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Eagles look to end the Rebellion

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COMO — The Como-Pickton Eagles hope to put another mark in the win column this week as they travel to Ore City on Friday, Sept. 4 with a kick off time of 7:30 p.m.

With both teams (1-0) spurred with wins last Friday, the upcoming contest should make for quite a showing of strength. Ore City Rebels overcame Overton 29-14 last week while the Eagles won against Cumby 22-14.

But the Eagles have a score to settle after last year's loss to Ore City 37-15. The Rebels returned 22 lettermen from that team (5-5 overall, 2-3) including wide receiver Brandon Rodgers. His stats included 807 yards rushing and scored 14 touchdowns. Only he is not a wide receiver, he is an elusive quarterback in favor of the ground game. Dave Campbell's Texas Football considers him one of the “top athletes in East Texas.” This will be the second season for the Rebels to be under the direction of Bobby Chadwick.

“They have several kids that look good. They have an offensive/defensive lineman that is big and fast,” said C-P head football coach Paul Tullis. “Their defensive ends are very athletic and make lots of plays. Offensively, the quarterback is the best, but they have a running back and receiver that can win games also.”

Last week's tilt with Cumby served up several injuries for both opponents. For the Eagles, senior center Zach Hankins suffered a dislocated shoulder and will be out this week to recover.

Eagle sophomore Justin Lohr filled the slot on the offensive side. “He stepped in and did a great job and gave us an opportunity to win a tough ball game. He has the talent, but he has to mature as a varsity player,” Tullis said. “…Practice this week has brought him along a million miles.”

On defense, the Eagles have a selection of players for the position. The coach added, “Zach is doing a great job of helping the backups get ready to play. He is a great leader and motivator for the lineman.”

Focus has been the key. “We have to play team defense and get lots of guys to the ball,” said Tullis. “They are very athletic, and everyone has to do their job.”

Practice has been “crisp” according to Tullis. “They are good, and we are getting a lot of work done.”

The C-P coaching staff has been keeping an Eagle eye on Ore City's game speed and perfecting the little things from last week's game film and from the film from the new end zone camera that the C-P athletic department received.

Other District 13-2A results from week zero are: Rivercrest over Alba-Golden 30-6, Gunter defeated Caddo Mills 21-21, Cooper blanked Honey Grove 16-0, Van won 53-12 against Grand Saline, Lone slated 50 leaving Palmer scoreless, Quitman was open, Farmersville won 15-7 over Winnsboro.

Challenging in District 13-2A this week will be Alba-Golden hosting Big Sandy, Caddo Mill hosting Nevada Community, Cooper hosting Whitewright, Grand Saline at Cayuga, Lone Oak at Clarksville, Quitman at Mineola, and Winnsboro at Pittsburg.

Como-Pickton will host Leonard on Sept. 11 before breaking for an open week.




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