Eagles got their hands full

Published 12:02 am Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Pleasant Home’s Austin Harrington rushes for a gain last week. |                                       Andrew Garner/Star-News

Pleasant Home’s Austin Harrington rushes for a gain last week. | Andrew Garner/Star-News

Pleasant Home’s got its hands full this week when it travels to play a physical Kinston Bulldogs on Friday night.

For the past four seasons, the match up has been decided by an average of five points per game. PHS owns a 3-1 advantage.

In his four years as a coach for the Eagles, Cody McCain said this year’s Kinston team is the best he’s seen.

“They’ve got a lot of experience on both sides of the ball,” Pleasant Home’s head football coach said. “They have more juniors and seniors on the team that I’ve seen. The more experience you have, the better off you’re going to be. Twenty-eight juniors and seniors at the 1A level; that’s almost unheard of.”

Last week, PHS squeaked by Red Level 16-12 to pick up its first Class 1A, Region 2 win of the season. Kinston is a deceptive 0-2 overall after falling 33-29 to Samson in week one, and 20-0 to Brantley last week.

KHS played Brantley well, only holding the Bulldogss of Crenshaw County to seven points in the first half.

McCain said Kinston had a couple of opportunities to score against Brantley.

“I’m sure they felt like they could get scores out of it,” he said. “They ended up giving up a kick off return to start the second half to take a two-score lead.”

In Kinston’s loss to Samson, the Tigers won the game on a late touchdown.

McCain said he frequently talks to Samson head football coach Robert Bradford, who was a former coach at PHS.

McCain said that Bradford noted that Kinston played “good enough to beat us.”

For the past three years, the PHS-KHS games have come down to late theatrics, usually with a team scoring at the last minute, McCain said.

McCain said he knows it’s going to come down the same way again Friday night.

“For us to have a chance, we’re going to have to play much better,” he said. “I expect the game Friday night to come down to another late-game possession.”