Cumby picks up win No. 3
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Oct. 16, 2004 - CUMBY - After back-to-back 2-8 seasons at Cumby High School, the Trojans football team picked up win number three of the 2004 season Friday night in a District 17-A battle.

The Trojans used strong running games from seniors Brandon Brown and Rusty Vaughan in a 27-14 victory over the Melissa Cardinals at Trojan Field for their first district victory of the season.

Vaughan finished the night with 11 carries for 144 yards while Brown had 17 carries for 79 yards and two touchdowns for Cumby.

Cumby, under coach Kent Hawthorne, is now 3-4 on the season and 1-2 in 17-A play.

"I am pleased with the way Rusty ran the ball tonight. He played his butt off tonight, and Brandon ran as hard as he had all year," Hawthorne said.

Hawthorne said he believed the kids played hard and that some mistakes by his team were made during the game.

"They played hard, and they go 100-miles an hour and make some stupid mistakes," Hawthorne said. "They are young, and we need to get to where we quit making those mistakes."

Coach Rick Gagarine's team falls to 3-5 overall and 0-4 in district play and will have the bye next week.

"We had to adjust to their spread offense and then they came in and ran some wing-T at us which they hadn't shown in the films that we had," the coach said. "We are young and we are going to get better which is what we have to do."

On Melissa's first possession of the game, they put together a consistent drive and scored the opening touchdown when Antonio Gonzales scampered 40 yards to paydirt for the early 7-0 lead. Eugenio Torres kicked the PAT good.

Brown then powered his way in for the first Cumby touchdown from 4 yards out to cut the deficit to 7-6 with 7:17 remaining in the opening frame. The Trojans went for the two-point conversion but were unsuccessful to keep the score at 7-6.

Vaughan sprang loose for a 66-yard touchdown run, but it was called back when Cumby had a blocking in the back penalty with 5:17 remaining in the second quarter. Hawthorne said they did the same thing at Simms Bowie in week three of the season.

"We get a 66-yard touchdown run and then we get a block in the back 20 yards from the ball which doesn't make any sense," Hawthorne said. "We did that against Simms Bowie and lost the game because of that. We have got to quit making those mistakes."

Cumby's Steven Boss scored the only touchdown of the second quarter when he received a 17-yard pass from Matt Steward to take a 12-7 lead. The two-point conversion failed as they tried to run the ball in for the second time.

Boss and Steward then connected again in the third quarter from 10 yards for the second touchdown strike of the game after their previous attempt for the score went incomplete.

CHS took a 20-7 lead when Steward ran the ball around the left side of the Cardinals' defense on the two-point conversion attempt with 5:23 remaining in the quarter.

"We needed to get Steven in the game, and we have been talking about him and he did a great job for us tonight," Hawthorne said.

In the final stanza, Melissa quarterback Kaleb Kaetterhenry found Ryan Morgan in stride on a 12-yard touchdown pass to cut the deficit to six points at 20-14. Torres nailed his second PAT good in the game.

Brown delivered the knockout-punch on his final touchdown run of the game with 54 seconds remaining when he blasted in from 5 yards out for a 27-14 lead. Steward booted the PAT.

Steward went seven-of-13 for 80 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for the Trojans. He also had 31 yards rushing on six carries.

Boss was the team's leading receiver with two catches for 27 yards, and both of them were for touchdowns.

"We wanted to run the ball on them and really wasn't wanting to throw the ball a lot tonight," Hawthorne said. "We wanted to play smash-mouth football and we got a little bit of both tonight."

The Trojans had 15 penalties in the game for 110 yards compared to nine penalties for 73 yards for the Cardinals.

Kaetterhenry rushed for 99 yards on 12 carries and was the team's leading rusher on the night. Gonzales finished with 51 yards on four carries.

Kaetterhenry went 14-of-27 passing for 95 yards and one touchdown. He also had two interceptions bringing his total to eight on the year. Morgan was the leading receiver with four receptions for 38 yards.

The remaining District 17-A scores had Wolfe City thumping Detroit 42-0, Celeste remaining undefeated in district play 46-30 over the Boles Hornets, while Rivercrest had a bye this week.

The Trojans will now prepare for the Detroit Eagles next Friday night in Detroit. Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

"Detroit is a little different football team. They do like us and try to run over you in the game," Hawthorne said. "We are going to look at their film starting tomorrow and try to figure out how we can stop their speed and what they do and hopefully we can get that problem solved."

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