CHMS finishes season with 34-6 blowout win
Published 3:00 am Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The Charles Henderson Middle School football team won’t be playing in the championship game this season but closed out the regular season with an impressive 34-6 win over D.A.Smith Middle School in Ozark Tuesday night.
The Trojans will now wait to play in a third place game in two weeks and will play the loser of Honeysuckle and Carver.
Head coach Will Garner believes Tuesday’s game may have been their most impressive game of the season.
The Trojans received a big night from Sean McKinney who scored four touchdowns on the night. Three of them came through the air from quarterback Pooka Jones while the last one came on the ground. Running back Derrian Williams scored the final touchdown of the night for the Trojans.
After losing their first game of the year a week ago to Dauphin Junior High, the Trojans were anxiously awaiting finishing up the season and hopefully meeting Dauphin in a rematch in the championship game. But the Trojans finished second in their division, meaning they won’t play in the championship game.
“Our guys got a lot of bad news this week,” Garner said. “They were upset and angry, but they had a heck of a week of practice. Their focus level was through the roof. They came out tonight and all their hard work showed.”
The Trojans have had a balanced attack all season, allowing only about six points on defense leading into their lone loss. The offense and defense performed well for Garner and the Trojans against D.A, Smith.
“The offense and defense performed really well for us,” Garner said. “We came out and moved the ball. The defense showed up and only gave up six points. It was a really good night and great bounce back week for us.”
The Trojans finished with a 6-1 record and with a win in the consolation game in a couple weeks it would rank as one of the best seasons ever at Charles Henderson Middle School. “Honestly I didn’t know what to expect,” Garner said. “I know we had some big guys, so I thought we had a chance to be a good football team but it took some time and bonding as a team to have a chance to finish as one of the greatest seasons ever at Charles Henderson Middle School.”
Garner credits the team’s maturation and growth over the last few months for how well his team has looked this season.
“It’s been beyond anything that I could ever hope for,” Garner said. “These kids are growing up right before eyes. We watch them play in every game and practice. They are understanding the game of football a lot more. They actually understand it now that we don’t have to yell at them from across the filed because they already know what’s going on.”
During the two weeks to prepare for their consolation game Garner is expecting his players to come out and practice angry as a football team.
“We want to go down to this consolation game and win by as many as we can,” Garner said. “We want to let the rest of the league to know who the best team really is.”
The consolation game will be played on Oct. 20 at Rip Hewes Stadium in Dothan. Kick off is scheduled for 5 p.m.