CHURCH POINT — How to defend the Church Point offense is a multiple choice question with apparently few correct answers.
Focus on shifty senior wingback Deion Monroe, and there’s 210-pound fullback Christian Veronie available to dominate the interior run game.
Devote attention on those two backs, and there’s how to account for Frederick Williams, an all-purpose back whose speed has accounted for 12 touchdowns, mostly from long distance.
What’s complicated for the opposition has also been beneficial for Church Point, Bears coach John Craig Arceneaux said.
Arcenaux, whose second-seeded CPHS (10-1) team hosts No. 15 North Webster (8-3) Friday night in a Class 3A regional playoff contest, said the Bears’ offensive options have been one of the reasons for their success.
“We’ve been fortunate in that we are more multiple than we’ve been in a long time. We’ve also developed a more effective passing game, and that has helped teams who want to stack the box,” Arceneaux said.
Veronie, a 210-pound fullback, has gained 1,191 yards and scored 17 rushing touchdowns. Monroe has 946 yards scored as many TDs.
Williams is a different story. As a wingback, Williams has rushed for 809 and averaged 12.45 yards per carry.
As a punt and kickoff returner, Williams has been electrifying at times, scoring three times on special teams while averaging 30.88 yards on kickoffs and 29.67 on punt returns.
Quarterback Troy Matte, a junior in his first year as a starter, has only thrown 99 passes, but his completions have accounted for 878 yards. Williams has eight of those receptions (292 yards), while Jacque Wimberley has 15 for 302.
With three backs who have gained 2,946 combined yards, Matte said the Bears, averaging nearly 41 points a game, have been difficult to contain.
“Offensively, we are much better than last year,” Matte said. “We can hit you right in the mouth with the run and when we need to, we can air it out.”
Veronie has been particularly effective, serving as an alternative-style runner in the same backfield as the faster Monroe and Williams.
“(Veronie) is just a bull,” Matte said. “He can move when he has to, but he is also really hard to bring down.”
Veronie, a senior, is nonchalant about his effectiveness.
“I just try to do my job and my role,” he said. “I just try to get as many yards as I can for my team and help the other backs. They’re skilled, and they’re fast.
“If the other team stops one of us, it’s pretty hard to stop the other two,” Veronie said.
Monroe said it gets pretty competitive in a talented backfield.
“All of us like to compete, and we all know we have a job to do,” he said. “If each one of us does what he is supposed to do, then we are going to win.
“When (Williams) gets the ball, that’s going to help me come around the corner. When teams go inside on (Veronie), that’s good for me and (Williams),” Monroe said
Williams had similar sentiments.
“I try to compete with my fellow backs for the same goal,” he said. “We use each other as a buildup. Deion, he’s quick, and (Veronie) is a Mack truck. That (diversity) just opens holes, and (Veronie) get us the yards when we need him.”