Trojans play Valley for region championship

Published 10:08 pm Thursday, October 24, 2019

It all comes down to this. The Charles Henderson Trojans take on the Valley Rams with the Class 5A Region 2 championship on the line.

The Trojans are shooting for their first region championship since the 2013 season. They are currently tied with the Rams with a 4-1 record.

“We are excited about the opportunity,” Trojan head Brad McCoy said. “The team has had a lot of energy. All they are really feeding off right now is the opportunity to win a region championship, the first one in about six years. They are excited, coaches are excited and the school is excited.”

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Nobody on the roster has experience playing in a game with a region championship on the line. Despite the lack of experience, McCoy and the coaching staff has noticed a sense of calmness around the team this week during practice.

“The guys are business as usual,” McCoy said. “Maybe tomorrow (Friday) leading up to game time you will probably start seeing some guys show signs of pent up tension and nerves. This week we really haven’t seen it. Coaches have been shocked about it. The guys are just excited.”

The Trojans are 2-1 on the road this season and 2-2 at home. This week they travel nearly two hours to take on the Rams.

“There are a lot of our guys that actually enjoy getting on the bus and taking the road trip,” McCoy said. “I think a lot of coaches, including myself, feel the same way sometimes. There can be the (opportunity) for a bus ride to let them relax and get away from some of the noise.”

The Rams come into the game with an overall mark of 5-3 on the year. After dropping their first two games, the Rams rattled off five straight victories before losing last week to Rehobeth.

“They are going to run the football,” McCoy said. “They have a couple dynamic running backs. The best we have seen, aside from Enterprise and Oxford. When the quarterback and running back are back there together, it’s just two running backs.

“They have a really good defense that is fast. They are big up front. There is a reason they are in this position.”

The Rams fell to Rehobeth last week 12-7. It was their second lowest scoring game of the season. They fell to Smiths Station in week two 16-6.

“What Rehobeth did, after watching the tape, was they pursued the football so well,” McCoy said. “They rallied to the ball. You always saw 11 bodies attacking the backfield. When you face a team that doesn’t throw it as much as some do, you can pin your ears back and put eight, nine guys in the box.”

The Trojans knocked off the Rams 26-20 last season.