Charles Henderson begins ‘hectic’ championship week

Published 11:00 pm Monday, December 2, 2013

Charles Henderson head coach Mike Dean is a creature of habit, and that mentality trickles down to his assistants and players.

Each week during the 2013 season, the Trojans have kept the same routine of practice, weight lifting and film study. That routine will have to be tweaked this week, as the Trojans will board a bus after a walk through Thursday morning to travel to Tuscaloosa for the AHSAA Super Six, instead of going home.

Dean said the week of preparation will be the same Monday-Wednesday.

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“Our kids’ routine will stay the same,” Dean said. “We will practice in the mornings, and lift in the afternoons and do all our film. We will do our usual Friday walk through, the only difference is where we go after that walk through.”

While the players will not notice much of change in preparation, Dean is feeling the crunch of the title week hype.

Calls came in to Dean’s office from across the state on Monday, and they will increase in number throughout the week. Despite the new-found attention, Dean has only one goal in mind.

“I’ve probably had 20 different folks call me today, from reporters in Montgomery, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa and other places,” Dean said, “A lot of people don’t understand I have a football game to coach this week. This week there is a lot of stuff outside of the game that coaches must do, from setting up meals and tours to making sure hotel rooms are taken care of and stuff. It has been a hectic week so far, and will only get more as we get closer.”

Charles Henderson travels to Tuscaloosa to play Oneonta in the AHSAA Super Six Football Championships on Friday.