|Cumby ends season with Parent Night|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Nov. 3, 2005 - CUMBY - The season finale for the Cumby Trojans (5-4, 1-4) kicks off Friday night with Parent Night at Trojan Field against the Rivercrest Rebels.
The Rebels come into Trojan Field as the No. 2 seed in the District 17-A with a record of 7-2 overall and 5-1 in district. Meanwhile, Cumby head coach Kent Hawthorne said the Trojans will be playing for pride in their final game.
"I wish our seniors would have had a better year. Rivercrest is tough and in the playoffs and they got numbers and will probably go 2A next year and we are playing for pride," he said. "My thoughts are that I am glad that this season is over with because we have had to endure more things than you could ever imagine."
Against Boles, the Trojans played without four of their two-way starters and Hawthorne said that pattern has played out since the season opener against Rockwall Christian.
"We played against Boles without four two-way starters and we have had something every week since Week 1 where we had two starters that had to be at a wedding and then we had our All-District guard and defensive tackle leave, and so we have had something every week," the coach said.
"In Friday's game, my safety/tailback wasn't there, my fullback/defensive tackle wasn't there, my middle linebacker/guard wasn't there, who is also my punt snapper, and my field goal snapper wasn't there and so we got a safety because of a bad snap on a punt."
The Trojans defense will look to contain running back Bradley Rollen, quarterback Jake Needham, and receivers Destry Nolan and Troy Morris on Parent Night.
"We have got to stop them and they can do one of two things which is work on their passing game or they can play smash-mouth football and try to run over us," Hawthorne said. "Rollen is a straight up and down runner and early in the season I think he carried them, and they pass the ball pretty well. We are going to do the best that we can and try to keep the game in reach so that we can have a chance to win it at the end. "
Hawthorne said for the 30-31 players still on the roster as of Wednesday, the final game against Rivercrest is important to them and to the senior class in hopes of giving them their final win at home.
"It will be very important and our kids know how important it is to get this win because they have never quit throughout this season," Hawthorne said.
In the other regular season finale in District 17-A, the Quinlan Boles Hornets take on the Melissa Cardinals in Melissa.