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Cumby Trojans march in mud, good first day of football

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CUMBY —It may have been a little muddy after the recent monsoon of rains and the temperature predictions are 100 degrees across the board, but that didn't stop the Cumby Trojans from getting an early start on the first day of football.

According to Cumby athletic director and head football coach Ed Perez the numbers look good with 41 showing up at 7 a.m. Monday. Practices this week will begin at 7 a.m. and continue through noon Thursday, Friday will be an evening practice from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, Aug. 8 will be media day with photos scheduled at 8:30 a.m. followed by an intersquad scrimmage.

Cumby welcomed back football players and new coaches too. Joining the coaching staff is Greg Raymond from Thrall as the new boys basketball, golf, and assistant football coach; Kevin Tanton will be testing the coaching waters for the first time assisting in football, girls basketball, head cross country and head softball coach; along with two new girls coaches: Christina McCraw and Dean Overcast.

Perez added, “We were able to purchase some new helmets and are hopeful with the new budget in September for a few more new items.”

“The practice is pretty much the same,” said Perez.  “The kids are picking up on the second year system.” Cumby went 2-8 overall, 2-3 in district last year. According to Dave Campbell's Texas Football, Cumby is picked third in District 14-1 just under Quinlan Boles and Wolfe City. Some players to watch in this upcoming season are wide receiver Michael Morris, running back Rodney Hobbs, linebacker Tanner Gomez, and quarterback Timmy Cook, center Taylor Gay. Texas Football predicts that the combination of QB Cook (98-184-1,237) playing pitch and catch with WR Morris (43-606 yards receiving; 257 yards rushing), that the Trojans won't stay down. Cumby went 6-5 in 2007.

The opening home game will honor the new name of the Trojan Field to Frazier-Lawrence. According to the Cumby website on Saturday, September 5, 2009, the football field at Cumby ISD will be dedicated to the late Coach Rick Frazier, and to Coach Chuck Lawrence, who served the school with dedication and devotion from 1976 through 1980.

A PayPal account has been established for donations for funeral expenses incurred by Coach Frazier's family, and for commemorative signs for the football field.

Visit the Cumby ISD website at www.cumbyisd.net to donate online. Donations will also be collected on game day. Checks need to be made payable to: Frazier-Lawrence Fundraiser (in memo section, please print “Acct #1000065860) and mailed to “Frazier-Lawrence Fundraiser”, c/o Lou Ann Petty, PO Box 796, Cumby, TX 75433.

A “Meet-and-Greet” will be held that Saturday, Sept. 5, in the cafetorium at 11:00 a.m.  Refreshments will be served, accompanied by slide show presentations. Alumni are encouraged to bring photos and memorabilia to share.

The dedication ceremony will be held on the field at 1:30 p.m., followed by the 2 p.m. game against the Union Grove Lions. For any questions, please contact Lou Ann Petty after 6 p.m. at 903-450-5575.




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