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Trojans out to sink the Pirates

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Does lightning strike twice? It does for Cumby. The Cumby Trojans have struck down their last two non-district opponents, Detroit and Union Hill. The (2-1) Trojans are setting their sights to sink their next opponent, the undefeated James Bowie Pirates.

The Trojans will make the hour and half trip to Simms, Texas on Friday night for “the big test” as Trojan head coach Ed Perez deemed it. It will be Pirates first homecoming game under the new athletic director and head football coach Eddy May, on his promotion from offensive coordinator/baseball coach.

“We have worked on stopping the run game and dealing with what appears to be a no-huddle approach,” Perez said about the Pirates. “I believe the key to this game will be ball control.”

That is exactly what the Trojans had against last Friday's challenger, the Detroit Eagles, control of the ball. Punching in two touchdowns each was Timmy Cook and Rodney Hobbs. Cook, at QB, returned to the playing field with a passing game that included a completion of eight of 12 for a gain of 88 yards while rushing for 13. Teammate Hobbs made a 23-yard run and carried the ball 10 times to gain 84 yards for the Trojans. Exchange student and senior Trojan Daniel “Cancun” Degetau made a 41-yard run along with four carries to equal 73 yards rushing. Michael Morris had seven carries rushing for 18 yards, and Kobie Hodgdon had a carry for five yards of rushing to tally 209 yards gained in rushing.

On the receiving end of the Detroit game, Morris made four catches for 61 yards, Alx Olker caught two for a gain of 16, Donnie Rodriguez and Brandon Heer each shared a part in the 88 yards gained. Leading the Trojans for tackles was Rodriguez with six. Olker, Degetau, and C.J. Ringenberg each followed suit with five each in the recorded 69 total.

Defensively Rodriguez, Hobbs, and Tanner Gomez pushed through the Eagle's offense to sack the QB. Trojan Taylor Gay warmed his foot on two good PATs and a 20-yard long field goal. Sealing the 31 point total was Olker's two-point conversion.

“Timmy (Cook) did fine, and he was just happy to be back contributing to the team,” Perez mentioned. “He did very well and is a great athlete.”

Cook was the primary QB, and Morris alternated in on situational plays the coach added as the two teams avoided any rain or weather delays last Friday.

According to Perez, the Pirates put on the power I, a run-oriented offense with a little bit of spread. Defensively, the Pirates are based out of a 4-3 and sometimes play a 3-5-3 defense against spread teams.

“We have seen bits and pieces of these all year, and we try to look at all we can when we practice,” Perez added.

The James Bowie Pirates have moved up in the win column from four wins in 2007 to seven in 2008. With May at the helm, the Pirates will be familiar with past procedures and plays. The Pirates have a 6-0, 155-pound seasoned quarterback Zach Burks. He will be operating behind an O-Line composed 6-3, 270-pound Garrett Krusse, 6-1, 255-pound Tanner Minter, 5-10, 240-pound Colby Allen, and 6-1, 285-pound Jeremy McDonald.

“We will do a couple of things to try and off set their size, but basically we are going to stick to what we have done all year and just hopefully get better at it everyday,” Perez said as the 37-point underdog going into Friday's contest.

One to watch out for will be runner Zac Pistolis, the pistol of an encore to the graduated Nic Pistolis. “The backs they have this year are very good, as well as what we saw in (Nic) Pistolis last year,” added Perez.

Getting in any good practice in East Texas is a chore in itself-more of a mud bath. “The recent deluge has made practice a bit more difficult, but we will be ready,” said coach.

“Every win for us at this point is great,” Perez said. “Our kids are playing with confidence after being in the program they have really started to understand what is expected of them, and how we are going to take our approach each week to prepare for every opponent.”

The night should suffice an electrifying finish, to which hopes are that it doesn't include lightning.

 

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