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Cumby loses grid finale

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    MAUD — The hometown Cardinals were too strong for Cumby to stop, as Maud took a 40-12 win in district competition Friday.
    The only scores for Cumby came on long runs by the Trojans.

    Dustin Heer, a senior in his last game, returned a kickoff 80 yards. Nick Folse, a running back, also had an 80-yard touchdown according to coach Tom Dracos.
    The loss dropped the Trojans to 2-8 for the year, 1-3 in district.
    Despite having another game on their schedule, the season is over for Cumby. The team was notified that they won the Nov. 1 game over Gilmer Union Hill by forfeit. The Trojans had an open date on Nov. 8 and finished out of the playoff race.
    Dracos said, “It was a sad end to the season. It was really sad to see the seniors walk of the field. They won’t get to play again at home or have a senior night. They got their year cut short by the forfeit. Finishing the football season against Maud instead of Union Hill is a very different thing for them.”
   In the game Friday, the Trojans stayed with Maud in the early going. Maud went up 7-0, but Cumby cut the margin to 7-6. By halftime, the Cardinals were pulling away leading 26-6. Maud won the game by the 40-12 final.
    “Heer played a great game. He’s a safety and was in on six pass breakups,” Dracos said. “It was his last game and he played a great one. We stayed with Maud as long as we could, we just did not have the ability to score enough points. But it was a great effort.”
    Seniors playing their last game for Cumby included: Heer, Chase Vaughan, Noah Dyer, Chanler Waters, Austin Jarvis, Ryan Coleman and Jaden Duck.
    Those players only got one year under new head coach Dracos. Dracos took over the program after Gary Parrish resigned. Cumby is the first head coaching assignment for longtime assistant Dracos.
    “We knew this was going to be a rebuilding year,” Dracos said. “But we got a lot of good things accomplished. We improved each week. If we played some of the same teams now, that we played earlier in the year we probably have a better outcome. I am so proud of the work the players put in. Many of them said they were sad they only had a short time this year in football.”
    Dracos said, “As athletic director you try to plan and be prepared. But because of the forfeit, we are through with football before Halloween. I guess the boys get one more week of basketball, that’s a positive way of looking at it.
    “We just weren’t through with football and we feel like we had more to do,” Dracos said. “We built a strong foundation here and the seniors who played their last game against Maud should know they were a big part of it. We really didn’t get enough football in this year. But a lot of growth happened. We played better each week. It’s very hard for me to shift gears out of football now after we have been working at this so long.”




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