The Church Point Bears, led by junior DT Dexter Charles, have been a 2011 feel-good story, posting an 8-2 mark after going 4-6 last season. The Bears boast a stingy defense that has allowed only 10 points per game, including a stellar effort in last night's 42-7 romp over an excellent Eunice team.
"I have to say our secondary has been the big reason for our success," said Charles (6-2, 302, 5.2). "It helps a lot - how they shut down the pass. It's left opponents with no other choice but to run, and we've been able to stop the run. We've gotten good linebacker play."
Charles already has his first offer and is receiving interest from an SEC program.
"Grambling has offered and Arkansas is looking at me," he said. "Those are the main two that are recruiting me. I also like LSU, Auburn, Alabama, and there's a lot more.
"Although football is really important, an educational program is the main part of going to school. I plan to major in business."
What does Charles think about tonight's No. 1 LSU vs. No. 2 Alabama matchup?
"I'm a Louisiana fan, so I'll be cheering for LSU," he said. "It's two great teams going head-to-head. There will be a lot of contact, which I love seeing."
As a sophomore, Charles won the state powerlifting championship.
"I was first in 3A and second overall. I had a 360-pound bench, 600-pound squat, and a 580-pound deadlift," he said.
Last night, Charles and his teammates soundly defeated Eunice, which entered the game with only one loss.
"It's a big game and we need to make sure we're focused," said Charles prior to the contest. "We may need to deal with any of the adverse situations - like getting behind on the scoreboard - that Coach (John Craig) Arceneaux talks about."
Fortunately for the Bears, there weren't many adverse situations Friday evening. Church Point will host a first round playoff game next week, and opposing defenses won't be pleased to see Charles at fullback, where he lines up on occasion and sometimes carries the football.