Charles Henderson linemen participate in drills on Monday. (Photo/Wes Johnson)

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Charles Henderson readies for season under Mike Dean

Published 9:51pm Monday, August 6, 2012

Charles Henderson has already played a spring game under first-year head coach Mike Dean but the Trojans are still experiencing a lot of firsts.

Charles Henderson opened its first Dean-run practice on Monday although no everything was fresh.

“We’ve done so much this summer that today was just an extension of that,” Dean said. “We added some things that we did in the spring but weren’t able to do in the summer. It really didn’t feel like the first day, it felt like we were back to work.”

The Trojans worked for nearly three hours on Monday, with team working mostly with their positions coaches and Dean making sure his detailed practice plan was executed on schedule.

Dean, who was hired in February, says he’s ready to get the 2012-13 school year underway.

“I’m big on routine,” Dean said. “I’m for organization and as much as we can keep the kids in a routine, I’m all for it.”

Although the team has been together in the weight room over the summer and during spring practice, Dean says the first couple of practices are about bonding and gelling as a team.

“I’m still looking for leaders,” he said. “We’re looking for one heartbeat. The key for us is learning how to overcome adversity.”

Charles Henderson finished 6-6 last season and fell to St. Paul’s in the second round of the playoff s. The Trojans, however, struggled to come up with big plays when they mattered the most losing their five regular season games by a combined 24 points.

“It’s a ‘win today’ mentality,” said Dean. “That’s what we’re trying to teach them. It’s like a day in your life. You’re going to have a good one; you’re going to have a bad one. But you’ve got to keep competing.”

Charles Henderson will begin play in Class 4A this season after 27 seasons in 5A. With the reclassification, comes a new region. The Trojans with face Bullock County, Ashford, Headland, St. James, Alabama Christian, Tallassee, and Beauregard.

Beauregard defeated Charles Henderson, 21-17, in the season opener a season ago. The Trojans beat Tallassee 28-12 the following week.

“We’re a young team,” Dean said. “But we’re a young team with experience. A lot of these guys played last year. We’ve go to have that belief that we can beat anybody, anytime.”

Charles Henderson will take on Pike County High School in the annual Pike County Classic on Aug.24 before opening the regular season against Bayside in Daphne on Aug. 31.


  • Omelas

    If half as much effort were put into real teaching and focusing on student achievement as on playing silly games like football, CHHS would likely still be a 5A instead of a 4A school.

    Football and other sports are a thing, but should not be the main thing.

    Case in point:
    Reporter: “Did you visit the Parthenon while in Greece?”
    Shaquille O’Neill: “I can’t really remember the names of all the clubs we went to.”

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  • Trojan97

    Some of these guys learn a lot more about who they are on a football field than they will ever learn in a classroom. Education is very important, but these coaches are the closest thing to a Dad some of these guys will eve know. Football teaches obedience as well as leadership. Its not just a silly game to some. On the brighter side, CHHS will have a much better chance of winning some championships being classified as 4A because they are now a big fish in a small pond instead of a small fish in a big pond!

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    • Omelas

      Keep drinkin’ that Kool-Aid, Trojan97. Here’s another view of high school athletics:

      And in college it gets no better, to wit the culture of football at Penn State that allowed Sandusky to rape boy after boy.

      “Models are like baseball players. We make a lot of money quickly, but all of a sudden we’re 30 years old, we don’t have a college education, we’re qualified for nothing, and we’re used to a very nice lifestyle. The best thing is to marry a movie star” –Cindy Crawford to the BBC

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      • Observer

        As a 4A school Troy has a better chance of winning a championship. Troy State could be an regular contender in Division II but will never, ever, be in the running for a BCS title. Troy State moved up to get the television and conference money, does dropping to 4A mean Troy will have less revenue?

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  • BaseballFan


    Quick question, Do you know how high schools in Alabama are classified? Such as 4A or 5A….

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    • Omelas

      Yes. Enrollment in grades 10-12 plus 9th grade hold-backs.

      If CHHS’ enrollment hadn’t been dropping, they would still be a 5-A school.

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      • BaseballFan

        And you don’t feel like activites for childern, LIKE sports, ensice them to want to go/stay to school?

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        • Omelas

          If that is all that keeps them in school, they are destined to riding the back of a garbage truck.

          What do kids get out of football? Blown-out knees, concussions and other injuries that will haunt them for life.

          They get these injuries while being used by coaches who are more interested in wins and their “program” than they are in the kids whose bodies they are ruining.

          Once a student is injured, the coaches use guilt trips to get the kid back on the field as soon as he can stand the pain. Failing that, the kid is pushed away and labelled something I can’t post here.

          College football is a sport that bears the same relation to education that bullfighting does to agriculture.–Elbert Hubbard

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