Cumby looks to go 3-0 on the season with win over Maud
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 8, 2005 - CUMBY - After a 43-7 homecoming win for the Cumby Trojans last season against the Maud Cardinals, coach Kent Hawthorne knows Friday's contest at Maud will be a revenge game for the home team.

"Maud is not a joke and they have some speed. They are young and not real big, but they have three kids that can fly," said Hawthorne. "They are pretty simple offensively and I think they are not that bad this season. 

"I think Maud is better than a lot better than most people think they are, but they are in a tough district and I wouldn't want to be in that district with Big Sandy, Harleton, Union Hill and Simms Bowie."

The Trojans (2-0) are favored by three touchdowns against Maud this week by the Harris Rating System, but Hawthorne had a tough time with Cumby's  low rating.

"We started the year at No. 117 in Class A, then went to No. 113 after a win, and then we win again and we go to No. 125. I don't know what you have got to do to get a higher rating by their poll," he said.

Maud (0-2) has not scored in two games this season, being outscored 63-0 with losses against Quinlan Boles (35-0) and Beckville (28-0), though Maud was down just 7-0 to Beckville at halftime.

This is the first of three straight road games for the Trojans after four consecutive home contests, including the scrimmages against Karnack and Como-Pickton, and Hawthorne is ready to travel Friday night.

"We love playing on the road and our kids enjoy that, and we seem to play better on the road then at home," he said. "It is very important because we wanted to be 4-0 going into Celeste and that was our goal."

The Trojans face the Celeste Blue Devils on Sept. 30 in their last of three road contests, then host Wolfe City the following week in their first two District 17-A games.

Maud returns 20 of 22 starters from last year's 1-9 team under coach Rusty Minyard, and Hawthorne said Maud runs a power-I formation with quarterback Justin Spry and running back Charles Gellington.

"I hope to counter with getting the kids prepared and ready to play this week. I think they have some experience on that team, and they remember what happened last year for homecoming here," Hawthorne said.

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