CHHS routs Dora to advance to second round

Published 11:59 pm Friday, November 8, 2013

The players are focused on the sidelines, but the fans in the stands are enjoying the Trojan win. (Photo/Joey Meredith)

The players are focused on the sidelines, but the fans in the stands are enjoying the Trojan win. (Photo/Joey Meredith)

In 2013 however, Charles Henderson scored early and often en route to a 67-7 rout of the Bulldogs, and avenged last season’s loss in the quarterfinals of the Alabama High School Athletic Association playoffs.

Charles Henderson head coach Mike Dean said the game wasn’t about revenge.

“It’s not a revenge thing,” Dean said. “We wanted to take care of business and we did that. We sill made some mistakes that we shouldn’t be making. I’m proud of the kids for not getting down when things didn’t go our way, but we have to get back to work.”

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Charles Henderson gave Dora a steady dose of John Johnson, and the fleet footed senior proved to be too much for the Bulldogs.

Johnson accounted for 369 yards of total offense, 300 rushing on just 12 carries, and five touchdowns.

Johnson scored on runs of 35, 75, 15, 63 and 35 yards. He also found Isom Coley on a 51-yard pass to end the first half. Coley was tackled just shy of the goal line.

Despite the success, Johnson shuns most of the credit.

“I just hit the hole as hard as I can and fight for every possible yard. The big guys up front do a great job, and without them none of us skill guys would have been able to make the plays we have made.”

Two of Johnson’s touchdowns came from wildcat sets, where he lines up as the quarterback.

“I have played quarterback in the past, so I know what to do,” Johnson said. “Its the same as running back once the ball is snapped.”

Friday’s performance was the second time this season in which Johnson scored five touchdowns, and also marked the fifth-straight game the Trojans scored at least 50 points.

“John is an incredible football player, but he is an even better person,” Dean said. “The world needs more young men like John Johnson. He is smart, and that carries over to his football skills. He is just a super star both on and off the field.”

Charles Henderson outgained the Bulldogs 684 to 283, but early on in the game, Dean felt like the 2012 contest was still being played.

“It started out like last year,” Dean said. “We turned the ball over, and left a bunch of points out there in the first half. We played better in the second, but if we continue to make mistakes, teams such as Oneonta, Calera and UMS-Wright will make you pay. This year we are a better football team and overcame the mistakes, and Dora has been hit hard by injuries.”

Outside of Johnson’s big night, Trojan receiver Josh Noel reeled in six passes for 78 yards and two touchdowns. Ki’Juana Babbs led Dora with 13 carries for 78 yards and one touchdown.

The Trojans will hit the road next week to face Childersburg. The Tigers knocked off Andalusia Friday night 34-33 in overtime.

Dean had a feeling Childersburg might pull the first-round upset, so he and the staff picked up some film on them.

“We saw the matchup, and felt like Childersburg could win, so we wanted to be prepared,” Dean said. “They are going to be excited, and it is up to us to go in there and deflate them. They are a good football team.”

Kickoff for the second-round game is set for a 7 P.m. kickoff from John Cox Stadium in Childersburg next Friday.