CUMBY — A close game at halftime took a bad turn for the Trojans in the second half as they lost 36-6 to Alba-Golden.
The Panthers were being stopped most of the first half. Alba-Golden managed just six points in the first two quarter.
The second half was a different story.
The lone touchdown for the Trojans came in the third period. Cumby was behind 22-0 at the time.
Anderson found the end zone on a four-yard run to make it a 22-6 game.
Alba-Golden kept their offense in high gear and won by the 30-point margin.
The Panthers came into the contest favored by some state-wide services by 31 points.
“We played great at times and terrible at times. We are a very young team and a lot of our kids were playing their first varsity games last night,” said Tom Dracos, Cumby head football coach.
Dracos added the Alba-Golden was able to score early on a long run to go up 6-0.
The Trojans missed scoring chances which proved to be costly.
“We drove down and could not convert two times in the red zone,” Dracos said. “It was tough. The kids were dejected.”
Dracos also explained that younger players were called into service due to injuries.
“We had an injury to Lucas Hill on the line,” Dracos said. “He’s a senior and team captain. He wanted to play, but I made him come out. He will be able to play next week, but I did not want him staying in against Alba-Golden.”
“We had four sophomores on the offensive line,” Dracos said. “They will be good. But they have to grow up quickly. They want to win very badly.”
The size of Alba-Golden, featuring at least two 300-pounds wore down the Cumby team as the game moved to the second half.
“It was close for a while, then we fell behind and Alba-Golden kept scoring,” Dracos said. “I pulled some of my starters. Alba-Golden has some giants on the line. They have the best defensive line we will see this year.”
Dracos said, “I have no doubt this group will bounce back. They are young and still learning the system. They are not satisfied with losing and want to improve.”
The Trojans play at Honey Grove in their next varsity football game, Sept. 5.
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