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Trojans host Future Trojans Friday, Maud squad

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CUMBY – Keeping the streak alive. If the Cumby Trojans had a new theme for the current football season that is what it would be.

Ever since they christened their field after former coaches, Frazier and Lawrence, they have been winning and not looking back.

Last week the Trojans, now 3-1, made a tremendous comeback win in the second half to defeat the previously undefeated James Bowie Pirates on their homecoming at Simms, 22-19. Securing a leap of a dozen slots on the Harris Ratings Poll, the Trojans went from 122 to 110 for week four.

“I told the team to be patient and continue to work within our game plan and that things would start to go our way,” Cumby Trojan head football coach Ed Perez directed to his team during halftime of the Pirate game. And it worked.

Cumby rushed 22 times for 203 yards while Bowie had 30 carries for 157. Cumby recorded 126 yards in the air. QB Timmy Cook completed 12 of 19 passes and ran seven times for 32 yards. Rodney Hobbs had 79 yards on 10 carries for Cumby.

Daniel “Cancun” Degetau got to the end zone on runs of 42 and 7 yards with the game on the line including clearing the uprights for the extra points. The Trojans got a two-point conversion pass from Rodney Hobbs to Alx Olker.

“I believe this game showed the fact that our team is beginning to mature. Every week we are getting better and that is all you can ask of a team,” said Perez on the recent win. “No one gave up and everyone is simply trusting what we do and believing in the way we do things.”

Next on the schedule—the Maud squad. The Maud Cardinals went 12-1 last year as the top-ranked team in Class 1A. The Cardinals were ousted in the Division II quarterfinals by Cayuga, 27-18.

Maud is picked by 27 points, but the Trojans have proven they can overcome the odds, as the Pirates were a 37-point favorite.

“Our top priority has been trying to develop game plans to defense versus two different quarterbacks, probably the same thing they are doing,” said Perez on Maud. “I prefer being the underdog; you always have the element of surprise on your side. Plus, you can always use the fact that no one expects you to win as motivation.”

This year the Maud squad was hit hard by graduation with two losses and only one win under their belts spurring a change in offense, going from primarily a running to a passing team. Contributing to their desire to win is the pressure to continue their own streak—four district championships in a row.

Maud, ranked 45th, has just four starters back on offense, which will now operate from the spread with three-year starter 6-2, 210-pounder Jake McClain at quarterback.

The Cardinals took an early 16-6 loss to powerhouse Tenaha and are just coming off a 39-15 loss to 2A Linden-Kildaire.

“Maud once again will be a hard team for anyone to beat. They are well-coached and their kids work hard. Anytime you face a team that has played that deep in the playoffs for two years, every one of their kids has an extra year under their belts as far as practice and games,” Perez added.

“We need to go out and play mistake free football. Every phase of the game will need to execute what we work on in practice,” the coach said.

The Cumby Trojan JH and JV teams will travel to George Frost Field tonight with a kickoff time of 5:30 p.m. Frazier-Lawrence Field in Cumby will be the host of Friday night’s varsity action as well as Future Trojans Night when the Trojan JH team and Pee Wee league participants lead the varsity onto the field prior to kickoff. The two teams will collide at 7:30 p.m.

Cumby will break for an open week before opening district action with a homecoming game against the visiting District 14-1A opponent, Fruitvale.




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