Cumby seniors looking for first playoff trip in 25 years
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 23, 2005 - CUMBY - Cumby seniors Steven Boss and Jonathan Heer have been playing varsity football for three years and the 2005 season is turning out to be the most memorable for the two wide receivers.

In the previous two seasons, the Trojans compiled an 8-12 under coach Kent Hawthorne, and currently Cumby is 4-0 and riding an eight-game winning streak dating back to last year.

"It would mean a lot because ever since I have been here that is all that we have wanted is a gold ball," Boss said. "It would be one of the best memories because nobody thinks that we are anything in terms of a football team."

Heer said seeing his name on the district-winning gold ball would be one of the highlights since it has been over 25 years since their last district championship.

"It would mean a lot this senior year to get a gold ball because I would love to see my name on the gold ball and leave that memory around here," Heer said.

With a second straight appearance in a homecoming contest this week against Celeste, Boss said for teams to pick the Trojans as their homecoming game makes the team more motivated and that whatever the team has to do to pick up the win, they are more than happy to do it.

"Every time a team has put us on as a homecoming game and now we are going to go in and spoil another one just like we did last week," Boss said.

Jonathan, the son of Jason and Carol Heer, said he plans on attending college to get his basics done and then possibly going to fire academy with hopes of becoming a fireman. Boss has plans of attending Paris Junior College with an undeclared major.

Heer said that the district teams need to watch out this season after the Trojans won six games last year and have started the season out at 4-0.

"Everybody thinks that we are going to be an easy team to beat, but we have fight in us and we have a lot of heart," Heer said. "It has been exciting because we really haven't done it before."

The two seniors also praised the leadership role of one another on the team and said the underclassman have responded to them this season.

"Jonathan is going to be the one to say something to you when you do something wrong and he will tell you what to do on the field and off the field if something is going wrong," Boss said.

"Everybody looks up to Steven and he is definitely good and he leads just by watching him play," Heer said.

With the loss of junior Arreon Caudle on the line, Heer said he believes Justin O'Mara has filled in perfectly at guard for the Trojans and every one is doing their job this season.

"Everybody does what they are told and they give it all that they have like Justin O'Mara who has taken over "Ace's" (Arreon Caudle) spot on the line," Heer said. 

"Jake (Petty) is another player who has stepped it up in place of Matt this season at quarterback and he is doing a really good job this season," said Boss.

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