Charles Henderson rolls over ACAPublished 12:30am Saturday, September 21, 2013
Charles Henderson (4-0) rolled to a 56-0 romp over Alabama Christian Academy (0-4) Friday night at Larry Blakeney Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The Trojans outgained the Eagles 493 yards to just 111, and led 28-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Dean said the Trojans accomplished what he wanted to see, but still made mistakes that he feels will cost them team against better football teams.
“We accomplished a lot tonight,” Dean said. “We got just about everybody in the game tonight, and made a lot of folks happy. We still made some mistakes though. It is things that I, as a coach, see and others don’t. We lost contain on some pass rushes, and that can get you beat in the playoffs if you don’t get it fixed.”
Last week, the arm of Austin Ingram carried the Trojans to a win in Tallassee, but Friday saw the emergence of running back Mondarius Dixon.
Dixon ran over, around and past the Eagle defense to the tune of 165 yards and four touchdowns on just 12 carries. The junior running back averaged over 13 yards a carry in the rout.
Dixon said he has had dreams about having big nights, but never imagined one like Friday.
“I wanted to have a good one tonight after not having a good game last week,” Dixon said. “Tonight is a game I will remember for a long time. The offensive line opened up the holes, and I was able to hit them. We can go all the way if we keep our mind right, and stay focused.”
Dean saw the promise in Dixon’s abilities after the Pike County Classic early in the year. At the time, Dixon was a two-way player, but that soon changed.
“You first find out who your quarterback is going to be, then you have to find someone who can run the football and make changes accordingly,” Dean said. “That is something my dad taught me, and Mondarius is that guy for us. We know he can make plays.”
Charles Henderson’s speedy defense also showed muscle in the lopsided win.
The Trojans, led by Richard McBryde, forced six turnovers, including four interceptions.
After getting gashed on the ground by Tallassee, McBryde said the defensive unit made it a point to have a strong showing against Alabama Christian.
“We had a bad week last week, no doubt about it,” McBryde said. “We wanted to come out here tonight and show Coach that we can get the job done. Anytime you keep that zero on the board, it’s a good thing.”
Outside of Dixon’s four touchdowns, the Trojans broke the plane on the ground on a three-yard carry by John Johnson, a quarterback sneak from Austin Ingram and a long zig-zagging run from backup running back Christian Passmore.
Ingram also found Johnson behind the defense early in the third quarter for a 42-yard touchdown strike, on what would be the game’s final score.
Dean said that with all the early-season success, his team will have to work on not becoming complacent.
“We talked earlier this week about what is ahead of us,” Dean said. “That way it looks now, if we continue one, we will see Thomasville in week two, Calera week three and UMS-Wright in week four. You have to beat the best to even get to Tuscaloosa. We still have a lot of work to do.”
Charles Henderson, ranked third in the most recent Alabama Sports Writers Association poll, hits the road next Friday to battle rival Greenville in a non-region clash.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.