First time for everythingPublished 10:03am Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Horseshoe Bend and Central-Coosa High Schools have never played each other on the football field heading into Friday night’s match-up in New Site.
The Generals (7-2) are preparing for the Class 2A playoffs as the No. 3 seed out of Region 5 Class 2A and will wrap up the best season in school history with a win Friday night.
Central-Coosa (3-6) will put some young players on the field in hopes for continuing to develop their program for the future.
“For us, our biggest thing is coming together as a program and working towards the future,” Central head coach Richard Bell said.
“I think it’s valuable for us to get our young guys in games now and build up their experience for next year.”
Some of the youth that Bell is talking about is sophomore defensive end Trey Royal and freshman defensive back and tailback Sakerian Hayes, who have both made plays for the Cougars in the past three games.
Horseshoe Bend is coming off of a loss last week to Lanett that snapped a six game winning streak for the Generals, and although the loss meant that HBHS will not host a first round playoff game, head coach Jason Franklin says his team is still motivated.
“We didn’t play as well as we would have liked last week and we want to get back to playing good football before the playoffs start,” Franklin said.
“This time of year is when you want to be playing your best as a team and we want to finish with an 8-2 record and make some school history.
“Our guys shouldn’t need any more motivation than that.”
Central-Coosa has had difficulty on the defensive side of the ball this season and that won’t get any easier against a high-powered HBHS offense, although Bell added that they have played better the past two weeks against Leeds and Trinity.
“I want our guys to play a good offense like (HBHS),” Bell said.
“We need work and we need to get better with our younger guys while we have the chance to get them on the field this season.”
Horseshoe Bend runningback Cory Battle has rushed for over 1,300 yards and accounted for 18 total touchdowns for the Generals, while quarterback Chase Cheaney is the second leading passer in the local area with over 1,400 yards in the air.
It is homecoming week in New Site and the Generals have their sights set on a strong finish to the regular season and taking their chances on a Class 2A state playoff run.
“There is a great opportunity for us to get better this week and I also want us to get healthy for the playoffs as well,” Franklin added.
“We should be clicking on all cylinders for the state playoffs and we’ve got a great chance to work on that Friday night.”
HBHS and Central kick off at 7 p.m. Friday in New Site.