Cumby looks to correct mistakes
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 9, 2004 - CUMBY - For head coach Kent Hawthorne and the Cumby Trojans, mistakes have played a major part in the team being 1-1 this season.

With a win over Alba-Golden 20-7 in Zero Week and Friday night's loss to Rockwall Christian, the Trojans hope to correct those mistakes during Homecoming.

"We want to be a good football team, and we have aspirations of becoming a good football team. Right now we make too many mistakes and have dropped too many passes, and we are trying to solve that," Hawthorne said.

Cumby will host the Maud Cardinals (0-2) Friday night for Homecoming. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Coach Jamey Thomas' Cardinals have been outscored 72-6 in their first two games of the season, losing to Boles 30-6 and Beckville 42-0 in Week One.

"When you watch them on film, they are young and not very experienced, but you can't tell it on film," Hawthorne said. "They got after Boles, and I think Maud is a good football team, and they will be really good in time."

The Cardinals lost 11 seniors from last year's 5-4 football team, and this year return just three seniors and 12 returning lettermen to the team.

They are picked to finish fifth out of six teams in District 19-A by Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine.

Hawthorne said the Trojans will not take them lightly because right now he believes his team is not as good as they are going to be.

"We think Maud is a good enough football team to beat Cumby, so we have got to prepare our kids like that and quit making mistakes," Hawthorne said.

The Cardinals will be led by last year's leading tackler Billy Sorsby (5-10, 175) at defensive end, and on offense quarterback Justin Spry, Ricky Hilton and Charles Gellington will be players to watch for the Cardinals.

In the 14-7 loss to the Rockwall Christian Eagles, the Eagles picked up the victory in the final four minutes of the game on a 24-yard touchdown run by Derrick Harvey.

"Defensively, I thought we played well last week. Nothing was called by the referees, because we had at least four holds on every play. We played good enough to win, but we ran out of gas towards the end of the game," Hawthorne said.

Senior quarterback Matt Steward comes into Friday night's game 15-of-36 for 225 yards and two touchdowns on the season. He has been picked off once in two games.

Steward had his best game of the year going 11-of-18 for 125 yards and one touchdown against Rockwall Christian.

Hawthorne believes Friday night's game will be a fight all the way through and that it won't be a run-away, as they are 12-point favorites over Maud by the Harris Rating System.

"We don't take anybody for granted. We are lining up this week trying to get these kids prepared like we would play a Celeste, a Wolfe City or a Boles," Hawthorne said. "We are trying to get these kids focused since this is Homecoming for us."

Hawthorne said he likes the way the kids don't quit during a play and that they are not afraid to hit players this year.

"In the past, we didn't do that. In the past, we were the one's getting punished. Last year, we turned a cheek, and this year we are not turning any cheeks. These kids are fighting to the end, and they will hit you," Hawthorne said.

The Trojans will play their second of three straight home games next Friday night against the James Bowie Pirates, and Hawthorne hopes Cumby will put a win streak together before district play starts in two weeks.

"I expect to win this week and take that into next week. I don't know when the last time was that Cumby put back-to-back wins together," Hawthorne said. "That is our goal, we want to win as many games as we can win."

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