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STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION: Pleasant Home looks to pick up 1st win of 2018

The Pleasant Home Eagles (0-3, 0-2) and the McKenzie Tigers (0-3,0-2) look to pick up their first win of the year as they square off for a region battle on Friday in McKenzie.

“This is a game that is very winnable for us,” Pleasant Home head coach Rick Mercer said. “Last year, we had them on the ropes before we lost in overtime.”

McKenzie beat Pleasant Home 47-46 last year.

“This should be a very competitive game,” Mercer said. “I expect that it’s going to be a close game. If we do what we are coached to do, then it will be a close game in the fourth quarter and we will have a chance to win.”

Mercer said that despite being winless, McKenzie still has a some talented players.

“They are a good team that is very well coached,” Mercer said. “They have a couple of players that can give us trouble in space. Coach (Tony) Norris does a great job getting the ball to his playermakers in space. We have to focus on keeping them contained and not let them get to the edge. We think we have good game plan that will give us a good chance to pull out a win on Friday.”

McKenzie opened the year with a 48-12 loss to Houston Academy, then fell to Red Level (12-6) and went down against Georgiana (55-0) last week.

Pleasant Home has put up three strong fights while falling to Elberta (27-18), Elba (28-14) and Red Level (15-14).

Kickoff between Pleasant Home and McKenzie is set for 7 p.m., Friday in McKenzie.