COLUMBUS, GA. – The Beauregard Hornets are hoping for the perfect finish to their historical season. Beauregard (12-1) will play Wenonah (11-2) for the Alabama High School Athletic Association 5A state championship on Thursday at 7 p.m. CT in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Beauregard’s 12 wins have already set a school record for wins in a season, and also pushed them past the quarterfinals for the first time in the program’s 54-year history.
The Hornets practiced at the University of Auburn indoor practice facility on Wednesday ahead of the AHSAA 5A state title game.
Despite the historical implications of Thursday’s game for his program, Beauregard head coach Rob Carter has tried to keep this week’s game routine for his Hornets as normal as possible. “You go into preparation for every game trying to win it, so we haven’t really done anything different besides this week, I’d guess you say, as far as the ceremonial part of it, it’s different,” said Carter.
“It’s different, playing in Jordan-Hare stadium instead of a high school stadium. The media, the press that’s covering it. The congratulations from social media, you name it. That part is different,” Carter continued. “But as far as the practice and playing and trying to keep it as normal as possible for these young men so that they can go in there and accomplish this goal, we as coaches have done a good job of keeping it normal,” said Carter.
The Hornets are loaded with playmakers on both sides of the ball, but they are led by star running back La’Damian Webb, who has amassed nearly 50 touchdowns this season.
Despite opposing teams constantly playing to prevent the Hornets from rushing the ball, the junior running back has racked up impressive stats. “I mean, you look at it, more than 2,800 yards, 48 touchdowns he’s responsible for, playing both sides of the ball, just outstanding effort from a magnificent young man,” said Carter.
Webb may grab attention from those outside of the program for his stats, but Carter emphasizes that his 5’8, 180lb. tailback sets the example for his team for other reasons. “He’s a team player, he’s a leader,” added Carter. “Without him it would’ve been tough I guarantee you that. We do have a great group around him. But we are thankful we have him,” Carter finished.
Beauregard will have a final walk-through at the Auburn indoor facility on Thursday at 1:15 pm CT before kicking off in the 5A state championship for a place in Alabama high school football history.