By DON WALLACE
News-Telegram Sports Editor
Como-Pickton and Cumby enter preparation for the second week of the season still looking for a win.
The Eagles lost at home 60-0 to state ranked Mildred in the opener. Como-Pickton will be taking on Big Sandy Harmony this week. The game
is slated to start at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Harmony is also winless on the year, the Eagles lost 30-16 at Winnsboro in their opener.
Harmony is the No. 67 ranked team in the state and a member of District 9-2A, Division I. They are a 40-point favorite over Como-Pickton. The C-P Eagles are No. 104 in the state and from District 8-2A, Division II.
The Harmony squad is picked fifth in a six-team district. They have 24 returning lettermen from a 5-5 team which features seven offensive and nine defensive starters from 2012.
Tim Russell is the head coach of Harmony. Russell was an assistant coach on state championship teams in Gilmer.
Harmony beat Como-Pickton 50-0 last year.
Players to watch include: athlete - Tim McCoy, a 6-0, 190-pounder with 4.6 speed; linebacker, Levi Thompson, 6-0, 270, 4.7; offensive lineman, Brandon Murphy, 6-2, 305; offensive lineman, Riley Henson, 6-2, 285; running back, Juan Montoya, 5-11, 190, 4-7. Top juniors are - quarterback/defensive back, Zach Smith, 6-0, 200, 4.7; linebacker, Kevin Reeves, 6-3, 200, 4.8.
McCoy threw for 330 yards and eight touchdowns a year ago. Thompson led the defense with 121 tackles and two defensive touchdowns.
Como-Pickton head coach Conley Bland said, “Preparations for Harmony are going well. They are a power offense and a split defense.”
Bland continued, “We had no injuries to report. The attitude of our team is great and they will give a great effort. These are the toughest kids in school and I am very pleased with our team at this point.”
Celeste at Cumby
It will be opening night at Cumby's Frazier-Lawrence Stadium as the Blue Devils come to town Friday.
The kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Cumby, the No. 65 team in the state and member of District 10-1A, Division II is a seven-point underdog to Celeste. The Blue Devils are No. 74 and from District 8-1A, Div. I.
Cumby lost their opener losing at Alba-Golden, 32-18. Celeste fell 38-20 against Tom Bean.
The Trojans are led by first year head coach Tom Dracos. Dracos, in his first job as head coach, is looking for his first career win.
"The boys are very excited about playing at home. We hoping for a good turnout of Trojan faithful to get loud with us," Dracos said.
Celeste is coming off a 3-7 year in 2012 while Cumby went 4-6.
The Blue Devils standouts to watch include linebackers Colton Smith and Austin Shatto; offensive linemen, Nick Garza, Jacob Smith and Colton Smith.
Celeste was picked last in the district race with Honey Grove tabbed as the district champion.
Cumby is anxious for the first win of the year after a long, hot summer of getting ready.
"It has been a hard week of practice. We all have a bad taste in our mouth from losing our first game," Dracos said. "The kids are working really hard for it not to happen again. The team is starting to show they have a little moxie about themselves. They realized last Friday, that we have a chance to be really good. We are our biggest enemy right now and we are working hard to correct our mistakes."
The coach added, "Celeste had some of the same issues as us against Tom Bean. Great plays followed by silly mistakes. Coach Demetrius Rector and I are both working diligently on fixing those mistakes. Whoever improves themselves the most will win this game. Our kids set a goal of not losing a game at home that we can start to accomplish this week."
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