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Eagles out to halt Jeffery, Foxes' winning-streak

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CADDO MILLS – Is the third time a charm?

That’s what Como-Pickton is hoping. For the Como-Pickton Eagles, Friday’s game against the Caddo Mills Foxes will be their third homecoming game in a row.

The Eagles (1-5, 0-3) will travel to Fox Field for a 7:30 p.m. kick off time. Unlike last week’s game against Winnsboro, the Eagles will have just one main playmaker to be watching—senior tailback Nathan Jeffery. According to last week’s reports against the Grand Saline Indians, Jeffery, a 6-1, 195-pounder, gained 387 yards rushing on 25 carries and had four scores putting him among the top ranks in the state.
“Jeffery is one of the best backs in the state. I believe he is close to the record for most touchdowns. He is a special player who can score from anywhere,” said Como-Pickton Eagles head football coach Paul Tullis. “He is big and fast.”
Despite losing five fumbles (three from Jeffery), Caddo Mills put up 499 yards total offense while holding the Grand Saline Indians to only 177 total yards as they outfoxed the Indians for a 48-20 district win.
Caddo Mills started the 2009 season with a one-point loss to Gunter, but has been on the winning end of each ball game since defeating Nevada Community 52-26, Quinlan Ford 7-6 in the rain, blanking Alba-Golden 48-0, defeating Cooper 35-6, and Grand Saline. Jeffery has scored 25 TDs this season and has piled on more than 4,000 yards on the ground the past two seasons.
“He (Jeffery) is a big hitter from the safety position. He is a big kid who likes contact,” Tullis added. “They (Caddo Mills) are a traditional pro-style offense featuring the running back.”
The Eagles showed strength in their game against the Red Raiders at Winnsboro’s homecoming last week, falling 39-27. Even with the loss, the Eagles made strides in scoring on the Raiders above past combats with the results lopsided in Winnsboro’s favor of 60-2 in 2008, 62-14 in 2007, and 53-0 in 2006.
“I felt the kids played as good of a game as they have played all year. We did a good job on defense and moved the ball on offense,” Tullis noted. “We are starting to play as a team.”
Scoring was led by senior Brandt Steele (21 carries for 136 rushing yards so far this season) with two scores for Como-Pickton, along with senior James Carter (100 carries for gain of 693 yards rushing for the season with a score) and junior Zach Carpenter (rushed for 54 yards on 20 carries through week six) on a keeper to add six points.
Tullis said on his junior quarterback, “Zach (Carpenter) has come a long way and continues to improve.”
Today is the official date for schools to turn in enrollment count. According to a vote, the 2A classification will divide into small and large districts before playoffs. Tullis said this would likely change whom the Eagles play in district.
“Realignment is always an exciting time but because you never really know what’s going to happen,” said Tullis. Unofficially, Como-Pickton may be close to 1A numbers. “…it should be interesting where we end up.”
Although the flu bug is still lingering, Tullis is hopeful that the Eagles will be able to pull full-strength.
Other District 13-2A games Friday will be Cooper Bulldogs on the road to face the Lone Oak Buffaloes, Quitman Bulldogs will host the Grand Saline Indians, and Winnsboro Red Raiders travel to the Alba-Golden Panthers.
NOTE: The Eagles will host only one JH game tonight at 5 p.m. followed by a JV game.

District 13-2A
2009 Football
Standings Week 6
Team        W-L        PF-PA    W-L
Lone Oak        5-1        241-107    3-0
Caddo Mills        5-1        210-87    3-0
Winnsboro        2-4        124-167    2-1
Quitman        2-4        81-122    2-1
Cooper        3-3        125-99    1-2
Grand Saline        1-5        79-216    1-2
Como-Pickton        1-5        102-207    0-3
Alba-Golden        0-5          9-134    0-3



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