Intensity abounds for CHHS football

Published 10:35 pm Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Josh Noel (left) and Josh Pearson (right) battle for positioning during a drill. (Photo/Ryan McCollough)

Josh Noel (left) and Josh Pearson (right) battle for positioning during a drill. (Photo/Ryan McCollough)

Folks say it’s the sound that will grab you first.

The chirps of whistles, pops of pads and voices of trashtalking players and demanding coaches all rolled in to one rhythmic chorus known as football.

That chorus of football music echoed off every corner of Baker Field at Charles Henderson Middle School, as the Charles Henderson Trojans went through their second official practice of the Alabama High School Athletic Association season Tuesday afternoon.

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“Yea, they are excited now,” Dean said. “But the big thing is to keep that going all year. Will it be there tomorrow, and against Bayside, Tallassee, Eufaula. We have to keep these kids motivated, and focused every single day.”

Charles Henderson lifted weights for 90 minutes Tuesday morning in the indoor facility, and took to the field later in the day and practiced for roughly three hours.

The intensity level was high during the afternoon session, with players battling in drills and coaches correcting mistakes, and urging players to continue to get better.

Dean said that last year’s taste of success, a run to the quarterfinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs, has fueled the desire of his players even more, heading in to 2013.

“They see how close they got last year, and have bought in fully,” said Dean. “They know they can do better, and that is motivation itself. They know that the quarterfinals were not a destination. We have higher goals the Monday after we lost, and has carried over to today.”

During practice, Dean said, everything the Trojans do serves a purpose, and is all part of their system.

“We do a lot of situational stuff, things like first-and-ten and third-and-long things,” said Dean. “We don’t scrimmage just for the sake of scrimmaging.”

The Trojans will practice again Wednesday morning roughly 90 minutes at the Middle School facility on Elm Street. Charles Henderson will practice in ‘shells,’ shorts, shoulder pads and helmets, before beginning full pads practices on Thursday at 7 a.m.