PCHS ‘eager’ to get back on the field

Published 9:14 pm Monday, September 27, 2010

Pike County High School's Raheem Pearison (31) runs the ball during the Bulldog's game against Goshen High School on Friday. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)

The last time the Pike County Bulldogs lost a regular season game was all the way back in the 2008.

On Oct. 14 of that year, the Bulldogs played host to Geneva in the final week of the regular season, and lost 7-0.

Nearly two years later, PCHS felt the same feeling following its game against Goshen Friday night in Bulldog Stadium.

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The county rivals flew in and flew out with a 47-24 victory, leaving the Bulldogs looking answers.

“During the game none of us were very happy or pleased with how things were going,” PCHS head coach Robert Johnson said Monday night.

“In the locker room (following the game) we talked about the loss and what happened and how we were going to respond to it.”

All season long, Johnson has preached to his players about the “24-hour rule,” moving on from a game regardless of the outcome a day after it has taken place.

On Monday, when the team returned to the same field it lost on just three days prior, the players had the rule in full effect, according to the coach.

“We had a very good practice (Monday),” Johnson said.

“The guys came out with a great attitude and we were able to get a lot done because of that.

“We had a really good film session and good time in the weight room – I was very pleased with how things went,” he added.

The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 4-1 on the season, however, while there may be a ‘1’ in the loss column, the region record is still unblemished as Goshen is not a region team.

“I’m not going to say the loss was a fluke,” Johnson said.

“We got our tails handed to us by a good team. Goshen has a lot of good things going for them

“But I will say we are eager to get back on the field and play our next game,” the coach said.

The aforementioned next game will take the Bulldogs back into region play, as PCHS will welcome Opp to Brundidge.

The Bobcats will enter the game with 2-3 record, both win coming in 3A Region 2 play over Geneva and Daleville.

This past week, Opp fell on the road to Straughn, by the score of 42-25.

This will be the first time PCHS has played the Bobcats in over six seasons, and even though it enters with a losing record, Johnson said his team going to have to be ready.

“Opp’s record is deceiving, they are a good team that has lost to some really good teams,” he said.

“They have a good pair of running backs who are going to run right at you and a quarterback who can really throw the ball.

“Defensively, they are going to come at us with different schemes so we are going to have our hands full come Friday night,” the coach added.

Even though his team is looking to rebound off of a loss, Johnson said he hopes his team will be looking to get back on track against Opp.

“We were served some humble pie,” Johnson said. “And we have a bad taste in our mouths right now.

“Who knows what the loss will do to us, but I certainly hope that is motivates us to work hard and make sure we don’t experience that kind of feeling again.”

The Bulldogs and the Bobcats will meet on the gridiron Friday night in Bulldog Stadium, with a kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m.