Eagles look to get better

Published 12:01 am Friday, October 26, 2012

Pleasant Home’s just trying to get better, Eagles head football coach Cody McCain said.

With a playoff berth already solidified for PHS, the Eagles travel to face McKenzie tonight in their last region game of the regular season.

McCain said “trying to improve ourselves” is No. 1 on the list.

“We haven’t played very well the past two weeks,” McCain said. “We’ve taken two bad losses in a row.”

The Eagles fell to Brantley 48-0 last week, and 48-6 to Geneva County on Oct. 12. If PHS wins, the Eagles will have the three seed going into the playoffs. If the Eagles lose and GCHS beats Kinston, they will still have the three seed.

If PHS loses and Kinston beats GCHS, then there will be a three-way tie for second.

“We’re just trying to get better and to have a rebound for the last couple games of the season leading up to the playoffs,” McCain said. “As far as McKenzie goes, we’ve got to be prepared for them to be faster than us, and for them to play hard because it’s their homecoming and senior night.

“We’ve got to execute on both sides of the ball leading up to the game,” he said.

Pleasant Home is known for its big line play on both sides of the ball, and it hasn’t had much success on the defensive side of the ball, the coach said.

“The bad thing for us this year is that anybody who lines up against us has had success defensively,” he said. “We’re trying to find some things to do on that side of the ball to maybe create turn overs and make some big tackles in the back field.”

The Eagles received a bright spot in the form of starting quarterback and defender Hunter Odom coming back to action.

Odom received a concussion at the Geneva County football game and was out last week.

“We’ve tried to ease him back in things and will be cautious with him,” McCain said. “He seems to be going full speed. We expect him to be ready to go (tonight).

“Anytime you can get a senior back and playing helps the team,” he said. “He helps us out on both sides of the ball.”

Kick off in McKenzie is at 7 tonight.