Region win: Charles Henderson knocks off Rehobeth

Published 11:53 pm Friday, September 7, 2018

REHOBETH – Charles Henderson High used multiple big plays to overcome a 13-0 deficit en route to a 34-20 Class 5A, Region 2 win over Rehobeth High School Friday night in Rehobeth.

The Trojans scored touchdowns on big plays of 61 yards, 79, 25, 68 and 3 yards to improve to 1-1 on the year while Rehobeth drops to 0-3.

“Just like last week, we are not going to quit,” said CHHS head coach Brad McCoy. “We are going to continue to try to find ways to win ball games. We challenged our guys at halftime to find and make the adjustments needed. We saw a lot of things we could have done better in the first half, and we came out and answered the call. That says a lot about this group of seniors we have, and everyone in general. It takes a full complete team effort to win it.”

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The Trojans took their opening possession and drove from their 35 to the Rebels’ 5 yard line, but a field goal attempt was blocked by Rehobeth’s Jeremiah Williams and Jack Smith returned it 95 yards for a touchdown and a 6-0 lead, as the extra point failed.

Rehobeth went up 13-0 on a 9-yard TD carry by Christopher Hovey, and Keegan Dutton added the extra point with 6:46 to play in the first half.

CHHS got on the board three plays later, when running back Jonathan Carter exploded for a 61 yard haul. Caleb Guice kicked the extra point to cut the lead to 13-7 with 5:54 to play in the half.

Chance Pollard tied the game in the third quarter on a 79 yard touchdown carry, knotting the score at 13-13 as the extra point was no good.

Rehobeth got the ball back and was forced to punt, the kick was mishandled, and Stephon Stringer picked it up and ran it in from 20 yards out for the touchdown. Guice was good on the PAT and CHHS led 20-13 with 3:35 remaining in the third.

Pollard later scored on another electrifying run, this one from 68 yards out, Guice kicked again and CHHS led 27-13 in the fourth quarter.

The Trojans went up 34-13 on a 3-yard TD run by quarterback D.Q. Toney, with 4:46 to play in the game.

Rehobeth added their final score with 0:04 seconds to play in the game, as William Keasler found Jacob Welch in the end zone for a 12-yard touchdown play, making the final score 34-20.

Pollard rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns on only four carries, while Carter, a junior running back, worked hard for 133 yards on 21 carries while scored one TD.

CHHS will host Oxford next Friday in Troy’s Veterans Memorial Stadium for a 7 p.m. kick.

“This is a tremendous out-of-region game for us again, just like Enterprise was,” said McCoy. “They’ve got a big-time program coming down here. We’re going to have to make sure we are hitting on all cylinders.”