CHURCH POINT — Cecilia and Church Point might have established their recent offensive reputations with punishing running games, but don’t be surprised, say the coaches, to see the ball in the air more than expected.
The need to diversify the offenses might be a priority when Cecilia (1-1) visits ninth-ranked Church Point (2-0) at 7 p.m. Friday.
Trending both teams’ offenses during their first two games, it points to a matchup that should features Cecilia’s Raymond Calais Jr., who has gained 421 yards and Church Point’s Deion Monroe.
Calais was on the threshold of 1,200 yards last year.
The Bears will similarly use Monroe, who has rushed for just over 100 yards in each of the first two games. Monroe finished last year with 970 yards and his personal goal is to reach 1,000 or more yards in 2014.
Church Point uses mainly the run-dominated Double-Wing and Wing-T formations that also feature backs Chris Veronie and Fred Williams, while Cecilia is a bit more multiple, said Bulldogs coach Terry Martin.
Martin likes the development of Cecilia’s junior quarterback Landon Roberts who has thrown for 274 yards in two games for the Bulldogs (1-1).
Roberts passed for three touchdowns in Friday night’s 40-14 win over Beau Chene.
Church Point (2-0) has quarterback Troy Matte, also a junior, who thrown 17 times for 114 yards and two touchdowns.
Matte hasn’t had to pass much, since Church Point has outscored its first two opponents 65-7.
Church Point has run the ball 87 times for 600 yards, as the Bears scored a combined 51 points by halftime in their wins over Beau Chene and Kaplan.
Martin said it’s probably incorrect to classify his team as one that primarily runs the ball.
“I don’t know if you can say that,” Martin sid. “I know (Calais) has had two big games running the ball. We’ve been a more balanced team, I feel. (Roberts) threw for over 100 yards and three touchdowns last week.”
Martin said he’s also like what he’s seen of Matte.
“He’s a quarterback who can throw the ball deep and adds a new dimension to what they (Church Point) do,” Martin said. “(Matte) can move around quite a bit and read downfield.”
Church Point coach John Craig Arceneaux said Matte gives his offense another realm of possibilities.
“Troy has a very strong arm and he can stretch the defense vertically,” Arceneaux said. He played a little for us last year, but this is really his first time at running the offense as a starter.
“I’m not surprised by anything that he’s done. We saw his potential all along, and it’s not a matter of him getting his chance.”
Arceneaux said he will need to have his defense prepared for stopping Calais again, something that won’t be easy, he said.
“(Calais) is a very special player,” Arceneaux said. He is just one of a number of quality athletes that Cecilia has.
“Preparing for (Cecilia) has really given us a mountain to climb.”
Martin said he hopes the game doesn’t evolve as it did last year when the Bulldogs’ lost at home to Church Point 21-20.
“We jumped out 14-0 and (Church Point) kept battling back,” Martin said. “With something like 49 seconds left, we drive down to the 1 and then we score.
“With 1 second left, we’re going for two, and we get a bad snap that goes over the head of the quarterback.
Who was that play designed to feature?
Calais, of course, Martin said.