PICKENS — Coming off a tough start to the 2014 season with a 52-7 loss to Easley, Pickens (0-1) is looking to turn it around this week when they travel to Pendleton to take on the Bulldogs.
Pendleton Coach Paul Sutherland is working to improve his team’s 6-5 record last year, one of the lowest since he started as the varsity coach a decade ago. This will be the first game of the season for the Bulldogs.
Amid talks of injured players, Pickens Coach Chad Seaborn said during a phone interview, “We’re a little banged up, (we have) some running backs that are a little sore, but the important thing is not to let the (Easley) game beat us twice.
“I’ve been so proud of some of the younger guys stepping up,” he added. “We’ve got guys playing out of position, they’re all doing their part.”
Pendleton might be coming off of a slow year, but Seaborn is not taking them lightly.
“They’re a serious football team,” Seaborn said. “They may not do a whole lot of flashy stuff, but what they do, they do very well. They’re a well coached team, and very disciplined.”
Seaborn said he’s also looking forward to getting out on the road.
“You know, it’s fun to play at home, but all that hoopla can be distracting too,” Seaborn said and laughed. “I’m OK with letting those (Pendleton) guys deal with it this week.”
Kickoff for Pickens at Pendleton is at 7:30 p.m.