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Cumby will rename football field before Saturday game

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CUMBY – In a special game on Saturday at 2 p.m., the Trojans will host the Union Hill Bulldogs on their newly dedicated Frazier-Lawrence Field. The day’s festivities will begin with a reception 10:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in the elementary cafetorium. A pregame dedication is slated for 1:15 p.m. on the field.

The Cumby Trojans are walking a tight rope and looking for balance. Cumby Trojan head football coach Ed Perez is not looking to repeat the injuries from last year, but they seemed to have found him.

“Primarily, this week we have still stuck to the basics due to our injury at quarterback. It seems like we might get snake bit again in the pre-season with injuries but our kids will find a way to persevere,” said Perez. Trojan quarterback Timmy Cook was injured in last week’s contest with Como-Pickton.

“We lost two-thirds of our game plan when he went down,” Perez said after the 22-14 loss. “Timmy will not be back this week and is on a day-to-day status.” Sliding into Cook’s shoes was teammate Michael Morris. Perez will be keeping his options in the quarterback slot open allowing him the flexibility to make a game time decision.

“All our kids competed very well facing adversity early,” added Perez. Cumby slipped a spot in the week one Harris Rating polls, but is picked to win by seven over the Bulldogs. Union Hill secured a 21-8 win over Fruitvale last Friday.

The Union Hill challenger has a particularly ironic history with Cumby’s former coach Chuck Lawrence for whom the stadium is being re-named. In 1979, the Cumby Trojan football team made history. Ranked 138 out of 139 Class B teams, Cumby made headlines with the victory over the Lone Oak Buffaloes and claiming the District 9 Championship title. It remains the one and only district championship in Cumby school history.

“Those kids then were tough. They milked cows before going to school. They wanted to win they just needed to be shown how. They are a great group of kids. We (coaching duo of Rick Frazier and Lawrence) both loved them,” Lawrence said.

The Trojans went on to face ironically, Union Hill, defending state champions. “The game was set to be played at 7:30 p.m. in Mount Vernon,” explained Lawrence. “The officials went to Vernon-it was 10 p.m. before we kicked off.” Cumby ended with a loss.

However, the Trojans are treating this game as significantly as any other is, and “at this point every game to us is important,” added Perez.

The Bulldogs have a heavy offensive line for the Trojans to content with in lineman Alex Johnson (6-1, 340) and sophomore Xavier Johnson. In addition, the combination of running back JaQuavion Cummings (6-0, 165, 4.7) will be what is in store for Cumby.

“They have a couple of running backs that will be hard to stop, and they don’t put the ball on the ground very much,” said Perez. “Our strong suit will be whatever they give us. If the run is there we will take it, if we can throw we will do that. We are working extremely hard to be balanced,” coach ended.

Following Saturday’s game, Cumby will travel to Detroit on Friday, Sept. 11. Results from other District 14-1A games are: Era over Celeste 27-12, Fort Worth Christian blanked Dallas Gateway 41-0, Union Hill won 21-8 over Fruitvale, Quinlan Boles defeated Rice 42-0, and Leonard proved a 42-21 victory over Wolfe City.

NOTE: For more information on Saturday’s field dedication, visit the school website at www.cumbyisd.net or contact Lou Ann Petty at 903-450-5575. Alumni are encouraged to bring letter jackets to the festivities. For the latest breaking results from Saturday’s game, go to the News-Telegram website at www.mySSnews.com (reminder all offices are closed in observance of the Labor Day holiday on Monday).




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