DiJon Paschel (6) looks for running room. (Photo/Tyler Myers)

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Late field goal lifts Tallassee over CHHS

Published 2:10am Saturday, September 15, 2012

Nic Mullins drilled a 45-yard field goal as time expired to lift Tallassee High School to a 17-14 victory over Charles Henderson High School at Veterans Memorial Stadium Friday night.

With the game knotted 14-14, Tallassee (3-0, 2-0) took over at its own 25 with just 57 seconds left in the contest. Herman McKenzie found some room around Charles Henderson’s (1-2, 0-2) left end and raced for 29 yards on the first play of the series. Quarterback Jed Carter then scrambled for 18 more on the next play to the Trojans 28-yard line to set up Mullins game-winner.

“We got lucky there at the end, but Jed pulled it down and scrambled to get us in position,” Tallassee head coach Mike Battles said. “Nic nailed it right down the middle. You can’t draw them up any better than that.”

There was a bit of controversy on the game’s final play. Carter was chased out of bounds on his 18-yard run. The officials, however, spotted the ball on the college hash marks that line the home field for Troy University. The high school marks, which are two yards wider and make for a different angle for the kicker, are temporarily painted on the field each game.

“It doesn’t matter. The game is over and we made the field goal,” Battles said after the game. “There’s going to be controversy after every game.”

Charles Henderson head coach Mike Dean said he noticed the error and attempted to call a timeout, but it was not granted before the play. Dean didn’t use it as an excuse after the game, saying instead his team shouldn’t have allowed the situation to occur in the first place.

“It gets down to No.1, we’ve got to stay in our passing lanes,” he said. “It should have never got to that situation because we are making mistakes that are killing us.”

Tallassee dominated both lines the entire game. The Tigers rushed for 277 yards while hold Charles Henderson to just 49 on the ground.

McKenzie finished with 151 yards on 25 carries for Tallassee. Paschal hauled in five passes for 42 yards.

“I’m happy for our team because the question has been whether we can beat a good football team or not. Well, we beat a good football team tonight,” Battles said. “I’m proud of our kids. They deserved it, they’ve worked hard.”

Tallassee started the opening drive at its own 23-yard line and quickly marched the 67 yards to the end zone to take an early 7-0 lead. The Tigers converted on fourth and nine when Carter found DiJon Paschal in the flats on a play-action. McKenzie would later punch it in for Tallassee on a 1-yard run.

The Tigers would strike again with 4:28 left in the second quarter when Paschal took the handoff on a speed sweep and raced 15 yards to put Tallassee ahead 14-0.

Charles Henderson answered on the ensuing drive as quarterback Austin Ingram connected on three of four pass attempts capped by a 44-yard connection to Kenyatte Jones for a touchdown. With the extra point, Tallassee’s lead was cut in half, 14-7.

The teams traded punts in the third quarter before the Trojans tied the game with 8:22 left in the fourth. Ingram found Jones for a 27-yard completion to the Tigers 6-yard line. Two plays later, Ingram scored on a 2-yard run.

For the Trojans, Ingram was 15-for-31 passing for 180 yards. Jones had 6 catches for 49 yards.

The game would be a battle of punts and field position until Mullins game-winner.

Tallassee will host Headland next week in a Class 4A Region 2 battle. Charles Henderson will travel to face region foe Alabama Christian.

  • Omelas

    So far, Hick’s “6-A mentality” has not won over anything larger than a 3-A school, and barely then.

    0-2 so far in region play. Hope for the blue trophy and gaudy rings is fading fast.

    It appears that under the new leadership, CHHS’s athletics are going to be as pathetic as their academics. Consistency is a good thing…….Right?

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    • trojanprincess15

      It seems as if every article you comment on you have something negative to say. CHHS is having a rebuilding year. With a new coach the players have to learn a whole new coaching style. The academics at Charles Henderson are far from pathetic. Stay behind your computer screen and keep your negative comments to yourself. It’s completely pitiful. You put on a helmet and see how you play on that field and then MAYBE your unnecessary comments will become relevant. I doubt it though.

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      • Omelas

        OK. So now the excuse is a “rebuilding year.” LOL!

        Excuses are like anal pores. Everyone has one and they all stink.

        If you had a successful year, it would all be to the glory of Hicks & Co.. Now that you are falling flat on your uhhm….faces, it is a “rebuilding year.” You just can’t lose with that kind of spin, now can you?

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        • trojanprincess15

          There are boys working hours every day to make their city proud. They need the people in their city supporting them more than anything. People like you make them feel as if no matter how hard they work the people in their city will never support them. I am a proud Trojan and am devoted to them whether they win or lose ….that is what LOYALTY and pride mean. Your comment made me check the definition of anal pores. Its funny that the word Onelas was its only definition. I would tell you to have a good day Onelas but clearly you don’t want anything positive or encouraging in your world ….so have a really CRAPPY DAY.

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        • BaseballFan

          trojanprincess15.. I would refrain from commenting back to Omelas. “IT” is a chook who has some vendetta against Lee Hicks and the TCS. If you look back at “IT’s” post you’ll see that almost every sports/TCS article published “IT” has a negative comment and some “amazing” quotes. Some people like Omelas who obviously have plenty of time on their hands would rather use their time complaining about the problems at hand instead of being part of the solution.

          I hope CHHS can turn it around. I’m not impressed at all by this coaching staff! The talent on the field and on the sidelines is being poorly misused. If the coaching staff would spend more time coaching and helping then screaming like a bunch of 5 year olds in wal-mart I feel the guys would respond better.

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        • Omelas

          Careful there, BaseballFan. Criticizing the knuckledraggers who are screaming at kids who are doing their best will get you lumped in with me.

          @trojanprincess15: It’s Omelas, not Onelas. Did you have that much trouble copying off the smart kids’ papers when you were trying to get through high school?

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        • trojanprincess15

          I’m sorry.. I was trying to get back to being a productive young adult, I didn’t have time to proof read every word that was typed. Unlike you, I don’t sit behind a computer screen and down everyone and everything I come across. Be supportive for once in your life and hop off CHHS. Goodbye.

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  • trojanmc

    LET’S SEE NOW…..

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  • trojanmc

    LET’S SEE NOW……..
    NOT GONNA LOSE IN THE 4TH QUARTER….MAYBE NEXT YEAR!
    ESTABLISH OUR PROGRAM IN 4A, MOVE BACK TO 5A AND WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS…BETTER WIN IN 4A FIRST.
    GONNA BRING THE BLUE TROPHY TO TROY (CHHS)…NOT LIKELY…BUT HEY YOU STILL GOT OUR BULE HELMETS.
    lOOKS LIKE THE BLUEPRINT FOR SUCCESS GOT SMUDGED.
    THE PREVIOUS COACHING STAFF ISN’T LOOKING SO BAD, IS IT?

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    • Omelas

      But, but….we’ve got Ipads and a 6-A mentality. That’s what counts, right?

      It’s a great day to be a Trojan! LOL!

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  • Omelas

    @trojanprincess15

    Proofread is one word, not two. LOL!

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    • Trojan97

      Well what do you know? Omelas accused some of us of being “Neanderthals” because we were commenting on an article about the Troy vs. Miss State game and here is! Hypocrite!

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      • Trojan97

        I better correct that or the perfect Omelas will belittle me! I meant to say here he is.

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      • Omelas

        Hypocrite? No.

        I just go slumming for entertainment, and you’ve never failed to deliver.

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        • Trojan97

          I’m glad I could be some entertainment for you! It seems you need some!

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