Eagles to vie for playoff berth this Friday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 7, 2010

For the first time since the 2006 football season, the Pleasant Home Eagles have a shot at a playoff berth.

The only things standing in their way — the Georgiana Panthers (0-6, 0-4), the J.F. Shields Panthers (1-5) and the Geneva County Bulldogs (2-4).

The last time the Eagles made an appearance in the playoffs, they lost in the first round to the Wadley Bulldogs, 13-32.

“You don’t want to count anything before its time,” PHS coach Robert Bradford said of the next region games. “I would say we have a pretty good chance at winning those first two games (against Georgiana and J.F. Shields).”

Bradford said he thinks his team is in a good situation going into Friday night’s contest.

The team is coming off a 26-6 region loss to top-ranked Brantley, but Bradford said the game taught the players a lot.

“I think it gave our kids confidence that if they come out and play hard and play Pleasant Home-type football, and do things right, we can play anybody,” he said.

The Eagles were tied 6-6 at half time last week, and had a chance to score another touchdown when a kick off return was called back due to a penalty.

“Our kids played a real hard game last week,” he said. “Normally whenever we play Brantley, we’re a 40-50-point underdog. Brantley has so much speed.”

Another thing that may be to the Pleasant Home’s advantage is that Georgiana’s head coach Shawn Gregory was relieved of his coaching and athletic director duties earlier this week, the Greenville Advocate reports.

Assistant coach Michael Moore will take the helm of the Panthers.

Bradford said given the recent coaching change, he is unsure what the Panthers will throw at his team Friday night.

“I don’t know if this is going to be in our advantage or disadvantage or what,” he said. “It’s kind of hard to tell.”

Bradford remains positive that his team has a chance at the playoffs, his only concern is that Geneva County has the same record as his team going into Friday night’s contest.

“(We’re going to play) three opponents who have losing records,” he said. “It’s a long shot, but you never know. It’s definitely the best shot we’ve had in a couple of years.”

If the Eagles pull off a playoff appearance, it will be only the fourth appearance since the school began playing football again in 2000.

Kickoff in Georgiana is at 7 p.m.