|Cumby scores three touchdowns in first scrimmage; ready for CPHS Friday night|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Aug. 16, 2005 - CUMBY - The first scrimmage of the year for the Cumby Trojans went just the way coach Kent Hawthorne wanted against the Karnack Indians.
The Trojan offense scored three touchdowns and had 354 yards of offense in 25 plays Saturday morning at Trojan Field.
"I think it went pretty good. We didn't show much during the scrimmage except for our base packages, and we are not going to open it up this week either," Hathorne said. "We are going to try and polish things up this week during practice."
The Trojans will wrap up their preseason scrimmages against the Como-Pickton Eagles Friday night in Cumby. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Hawthorne, along with C-P coach Joe Ryzman, said the two teams may run one or two live quarters next week, but he will use the scrimmage as a final practice session to see where his team stands before their game against Alba-Golden Aug. 26.
"We lost three fullbacks during the game against Karnack with twisted ankles in Miles Parker, Nathan Dunnihoo and one of our freshmen, and we should get all of them back by Alba-Golden," he explained. "We are going to try and limp through Como-Pickton.
"There are a lot of things that we are going to have to do to play that way because we run plays by wristbands and everybody will have to know the signals and we have a lot to do this week."
Hawthorne said he was impressed with his defensive unit against Karnack, who played with 18 kids on varsity, as they had four interceptions and held the Karnack quarterback to only one completions in 25 plays.
"Defensively, we had four interceptions and I think their quarterback only completed one pass in six attempts and we probably held them under 100 yards," he said.
"The defensive line looked pretty good and Arreon Caudle was tough to block . He was in the backfield a lot and causing havoc for Karnack."
Sophomore running back B.T. Brown was another player that impressed Hawthorne as he scored one of the touchdowns on a 75-yard run and caught a pass from Jake Petty for 60 yards but stepped out of bounds on the 10-yard line.
Hawthorne said Petty and Zach Throndson had a strong performance during the scrimmage as Throndson played a key role on the defensive side of the ball.
"Jake looked real good at quarterback. I think he had two touchdown passes and he had a couple of dropped balls that should have been caught," he said. "Jake and Zach played a stand-out scrimmage for us because Zach had two of the four interceptions."