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Cumby Trojans black out the Bobcats

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CUMBY —What do you get when you have mud from head to toe, fireworks from a light pole, chilly weather, free hot dogs and campfire before the game, and a “3” point PAT?

That's just how 2009 Cumby Trojans summed up their homecoming win over Fruitvale Bobcats, and it will not soon be forgotten.

The Cumby Trojans defeated the Fruitvale Bobcats 34-8 in their district home opener. At the end of the first quarter the Trojans had managed a 6-0 lead with a 14-yard touchdown score by exchange student senior Daniel “Cancun” Degetau.

The game moved into second quarter action, and Fruitvale moved into scoring territory or so it seemed. However, action was ceased by officials as an unusual mascot wandered onto the field. Trojan senior Michael Morris scooped the small dog up as if it were a loose ball and released back over the fence.

With cheers chanted in his honor, “Cancun, Cancun, Cancun can do it,” Degetau plowed through Bobcat defenders for a 25-yard scoring run.

The Trojans continued to pick up speed through the muddy conditions to elate homecoming fans with a score on a nine-yard run up the middle by senior Rodney Hobbs. Hobbs had six carries for a total of 64 yards. Degetau cleared the uprights on both PATs for a 20-0 mark going into the break.

What appeared to be a home opener blank-out, turned into a black out. The transformer blew one minute into the third quarter leaving the scoreboard, press box, and one half of the field's lights out. Both coaches agreed to continue the game with the two remaining lights on the Bobcats side still aglow.

The Trojan senior Timmy Cook found his way in the semi-darkness to the cross the goal line on a short run with the extra point marked good. Cook (15 carries for 60 yards gain on the night) repeated his scoring in the fourth quarter on a 36-yard run.

The Trojans held the Bobcats scoreless until the final two minutes of play when the Bobcats ran the ball in for a touchdown.  The two-point conversion slipped in over the end zone line. The scoreboard lights (if the lights were working) would have glowed over Frazier-Lawrence Field a final score of Trojans 34, Bobcats 8.

Doesn't seem so unforgettable? Well, the story is not over.

It continued to the belief of only those that were in attendance and since it was so dark, half of them probably still can't believe what they saw.

After the Trojans had scored their fourth TD of the game, and Trojan senior Taylor Gay kicked the PAT. It was good, so good as the fact that it sailed all the way right through the basketball goal on the kids' playground area at the end of the field that caused a roar from the crowd. The air horn blew twice resounding the excitement of the extra basket made.

Then, while kicking PAT at the other end of the field on the final touchdown, the game ball landed in the bed of a pickup truck that was driving by slowly. The truck drove off with a homecoming souvenir-the game ball.  The sideline official just shook his head and said, “Now this is old time football right here.”

Receiving for Cumby was Morris with a catch for 18 yards (with five carries for 71 yards) and senior Alx Olker (two carries for 10 yards) also had a catch for a gain of 26. Cook was two for seven to secure 44 yards. Trojan sophomore Levi Wooten had two carries for 16 yards of the 369 total yards of Cumby team offense tallied against the Bobcats, 325 came on the ground.

“It was sloppy. The field conditions made it hard for us to execute as well as we should have,” said Cumby Trojan head football coach Ed Perez. “But I am happy with the win. The kids played hard.”

During pregame homecoming ceremonies, former queen Lyndsey Lemon and king Jason Wallace crowned Molly Martin (daughter of the new defensive coordinator Greg Raymond and his wife, Tammy) as the 2009 queen and senior Trojan Michael Morris as king.

The kids were complaining about cold feet, but it was hard to tell if they were talking about the mud-drenched socks and shoes or that they were just minutes away from having to go with their dates to the homecoming dance.

Either way, this Trojan team will all have smiles on their faces just thinking back over the special homecoming victory on Frazier-Lawrence Field.

This made Cumby 2009 Homecoming unforgettable.

The Trojans (4-2, 1-0) go on the road to face the winless Dallas Gateway Gators (0-6, 0-1) next Friday.

Other District 14-1A results included: Wolfe City blanked Celeste 62-0, and Quinlan Boles triumphed over Dallas Gateway 56-0.

News-Telegram Sports Writer, Cindy Roller, contributed to this story.

See more Cumby Royalty in Monday's edition of the News-Telegram.




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