Homecoming at PLAS and Charles Henderson this week

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 4, 2000

Sports Editor

Goshen at Georgiana

Hall Power Ranking: Goshen (2A) 15, Georgiana (2A) 18

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This one lost a bit of its luster with the Panthers losing to Straughn last week. With Goshen taking care of Red Level 34-22, the match-up Friday night between the Eagles and the Panthers could have been a battle of unbeatens.

Not that Georgiana’s loss makes them any less dangerous.

Because of the new regional format, GHS will have to travel back to Harmon Field in Butler County. The Eagles lost to Georgiana last season 33-12.

No doubt the Eagles are on a roll and they will be facing a young defensive and offensive front in the Panthers. Coach Keith York’s team starts as many as four sophomores on the line.

In the backfield, the Eagles had a hard time stopping Georgiana tailback Lucious Bradley last season, as well as wide receiver Lanardus Johnson.

But this isn’t last year. The 2000 Goshen defense is giving up just seven points a ball game.

The Eagles’ defense may bend for a few yards, but they don’t break at the endzone.

Southside-Selma at CHHS

Hall Power Ranking: Southside (5A) 62, CHHS (5A)19

The Trojans bounced back in a big way last week, defeating Monroe County 47-0 on the road.

Unlike previous years, when the Trojans might have dropped two or three games in a row after a big loss, this year Coach Hugh Fountain has his team focused each and every week.

The Panthers from Selma are 0-5 this season and should serve as a great homecoming opponent for the Trojans. (Examples from previous homecoming games in the area: Barbour County at Goshen, Barbour County at Pike County, etc.)

One note: CHHS quarterback Kevin Stephens needs but one-yard to become the Trojans’ career passing leader. The mark of 1,510 passing yards is held by Mark Davis, who played for Charles Henderson in 1977 and 1978.

Pike County at Courtland

Hall Power Ranking: Pike County (3A) 4, Courtland (1A) 6

Courtland beat Brantley for the 1A State Championship last year and held the No. 1 spot in the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 1A poll during the first four weeks of the season. Courtland suffered their first loss of 2000 last Friday night to Class 4A Alexandria.

The Bulldogs are coming off of an 86-0, homecoming slaughter of Barbour County. PCH running back Tyrone Boyd made it look easy against the Jaguars, accounting for over 300 all-purpose yards.

Courtland should prove a tough task for the Bulldogs, but as last week’s loss indicates, CHS has a hard time winning when it comes to stepping up out of their classification.

Glenwood at PLAS

AISA Hall Power Ranking: Glenwood (3A) 5, PLAS (3A) 12

It will be homecoming at DeWight Ward Field, but the Patriots couldn’t have picked a worse foe to face on a festive night then Glenwood.

Not only is this a regional foe, but the Gators are also ranked in the ASWA Alabama Independent Schools Association’s top ten.

You remember the film Groundhog Day with Bill Murray? Murray keeps reliving the same day over and over again, much like the Patriots are playing the same type of team every Friday night.

Making matters worse is PLAS running back Scott Kirby went down with a concussion against Monroe last week, the third concussion the talented junior has suffered in his football career.