Return to glory?

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 15, 2009

A region championship is on the line tonight as two heavy weights from 3A Region 2 meet up in Bulldog Stadium.

The Pike County Bulldogs’ season has been perfect so far with a 7-0 record, however that could all change as the team faces its biggest test of the season – Daleville.

Daleville comes into the game with a 6-1 record, 5-0 in record play.

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The Warhawks lone loss came just three weeks against when the team traveled to Rehobeth and fell 18-9.

Head coach Eddie Stephenson said that while his team is prepared for the big match up, this just another game.

“Practice has been very good all week, the kids are focused on the task at hand and excited about the game,” head coach Eddie Stephenson said Thursday night.

“We haven’t really emphasized the importance of the game to the team. Daleville has been on our schedule all season long – this is just another game for us.

“Our approach is still the same as it has been all season long, control the tempo of the game and take advantage of opportunities,” he added.

Daleville’s loss is the only real thing that separates the two teams.

Each has built their success on a strong defense and the ability to control the ball on offense.

The Warhawks’ defense has held its opponents to 85 points, while the Bulldogs’ have only allowed 57.

Offensively speaking, the both teams have scored relatively the same amount of points – 216 for PCHS and 182 for DHS.

“Their defense is definitely their biggest strength,” Stephenson said about DHS.

“They have multiple schemes and match up pretty well with us as far as athletic ability goes – they are as good of a team as we have seen all season long.”

Both teams are coming off impressive victories as well.

DCS took out Headland 32-9 at home while the Bulldogs shutout Dale County on the road 20-0.

Stephenson said for his team to get this next win would be special for everyone involved with the program.

“The players have worked hard all season long. We pride ourselves on our preparation for each game and to get to 8-0 would be mean a lot.

“The character of our players has been a big part of this season’s success. We have the attitude now that we feel we can win in any situation – which has made coaching this team a lot of fun,” Stephenson said.

“No matter the outcome of tomorrow’s game, I know I’ll still have a good team come Monday,” he added.

PCHS will put its perfect record on the line against the Warhawks at Bulldog Stadium tonight at 7 p.m.

Check for live score updates as they happen.