Cumby expects 35 players Monday
Cumby starts football practice Monday at 7:30 a.m. as the Trojans begin the second season under head coach Tom Dracos.
Dracos said he expects about 35 players to show up Monday.
“The kids have really committed in the weight room and working out. Their work ethic is very commendable. We had 85 percent of our kids make over 75 percent of the workouts,” Dracos said. “They will all come in good shape with their mind set on winning. We have a completely different staff entering this year and the new coaches are working very hard to build relationships with the athletes and are fueling the fire to be successful.”
Dracos added, “I can't thank my superintendent, Shelly Slaughter, and the High School Principal, Tracey Helfferich, enough for all of their hard work and support finding and hiring this staff.”
Clay Hodges will be the defensive coordinator.
New coaches include Sonny Birdwell from Commerce and Roy Moody is now at Cumby after coaching last year at Como-Pickton.
Cumby practices in evenings
The Como-Pickton Eagles will be the exception to the rule in area football workouts.
While most school choose the cool of the early mornings, the Eagles have an afternoon schedule.
Como-Pickton will be toiling on the high school fields from 4-7:15 p.m. starting Monday.
“I think we will have between 45-50 players for grades 9-12 for football,” Conley Bland, Como-Pickton head coach said. “We will probably have to play ourselves into shape.”
Como-Pickton is looking for improvement after sullering a winless season last year.
The team changed districts and will be up against teams like Clarksville, Quinlan Boles, Wolfe City, Bogata and Honey Grove.
The Eagles have made changes in their staff according to bland.
Charles Swann is the offensive coordinator. He will be coaching running backs during football season. He is also the head boys track coach. Marshall Moore is moving over from Sulphur Bluff to coach at Como-Pickton. Moore will work with receivers and defensive backs during football season. Moore will be the head boys basketball coach.
Bland said other coaches on the staff include Jimmy Smith and Kevin Matheny.
Smith will coach the defensive line and tight ends in football. He is also the head baseball coach.
Matheny will be the junior high football and basketball coach. He will be as high school assistant in baseball.
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