Cumby looking to break into district win column
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 30, 2004 - CUMBY - Second-year head coach Kent Hawthorne's Cumby Trojans come into Friday night's contest against the Wolfe City Wolves on a two-game losing streak after hosting three straight games at home.

The Trojans are 2-3 overall, 0-1 in District 17-A, while coach Dale Trompler's Wolves begin their district campaign with a 1-3 record after having a bye last week.

"It has been a 'could have been, should have been' first half of the season," Hawthorne said. "We made a lot of mistakes, and we believe we should be 4-1, but we are not and we are 2-3. Our kids have said that no one has beaten us but ourselves, because we have made too many mistakes."

The Trojans' latest loss came against the Celeste Blue Devils 34-16 at home last Friday and Hawthorne believes his kids played hard but just made too many costly mistakes.

"When you play from behind as we did in the game, you have to do things differently," Hawthorne said. "The main thing that hurt us was they had three or four big plays that killed us, and they had them quick. When you start behind 14-0, you have to start playing catch-up and you panic a little bit and make some mistakes with interceptions and penalties."

This week, the Trojans will see a Wolfe City team that is coming off a three-game losing streak with losses to Lone Oak, Clarksville and Union Hill. Their only win of the season came against Honey Grove during Zero Week 26-13.

"They are a lot faster than we are, and we are going to have to take better angles and make better adjustments," Hawthorne said. "They are a better football team, and I think they have panicked this year and are running that spread offense, and they are better at just running through you or around you football team."

Sophomore quarterback Chase Roundtree will be running Wolfe City offense this year after throwing for 750 yards and 12 touchdowns during his freshman season, while Jonathan Price returns in the backfield and wide-out Steven Walters should be one of Roundtree's targets this year.

The latest Harris Ratings has Wolfe City as a 37-point favorite for Friday night's contest, but Hawthorne said he hopes to see his kids play hard before having their bye week next week.

"We are hoping that we will line up and play hard, smart and solve some problems and hopefully have some luck and then have a week to get healed up," Hawthorne said.

Cumby senior wide-out and captain Nick Dyer broke his collarbone last week and is still in the ICU at the Greenville hospital. Injuries have plagued the team all year with junior Chris Steward tearing his ACL in the first scrimmage of the year, senior Trent McCraw sitting out with a concussion last week and now the recent injury to Dyer.

Being a young team as Wolfe City is this season, Hawthorne hopes his defensive unit will be able to frustrate them and the turnover battle will be won by the Trojans.

"I hope they make the same mistakes that they made against Clarksville and that they turn the ball over like they did against Lone Oak," the coach said. "I think now with those young kids, they are starting to solve some of their problems and of course with them having the bye week last week they are getting healthy and getting their legs under them."

With home games against Melissa and Boles and road games against Detroit and Rivercrest to round out the season, Hawthorne said he believes his team will continue to get better each week no matter what the outcome is Friday night.

"If we end up losing and go into the break at 0-2 it is not going to feel good, but we will continue to work hard and get the rest of the wins and hope that an upset will occur and the door will be left open," the coach said. "We are going to take each game and play hard and continue to get better every week."

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