REGROUPING: The Trojans hit the road to play Sidney Lanier in their second straight Thursday night game
Published 3:30 am Thursday, October 1, 2015
The Charles Henderson Trojans had a short week of practice as they prepared for the second Thursday night road game at Sidney Lanier in Montgomery.
Charles Henderson (2-3, 1-1) is lost to Davidson 34-14 last Thursday in Mobile.
“Going into this week, what we decided to do was go ahead and put on the shoulder pads on Sunday afternoon and had a physical practice,” said Trojan head coach Brad McCoy. “I really think our practices this week have gone much better than they did last week.”
McCoy said by this point in the season, the players are familiar with the system and how the practices are supposed to run.
“By the time you go into week number seven, the plan is in and the players understand what the practices are all about and what we are trying to get done,” McCoy said. “It really doesn’t affect it much.”
The Trojans enter week seven with a 1-1 conference record. Having already lost to Greenville earlier in the season, each region game for the Trojans gets more important.
“Now it’s everything,” McCoy said. “We have four games that now determine our fate in the playoffs. With us already facing Greenville and not coming out on top, we now have to look at us fighting for spot number two, number three or number four (in the playoffs).
“With every win we have a shot at being number two, with every loss we are fighting for third or fourth place, or fighting to even get into the playoffs.”
While the players understand the stakes, McCoy said he doesn’t know how that understanding will translate to the playing field.
“Will that help us? I don’t know,” McCoy said. “If we eliminate turnovers like the ones Davidson scored 21 points on, we have a shot to win ballgames. I don’t care if its against Davidson, Sidney Lanier or Eufaula … it doesn’t matter.”
Turnovers have plagued the Trojans all season.
“There are different things that have caused these turnovers,” McCoy said. “We have a good football team, we are just not playing like a good football team right now.”
Sidney Lanier (2-1, 2-4) enters the game sitting at 2-1 in the region. The Poets are coming off a 35-22 loss to non-region foe Jeff Davis.
“They are a lot like Greenville,” McCoy said. “They are tall and long. I don’t know if they have the confidence that Greenville has, Coach (Clayton) Harris group has a lot of players who were freshman a year ago so they have a year under their belt. They are a real physical football team.”
The Trojans will look to hit on more big plays this week from their offense as well as being more opportunistic on defense.
“We have kids that can make plays,” McCoy said. “I just think we are going to have to be more on the side of taking a shot at the end zone, maybe on a second a short to give Nick Lewis or a Jalante Smith a chance to bring the ball down. Defensively we are going to have to tackle and figure out a way to take the ball away.”
Kick off inside the Crampton Bowl is set for 7 p.m. today.