Cumby and Como-Pickton both enter district play Friday with big games on tap.
Cumby at Overton
The battle for a district playoff berth begins Friday night in Overton.
The Cumby Trojans are three-point underdogs on the road. The game has a 7:30 p.m. Friday kickoff.
Cumby is 1-4 in non-district while the Mustangs are 0-5.
Cumby is coming off a 32-7 homecoming loss against Quinlan Boles.
Overton (0-5) was flattened 45-0 by Carlisle on Oct. 4.
“This is the week we have been waiting for. It all matters at this point,” said Tom Dracos, Cumby head football coach. “We are 0-0 and looking to get on top of the district race. We want this one bad. I feel if you win your first district game we should have a good chance to make the playoffs.”
Overton operates their offense from an I formation.
Defensively, they use a 4-2-5 base and are very aggressive.
The Mustangs are picked second in district. They have five offensive and five defensive starters back from a team which went 7-5 last year, advancing to area.
Top standout for Overton is Jamal Kelly. The 6-2, 225-pounder had 129 tackles last year, despite playing with a cast on an injured hand. Kelly was the pre-season defensive MVP for the district.
Dracos added, “The kids were very disappointed that we lost homecoming, but we are going to try and ruin Overton's on Friday.”
Cumby went 4-6 last year, 1-3 in district. The Trojans are determined to get the postseason berth which eluded them a year ago.
The Eagles play their second District 8-2A, DII game as they host Alba-Golden Friday at Ron Heflin Field.
The Panthers are 4-2 for the year, 2-0 in district. A-G has outscored opponents 155-87 this year. Como-Pickton is 0-6, 0-1.
“We have a good week of practices and the attitude is very good,” said Conley Bland, Como-Pickton head football coach. “The game is important because it is a chance to improve and probably the first time that we really have an opportunity to compete on a more equal footing with an opponent. It won't be easy, though, and we will have to play well in order to win.”
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