Charles Henderson begins prep for tough season opener

Published 10:25 pm Monday, August 26, 2013

Sticking with their “Unfinished Business” motto, the Charles Henderson Trojans went right back to work on Monday.

The Trojans, fresh off a 47-7 rout of Pike County in the annual pre-season scrimmage, now find themselves with the much taller task of preparing for Bayside Academy.

However, Charles Henderson didn’t wait until Monday to get its first look at the Admirals’ schemes. The Trojans have been working “Bayside script” since July to prepare for the tough season-opener.

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“We came out of the Pike County game win no serious injuries,” Charles Henderson head coach Mike Dean said. “We will get back to work this week, but we have been working our Bayside script for a few weeks now. Nothing will be new to them. We just have to worry about us.”

Bayside is a relatively young program, when compared to most others in the state of Alabama.

The Admirals first fielded a team in 2001, and made their first trip to the Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs in 2008.

Under head coach veteran Phil Lazenby, Bayside has advanced to the playoffs every year since 2008, and has captured at least one playoff win since 2009.

Dean, a native of the Eastern Shore area of southwest Alabama, knows the caliber of the Trojans’ week-one opponent very well.

“Those schools down there play very, very good football,” Dean said. “Daphne, Spanish Fort and Fairhope grab a lot of the headlines, but Bayside is a solid team every single year.”

Kickoff is set for Friday at 7 p.m. at Larry Blakeny Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Troy.