CHHS looking to carry over their momentum

Published 3:00 am Friday, September 11, 2015

The Charles Henderson Trojans hit the road Friday for a tough region matchup against Greenville.

After a tough loss to Daleville to begin the season the Trojans rebounded nicely a week ago with a win against Dale County. The Trojans look to carry over the momentum when they make the trip west.

“You hope all that momentum carries over. I think we did a lot more things more consistently. We had less penalties and made less mistakes,” said Trojan head coach Brad McCoy. “We were more focused. A lot of times after losing a ball game I think a lot of those things start happening for you automatically because they have a sense of urgency about everything you did wrong the week before.”

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The Trojans have carried over their momentum into this week’s practices.

“I think we have more confidence. When they came in to our Saturday morning practice it looked like our attention was better,” McCoy said. “When you nullify some of the negatives, I think that happens automatically. The kids have had more of a positive attitude.”

The Tigers enter the contest with a 2-0 regular season record after recording victories against Valley 34-13 and in Selma against Booker T. Washington High School 42-14.

“They offer a lot of challenges. They are very long and tall,” McCoy said. “They have real tall receivers and they have a quarterback that is very confident real well. He is not a real runner, but he gives the ball out of his hands real fast. They throw a lot of bubble screens and quick throws.”

Greenville also presents a challenge on the defensive side of the ball. They are led by Carver transfer Marlon Davis who has committed to play at Auburn.

“He really anchors the defense they all rally around them,” McCoy said. “They have linebackers that can run. They don’t make a lot of mistakes they are not very complicated they are just really fundamentally sound.”

One person who will be relied on this week is newly named starting quarterback Noah Lowery. Lowery got the start last week over Bryson Gandy and led the Trojans to a comfortable win.

“Noah is the guy. It’s his job to lose. I am not saying we ever doubted his potential, but from an experience standpoint he hasn’t been in the fire enough to be able to prove what he can do like he did Friday night. This Friday night will be more of a hostile environment. We are playing on the road, and we are playing a much better football team.”

Lowery’s skill set should open the passing game a little more for the Trojans.

More than anything else McCoy praises Lowery’s consistency and stability under center.

“The positives that he brings are his composure. I don’t think he gets rattled very easily and he handles adversity in the right way,” McCoy said. “He rallies his teammates. The team doesn’t see him get shaken very easily, and I think all of that transcends to everybody else relaxing.”

This will be the 62nd time the Trojans have faced the Tigers, and CHHS holds a 33-28 edge in the series.

“We are hunting 34. Kids get into things like that,” McCoy said. “They get into quirky stats that have been handed down through the years. It makes it a more of a pivotal game, and there is a lot of emphasis being put on it.”

The Trojans look to pick up their second win of the season when the game kicks off at 7 p.m.

“In my opinion these games are fun these games are what its all about. You don’t practice for the ones you know your going to win. You practice for the games like right here when you know it could go either way. It’s going to be the team who makes the fewest mistakes and takes care of the football that is going to determine the winner.”