Church Point upsets Eunice
CHURCH POINT – Historically, playing the Church Point High Bears on the road has been a tough assignment for the Eunice High Bobcats.
On Friday, Coach Paul Trosclair’s Bobcats hoped to change that experience.
It didn’t happen.
Instead, the Bears outscored the Cats 35-7 in the second half on the way to a 42-7 thrashing of the Bobcats.
The win by the Bears earned them a piece of the District 5-3A title with a 4-1 record. Eunice and Livonia share the title with similar district records.
Both the Bears and the Bobcats will now ready themselves for the state playoffs, with both likely to host in the first round.
The Bears proved to be dominant from the early going.
The Cats did open the game by driving from their own 25 to the Bears’ 37.
But, on a fourth-and-two, a run by Jacob Jurls was stopped a yard short of the first down.
The Bears then took the ball on a 64-yard, 14-play drive for the game’s opening touchdown. The Bears converted first down on a third-and-7, a third-and-1, and a fourth-and-2 during the drive.
Quarterback Jake Morvant capped the drive with a one-yard run with 1:21 remaining in the first quarter. Brock Latiolais kicked the PAT for a 7-0 advantage.
Following the kickoff, the Cats began another drive - this time from their own 30.
An 18-yard run by quarterback Trenon Trosclair produced a first down, then picked up another with a pass interference call.
But the drive stalled and the Cats failed by a yard on a fourth-and-11 when John Johnson was stopped just short on a screen pass from Trosclair.
The Cats had another chance with over three minutes to play in the half at their own 30.
On first down, Trosclair ran for 22 yards to the Bears’ 48. But, on the next play what appeared to be a completion for a first down from Trosclair to Johnson, was nullified by a penalty for an illegal pick. The call pushed the Cats back to their own 38 and they were assessed a loss of a down, forcing a second-and-35. The Cats never recovered, but went into the half trailing by only a 7-0 margin.
The Bears did not take their foot off the Bobcats’ necks to start the second half. After a 15-yard return to their own 40, the Bears drove 60 yards in 8 plays for a touchdown.
The longest play was a 22-yard run by Gallen Williams down to the Eunice 10-yard line. Two plays later, Jacob Boone bulled over from the one-yard line. The PAT by Latiolais made it 14-0 with 8:11 left in the third quarter.
The Bobcats went three-and-out following the kick and were forced to punt. The Bears took possession at their own 32, and on first down, sophomore running back James Bellard raced 68 yards for a touchdown and Latiolais added the PAT. With seven minutes left in the third quarter, the Bears led 21-0.
The Bobcats turned the ball over on their next possession when Trosclair was intercepted at his own 37 by Chance Roy.
The Bears would take eight plays to score. Devin Landry ran one yard for the touchdown and Latiolais added the kick for a 28-0 lead with 1:40 left in the third quarter.
The Bobcat offense would finally respond, despite overcoming a clipping penalty which negated a 25-yard return by Johnson.
Starting at their own 20, the Cats would put together an 80-yard scoring drive. Trosclair ripped off a 39-yard run to the Bears’ 41, then Jurls got five to the 36.
Trosclair found daylight on the next play for 35 yards before being tackled at the one-yard line. Johnson would score on the next play. Taylor Aguillard’s PAT kick cut the lead to 28-7 with 11:55 left in the game.
Church Point would continue to pound the football against the Bobcat defense, however. On the ensuing series, the Bears would move 66 yards in eight plays for a touchdown, with Morvant scoring on an 11-yard run.
After the Bobcats went three-and-out on their next series, the Bears took possession on their own 43. On first down, Boone found daylight and raced 57 yards for yet another touchdown. The PAT kick by Latiolais would give the Bears a 42-7 lead with just 5:13 left in the game.
“It was a solid, total domination,” commented Coach Trosclair following the game. “Church Point just took it to us ,” he added.
The Eunice High head coach reminded his players that a new season begins this coming week with the playoffs.
“You need to put this one aside and get ready for next week,” he said.
The statistics definitely favored the Bears, who accounted for 454 yards of total offense.
Bellard led the Bears in rushing with 119 yards on just eight carries. Boone added 117 on 16 attempts, while Williams had 65 yards on 14 carries.
Trenon Trosclair led the Eunice attack with 110 yards on eight carries. Johnson added 33 yards on nine attempts.