LAFAYETTE-To make strides in Class 5A, the Comeaux Spartans decided to throw their weight around.
Comeaux, coming off a 49-7 win at Crowley, is 2-0 heading into a Friday night home contest against a Class 4A unbeaten team, Breaux Bridge, also 2-0.
“The weight room has been the biggest thing,” third-year Comeaux coach Kevin Magee said about his squad’s start. “We are not blessed with a whole lot of team speed, so we work hard on one thing we can control.”
That focus on power has played a part in a new start for the Spartans. Comeaux began last year 0-2 on the way to a 1-9 season. Those first two weeks contained a two-point loss to South Terrebonne and a three-point defeat at the hands of Northside.
This season has started with a 37-0 shutout of Morgan City and the win over Crowley in which Comeaux rumbled for 349 yards on the ground.
“We worked harder in the weight room and became more unified on the line,” said senior offensive lineman Christian Brower.
“Now, we know we can win and that makes you more willing to put in that effort. We have gotten more school support. It all makes you more confident about going to away games.”
The Spartans’ bench press and squat stats are not the only numbers that have helped. Magee, who has also coached at Crowley, Leesville and was an assistant at Acadiana, has more options at his disposal than he did a few years ago.
“I think we had 53 players my first year here,” Magee said. “Now, we are up to 85. Slowly but surely, we have been building.”
Bears showing bite
Church Point High School has not allowed a point through two games, shutting out Beau Chene (14-0) and Kaplan (28-0).
“Last year, we were forced to play a bunch of young kids,” said Church Point coach J.C. Arceneaux. “We are a lot better at understanding schemes now. Having eight returners on defense makes it much better.”
That experience helped Church Point limit Beau Chene to 77 total yards and Kaplan to 124 yards. Dexter Charles has anchored the defensive line, while Trevor Breaux and Tedrick Citizen have provided support at linebacker.
“Dexter can be a premier player in our state,” Arceneaux said. “Chance Roy has turned into a leader in the secondary.”
The defensive effort has also lightened the workload for the offense. Working on a short field, Bear running back Jacob Boone scored on runs of 11 and 10 yards against Kaplan.
“The biggest factor is field position,” Arceneaux said. “Not having to go 70 or 80 yards, when you have to go 40 or 50, you can overcome a couple of mistakes. To go 70 or 80 yards all the time, everything has to be perfect.”
The Bears will put their 2-0 mark on the line when they face Cecilia (1-1) Friday night in Church Point.
“We don’t want to let this early start get to our heads,” Arceneaux said. “It is a lot easier to get them (the players) motivated at 2-0 for practice.”