Cumby picked to finish fifth by Dave Campbell's magazine
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

July 8, 2005 - CUMBY - For Cumby coach Kent Hawthorne, the 2005 Texas Football projection for the Trojans will comes as a major surprise after a third place finish at 6-4 last year in District 17-A in only their second year back in competitive football.

The Trojans will embark on the 2005 season with another fifth place projected finish in the seven-team district, according to Dave Campbell's Texas High School Football magazine.

"The seniors were surprised as to where we were picked to finish the district this year, and I had a parent come to me and ask me if I had seen the pick when the magazine hit news stands," Hawthorne said.

In collecting the information for the magazine, Hawthorne said the coaches were given questionnaires based on their team and how they see the district playing out for the coming year.

"The questionnaires that they sent out to us is how we rate the district, and I think this is how the district coaches rated us," the coach said.

"I picked us coming in second. I think Celeste is going to be a little bit down this year, and I think we will be better since this team is going to be as good or better with this being our third year back in football."

Hawthorne knows what is at stake for the Trojans this season with the loss of seven seniors to graduation including quarterback, running back, fullback, two receivers and two lineman, and said that was a reason why they were picked fifth in the district race.

Hawthorne said Wolfe City will most likely repeat as district champions this year with seven returning juniors back from a 7-4 playoff team and a 6-0 record in district.

"I believe that the district will go like this with Wolfe City winning the title, followed by us, Rivercrest, maybe Celeste, Boles, Melissa type thing," the coach said. "I think that the coaching staffs thought that we would come in fifth this year because last year must have been a fluke since we won four of the final six games during the year."

Last year, the magazine had Wolfe City winning the district, followed by Quinlan Boles, and then Celeste, Rivercrest, Cumby, Detroit and Melissa as only one team finished in their projected spot.

Hawthorne expects Rivercrest and Melissa to be better for the upcoming season as Melissa goes into its second year of varsity play.

"I think Melissa will be a lot better because they have three classes now, and I think they will be a tougher team and they have a great coaching staff," Hawthorne said. "Detroit is still struggling and I think Boles is not going to be as good as they have been in the past."

The District 17-A projected finish according to prep football expert Carl Padilla of Texas Football magazine puts Wolfe City winning the district title, followed by Celeste, Rivercrest, Boles, Cumby, Melissa and Detroit.

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