Erath suffers 1st loss
CHURCH POINT -- The Erath Bobcats’ ground game stalled, while the Church Point Bears’ ground attack exploded for 296 yards en route to a 28-7 win over the Bobcats.
It was the first loss for Erath (3-1), while Church Point improved to 4-1.
The Bears’ defense held Erath’s running game to 90 yards, which was their game plan.
“We knew our three front guys could stop the run,” said Church Point head coach John Craig Arceneaux. “Those three guys are all seniors who can all play. We wanted to stop the run and try to make them (Erath) one dimensional which would give us a chance in the ball game.”
Church Point, running out of the Wing-T offense, had two 100-yard rushers. Joseph Carrier carried 12 times for 122 yards, while Von Duplechain touched it 15 times for 100 yards.
The Bobcats’ offense went cold in the second half, down only 14-7.
At half time, Erath had 97 yards rushing. EHS quarterback Chris Tyson had 65 of the 97 yards.
When the game was over, Erath finished with 90 yards rushing. Tyson lost 12 yards in the second half to finish with 53 yards.
Of his six carries in the second half, four went for negative yards.
Long-time Erath head coach Jacob Byler was disappointed in his team’s performance coming off a ---- win over Rayne the week before.
“It was an old fashion whipping,” Byler said. “Their Wing-T gave us trouble, but I also thought we were not ready to play.”
The Bobcats had a chance to put points on the board on their first two drives but came away with nothing. They got down to the Church Point 19 and did not score. On Erath’s next possession, the Bobcats were on the Bears’ 23 but threw an interception.
Church Point marched 80 yards to take a 7-0 lead in the second quarter.
Erath responded with a 60-yard drive of its own for seven points. Tyson had a 30-yard run on the drive. He ran in from 10 yards out and Dusty Uriegas nailed the extra point to tie it 7-7 at the 8:23 mark in the second quarter.
“When we came back and tied it 7-7, I thought we were back in it,” Byler said. “But we did not play football like we were capable of playing.”
The Bears took advantage of an Erath fumble deep in Church Point territory late in the second. The Bears recovered it on Erath’s 15 yard line. Three plays later, they scored when Bruce Citizen scampered in for six with 28 seconds remaining in the first half.
The second half was a mirror of the first half.
The Bobcats took their first possession of the second half and marched down to the Church Point 15, only to come up empty. Tyson threw his second interception of the game to kill the scoring threat.
The Bobcats had a season-high 12 penalties for 85 yards.
Tyson had some success in the air. He was 7 out 13 for 41 yards. Erath’s top receiver was Joshua Pillette with four catches for 33 yards.
Tate Bodin had eight totes for 25 yards for EHS.