Alabama: Pleasant Grove vs. Hueytown

Pleasant Grove will travel to Hueytown Friday to take on the undefeated Gophers at Gilmore-Vines Stadium. The Spartans, who are 1-1 after a loss to John Carroll last week, are without two of their starters including quarterback Cody Demps.


"Our season has begun about as I planned, considering the lack of experience of the majority of our players," Pleasant Grove Head Coach Jim Elgin said. "In the first two weeks, we started 11 sophomores and one freshman, so I was happy with our effort week 1, but somewhat disappointed with week 2. Our youngsters must learn to play and practice with consistency to improve week to week."

Elgin shared his thoughts on this week's match-up against Hueytown.

"I want our kids to compete to the best of their ability," he said. "Hueytown is extremely good, very talented and very experienced. We will be without our starting quarterback for the second week in a row and will also be without our strongside linebacker, so add another freshman and sophomore to our list. As a coach, as long as your kids are giving effort and trying to improve, you can live with the results."

Pleasant Grove lost last week to John Carroll, 47-19.

"Last week, John Carroll simply outplayed us and with a young team, things didn't start out very well and kind of snowballed on us," Elgin said. "Again, we have to learn consistency in our play and when things turn a little bad, someone has to step up to stop the flow. That will come with experience."

Elgin said players who have stood out so far this season, "Ryan Mason, our lone senior on defense and our middle linebacker, has played well in our two games. He has 31 total tackles and five takcles for loss. He is doing a great job helping our younger players on the field. On offense, our left tackle, Jai Jones, has been our most consistent blocker and our running back, Eli Williams, has gained 340 yards in two games."

Another player to watch for Pleasant Grove is Haston Coates a senior who is receiving attention from several schools.

Players to watch for Hueytown include five-star quarterback Jameis Winston and receiver Cameron Broadnax

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