|Cumby seniors looking to make history with playoff appearance|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Sept. 9, 2005 - CUMBY - For senior linemen Casey Romans and Daryl Guernsey, a trip to the Class A state playoffs would be one of the best memories to end their time at Cumby High School.
"That is really one of the things that I have had my mind on is to make the playoffs because no one has done it in a while and that is something special that we could take home with us," said Romans.
"Nobody has worked as hard as we have the past three years and it would mean a lot for us to get there," Guernsey added.
The 2005 season has already given Guernsey a highlight for his senior campaign as he opened up against Alba-Golden with a 1-yard TD run and Romans was able to convert on the PAT in the 27-7 win.
"It was great because I always wanted to get a touchdown and coach got me in at fullback and let me run the ball and get a touchdown," he said.
Coach Kent Hawthorne has coached Romans and Guernsey for three years and has seen their steady improvement. He rewarded Guernsey for his dedication with a shot at a touchdown, and said Romans will be given his chance, too.
"They have gotten bigger and faster, and and they have put in a lot of work. We are going to try and get the seniors into the end zone, and Daryl already had his chance and Casey will be getting his soon," the coach said.
Romans, the son of Mary and Daniel Romans, said getting a chance to play fullback this year has been something he has waited for since the offseason and he is ready to step off the line and into the Trojan backfield.
"I am going to be ready for it because in the offseason, he told me that he wanted to do it. We really haven't had the lineman to make that happen and I have had to step up and do my thing on the line but I am ready to make that happen," he said.
Romans said once he graduates from Cumby, he hopes to be heading to Texas State Technical College in Waco for a degree in automotive technology.
Guernsey and Romans lost a friend and fellow lineman just a week ago in junior teammate Arreon Caudle, who is now at McKinney North, and said it was a big loss with the skill that Caudle showed on the field.
"It was a real big loss to lose one of your best guys but now we are going to have to step up and fill in the holes with the underclassman," Romans said.
"It was hard because he was my best friend and to lose him with him being such a strong player it is hard with to have him gone on that side of the line," Guernsey said.
Hawthorne praised the work ethic of Romans and Guernsey and said having them in the program for the three years he has been at Cumby has been a pleasant experience.
"Those seniors have been here for the three years that I have been here in the program," Hawthorne said. "They have worked hard through the offseason and have done everything that we have asked them to do. We want this to be a memorable season for these kids and we promised it for them this season."