PHS boys not complacent

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, October 27, 2010

If there is one thing Pleasant Home coach Robert Bradford said he is driving into his players this week is “not getting complacent” in preparation to close out the regular season on the road against Cottage Hill.

“It’s been a long time since Pleasant Home has had a three-game winning streak,” he said. “We’ve been trying to keep them with a level head this week and really focusing on practicing hard and playing hard.”

For the past three weeks, the Eagles have been completing a three-step process to earn a ticket to the playoffs.

The 28-14 win over Geneva County earned the Eagles a playoff berth and a three-game winning streak, a feat Pleasant Home hasn’t achieved since 2002.

Bradford said the main focus this week at practice is to play harder than the opponent.

Helping lead Pleasant Home to victory is senior running back Frank Senn. Senn rushed 374 yards on 31 carries and scored three touchdowns to help lift his team over Geneva County.

Additionally, Senn won the Alabama High School Athletic Associations’ weekly spotlight award for his performance during the Geneva County game, and the Georgiana game, where he rushed 329 yards on 33 carries and scored five touchdowns.

This will be Pleasant Home’s first time to play Cottage Hill, and Bradford said they are similar to his team.

Pleasant Home will rely on its running game, while Cottage Hill its passing game, Bradford said.

In order to shut down Cottage Hill’s passing game, the Eagles (5-4) will have to put pressure on the quarterback.

“That will be a key for us,” Bradford said. “They do a really good job of protecting him. He gets it out of his hands as quick as it gets in his hand.”

Kickoff in Mobile is at 7 p.m.