Prattville is MCS homecoming foe

Published 11:54 pm Wednesday, September 30, 2009

SELMA — Meadowview Christian School football coach Kenny Strong has looked at the roster and watched the films.

He knows Prattville Christian Academy’s lineup is big.

As he walked down the Trojans’ lineup during practice Wednesday, he gave out the heights and weights of the opposing Panthers (4-1). The largest was senior offensive lineman/defensive tackle Dylan Heartsill, who goes 6 foot 5, 305 pounds.

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“They are big,” Strong repeated. “They’ve got a quarterback who is big and is a gunslinger. He’s got weapons all over the field.”

Senior quarterback Nick Hoots (6-3, 200) has only completed 39 percent of his passes and has more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (eight). But the 45 completions in 114 attempts have meant 648 yards.

Strong said the Panthers have been able to get players from Prattville, Montgomery and Wetumpka .

“They are not the same team as in past,” he said.

Strong knows about different teams. Except in this case, it’s his own Trojans (0-5). Injuries have taken their toll on Meadowview from Day 1.

Seven starters won’t play in Meadowview’s homecoming Friday.

“We have not had the entire 11 players on the field since the Morgan Academy scrimmage” on Aug. 14, he said.

One player, senior lineman Brandon Burton, has worn a boot over his broken right foot so he could play the past two games.

“All but one of the offensive linemen are out because of injuries,” Strong said. “We have two out with knee injuries, one concussion in the secondary, one defensive back with broken ribs and another player with a lacerated liver.”

Strong, however, said his players have not buckled.

“They’ve got fire,” he said. “They have worked hard. They have turned on at a different level. They have learned the lesson of adversity.”