Cumby seniors looking for better luck, fewer injuries
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 30, 2004 - CUMBY - Throughout the 2004 football season, the senior leaders of the Cumby Trojans football team have seen key injuries from their fellow teammates and have said this team needs a lot of luck.

Senior wide-outs Russell Cross and Jon Michael O'Mara have taken part in back-to-back 2-8 seasons for coach Kent Hawthorne's squad and are 2-3 overall and 0-1 in district play after a loss to the Celeste Blue Devils 34-16 Friday night.

"I don't think we really ever have much luck," O'Mara said. "Like this season, I thought we were going to do really good, but a lot of bad stuff like Nick's injury happening last week and then Chris' injury during the first scrimmage of the year when he tore his ACL, that really hurt us."

Fellow seniors Trent McCraw and Nick Dyer have been sidelined with injuries this season, while junior Chris Steward tore his ACL in the first scrimmage of the year against Karnack and has not seen action this season for the Trojans.

Dave Campbell's football magazine said O'Mara would be a prospect for the team this season at wide receiver and cornerback.

O'Mara said one of the keys to this week's game against the Wolfe City Wolves will be to keep their offense off of the field as much as possible and cut out key mistakes during the game.

"We have got to keep their offense off of the field and quit making mistake," O'Mara said. "Most of the games this year we have beaten ourselves in the game rather than our opponents."

Cross said if they can pull off the win Friday night that his fellow teammates will get their confidence back for the remainder of the year and could get that third win that has eluded them for the past two seasons.

"I think if we can beat this team that everyone will believe, and we will be able to take out the rest of the teams," Cross said. "I think once we get everything rolling that it will be good this season."

Both players said that throughout the season the team has not be focused and they need to get lucky throughout the remaining games on the schedule with match-ups against Melissa, Boles, Detroit and Rivercrest.

"You just have to get everybody to believe because people on our own team doubt us right now, and you just have to have them believe and we just need to make them think that we can do it and have really good practices every week," Cross said.

"Some times our team is not focused on the same things during a game and we need to be able to play as a team and not as individuals," O'Mara said. "Like Coach Hawthorne said, some luck would help us a lot this season, but also focusing on every man giving 110 percent every single game and being able to do his job is what we need to finish out the season."

If the Trojans are to finish out the season strong, Cross and O'Mara need to help this team to get their momentum back and help get everyone on the same page for the remainder of the year and into a possible playoff chance after a 25-year absence.

"This season, it has seemed that it has just been one thing after another that has occurred with out our team and it is hard to keep confident knowing that a couple of guys have been getting hurt each week," Cross said. "We need to get everybody thinking about what they need to do every week to get us winning again this season."

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