Charles Henderson streaks past Dothan
DOTHAN - Senior quarterback Brent Poole showcased his running skills with a three-touchdown, 147-yard performance as Charles Henderson High School blew out Dothan 47-21 at the Tigers' homecoming Friday night.
The Trojans struggled early, fumbling away their first possession on the second play of the game and falling behind 7-0 early.
Charles Henderson fought back to tie the game at 2:22 in the first quarter with a Poole dive from one yard out. The Trojans then pinned Dothan at their own four-yard line, but the Tigers scored on a 96-yard swing pass as Dothan's Jonau Perry found Jermaine Potter for a quick score to put the Tigers up 14-7.
But Charles Henderson would answer back on what may have been the play of the year.
At second down and 10 to go from their own 20-yard line, Poole faked to Terrence Jackson and took a naked bootleg 80 yards for the tying score.
Charles Henderson proceeded to rack up 33 unanswered points after tying the ball game in the second quarter, and took a 47-14 lead into the fourth quarter.
“We had a lot of big plays by a lot of our key guys tonight,” Charles Henderson coach Hugh Fountain said. “I'm proud of the effort and passion of all of our guys tonight.”
“This game is the opposite of last year, where we came out and jumped on them early, and then they came back and won,” Fountain said. “This year, they jumped on us off the bat, but we were able to call on our experiences in the games we've already played. That's the key. We've come back before this season, and we were able to do it again tonight.”
Charles Henderson didn't take its first lead until 5:15 in the second quarter when Poole ran in on a 2-yard rush. From there, the Trojan defense took over as LaQuintez Reynolds snagged an interception and ran it back 11 yards for a score with 1:34 left in the first half. From there, CHHS cruised.
This is the first time since 1959 that Charles Henderson has beaten Dothan.
“We just had a great team effort out of all of our guys,” Fountain said.
Were the 4-0 Trojans a little too loose coming into the game with the winless Tigers?
“Coming in, we didn't do too well offensively on our first two possessions,” senior offensive lineman Josh Crowe said. “But the coaches got to us on the sidelines. The key word for us all year has been finishing. I think they (Dothan) got a little worried when we went up 28-14 at halftime.”
The Trojans got production from nearly everyone. Poole found Svante Davenport on a 41-yard touchdown pass, while junior fullback Taylor Snead's block opened a lane for Jackson on a 55-yard touchdown run. Reynolds, Jackson and Jonathan Moultry combined for 250 yards rushing.
Dothan added a late score after Charles Henderson had subbed in the Trojan underclassmen, but it wasn't enough.
Troy moves to 5-0 on the season with a showdown against Eufaula looming this Friday night.