Pisgah head football coach Luke Pruitt is grateful to have an experienced team.
Coming off a heart-breaking 33-32 Class 3A Region 7 loss at New Hope last week, Pruitt said the Eagles returned to work this week without letting the loss linger.
“They’ve shown their maturity,” Pruitt said. “That loss definitely makes you sick, a tough one to swallow. But you have to move on and these guys are doing that.”
Pisgah (2-1) steps out of region play this week to take on Class 5A Boaz. Kickoff is set for Friday 7 p.m. at Pisgah’s Sam Kenimer Stadium.
It’s the sixth all-time meeting between the Eagles and Pirates in a series that Pisgah leads 3-2. The teams played each season from 1971-74 before resuming the series in 2018 with a 35-14 Boaz win.
Boaz (1-3) is the first Class 5A team to play at Pisgah since 1997 when the Eagles defeated Southside-Gadsden 21-14.
Pruitt said the Eagles aren’t concerned about the classification difference between the schools.
“We approach it the same as any (opponent),” Pruitt said.
Boaz enters the game looking to bounce back from a tough start. The Pirates lost their first two games to Marshall County rivals Arab and Guntersville before setting a school scoring record in a 72-0 win over another county rival, Douglas. Boaz lost 38-14 at Alexandria last week.
“Boaz is better than their record shows,” Pruitt said. “They led Alexandria 14-0. They lost 20-something seniors from last year. They’ve been getting better every week.”
Senior quarterback Easton Hardin is a three-year starter and is Boaz’s career passing yardage leader. He has completed 31-of-64 passes for 466 yards and three touchdowns this season, with junior Alex Huchens catching 13 of those passes for 257 yards and two scores. Kadin Bennefield and Eli Jacobs lead the Pirates in rushing with 332 yards (seven touchdowns) and 205 yards (four touchdowns) respectively. Hardin can also run, rushing for 92 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries.
“Defensively, we’ve got to get off the field,” Pruitt said. “We’ve just got little stuff we’ve got to (fix). When we watched the film, they saw it and want to make those adjustments.”