|Josh Telfer and Bryan Hicks are pleasant surprises for the Black and Blue|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Sept. 30, 2005 - COMO - For Como-Pickton seniors Josh Telfer and Bryan Hicks, the 2005 season is one of many surprises for the duo on the offensive side of the ball.
Telfer is the team's leading receiver with three catches for 48 yards including a 36-yard touchdown against Celeste during Week 1, while Hicks is third in rushing with 16 carries for 94 yards and one touchdown after missing two and a half games. He is also third in receiving with two catches for 12 yards.
"It is a surprise to me to be the leading receiver and I am just happy that I am getting the ball," said Telfer.
"I didn't expect to be third-leading receiver, but I did hope that I would be getting the ball and help rush and gain yards for the team. It is a surprise to me, but it is a good thing," Hicks added.
Telfer, the son of Michelle Telfer, said he hasn't started looking at college plans and is undecided on a major right now and said it has been fun playing with his fellow seniors this season for the Black and Blue.
"It has been a privilege and it has been fun. All of them are my friends so it has been fun this year," Telfer said.
He said making it to their second straight playoff appearance would be special for him because it has been a team goal since the start of two-a-day practices.
"It will mean a lot because we all want it and we told coach at the beginning of the year that we wanted a trophy in the case and to get that we would all be happy for it," he said. "To go to the playoffs would be a really good memory for me."
Hicks, the son of Darren and Becky Hicks, said with the loss of two key players for the Eagles and senior quarterback and free safety Trent Vail injured, the team has hit a bump in the road but the confidence is still there this season.
"It is going to be tough now that we lost two key players and another one is down right now, so it is going to be hard. But, if we can stick together and play like we know that we can and show the teamwork that we have showed in practice I think we will do pretty well," Hicks said.
Hicks said he plans on attending either Paris Junior College or the University of Texas-Tyler to be a coach and said he hopes athletics can play a part during college.
With seven seniors now on the team, Telfer and Hicks are taking very different roles in terms of leadership with their teammates.
"I am just trying to show them the way and trying to help them out the way that the seniors showed me a couple of years ago," Telfer said.
"Just trying to tell them to keep their heads up if they mess up and not to worry about it and to go back and do your hardest for the remainder of the game and try not to make the same mistake twice," Hicks said.
With five games remaining in the regular season, Telfer said each and every week is going to be a battle starting with Quitman tonight.
"It is going to be a battle and they are going to be hard and if we win it is going to be a hard-fought win," Telfer said. "If we lose then we will still fight hard, and they are going to be really good games."