And the second half proved to be the “worst of times” for the Erath Bobcats.
The Church Point Bears out-scored the Bobcats 27-7 in the second half en route to a 27-26 victory.
Church Point’s Von Duplechain scored the game-winner on a 1-yard run with 1:37 to play.
“They played well,” Erath head coach Destin Dieterich said of Church Point. “I think we played hard and we didn’t give up.”
The Bobcats certainly played well in the first half. Mikey Seymour scored on a 1-yard run of his own to put Erath up 6-0 three minutes into the second quarter. Wayne Scalisi made it 12-0 when he returned a fumble 12 yards on Church Point’s ensuing possession. The Bears turned the ball over again two possessions later when Grant Sonnier intercepted a deflected pass. The Bobcats took advantage of the takeaway going up 19-0 after Seymour found Josh Pillette for a 10-yard touchdown strike.
“We had an opportunity to put them away,” Dieterich said. “They got some breaks and took advantage of them.”
Pillette returned a punt to pay dirt that could have been a knock-out blow. Instead, the Bobcats were called for holding possible 26-0 score turned into 19-14 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Bobcats did reach 26 points when Cole Bourque flew in for a 6-yard score. That came moments after Bourque broke loose for a 70-yard dash. The Bobcats held a 26-14 edge with 4:46 remaining in the game.
“When someone’s down,” Dieterich said. “We’ve got to learn to keep them down.”
The Bears drew within 26-21 with 4:18 left after Jacob Boone hauled in a 58-yard touchdown from Ty Leger. The Bobcats were forced to punt on the following drive, an attempt the Bears blocked, giving Church Point a start on the Erath 48.
After an incomplete pass on first down, Leger found Zack Quibedeaux for a short pass underneath, one Quibedeaux turned into a long gain down to the 13. Quibedeaux then powered his way to the one, setting up Duplechain’s score with 1:37 remaining.
“I don’t know if that game turns out like that if we play it another 20 times,” Dieterich said. “We’ve got to quick making the mistakes we are making.
“We’ve got some issues that we need to fix. We’re going to try to fix them and move on.”
The Bobcats (3-2) will play host to Notre Dame next Thursday at 7 p.m.