Generals prep for 5-1Published 9:54am Tuesday, October 2, 2012
When they took the field last Friday night, the Horseshoe Bend Generals had one thing on their mind: a win over Thorsby.
However, fans, alumni and some students might have had a few more things stirring up.
When HBHS (4-1) defeated Thorsby last Friday night, they cemented themselves as one of the best Horseshoe Bend teams in school history through the first five games of a season.
Although Horseshoe Bend only officially formed in New Site in 1992, the 2012 Generals have joined the 1996 team as the only teams to start 4-1, and the 2012 squad has a chance to join the 1996 team once again with a 5-1 record if they defeat Lafayette this coming Friday night.
“This game coming up is the biggest one on our schedule right now,” HBHS head coach Jason Franklin said.
“One week at a time is our mind set, and we are focused on a good Lafayette team.”
The Generals will face a Lafayette team that sits a 3-2 as the squads enter the second half of Region 5 play.
The Bulldogs have outscored their opponents 180-144 and are led by senior quarterback Quay Boyd, who had three total touchdowns in a 47-25 win over Abbeville last Friday night.
“He’s a good quarterback and key player for them,” Franklin said.
“He’s big and physical when he’s running, but he is also good out of the pocket throwing the ball.”
Horseshoe Bend will have their hands full with Boyd, but Lafayette will have their fair share of work cut out for them to contain the Generals.
HBHS senior runningback Cory Battle hasn’t rushed for less than 100-yards in a game yet this season.
Battle leads the local area in rushing yards with 819 yards on 83 carries and sixteen total touchdowns.
“Cory has done well, but I think all of our backs have done well,” Franklin said.
“I think (Battle) wears down defenses with his agility and the other backs come in and run hard and physical.
“It’s a good one-two punch.”
Along with the senior athlete is linebacker Luke Holt, who is one of the top tacklers in the local area and Class 2A Region 5.
Holt has had 14 total tackles or more in the last three games, including 19 against Isabella two weeks ago.
Senior quarterback Chase Cheaney has increased his numbers from his junior campaign and has nine touchdowns with only three interceptions while throwing for 820 yards through the air.
“Along with Luke, there are some younger linebackers that have decided to step up and help us defensively,” Franklin added.
“Chase has progressed and realized that if he can stay within himself and know that he doesn’t have to win the game by himself, he puts us in better situations to come out on top.”
HBHS and Lafayette are set for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday night at Bulldog Stadium in Lafayette, Ala.