|Como-Pickton seniors looking ahead for trip to Class 2A state playoffs|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Sept. 16, 2005 - COMO - One lineman has already seen playoff action during his varsity career, while the other one is waiting for his chance possibly this season for the Como-Pickton Eagles.
Seniors Cameron Crump and Clayton Humphrey have only three years combined experience on the varsity roster and both believe District 17-2A will be competitive starting next week and getting past the first round of the playoffs will be a very memorable ending to their time at CPHS.
"It would mean a lot because that would mean that it would be the first time for us to go past the first round of the playoffs and for this to be my senior year it would be an awesome thing to achieve and I really am hoping to do that," said Crump, the son of Brad and Gina McCord.
"Getting past the first round of the playoffs because that would be the best memory this year," said Humphrey.
Crump was a member of the bi-district playoff team that lost to Paul Pewitt 49-14 last year in Mount Pleasant.
He said the possibility of a gold ball and a district championship can happen this year but next week's matchup with Grand Saline and the following week at Quitman could be their toughest test.
"I see the biggest threat coming from probably Grand Saline, but I heard Quitman got some new players from Louisiana and one of them is a pretty big boy. Other than that I think it is going to be a knock down, drag out fight this year," he said.
Cameron said in terms of schooling he hopes to go to Tyler Junior College and major in the medical field as an X-ray technician and said if an athletic scholarship happens, he would take advantage of it next fall.
"If I could get a scholarship, I would love to play but if not then I will just fall back on my academics," he said.
Cameron has one brother, Josh McCord, who attends Cumby High School and is a member of the undefeated Trojan football team.
Crump said facing Josh during the scrimmage between the two schools earlier this season was fun and on a couple of plays they focused in on each other.
"It was different and fun because me and Josh have always talked about hitting one another, but we never got to play against one another," he said. "This year, we got to play each other and hit, and since I knew him it was a friendly thing and we were just hitting each other for fun."
In terms of the leadership role for the Eagles, Crump said working with the underclassman has been helpful and he tries to encourage the players when something goes wrong during practice or in game situations.
"I try not to be hard on them and try to encourage them as much as I can whenever they do wrong and it helps out a lot more than yelling and screaming at them to do right," Crump said.
Humphrey's leadership style is much different from that of Crump's during game situations.
"I just go out and play and I try to lead by example," Humphrey said. "I just go out and do what coach tells me to do and try to do what I can during the game."
This season is Humphrey's first year on the varsity squad after taking three years off from the game, and he said it has been fun during the first three games.
"It has been pretty fun to be apart of the team because a lot of my friends are on the team," Humphrey said.
Humphrey believes with the team at 1-2 heading into tonight's contest, they need to play consistently during district to come out with a district title.
"We have got to get on a roll getting into district so we can do something this year," he said. "They are all going to be close games because this is a tough district."
Humphrey, the son of Mark and Janie Humphrey, said he plans on attending Texas A&M-Commerce next year and get his degree in agriculture.
With the blocking of Cameron, Clayton, Alex Mowat, Reece Caddell, Wade Arnold, Bo Baxter and Noe Tellez, senior teammate Ray Hayden has rushed for 700 yards in three games with a 10.94 average, and both players said having a player of his talent makes it easy for them during a game.
"It makes it a lot easier when you have a good running back such as Ray in the backfield," Humphrey said.
"A lot of people see that Ray does the work, but as lineman it is our goal to move everyone out of the way to get a hole for Ray," Crump added. "That is really good for us lineman because that means that we are doing a good job getting people out of the way so Ray can run."