Trojans aim to take out Enterprise
There is no better way to end a season then by playing a bitter rival.
And that’s exactly what the Trojans of Charles Henderson will be doing come Friday night.
For the first time in five seasons, the Trojans and the Wildcats of Enterprise will meet on the gridiron, with one team looking to enter the playoffs on a positive note and the other looking to play spoiler.
Both teams will enter the game coming off a loss, as the Trojans fell 43-21 to Eufaula while the Wildcats dropped a home game to St. Paul’s Episcopal by almost the exact same score, 42-21.
The Trojans’ current record is 5-4, while the Wildcats are 4-5.
“I viewed the Eufaula game as a toss up when we went into it,” Fountain said.
“We went in expecting to win that game. We wanted to win it. But in the end, we just failed to get it done.
“Now, we have to turn around and play Enterprise, who is probably the highest caliber opponent we will see all season. (Enterprise) is a well-coached football team. They are strong and powerful – exactly the type of team you expect from a high caliber 6A team.”
In the Eufaula game, while both teams had similar statistics throughout the game, one that stood out was the number of yellow flags that flew on one side.
CHHS was penalized 13 times for 103 yards, while Eufaula committed nine penalties for 70 yards.
“We have a team that has yet to play a complete game this season,” Fountain said. “And that hurt us against Eufaula.
“I thought we executed and played well for three quarters in that game, but particularly in the last seven minutes of the game we didn’t execute properly and we lost out mental focus. In games against high caliber teams, you have to execute and you can’t turn the ball over. We didn’t do those two things. The guys know that, we talked about it on Monday. But, like last week, this team is very focused on this upcoming game and not worrying about the past.”
As for the Trojans’ future, the team will be going up against a 6A school that can move the ball on offense.
Wildcat running back Willie Curry has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark on the season, as he has rushed for 1,141 yards, an average of 142.6 per game, and 16 touchdowns.
Quarterback Rhett Harrelson is just as dangerous through the air, as the signal-called has thrown for 776 yards and five touchdowns.
Jourdan McGowan has been the main target for Harrelson, as the receiver has 28 receptions for 499 yards and four scores, while Clark Quisenberry has also given defenses problems thanks to his 21 receptions for 347 yards and three touchdowns.
Another aspect that the Trojans will have to prepare for is one they have not dealt with much this season – the kicking game.
D.J. Kober is leading the Wiregrass with seven field goals, one of which defeated Dothan in the closing seconds of the game. He is also 30-of-31 for extra points.
The last time the Trojans and the Wildcats battled it out was in 2005, in Enterprise.
It was in that game that the host team sent CHHS back home with a 14-7 loss, repeating the result that occurred the season before it, when Enterprise last played in Troy, and held the Trojans to just seven points, winning 28-7.
While the Trojans’ playoff spot has been secured for weeks now, Fountain said his players are going into the game looking to set the tone for the type of play expected in the playoffs.
“There is a big difference between 6-4 and 5-5,” the coach said about the possibility of a win Friday night.
“Enterprise is one of the winningest high school football programs in the state and no way do I expect them to come in here and lie down. They have a lot of pride and they are going to come in here looking to end their season a positive note.
“But this game provides a lot of great opportunities for our team. This will be good preparation for our guys to go up against some good talent before the playoffs. This may look like a huge mismatch on paper, but our guys aren’t looking at it like that. They are looking at it as an opportunity for a big win for our program.”