CHHS wants to play ‘complete game’ against ACA

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, September 19, 2013

Despite a 3-0 record overall, 2-0 in area play and a lofty No. 3 ranking in the latest Alabama Sports Writers Association poll Mike Dean isn’t satisfied. In fact, he won’t be satisfied until the Charles Henderson Trojans are hoisting a “blue map” at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa in December.

Charles Henderson, fresh off a come-from-behind victory over Tallassee last week, welcomes in the Alabama Christian Eagles to Larry Blakeney Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium Friday night. Dean and the Trojans will be looking for a third region win, but the head coach will also be looking for a “complete game” from his squad.

“We need to play a complete football game.” Dean said. “We are still fighting complacency. Last we were finding ways to lose, where this year we are finding ways to win close ball games. I’m proud of the kids for fighting hard, but we can’t continue to make the mistakes that we are making. If we make these mistakes after week 10, we are going to be putting up equipment the next day.”

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In the first two weeks of the season, Charles Henderson struck quick by scoring of the first two drives of each game. In last week’s win over Tallassee, the Trojans did not get on the board until late in the first quarter.

Dean said that getting off to a good start is vital in order to get some breathing room early, and not let the Eagles hang around.

“If we make mistakes, and let them remain in the ball game, the will start to get some confidence and may play above their head,” Dean said. “If you let teams like that stick around with you, before you know the ball will bounce a strange way and it will be a one-score ball game. We have to come out, play our game, get better and get this thing over with, so in the fourth quarter we can play some younger kids.”

On paper, the Trojans appear much more powerful than Alabama Christian, but quarterback Austin Ingram was quick to point out that football games aren’t won and lost on paper.

“We can not overlook any opponent,” Ingram said. “We have to do our job, and take care of business and get better every snap. If we play our game and limit our mistakes, then the score will take care of itself.”

The 2012 meeting between Charles Henderson and ACA was the first ever, and the Trojans pulled away late in the contest to pick up a 37-7 win over the Eagles.  Kickoff for the second-ever contest between the two schools is set for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday in Troy.