Local football teams ready to open regular season

Published 10:21 pm Tuesday, August 27, 2013

All five Troy area high school football teams open regular-season play Friday night.

Charles Henderson welcomes in Bayside Academy to Larry Blakeney Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium, Pike Liberal Arts travels to Selma to take on Morgan Academy, Zion Chapel will hit the road to Skipperville to face G.W. Long, and Pike County will host cross-county rival Goshen in Brundidge.

The Admirals from Daphne were stunned 29-22 last season by the Trojans, and will make the over three-hour trip to Troy looking to return the favor.

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The 2012 meeting was the first between the two programs, but with Charles Henderson head coach Mike Dean’s ties to the Eastern Shore area, it will more than likely continue in the future.

Pike Liberal Arts will take to the road to play one of the most successful programs in the history of the AISA, Morgan Academy.

Morgan Academy was captured 11 AISA state titles, in just 45 seasons of fielding a team. The Senators knocked off the Pats 38-8 a season ago.

However, the revamped Patriots, under the guidance of first-year head coach Gene Allen, have some statistics on their side.

Morgan is 0-26 since the year 2000 when allowing more than 30 points. During the same time frame, Pike is 81-0 when scoring at least 30 points.

Morgan is 8-3 all time against Pike Liberal.

There were will be Rebels galore on Friday night in Skipperville, as Zion Chapel makes the short trek to battle the highly ranked G.W. Long Rebels.

G.W. Long came in eighth in the Alabama Sports Writers Association pre-season poll.

G.W. Long leads the all-time series 23-11, and Zion Chapel has not won a game on the field since 1994. Zion did earn a forfeit win in 2002.

Goshen and Pike County will meet in a key game for both teams. Both the Eagles and Bulldogs fell in their pre-season games to what many feel was superior teams.

Pike County shocked Goshen last year 20-11 in the opening game of the season.

The Bulldogs also control the all-time series 14-3-1. However, Goshen has won three of the last five meetings.

Goshen has not won its season opener since 2010.

All of the games featuring local teams are set for 7 P.m. kickoffs.