PHS learns from mistakes, ready for KHS

Published 12:01 am Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pleasant Home will take on Kinston at home this week. | Josh Dutton/Star-News

Like many teams in the area, Pleasant Home was gifted with some cooler weather at practice this week and Eagles head football coach Cody McCain said he doesn’t have any problem with that.

“It just feels more like football weather,” McCain said. “It’s so difficult in those first couple of games. It’s difficult for every team that plays, to deal with the humidity.

“The heat, they can get used to because it’s been that way all summer, but when you put all of the pads on and the adrenaline gets going on a Friday night, that humidity is something you’ll really want to watch, conditioning-wise,” he said. “Those first couple of games you see so many cramps and we didn’t have any last week (against Red Level). On week one (against Cottonwood), we were bad off, but last week we were in better shape.”

The Eagles will be breathing lungs full of cooler air Friday night as they play host to region opponent and rival Kinston in 66-degree weather, according to the National Weather Service.

The Eagles (1-1, 1-0 in Class 1A, Region 2) will face a KHS team, who played well against Brantley last week, McCain said.

McCain added that KHS (0-2) is similar to his team in many ways.

“In the past two years, I think the two games have been settled by a combined five points,” he said. “Really, it’s an evenly-matched game. I know they lost to Brantley, but I felt like they played really well. They ran their game plan, and they were having success with it, but Brantley’s so good that it’s hard to convince somebody that lost they looked like they played well. It’s going to be a really tough game for us.”

PHS beat Kinston last year 14-13, and KHS won in 2010, 38-34.

Pleasant Home is coming off of a 44-32 region victory over Red Level last week, where the Eagles allowed the Tigers to come back in the fourth quarter.

McCain said he wasn’t happy with the late surge by RLS, but studied film hard on Monday to try and correct those mistakes made to get ready for the game tomorrow night.

“There were still a lot of areas I felt like we didn’t play very well in,” he said. “We did some silly things and as the year goes on, teams will capitalize on that kind of stuff.”

Kick off on Eagles Field is at 7 p.m. tomorrow.