Cumby looks to end predistrict season at 4-0
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 15, 2005 - CUMBY - Cumby head coach Kent Hawthorne had two goals before the season started - be 4-0 heading into next week's district opener at Celeste, and then go after a district championship and the Trojans first gold ball in over 20 years.

"We know how important it is as coaches to get the win and it would bring confidence to the kids going into Celeste next week," the coach said. "We want to be confident and not cocky going into games because we are a team that is working hard and trying to win football games."

Friday night could mark the first goal with a win over the Simms James Bowie Pirates (1-2), as they are three point favorites by the Harris Ratings System but Hawthorne said he is not taking them lightly this year.

"They are not a bad football team, and they gave Rivercrest a run for their money in Week 1, so I am sure we are going to see the best that they've got this week," Hawthorne said. "They beat us 28-21 last year down here, and we had some unfortunate mishaps during the game and we gave them that win."

Hawthorne said since it is Simms Bowie's homecoming this week, it should be a motivation for the Trojans to compete knowing how these games are usually picked during the offseason.

"I think it is an incentive because when you pick a homecoming game, you try to pick one that you know that you can win," he said. "I just got off the phone with coach Mike Lipsey at Celeste, and he told me that we are their homecoming next week."

The rivalry between coaches Jamey Thomas and Hawthorne has seen Thomas take the previous two meetings with Thomas coaching at Maud and at Simms Bowie.

"I talked with Jamey on the phone and I said I was 0-2 against him and my goal was to change that Friday night and hopefully we will change that," Hawthorne said. "We got to show up and play hard and fast, and that is what I have been trying to tell the kids, and we need to keep the mistakes down every game."

Three games into the season has left Hawthorne wondering what the true identity of his offensive unit is as they have scored 69 points in those three games

"Offensively, we haven't found our identity yet because one week B.T. (Brown) will rush for 220 yards and then the next week, Jake Petty will throw for 130 yards, and so we haven't found our identity and we don't know what we are right now."

Defensively, that is another story for the Trojans.

New defensive coordinator Doug Johnson stressed to his defensive unit before the start of the season that they would allow less than 163 points this season and through the first three games, the Trojan defense has given up 19 points.

"Defensively, I am pleased but I am also not satisfied because those three games should have been shutouts," Hawthorne said. "We feel pretty good about what we have done expect for maybe one series in each of those games."

Hawthorne said he expects another strong outing from his sophomore running back B.T. Brown, who is averaging 7.78 yards per carry, with 58 totes for 450 yards and seven touchdowns.

"B.T. is a slasher back and he doesn't go down easy and our lineman know that he can break it at any time during a game," the coach said. "We are very pleased with him as a sophomore running back. Our fullback production hasn't been like it was last year, and hopefully we can find a way to use the fullback more this season."

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