No place like home

Published 10:00 pm Thursday, September 2, 2010

Last week, Charles Henderson won a tough game on the road to open the season.

Now, the Trojan will look to do the same thing, just in a different environment.

For the first time this season, CHHS will play in front of its home crowd, as it welcomes region foe Tallassee to the friendly confines of Veterans Memorial Stadium.

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The win over the Hornets was the first in two tries for the Trojans, who also claimed its first season opening win since 2008.

“I think it was a big victory simply for the fact that it got us off to a good start,” head coach Hugh Fountain said. “And that is exactly how any team wants to start its season – especially with a big victory on the road against a good team.”

As for tonight’s game, both Fountain and his team are hoping the momentum from last Friday night will carry over tonight.

Tallassee, who happens to be the reigning 5A Region 2 champion, will be looking to carry over its recent success against the Trojans over into the new season.

In 2009, the Tigers were able to topple the Trojans thanks to 11-unanswered points in the fourth quarter, as CHHS fell 31-20.

Up until that game, the Trojans, who won the previous three matchups by a combined score of 79-24, had dominated the series.

The Tigers are also 0-2 in Troy, since joining 5A in 2006.

If CHHS wants to get back to its winning ways, it’s going to have to be able to shut down the Tallassee passing attack, which is led by Trey Cochran-Gill.

The Tiger quarterback completed 14 of his 17 passed for 160 yards and a touchdown in Tallassee’s 19-17 opening win over Benjamin Russell.

CHHS may not see a lot of the Tiger running attack of Morgan Faulkner and Michael Henderson due to injuries both players received early on in the win, however.

If last week’s win over Beauregard will be any indication, the CHHS defense will be up to the challenge, no matter who the Tigers have on the field.

Against the Hornets, the Trojan defense allowed just 247 yards while forcing five turnovers.

The big key, in Fountain’s eyes, will be not just playing well on one side of the ball but in all three aspects of the game.

“I think for us, it’s going to come down to playing all three areas of the game (offensively, defensively and special teams) well,” Fountain said. “The offense sets up the defense just like the defense sets up the offense and the special teams help out both a lot.”

Besides being the first region game of the season, Fountain said there were many reasons why a win tonight is so important for CHHS.

“This is a huge game for us,” the coach said. “They whipped us last year and we want to get after them this season.

“Both of these teams have been a part of the playoff mix the past couple of seasons, and the loss against (Tallassee) last season really played a big role in keeping us out of the playoff.”

“This is our home opener, and we want to protect our home turf,” Fountain added.