Charles Henderson still searching for complete game

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, October 3, 2013

Charles Henderson head coach Mike Dean hates to sound like a broken record, but he refuses to let to his players settle for anything less than their very best.

The Trojans improved to 5-0 last week with a 27-26 win over Greenville, but their head coach is not satisfied.

Dean, an admitted perfectionist, is still searching for a “complete game” from his Trojans, and says he won’t stop pushing them to get better until the ultimate goal of winning a state championship has been reached.

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“We are still making mistakes that we shouldn’t be making,” said Dean. “These are mistakes that will get us beat when we make them against really good football teams. The goal of each night is not just to win the ball game, but to win the ball game and get better in the process. We did not get better last week against Greenville.”

The Trojans hit the road for the second week in a row this Friday night. Charles Henderson will make the trek up U.S. Highway 231 to Montgomery to battle the St. James Trojans.

St. James currently sits 3-2, and 2-1 in region play. Dean is familiar with St. James head coach Jimmy Perry, as both spent time coaching in the Mobile area.

“This is going to be a traditional Jimmy Perry team,” Dean said. “This is not going to be like ACA, where they throw it every down. They are going to try to run the ball, and keep our offense on the sideline. They will be extremely well coached and well disciplined. We have to take care of our business, and try to get this thing over by half, so we don’t have a repeat of last week.”

Charles Henderson defensive lineman Jermaine Parker agrees whole-heartedly with his head coach.

“We have to go to work every day from here on out,” Parker said. “We can’t focus on everything else. We have to stay concentrated on us. The toughest team we play all year is us. When we get out mistakes fixed, we can go all the way, because we are team.”

Charles Henderson won last season 36-7 in Troy. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Friday in Montgomery.