Ville Platte High freshman quarterback Jaquan Lavergne (5) weaves his way through open real estate while assistant coach Isaiah Thomas directs him forward. Ville Platte will travel to Church Point tomorrow night to take on the Bears in a District 5-3A game. Ville Platte is currently 1-3 on the season and 1-1 in district. (Photo courtesy of Chuck Sexton)
Not your average bear
Ville Platte High’s next hunting adventure will take them deep into bear country, as they travel to Church Point tomorrow night in hopes of bagging a prize win over a very good football program.
Game time is set for 7 p.m.
But, these Bears are not your average bear. In fact Church Point has not fallen this season in four games. Last week the Bears took down Northwest 32-7 in a district contest.
Over the last five years, Church Point has been in the mix for the district title and has made appearances in the second round of the playoffs in each of those years.
“Church Point has a tremendous program,” stated Ville Platte head coach Jorie Randle. “I really respect what Coach Arceneaux and his staff have done over there. They are a tough group to match-up with year in and year out. They always come ready to play.”
Ville Platte comes into the game with an overall record of 1-3 and a District 5-3A mark of 1-1. The Bulldogs dropped a 37-0 loss to the Iota Bulldogs this past Friday night.
On of the biggest concerns for Ville Platte this year has been the progress of the offense. In four games, the Bulldogs have only managed to put up 18 total points on the scoreboard.
However, Ville Platte is very young on that side of the football, including having to start a freshman quarterback, Jaquan Lavergne.
Still, Randle remains positive that his offense will begin to click due to the fact that Lavergne is finding his way after starting his very first game last week.
“Experience is the best teacher,” said Randle. “I know he will take some lessons from the Iota game and put it in his tool box. Kudos to him for stepping up to the challenge. It is not easy to take over the reigns of a team as a freshman.”
The Ville Platte offense did show some life against the Mamou Demons two weeks ago. In that game, the Bulldogs found a running game that produced 157 yards on the ground, something they were not able to do in the previous two games.
“We know that in order to give our young quarterback a chance, we have to run the football effectively,” commented Randle. “The last couple of weeks we have gotten a lot better at grinding out yards on the ground. Our two backs, Jaekwon Fontenot and RJ Williams run the football really hard. For us to be in the game and have a chance this week, we are going to have to be efficient in the run game.”
Defensively, the Bulldogs have surrendered a lot of points this season. In four games, Ville Platte gives up an average of 44 points a game.
Two weeks ago against Mamou, Ville Platte only surrendered one touchdown on the defensive side of the ball. However, this past week, the Bulldogs allowed 31 points to Iota.
“It may be hard to believe, but we are getting better and better on the defensive side of the ball,” said Randle. “The Iota game was probably the best game we have played all season in terms of getting after it all four quarters. The kids fought hard, but it came down to just a few key plays. I think things are starting to come together.”
So how does Ville Platte take down the District 5-3A favorites tomorrow night? According to Randle, it is the small battles that count.
“This year’s Church Point team is a typical Church Point team,” stated Randle. “They are going to run the Wing-T and run it to perfection. Their players are very familiar with the system and play hard. In order for us to win the war, we are going to have to win every down. Offensively, we are going to have to control the ball on the ground. Defensively, we have to play assignment football and make sure our keys are read to perfection. It will be a tough task, but I think our guys are ready to play.”