Pleasant Home Eagles seek best season since 2011

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 19, 2016

The Pleasant Home Eagles (4-4) know that the playoffs are out of reach, but they are still fighting for winning season as they travel to Red Level on Friday night for a Class 1A, Region 2 battle with the Tigers (3-5).

“I’ve been building this game up as the biggest game in my three years here,” Pleasant Home head coach Chris Mason said. “This is the game that could help catapult us to a winning season.”

Red Level has had the upper-hand in the short series with a 5-3 record against the Eagles.

The Eagles are looking for a little revenge after falling to the Tigers 28-20 last year at home.

“Our kids are ready for the challenge,” Mason said. “They are ready for a little redemption from the past two years. The kids are excited to play and it will be two hungry teams with a point to prove to each other.”

This year’s match up is back in Red Level, and the Eagles have played strong on the road this season. Pleasant Home is 3-1 in road games this year.

The 2016 season has up-and-down for the Eagles. After starting the season with a win, Pleasant Home went on to drop three-straight games. The Eagles bounced right back and went on a three-game winning streak before falling to undefeated Georgiana.

“We have shown a lot of growth this year,” Mason said. “It would be nice if we could be going to the playoffs, but this can still be a season for our program.”

The loss to Georgiana eliminated the Eagles’ playoff hopes, but Pleasant Home still has a chance to have one of the school’s best football seasons.

Sitting at 4-4 with two games remaining, Pleasant Home could the school it’s third-best regular-season finish, and its fourth winning season in the program’s 17-year existence.

“There is a lot riding on these last two games,” Mason said. “The kids have to have a reason to compete, and right now they have a chance to get their names in the school record book as one of the best teams in the program’s history.”

Through eight games, the Eagles have put up 224 points, have allowed 286.

Kickoff between the Eagles and Tigers will be at 7 p.m., Friday in Red Level