Lessons learned: After narrow win over Pike County, Trojans open season against Enterprise

Published 6:15 pm Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Following their slim victory over rival Pike County last Friday night, the Charles Henderson Trojans remain at home this week when they take on Enterprise in the season opener at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

After falling behind 6-0, the Trojans scored 12 unanswered points against their rivals and pulled out the six-point win.

It marked the 12th straight year the Trojans knocked off the Bulldogs. Despite the win, there were a few areas of the game head coach Brad McCoy would like to see get cleaned up.

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“One thing that showed its face was our conditioning,” McCoy said. “That really bothered me. Our kids did not hold up well in that game. We had to address some of those issues starting on Sunday. Pike County handled the heat and the humidity and the game itself a lot better than we did.”

Game one also provided unforced mistakes out of the Trojans. Despite the loss, Pike County hung with the Trojans until the final whistle blew.

“For the last couple of years, Pike County has played us really tough,” McCoy said. “My hat’s off to coach Holland. Him his staff and his players, they are a good football team. They are going to give a lot of people fits in 3A.”

The Trojans used the passing game to help their offense. Quarterback Pooka Jones hooked up with receiver Sean McKinney for a 37-yard touchdown. Jones later found Elijah Caldwell on a seven-yard touchdown.

“Pooka had a really good night,” McCoy said. “He threw for 175 yards and he had a lot of completions and he had a lot of drops. We had three third down conversions that were dropped. The deep ball to Sean McKinney was a nice play. Nice route and nice throw in tight coverage. I think the play potential is certainly there. The offensive line did a nice job in protection.”

The running game headed up by Johnathan Carter will also be an area of strength for McCoy’s offense.

“Johnathan is going to get his carries,” McCoy said. “He had a little under 100 yards, which is a good night rushing the football. We are going to continue to try and run the football as much as we can.”

This week, the Trojans welcome in the 7A Wildcats. The Wildcats knocked off the Trojans a season ago 35-28 in Enterprise.

“They’re an extremely deep football team,” McCoy said. “They have really good players on both sides of the ball and in the kicking game. They’re very talented with a new coaching staff. Offensively, they are going to look a lot different being in the single wing. Defensively they will have some of the same looks that we have seen. It’s going to present its own challenges. We are going to have to be really near mistake-free to be able to compete with them.”

The Wildcats and Trojans will kick off at 7 p.m. inside Veterans Memorial Stadium.

“I think it’s great for our team and community to have this opportunity to play a good and deep football team,” McCoy said. “We are going to do everything we can to improve and have a chance to win.”