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AHSAA teams open region play in week two

Published 10:25pm Thursday, September 5, 2013

Despite it being just the second week of the high school football season, wins on Friday could be huge on playoff implications.

Week two of the AHSAA year brings with it the beginning of region play. The wins in area play determine the seeding for the four playoff spots from each region.

The No. 2 ranked Charles Henderson Trojans open region play with No. 7 ranked Beauregard Hornets.

Charles Henderson fell to Beauregard in 2012 21-16.

Following last Friday’s 34-21 win over Bayside Academy, Dean told his players that the region opener against Beauregard is “the biggest game you have played so far.” Dean reiterated that point to his team Monday morning.

“It’s huge for us, because it is the next game on the schedule,” Dean said. “We are trying to teach that to them, and break them from being complacent. The intensity level will pick up across the entire state this week. You want to start 1-0, but being 1-0 in the region is what it matters, and can be the difference in being a one or two seed, or a three or four. “

Pike County welcomes Barbour County to Bulldog Stadium on Friday night looking to knock off the Jaguars for the third time in program history.

Barbour County knocked off Pike County 30-12 last season in Clayton, but head coach Fred Holland feels the Bulldogs are better prepared this time around.

“We have a much better grasp on what we are trying to do this go around,” Holland said. “We have seen some things that we think will be successful.”

Goshen hosts region-favorite Luverne in the region opener for both teams, and the Eagles are desperate for a win following last weeks blowout loss to Pike County.

The Eagles are 3-20 all time versus the Tigers, and have not beaten Luverne since 2000.

Kickoff for all games is set for 7 p.m.

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