Football season arrives for Como-Pickton and Cumby
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

July 30, 2005 - Time to get back to work.

Como-Pickton and Cumby, along with many other area high school football teams that did not participate in spring training drills, are scheduled to begin UIL-sanctioned non-contact practices Monday morning with scrimmages starting in two weeks.

In Como, the Eagles open two-a-day practices at 8 a.m. and head coach Joe Ryzman said the kids are excited about the start of practices after the success of last season which included a playoff berth.

"A lot of our kids are enthusiastic because of the success that we had last year, and we didn't play much 7-on-7 but the 7-on-7 that we did play was successful," he said. "We are going to have two practices in the morning starting at 8 a.m. where we will work out for a while and then take a break before starting the second practice."

The Eagles will be similar in terms of numbers from last year's 8-3 team as 18-19 players will suit up on the varsity, while the junior varsity will have 20 kids this year.

Ryzman said one big concern this year is filling the holes left by graduation, though some of the starting positions have been set for the start of the season.

"We lost a lot of good seniors and so we have a good idea of what we are going to do to fill those shoes, but we will be looking really closely at those kids who are filling last year's senior's roles and evaluating those on a daily basis," he said.

Trent Vail will move from the team's leading receiver to quarterback in place of Josh Biggerstaff and Reece Caddell will move from tight end to center this season.

"Trent has been penciled in as the quarterback and we have a number of different scenarios and the first scenario is looking at Trent in this situation," he said. "Utilizing Trent at quarterback is going to enable us to use a lot of our other athletes. Gerald Pierce and Reece Caddell will be in a situation where they could help the team out more, as Pierce will move to receiver and back-up quarterback this year."

In Cumby, coach Kent Hawthorne has his team reporting at 7:30 a.m. as 38 players are expected to show up at Trojan Field Monday morning.

"We will bring them in at 7:30 a.m. and give them an introduction of the coaches and what we expect of them, and then get on the field and have a 1 1/2 hour practice, then take a 30-minute break," the coach said. "We then will go back out for another 1 1/2 hour practice, and then take a 15-minute break and then go to the weight room."

After a 6-3 season last year, the Trojans have set their goals high for the 2005 season as they are fighting to get a gold ball this year.

"We are expecting the same offensively and defensively just like the past two years and we think knowledge-wise in my opinion we will be good," the coach said. "We have a great senior class with great athletic ability."

Hawthorne said position players are beginning to take shape for his team as Dillon Taylor, Arreon Caudle, Jared Tremor, Casey Romans and Darryl Guernsey are set on the line this year.

The Trojans will be looking for leaders and depth this season as they will be using a rotation system with players at certain positions.

Jake Petty will move from tight end to quarterback this year in place of Matt Steward, while in the backfield Miles Parker will take over at fullback and B.T. Brown will likely be the starting tailback when the squad opens the season Aug. 26 against Alba-Golden.

Scrimmages for both teams start Aug. 13 as Como-Pickton has a three-team scrimmage against Chisum and Union Hill at 9 a.m., while Cumby scrimmages Karnack at 10 a.m. Both teams' scrimmages are at their home fields.

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