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Picking up the pieces

The 2009 football season did not go quite the way most people at Charles Henderson expected.

After reaching the playoffs in the previous season, the Trojans dropped five of its first six games, before ending the season on a four game winning streak, and finishing 5-5.

However, that was all in the past, and now CHHS is focused on getting back on track.

Part of that process will take place at the quarterback position, where rising-senior Corey Dennis will take over for previous two-year starter, K.D. Edenfield.

“Corey has been with us now for a long time,” head coach Hugh Fountain said. “He isn’t new to this team, but he will be new to starting at the (quarterback) position.

“And we are all pretty excited about it,” he said.

Last year, Dennis was regularly seen in the wide-out position for the Trojans, every once and a while taking snaps when Edenfield needed a breather.

“He has been waiting for this opportunity for a while now. Everyone who plays football wants to line up as the quarterback, and have the opportunity to be the leader of the team,” Fountain said.

Dennis won’t be the only one leading the way for CHHS however.

Fountain said he has already talked to the rising seniors on the team about being a good example for the rest of the team.

“All these guys have been with us for three or four years now. This is their team now, they have got to step up and lead the way for the rest of the guys,” the coach said.

“To be a leader you have to have others who are willing to follow you, and that’s what I told the team.”

There are 14 rising-seniors on the current roster, many of which have seen significant playing time.

Lequavious Bryant, Quintus Moss, Rashad McClaney and Devin Bennett will be looking to dominate on the defensive side of the ball, while Dennis, Jeffery Barker and Derrius Bean will be looking to do the same on the offensive side.

“Always at the end of a season, you look back and evaluate everything that happened,” Fountain said.

“Sometimes you make some tweaks and changes that fit your personnel the best – and that is something we are doing right now with the offense.”

Last season, the Trojans put just 185 points on the board, and suffered through a three-week drought where the team scored seven points or less.

Last week in the annual spring jamboree, it looked as if the CHHS offensive struggles had carried over into the new year thanks to back-to-back shutouts against Carver and Lanier, however, Fountain said he doesn’t feel those games are any indicators of what to expect come late August.

“In the spring games, (the coaches and I) are looking more at effort and hustle rather than points.

“We want our players to have the knowledge of what to do when the season comes around,” he said. “Those are our big concerns.”

While the offense didn’t put point on the board, Fountain said he was pleased with how it moved the ball down the field.

“I thought we moved the ball very well, and that’s always good to see.

“You have to scored when you are in the red zone and I would have liked it if we did, but I am not too overly concerned about that at this point,” the coach added. “We will be ready to go when the time comes.”