CPHS could use third starting quarterback this season against Quitman
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 30, 2005 - COMO - For the third time this season, a new starting quarterback could be under center tonight for the Como-Pickton Eagles against the Quitman Bulldogs.

Pending a doctor's appointment on the status of senior Trent Vail's lower left leg and the departure of senior Garold Pierce this week, senior Noe Tellez has taken over at quarterback during workouts for the Eagles.

"Trent will have his doctor's appointment today and I don't know anything until when the doctor re-evaluates. I will say that Trent is feeling much better and has been a lot more mobile than he has been," CPHS coach Joe Ryzman said.

"Garold has decided he no longer wants to be a part of the team so we have put Noe at quarterback and he has worked at it all week and he has been doing really well. We have Josh Telfer and Juan Bautista at split end."

The Eagles look to bounce back from a 34-13 loss in their District 17-2A opener to Grand Saline, and Ryzman said ball control will be very important with the changes in their offensive lineup this week.

"It will be very important because Quitman is a good team offensively especially with the kids that have moved in and as long as the offense can continue to drive the football and get first downs that will be important," the coach said.

Ryzman said Quitman has two Louisiana evacuees suited up for them and that they have helped the team become a major offensive threat and the CPHS defense needs to be prepared for them.

"They became a much better team when they got their Louisiana transfers," he said. "Both of those kids are starting in their backfield, and they moved Courtney Waters to wide receiver which makes them a threat not only in the running game but in the passing game as well."

Under new coach Todd Shackelford, the Bulldogs opened district play with a 52-20 win over the Alba-Golden Panthers last week after starting the pre-district season at 1-3 with losses to Queen City, Paul Pewitt, and Hughes Springs, and Ryzman said they are still the team to be in District 17-2A.

"They are not that down as everybody said that they are going to be and they are in my opinion the team to beat in district," the coach said.

With the films that the Eagles coaching staff have on the Bulldogs, Ryzman said there are similarities to last year's Bulldogs team which defeated them 42-7 in Como.

"Defensively, they are a lot like they were last year and offensively, before the Louisiana kids came in they were primarily a running team," Ryzman said. "Now that Waters is at receiver I am sure they will try to air it out some more.

"They line up in a lot of different formations from what they did last year and they will try to catch a defense and weaken it by a lot of motions, and we have adjusted according to that this week."

In other district games, Lone Oak travels to Edgewood, while Grand Saline hosts Caddo Mills.

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