Charles Henderson's Courtney Downing carries the ball against Pike County. (Photo/Tyler Myers)

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Charles Henderson blows past Pike County

Published 11:51pm Friday, August 24, 2012

Pads were popping all over the field as a physical Charles Henderson team dominated in all three phases to defeat Pike County 44-2 in the Pike County Classic.

The Trojans weren’t perfect but they were close.

After De’Torrian Green blocked a Pike County punt on the game’s opening drive, Austin Ingram completed the first pass of his varsity career to Joshua Pearson for a 23-yard score to put the Trojans ahead 7-0.

“It felt good to get the nerves out,” said the sophomore quarterback. “I kind of looked off the defense and the out route opened up.”

Pike County would punt after three plays on the ensuing drive. Courtney Downing, who broke Charles Henderson’s single-season rushing record last year, carried the ball twice for 38 yards to get the Trojans to the 1-yard line. A fumble, however, would hand the Bulldogs the football in the shadow of their own endzone.

Pike County lost any momentum gained from the turnover however when Tadarion Myhand intercepted a Bulldogs pass on third down and returned it 12 yards for a score. Charles Henderson led at that point 14-0.

The Trojans would earn a safety in the second quarter while Green returned the ensuing kickoff 66 yards for a touchdown and Ingram later found John Johnson for a 10-yard scoring strike to put Charles Henderson ahead 30-0 at the half. Green would also return the second half kickoff 75 yards for a score.

The highlight of the game for the Bulldogs came late in the first quarter when Stevie Smiley picked off Ingram’s pass attempt and returned it 33 yards to the Trojans 23-yard line.

Charles Henderson’s defense stiffened and regained possession on four plays.

The Trojans defense held Pike County to just 38 yards in the first half.

“We didn’t make every play or get every call but we did a good job tonight,” senior linebacker Joey Denison said. “We got a lot stronger and bigger over the summer. We’re just looking to make plays and take care of our assignments.”

Pike County’s lone score came credit of a high snap on a Charles Henderson punt attempt.

Ingram completed 5-of-8 pass attempts for 64 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. Downing finished with 63 yards on five carries.

For Pike County, Raheem Pearson rushed 15 times for 28 yards.

Charles Henderson will travel to Bayside Academy in Daphne to open the 2012 regular season Friday. Pike County will also hit the road to face Goshen on Aug. 30. Both game are set for a 7 p.m. kickoff.


  • inmyopinion

    Was not able to attend the game. Was PCHS that bad or was CHHS pretty good or a little of both?

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  • Mook

    Well, I would have to say Brundidge was really bad; However, I think they are building a team. I think most of their guys are really young. I feel like CHHS coaching staff has alot of go get’m motivation about them, maybe a little to much at times. They seem to be very into the game, where I think Brundidge coaching staff needs to be more into the game. I was really rooting for Brundidge being this is Mr. Holland’s first year as a head coach but he as well as his coaching staff seem to have given up long before the game was over. If their not motivated then the players are not going to be motivated. The season has just begun, let’s see what both Brundidge and Troy can do?

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  • Trojan97

    Charles Hendersons starting running back only ran the ball 5 times and they beat PCHS that badly? Sounds like Troys coach let up on them early and still mangaged to beat them with ease. I think CHHS is going to be good this year if their sophomore QB can develope quickly and their starting running back stays healthy. It could be an intersting year this year and next in Troy!

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    • topnotchtungsten

      CHHS SHOULD be better. They hired Lee Hicks to come in and fix the football program. He said so himself! Everyone get out of the way and let the man work! All should chip in and help attend to all the other business of the school system so he can dedicate his full time and energy to pigskin prosperity!

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      • Omelas

        Now, now. We have to keep our priorities straight. Of course all those kids are going to make a living playing football. Forget academics! Let’s play games!
        (Excuse me while I go regurgitate my lunch.)

        “I want to rush for 1,000 or 1,500 yards, whichever comes first.”–George Rogers

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        • Trojan97

          Omelas must have gotten picked on by athletes growing up! Or maybe he got picked on by everyone, because he always has a negative reply to nearly every article he posts on. Get a life moron. The article was about sports, not academics. Get over it.

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