Charles Henderson knocks off Beauregard in region showdown

Published 12:25 am Saturday, September 7, 2013

harles Henderson lineman Hunter Steep fights for yards after hauling in a reception on a tipped pass. (Photo/Joey Meredith)

harles Henderson lineman Hunter Steep fights for yards after hauling in a reception on a tipped pass. (Photo/Joey Meredith)

Mike Dean looked each and every one of his players in the face after practice on Monday morning, and challenged them to make a statement against Beauregard.

The No. 2 ranked Trojans heeded Dean’s orders and rolled to a 35-14 win over the No. 7 ranked Hornets Friday night at Larry Blakeney Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Troy.

Charles Henderson scored on its first two possessions of the ball game, on a 27 yard pass from Austin Ingram to Josh Noel and on a four-yard jet sweep to John Johnson, and never looked back en route to the big region win over the defending region champion.

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“It is a big win for us, and I am so proud of our kids,” said Charles Henderson head coach Mike Dean. “Our offense played good, and defense played good at times. We have some things to work on.”

Ingram and the offense moved the ball up and down the field for the majority of the football game.

The junior quarterback notched 205 yards passing, and three touchdowns, in the first half. He finished the night completing 20 of 40 passes for 304 yards.

Ingram said that he wanted to get a groove early on in the big region contest.

“I knew it was a big game, and wanted to get focused as much as I could,” Ingram said. “I came out hot, and it stayed that way. I put all my trust in every single one of my receivers. I know that they can make plays.”

The big plays in the game were not limited to the offense. Defensive back Demario Harris picked off two passes, and Tedarion Myhand took a third interception 48 yards to the house late in the fourth quarter to seal the Trojan win.

Harris said that he never imagined he would have a such a big night.

“I was just pretending to be a shut-down corner,” Harris said with a smile. “We knew that we were the underdogs in this, and had to come out and just do it.”

Dean said that even though the Trojans sit 1-0 in the region, and 2-0 overall, it is still early in the season and there is still work to be done.

“The statement was made, but we are not done yet,” Dean said. “If this was our ultimate goal, then something is wrong with us. Our goal is to get better every single day and to worry about Charles Henderson and everything else will take care of its self.”

Charles Henderson travels to Tallassee next week.