Two for the road: CHHS looking for win
At the beginning of the fourth quarter of Charles Henderson’s first region game last Friday, it looked as if the Trojans were going to lose by multiple scores.
While CHHS still suffered its first defeat of the season, it did not go down quietly, as the Trojans were just a half-yard away from overcoming a 21-point deficit and defeating Tallassee at home.
“The guy’s have been focused this week,” head coach Hugh Fountain said.
“They have come back, ready to work.
“I think last week helped our guys realize that they have to play all four quarters to beat good teams – I think we played great in the fourth but didn’t play as well as we could in the first three quarters.
“With all region games coming up, it’s very important that we play our best,” the coach added.
Now, the team in orange and blue will look to take care of business and in the process get its first region win of the season, on the road against B.T. Washington.
“Getting (the first region win) is very important,” Fountain said.
“It will be the first step to getting us back on track.”
The Golden Eagles are a team that the Trojans have come to know quite well over the past couple of years.
The last six times the two region foes have met up however, it has been all CHHS, as the Trojans have won five of those meetings, including four-in-a-row.
Last season’s win broke a two-game CHHS losing streak, as the Trojans won 21-6 at then Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium.
It was the only win the Troy team had in its first six games.
Despite the recent string of success his team has had over BTW, Fountain said the Trojans will have to be ready for a close ball game.
“(BTW) has always played us close,” he said.
“They look at this game as being a rivalry game and we are going to have to be ready for it.”
With 28 returning starters from last year, besides experience, the Golden Eagles pose another threat to the Trojans, according to the coach.
“They are a big team, maybe the biggest man-to-man we will see all season long.
“They have good speed and are physical, so we are going to have to be ready for a tough game,” Fountains said.
Part of being ready, means the Trojans will have to excel in multiple aspects of the game, particularly the kicking game and winning the turnover battle.
Against Tallassee, CHHS had just one turnover, thanks to a lateral pass.
The Tigers would score on the ensuing possession, adding to its already double-digit lead.
“Field position is dictated by both the kicking game and turnovers,” Fountain said.
“We can’t allow (BTW) to score points easily. Our turnover against Tallassee hurt us and if we are able to win both those battles, we have a good shot at winning.
“But we have to make (BTW) work fro their points,” the coach added.
While the Trojans may have struggled throughout the first three quarters, CHHS has dominated the final quarter, as it has outscored its opponents 33-7 so far in the regular season.
But it’s the first possessions of both halves where Fountain really wants to see his team dominate.
“We have to get the ball moving at the beginning of the first quarter and at the beginning of the third.
“If we are able to do that, we will be able to set the tone and build up momentum,” the coach said.
The Trojans will look to improve to 2-1 on the early season, as it takes on the Golden Eagles on the road with a kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.