BRHS hosts Round 2Published 11:50am Friday, November 16, 2012
Last Friday night’s first round playoff game against LeFlore High School wasn’t what players and coaches were hoping for at the Sportplex.
The second round sees a 10-1 Chilton County High School team travel over from nearby Clanton in what is expected to be a quality second round game.
Chilton County and BRHS’ only losses of the season both came to Homewood.
Below are the keys to the game tonight between BRHS and Chilton County.
Ready for a dog fight
Besides Homewood in week 10 and possibly Eufaula in the Region championship, Chilton County will be one of the best teams that Benjamin Russell faces all season and the Wildcats will need to be ready to scrap it out until the end.
Chilton County has already been in a tight situation when they defeated Saraland in three overtime’s last week at home 33-27, and has fought through a tough Region all season long that includes Homewood, Sylacauga and John Carroll Catholic.
The Tigers average just over 226 yards per game rushing and are led by tailback Michael Seaton.
Starting the season, Benjamin Russell was one of the stoutest defenses in the state regardless of class, especially up the middle of their defense and stopping the run.
If Chilton County is effective up the middle and can chew up ground, it could be a long night tonight for the BRHS defense.
“Our guys have got to understand that it is a one game season from here on out and we have to be ready to play,” BRHS head coach Danny Horn said.
“Guys are going to have to play through pain and that is part of playoff football.
“But, this Chilton County team is physical and they are going to run the ball right at us, so we have to come out and play well.”
Open it up
Benjamin Russell has had a solid balance of run and pass all season long, but the Wildcats were slowed down last week against LeFlore.
The BRHS offense is much more effective when the run game is open and in order to do that the pass game needs to be clicking.
Junior quarterback Bryant Horn only threw for 105 yards on eight pass attempts last week for the Wildcats, which gave LeFlore the opportunity to stop the run.
If BRHS can find their balance again tonight, the Tigers will be in some trouble.
“Our guys were taking turns not doing the right things last week and it showed,” Horn said.
“We’re not going to sit here and make excuses because we had some injuries and some different guys come in and play on offense.”
“If all 11 guys don’t do their job on the field, it’s not going to work and we saw that last week.”
History on their side
In most circumstances, what happened in the past doesn’t matter, especially in the state playoffs.
With that being said, Benjamin Russell has never lost to Chilton County in the history of the two schools.
BRHS holds a 4-0 all-time mark against the Tigers with the last win coming in a 37-0 trouncing in 2005.
The closest Chilton County has ever game to defeating BRHS was a 14-2 score in 1928.
BRHS and Chilton Co. kickoff at 7 p.m. tonight.