A chance at historyPublished 9:57am Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Heading into the locker room at halftime last week against Lafayette trailing 14-6, Horseshoe Bend head coach Jason Franklin saw something out of his players that he hasn’t really seen in his five seasons in New Site.
“The guys looked at me and they told me that they were going to win the ball game,” Franklin said.
“Them doing that just reaffirmed what I had thought all season and that was that we are a resilient team that believes in ourselves no matter what.”
HBHS (5-1) took the field in the second half and defeated the Bulldogs 21-20 to tie the school record for wins six weeks into the season.
“We’re still not focusing on it and taking this whole thing one week at a time,” said Franklin, whose Generals take on Prattville Christian Friday.
“In this Region, any team can be beat on any given night, so we’re trying to make sure that’s not us.”
Prattville Christian (1-5) is currently on a five game losing streak and lost to Reeltown last week at home 35-0.
The Panthers run multiple sets on offense and a 5-2 defense as they head into New Site Friday night already on the ropes for competing for a Class 2A state playoff spot.
“I think they have had a tough time transitioning into AHSAA ball,” Franklin said.
“But they’ve got a big team that plays hard on both sides of the ball.”
The Panthers will have the odds against them Friday night, as the Generals will not only be going for school history, but will also be hosting Senior Night, as well as the ribbon cutting ceremony for their new football field house that began construction this past summer.
Horseshoe Bend has seen the tables turn heading into the final four weeks of the season compared to their record of 1-5 at this point in 2011, something that Franklin attributes to a culture change from last year to now.
“It all comes down to an attitude change within the kids and believing that they can win every time they take the field,” Franklin said.
“It starts with our practices and the kids working hard and understanding that nothing is going to be given to them and they’ve got to work for it.”
Horseshoe Bend will officially go for school history at 7 p.m. Friday night with Senior Night festivities and the HBHS Field House ribbon cutting ceremony set to begin at 6:45 p.m. in New Site.