Church Point Bears
Coach: J.C. Arceneaux
2019 Record: 8-3 (Lost 2nd round)
Notes: Undefeated 5-3A District Champs in 2019
When it comes to 3A football, save your preseason predictions. Because it's typically the most wide open division in Louisiana once you enter the playoffs.
One of those contenders is typically Church Point.
"You just have to get to the dance," Church Point Head Coach J.C. Arceneaux said. "Once you get to the dance, you have a chance to dance with the prettiest girl there. You just gotta get there."
The Bears ticket to the dance over the last few years has been district titles, winning District 5-3A, 2 of the last 3 seasons.
In 2019, CP went undefeated in district on their way to an 8-3 record.
"Every year, our goal is to win district first," Church Point running back Gavin Richard said. "After winning district, our goal is to make it to the dome. We've been struggling to make it past the 2nd round, but we're gonna make it past this year."
This season, Church Point loses the program's all time leading rusher in Rodney Dupuis at tailback. But on the other side, the Bears brings back a wealth of experience on defense with 9 returning starters.
That includes district 5-3A defensive MVP Dylan Stelly at linebacker, along with 1st team all-district nose guard Tony Gibson, leading the push up front.
"Our D line has a chance to be really good," Arceneaux said. "2 of those 3 kids started last year as sophomores. Really came on strong late in the year. We feel like Tony (Gibson) is a D-1 player. He's a 2x defending state runner up in wrestling. He would've been a 2x defending state champ in power lifting, if we would've had the power lifting meet. With those 3, we feel like they're going to be able to really really takeover some games."
"The (assistant) coach we brought in, is giving a lot more leeway with what we can do on the D line," Gibson said. "So that's giving me a chance to play within our gameplan, but playing the way I play without being restricted.
"We're really excited," Stelly added. "We work as a team. Everybody on defense loves hitting people, so we're a good defense."
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