Trojans look to clean up mistakes against Carroll

Published 6:27 pm Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Charles Henderson Trojans returned from their bye week last Friday night and fell to the Greenville Tigers 21-10 on homecoming at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

They hope to get back on track when they travel to take on Carroll this evening in Ozark.

“It was very disappointing,” said Trojan head coach Brad McCoy. “We had three critical turnovers on offense, which has been very uncharacteristic of our guys; 14 of their 21 points, we basically gave them. You can’t give a football team a whole lot of leeway. The defense played a very good football game, but offensively, turnovers and mistakes ultimately is what cost us.”

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The loss dropped the Trojans to 2-3 on the season and, more importantly, 2-1 in region play.

The game was tight heading into the fourth quarter, but 25 combined penalties soured the game. A total of four players were ejected in the game, including three Trojans due to unsportsmanlike conduct or personal foul penalties.

“Punishment, a lot of punishment,” McCoy said. “A lot of the penalties that we had were poor decisions on our kids’ part. A lot of it was frustration. They felt like they were being mistreated by the calls the officials made and I think some of their frustration was rightfully so. The officials certainly missed some calls – it’s not why we lost the game, but young people tend to get frustration and take it out with their emotions. We held them accountable this week for their actions, which we always have and always will.”

The loss drops them to third place in Region 2 behind undefeated Valley and 3-1 Rehobeth.

The Trojans are averaging 15 points per game, while allowing 25 points per game.

The Eagles are off to a 2-3 overall start and are 0-3 in region play. It’s their worst record through five games since they started 2-3 in the 2015 season. They are currently on a three-game losing streak and are coming off a 6-3 loss to Rehobeth.

The Eagles are averaging 14 points per game this season. They have been held to single digits twice in their games.

“They’re a big football team and always seem to have big linemen and big running backs,” McCoy said. “What they do on offense is something that lends itself to having a big line of scrimmage. They run right at you. The running backs run hard and It’s a downhill running game. They do have an athletic quarterback that can get out of the pocket and move. Defensively, they are big up front. They have eight guys around the box a lot of time. They make it real tough to run the football.”

The Trojans look to make it two-in-a-row over the Eagles this evening. They won last year’s game 17-7.