CHURCH POINT — When Church Point faces Iowa in the regional round of the Class 3A football playoffs Friday, Church Point coach John Arceneaux will be trying to snap an 0-4 record in playoff rematches since he has been the Bears coach.
In Week 2, Church Point traveled to Iowa and escaped with a 35-27 victory. As the Bears prepare for their second trip to face the Yellow Jackets this season, Arceneaux said he recognizes that the advantage is in Iowa’s favor.
“Anytime you have a rematch and you’re the team that won, you’ve kind of shown your cards,” Arceneaux said. “They know what your plan is on attack and your plan to stop them. Planning for the second game, it’s kind of hard to get away from that original plan because it’s already worked and you know it works.
“We have to be ready for some in-game adjustments, and we are going to have to tweak our plan as the game goes. The advantage is definitely in their hands and it’s always difficult to beat a team twice in one season.”
The Bears controlled most of the game in the first meeting, before the Yellow Jackets scored two late touchdowns. Arceneaux said that showing proved Iowa can score often and quickly.
“We controlled it for 31/2 quarters. We gave up a touchdown with two minutes to go,” Arceneaux recalled. “We scored, and then we gave up another one. They proved to us that they can be very explosive. We have to do what we did for the first 31/2 quarters. We have to control the football and keep it out of their hands.”
In the past two weeks, Iowa has racked up 76 points against Jennings in the final regular season game and 54 points in a first-round win over Erath. Arceneaux said he noticed that Iowa quarterback Zack Jongbloed seems to have a much better understanding of the offense.
“They’ve made some personnel changes and (Jongbloed) is very much improved from when we played them in Week 2,” Arceneaux said. “He seems to have a much better grasp of what they’re trying to do offensively. He does a great job with his presnap reads and a great job of running their offense.”
As far the perception of any hard feelings that may carry over from the game, Arceneaux said he doesn’t see it. He said the kids on either side aren’t familiar with one another and the games won’t carry over. Arceneaux said his team has a bit of playoff experience which should suit them well Friday night.
“We have a group of kids who have been to the playoffs before,” Arceneaux said. “They understand that the bracket is what it is, and it dictates who you play. It’s very simple: Win and advance; lose and go home. You can’t do anything about the matchups. You just prepare for them as they come.”