|Cumby coach hopes team doesn't let up against Rockwall Christian|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Sept. 1, 2005 - CUMBY - Cumby head coach Kent Hawthorne knows after a 27-7 win over the Alba-Golden Panthers last week, they better not let up this week against the Rockwall Christian Academy Warriors.
"One of the things that makes it tough about these private schools is that you never know who they are going to pick up," the coach said.
"They only had 14 kids at their scrimmage when we went and watched them. We felt we would thump them pretty good, but now they have four more athletes - most notably a running back from Dallas Carter, and a 300-pound tackle that has only been there for a couple of weeks."
The Trojans look to avenge a 14-7 loss last year in Rockwall, and kickoff for their Week 1 matchup is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Trojan Field.
"Rockwall is probably a little bit better than Alba-Golden was. We are going to have to make less mistakes, and we will have Steven Boss and Nathan Dunnihoo back."
Rockwall Christian (0-1) will be led by freshman quarterback Braydon Frazier, the son of head coach Tommy Frazier, and Hawthorne said he is very good in place of Derrick Harvey, who moved to Lone Oak.
"Frazier should be pretty good and he has a good arm and is very elusive and is a very stout kid at 5-10, 170-pounds," said Hawthorne. "I don't think they will be as good as they were last year because they had Harvey, which is now in Lone Oak, and I think they are a team that can surprise you in a game."
Hawthorne said a major blow came to the team this week when their 245-pound junior lineman Arreon Caudle left Cumby and moved to North McKinney. That leaves Casey Romans as their only lineman who started in his same position last year for Friday night's game.
"Arreon (Caudle) left us this week and now he is in North McKinney, and he was one of our strongest and best players on the team, and we had to put his backup in at guard," the coach said.
The coaching staff was also impressed with the play of sophomore B.T. Brown, who rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns against Alba-Golden, along with starting quarterback Jake Petty.
"B.T. is slippery and he doesn't go down easy," Hawthorne said. "If you give him any kind of a seam, he is tough to bring down and I was very pleased with his running effort. I thought 90 percent of the time Jake was the best quarterback that we have ever had, and 10 percent of the time he still made some rookie mistakes."