Church Point runs past Erath
BY TOM DODGE
LSN STAFF WRITER
CHURCH POINT - The Bears jumped out to a 21-0 first half lead over the Erath Bobcats as Church Point held on for a 21-7 Homecoming win Friday.
“We jumped out early and was able to hang on,” Church Point head coach John Craig Arceneaux said. “We couldn’t convert much in the second half and we have to do better than that when we get into district.
“We need to be able to put a football team away when we have the chance and we didn’t do that tonight.”
The Bears (4-1) took the opening drive and scored in just five plays, sparked by a 44-yard run on a reverse by Bruce Citizen and a 34-yard scamper by Von Duplechain to move the ball inside the Bobcat 10.
Two plays later, Citizen scored from six-yards out. After a missed extra point, Church Point held a 6-0 lead with 9:52 left in the first period.
Erath fumbled the ball on its second play from scrimmage and the Bears set up shop at the Bobcat 21.
Three plays later, Hunter Wimberley connected with Desmond Bellard for a 20-yard touchdown pass. The two-point conversion attempt failed but the Bears led 12-0 with 7:16 remaining in the first period.
After forcing Erath to punt on their second possession, the Bears mounted a nine-play, 57-yard drive late in the opening quarter.
Church Point capped off the drive with on a four-yard run by Duplechain with 11:18 left before intermission. The two-point conversion attempt was unsucessful, but the Bears led 18-0.
Erath moved the ball to near midfield on their next possession, but the Bobcats’ drive stalled and they were forced to punt.
Church Point mounted a time-consuming 15-play drive that began with 9:22 remaining in the half and was capped off with a 33-yard field goal by Mike Leger with 1:11 left before intermission for a 21-0 Bear advantage.
“We didn’t do anything different in the second half except we tackled better and we didn’t put the ball on the ground,” Erath head coach Jacob Byler said. “It is disappointing that we are still making mistakes at this point of the season.”
Defense took over in the third period as both teams could not get to the endzone.
After forcing the Bobcats to punt to open the third period, the Bears moved the ball inside the Erath 30 but missed a fourth-down conversion by just three links of the chain.
Both teams continued to exchange punts as the game moved to the fourth period with the Bears still holding a 21-0 advantage.
Erath’s best play of the night got the Bobcats back in the game when Joshua Pillette broke past the Church Point defense and scored on a 72-yard pass from Jude Cessac. Wayne Scalisi nailed the extra point to close the gap to 21-7 with 9:05 left in the game.
“Defensively we struggled against Parkview Baptist earlier in the year and tonight we saw the same offense and we were able to correct those mistakes and do better against Erath,” Arceneaux said.
After a Church Point punt, the Bobcats threatened with a 11-play drive aided by a pass interference and a face mask penalties against Church Point.
But the drive died at the Bears’ 35 when Cessac’s pass attempt to Aaron Darby fell incomplete at the Church Point 10 with 3:26 left.
The Bobcats forced one more Bear punt but Erath could not get any closer than midfield when time expired.