Strong running game propels Trojans to fourth straight win

Published 3:00 am Saturday, October 1, 2016

Messenger Photo/jonah enfinger The Charles Henderson Trojans won their fourth straight game on Friday night when they defeated Trinity 42-9.

Messenger Photo/jonah enfinger
The Charles Henderson Trojans won their fourth straight game on Friday night when they defeated Trinity 42-9.

Jabronski Williams ran for a touchdown each of the first three times he touched the ball, finishing the night with 234 yards and five TD’s on 14 carries, as the Trojans of Charles Henderson High cruised to a convincing 42-9 win over Trinity Presbyterian of Montgomery Friday night in Troy’s Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The senior running back scored on runs of 62, 50 and 14 yards in the first half, and added TD carries of 65 and 5 yards in the second half.

CHHS Head Coach Brad McCoy wanted his Trojans to play a solid game as next week they travel to Eufaula for a key Class 5A, Region 2 matchup. While there were some mistakes, he felt the overall contest was a positive effort.

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“You don’t want a few negatives to overshadow a 42-9 win,” said McCoy. “We played a lot of young guys, but I’m very proud of our guys in all three phases of the game, especially offense and defense as we came out fast. We played fast, hard and jumped out to a big lead. The only thing you have to worry about then is complacency. That’s when you get satisfied, and that set in a little bit. I’m disappointed in a couple of mistakes we made such as the high snap when we were punting that gave them a safety, the fumble that we gave them back and they picked up and scored. That’s never condoned, you never like to see that, but I’m glad our youngsters got to play.

“Jabronski had a big night, and I think he had one of those games last year. That is special when you have the opportunity to do that, but what he should be doing is congratulating the guys up front by patting them on the back, and telling them how proud he is that they can help him get those yards. Now we are going to have to have one of if not the best weeks of focus and concentration and sense of urgency we’ve had all year to get ready for Eufaula. That game should determine if we play at home or on the road in the playoffs. We are certainly proud to have won four in a row, but we have a lot of work to do, and this one coming up is a big one.”

Trinity, falling to 1-6, got the opening kickoff but punted to the Trojans, and on the second offensive play Williams bolted up the middle for 62 yards, breaking three tackles at the line of scrimmage and racing the rest of the way untouched for the TD. Junior placekicker Cameron Bush drilled the extra point for the 7-0 lead at the 9:25 mark of the first quarter.

Williams scored his second TD on the next possession, taking it 50 yards, and the Bush PAT was good for the 14-0 lead at 7:04.

Chance Pollard of CHHS intercepted a Charlie Trotman pass at the Trinity 33, and three plays later Williams took it 14 yards for the score and Bush was good for the 21-0 lead at 5:00 to go in the first quarter.

CHHS quarterback Noah Lowery put the Trojans up 28-0 with a 49-yard TD connection to junior Cobi Jones with 8:10 left in the half.

Trinity got on the scoreboard when CHHS was forced to punt deep in their own territory, the snap sailed high over the punter’s head, and the score was 28-2 with 13 seconds remaining in the half.

Williams opened the second half with his fourth TD, a 65-yard jaunt and a 35-2 lead at 10:45 in the third.

After a Trinity punt Williams scored his fifth TD on a 5-yard carry for a 42-2 advantage following another Bush kick.

The Trojans, now 4-2, played a lot of athletes for the remainder of the contest. With 1:00 left in the game and CHHS backed up at their own 4-yard line, the Trojans fumbled and Bryson Byrne of Trinity scooped the ball up on the hop and took it in for the TD and the 42-9 final.

In addition to the big night by Williams, CHHS saw Jared Wilson pick up 55 yards rushing, Bryson Gandy had 34 and quarterback Noah Lowery was 3-for-4 for 58 yards and one touchdown completion.

CHHS is at Eufaula next Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Eufaula and CHHS are each 4-2 overall and tied for second in Region play with a 2-1 record.