Cumby looking for seasons' second win
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 2, 2004 - CUMBY - Second-year Cumby coach Kent Hawthorne is looking forward to Friday night against the Rockwall Christian Warriors in Week One action.

The reason: The Trojans could match their win total from the 2003 season after finishing 2-8 in Hawthorne's first year at the school, and the team is very confident after winning the season opener.

"Rockwall Christian is a team we scrimmaged last year. During that scrimmage, we had our way with this team. They were not able to stop anything that we showed them during the game. Looking at them on film, they have got a lot of speed, and they have improved quite a bit from last year," Hawthorne said. "We feel like we can still beat them on the line of scrimmage, and believe we will be tough to handle running the football."

This is coach Tommy Frazier's second year at Rockwall Christian after a disappointing 1-9 record last year. The team had back-to-back state championships during the 2001-02 seasons.

Rockwall Christian comes into Friday night's game with a record of 1-0 after defeating Melissa 21-7 during Week Zero action. Kickoff between Cumby and Rockwall Christian is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Hawthorne said the Warriors are much better than they were last year, but he believes the team is beatable and that is why they were put on the schedule this year.

The speed that Hawthorne is talking about comes from junior transfer Derrick Harvey at quarterback, who runs a 4.6 40-yard dash, according to Hawthorne.

"Harvey is probably 5-6 and he is not 100-percent this year because he broke his ankle last year and had to get some pins put in it," Hawthorne said.

Justin Ross (5-7, 150, 4.6) and Shawn Ruffing (5-7, 150, 4.9) also are the speedsters for the Warriors and are expected to give the Trojan defense a tough time during the game.

"We are going to take better angles on them during the game, and every time they get the ball we will punish them," Hawthorne said. "We are going to try and take it to them during the game, and put 11 men on the ball-carrier every play."

Hawthorne said after seeing what his team did against the Alba-Golden Panthers in their 20-7 win, he saw some good things out of his Trojans for a first game.

"We did some good things Friday night, but we also made some mistakes. We had a lot of penalties and turnovers. If you take out the penalties and the turnovers, there's no telling what that score would have been," Hawthorne said.

Hawthorne said he was impressed with the performance of four-year starter Matt Steward, even with his passing numbers at four-of-18 for 100 yards and one touchdown. He also was picked off once against the Panthers.

"Matt had a lot of dropped balls during the game. A lot of the passes were short passes, and they were right in the receivers hands. You can't really look at him being four-of-18 in the game, because he should have been more like 12-18 passing," Hawthorne said. "I thought he played a great game and made some great decisions."

Chris Steward is still under rehab for his torn ACL that he suffered during their opening scrimmage at Karnack and Hawthorne said he is still having a hard time walking and will be seeing a doctor within the next couple of weeks.

"Chris is still going to therapy and he will go back to the doctor in two weeks. I am hopeful that he will be able to return but if he can't go, he will have to have surgery on his ACL," Hawthorne said. "He may not be back this season, and we won't know anything until the doctor looks at him."

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