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Trojans back on road to face Gateway Gators

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CUMBY — Last week's ground attack by the Cumby Trojans profited a muddy 34-8 homecoming victory over the Fruitvale Bobcats (1-5, 0-1).

Leading the charge for the Trojans against the fruitless Bobcats was exchange student senior Daniel “Cancun” Degetau rushing for 111 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns. Degetau has seven TDs for the season for the Trojans second to the leading scorer teammate senior Michael Morris, who has eight.

“He has been a pleasant surprise,” Cumby Trojan head football coach Ed Perez said on his newest addition (Degetau). “He has added a whole other dimension to our team. We are lucky to have him for the whole year.”

Others rushing for the Trojans in the homecoming win were senior Timmy Cook, senior Alx Olker, senior Kobie Hodgdon, sophomore Levi Wooten, and senior Rodney Hobbs.

The Trojan defense played an important role in Friday's action.

“They (Trojan defense) played really well. I believe we held the Bobcats to negative yards,” Perez added.

As the 27-point favorite, the Trojans will make the 150 mile round-trip to Gateway Field tonight to take on the winless Dallas Gateway Gators at 7:30 p.m. Cumby has been holding tight to its position at 89 on the recent Harris Ratings Poll.

If anything, the Gators have had a rough go the past two seasons. In 2008, they proved unsuccessful finishing with a 0-10 overall, 0-5 district mark using primarily the spread offense. This season they have given up 263 points to their opponents, mustering only 62. Stopping the Gators has been Sunnyvale, Dallas Home School Association, Itasca, Gorman, and Fort Worth Christian Academy.

Pushing Dallas Gateway into the 0-6 record for this season was last Friday's home opener opponent, District 14-1A undefeated Quinlan Boles Hornets. The Hornets stung the Gators for a 56-0 win. The Hornets (sitting just out of the top ten, at No. 16) are looming around the corner as the next challenger on the Trojans' schedule.

In competition last year, the Trojans defeated the Gators 51-26. The weapon for the struggling Gator team is the combination of 5-6, 130-pound wide receiver Laderrick Long and 5-8, 130-pound quarterback Brandon Williams. According to Texas Football, Long has speed, tallying 550 yards rushing and Williams threw for 1,300 yards last season.

“They have expanded on their offense some with the one-back set and running the ball more,” Perez mentioned.

The weak link-Gator defense. And Cumby will use this to their advantage tonight.

Perez said, “We plan on going back and working on plays we haven't used in a while. Really polishing up because we are going to need them all for Boles next week.”

Just like a ticking clock, another concern for Coach Perez and the Trojans is the impending spread of illness in this area. Perez has expressed concerns with so many other nearby schools hit with absentees due to illness that it is only a matter of time. Schools like Como-Pickton, North Hopkins, Campbell, Collinsville, and others have had to close their doors due to the rising number of sick students.

So far, Cumby hasn't been hit hard. “We have two players out sick this week,” said Perez. “One is a starting offensive lineman. We are fortunate that we can draw upon our replacements.”

Cumby has made great strides since last season in the rebuilding process started by Perez in his first year at the Trojan helm. After week six action in 2008, Cumby's record resembled that of former foe Fruitvale with the exception of a 1-0 district mark. This was due mainly because of injuries at the quarterback slot. With the first week of district play in the rear-view mirror, Cumby is now sitting in second with an overall 4-2 and 1-0 district mark. District 14-1A challengers, Wolfe City and Celeste, are inching a close third place race with district wins splitting the difference.

“The kids are responding really well,” Perez said. “We have a solid foundation built.”

Other match ups for tonight: Celeste goes on the road to Quinlan Boles and Wolfe City will look to up their win mark at Fruitvale. The Hornets and Wolves will be doing the hunting, as they are favored in the polls.

“We do have a long row to hoe with the toughest part of district still ahead of us,” Perez said. “We are just trying to stay healthy with hopes for playoffs.”

On Thursday, Cumby JH Trojans fell 30-0 to Dallas Gateway, and the JV team also took a 30-0 loss by Maud's JV team.

District 14-1A



Week 6


Team                       W-L        PF-PA    W-L

Quinlan Boles         6-0            274-71    1-0

Cumby                    4-2        164-112    1-0

Wolfe City                2-4        195-162    1-0

Celeste                    2-4        122-192    0-1

Fruitvale                 1-5        39-166    0-1

Dallas Gateway      0-6        62-263    0-1




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