolves’ defense sparked the final touchdown of the night by forcing Erath to punt after a three-and-out on the opening possession of the second half.
Rayne took over at their own 35 before Danny Harmon hauled in a pass from Leger and raced down to the Bobcat 22. Running back Brody Bourque carried the rest of the load from there and before eventually scoring to give Rayne a 34-7 advantage.
Rayne coach Curt Ware said he felt good about his team and their effort following the victory.
“I think we are faster, overall, than we have ever been,” said Ware. “And these kids have the attitude that I think it takes to be successful. We will see how successful they will be when we travel to St. Edmund next Friday to open the season.”