CHHS closes out regular season against Northview

Published 3:00 am Thursday, October 29, 2015

It took the CHHS Trojans winning their last two games to earn a spot in the AHSAA Class 5, Region 2 playoffs, and today the Trojans will close out the regular season later this evening when they make the trip to Dothan to take on Northview.

“The morale has been high,” said Trojans head coach Brad McCoy. “These kids are excited about being in the playoffs.”

The Trojans quickly turned the page to a Class 6A Northview team that is also headed to the playoffs.

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“We really aren’t thinking about that playoff game just yet,” McCoy said. “We have Northview (tonight). It’s been a quick week and a quick turn around. We haven’t had a whole lot of time to dwell on the playoffs.”

McCoy believes playing a team from a higher conference should help the Trojans focus.

“We are playing up in classification,” McCoy said. “We are playing a quarterback (Tyler Marshall) that is a UAB commit. We are playing a very talented football team so for us its going to be a bigger challenge.”

The Trojans have played their best football as of late. After losing three straight games to Davidson, Sidney Lanier and Eufaula. Since then the Trojans rattled wins against Rehobeth and Booker T. Washington.

“Any coach would tell you that you would really want to be clicking on all cylinders when you go into the playoffs,” McCoy said. “These games really count because when you don’t get it done you don’t move on. It means everything and it matters the most when your playing at that level.”

Northview (4-5, 4-3) comes into this meeting on a downward spiral. The Cougars have lost four out of their last five games including a double-overtime loss to rival Dothan.

Although they have struggled their offense led by quarterback Marshall hasn’t stopped putting up the points. On the season the Cougars have averaged 30 points per game.

“They throw the ball vertically down the field,” McCoy said. “You have a quarterback in Tyler Marshall that is tall and athletic. He has a great arm and they are going to stretch us vertically.”

The Trojans and the Cougars wrap up the regular season at 7 p.m. at Rip Hewes Stadium in Dothan.

“We want come out injury free and healthy,” McCoy said. “If we win the game your still riding that momentum into the playoffs. I want all our guys to come out of the game ready to go at a very high level.”