Trojans get first region win
On Friday night, Charles Henderson High School looked to avenge last week’s close loss to Tallassee and also get a fifth-straight win against Booker T. Washington, heading into Eagles Stadium.
And that’s exactly what the Trojans did.
It took just four plays four plays, before CHHS got on the board thanks to runs by both Quintus Mosand Corey Dennis, taking just 1:50 off the clock to punch in the first score and in doing so, setting the tone for the night.
Booker T. Washington answered right back with a 35-yard run to even the score just two minutes later.
The first half was marked by the running game with CHHS racking up over 150 yards on the ground.
The aggressive running attack lead the way for a few big passes to wide receiver Devin Davenport.
The Trojans defense showed up when it counted, stopping the Eagles on two pivotal possessions, a fourth and inches stop followed by a goal line stand towards the end of the half.
The first half ended, with the score 21-14 in favor of the Trojans, thanks to a BTW interception in the red zone, taking away a scoring opportunity for Charles Henderson.
The defense of CHHS was visibly shaken during half time as they tried to find a way to contain Washington’s elusive quarterback.
“The defense needed to get back to playing assignment football,” CHHS head coach Hugh Fountain said after the game,
“Coverage in the secondary was at some points lacking and it was evident. “No. 5 was faster on the field than we thought on tape causing us problems.”
The second half started with an option pass from the Golden Eagles which eventually led to a touchdown bringing them within one after a missed PAT, 21-20.
The Trojan offense responded by putting their shoulder pads down and pounding it out on the ground for a five-minute possession resulting in another touchdown run by Moss taking the score to 27-20, after a blocked PAT.
The defense finally found their rhythm in the 4th quarter causing a fumble inside the 5 yard line, stopping BTW from scoring.
The Trojan offense went back to work piling on the running yards topped off by Dennis’ 40-yard touchdown run, fighting through tackles and carrying defenders into the end zone with 7:51 left in the game.
That silenced the Golden Eagles and lead to a Jeffrey Barker Interception to seal the game.
“We were coming in running, we knew they were big up front,” Coach Fountain said of the offensive plan.
Size did not seem to scare the Charles Henderson running game as they carried the team to the victory, taking there overall record to 2-1 on the season. Corey Dennis finished the night with 250 years rushing, four touchdowns, throwing for one.
Through the air Dennis went 4-5 for 73 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Moss and fellow running back Ontonio Turner both flashed their athleticism and power, showing why they are such a tandem threat together.
CHHS will carry this win over to next week where they are once again on the road, traveling to face another regional opponent in Valley High School.