Finishing strong: Trojans finish off the regular season with a 39-20 win over the Northview Cougars
Published 3:00 am Friday, October 28, 2016
Charles Henderson High capped off its regular season with a 39-20 win over Northview Thursday night in Veterans Memorial Stadium, coming from behind twice early in the contest.
The Trojans, 7-3 on the season and winners of seven of its last eight games, now set their sights on the first round of the Class 5A state playoffs, which begin next Friday at St. Paul’s Episcopal of Mobile.
“This game could have gone either way, especially trailing twice,” said CHHS Head Coach Brad McCoy, “That to me is a measure of what a champion can be, when you have to battle back, when you have to find a way to put plays together. Our defense played hard especially, and it was just a fun night. It was a total team win, and it’s really gratifying when you see our kids enjoy playing football like they did tonight.”
Northview got on the board first on a 9-yard touchdown run by Nicholas McCarthy for a 7-0 lead, but the Trojans bounced back when Bryson Gandy busted a 49-yard carry, and Cameron Bush added the PAT to tie the score 7-7.
The Cougars went up 14-7 on another TD by McCarthy from 1-yard out with 4:10 left in the first half, but CHHS moved 70 yards in eight plays with quarterback D.Q. Toney darting 17 yards in for the score and it was 14-14 with 1:55 in the half.
Following an interception by Ashton Lewis, Toney scored again on a 10-yard run and CHHS went for two points with Noah Lowery hitting Kelshun Campbell for the 22-14 halftime score.
Paul Gallie later recovered a Northview fumbled punt, and the Trojans went ahead 25-14 to open the fourth quarter on a 35-yard field goal by Bush.
Jamal Smith, a CHHS linebacker, ran the ball late in the game and busted a 27-yard run before getting the ball again for a 2-yard TD carry and a 32-14 advantage.
Northview, ending the year at 0-10, cut the lead to 32-20 on a pass from Mason Wakefield to Raymond Lowe, and CHHS responded one play later when Jabronski Williams was hit, spun, and bolted 56 yards for a touchdown, and the 39-20 final.
CHHS is at St. Paul next Friday, 7 p.m.