Eagles, Trojans face each other in scrimmage
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Aug. 18, 2006 - With the season approaching in less than two weeks, the Como-Pickton Eagles and the Cumby Trojans will see their first scrimmage action tomorrow morning in a three-team scrimmage at Ron Heflin Field.

The Eagles, Trojans and Harmony Eagles will face off against each other at 10 a.m. in a controlled scrimmage, and both Hopkins County coaches want to see how their players step up.

"We have a lot of young kids this year that are sophomores and they are on the bubble as far as if they are going to play on varsity or junior varsity," said CPHS head coach Joe Ryzman. "This is going to be our first priority to get a good evaluation of those kids and see if they will play up or down this year."

Cumby head coach Kent Hawthorne said he is looking to have a good workout against fresh teams and making sure that no one gets injured.

"The main thing I want to do is get a look at my kids and have them not get hurt," the coach said. "I want to see about 20 offensive plays and 20 defensive plays and 10 or 15 from my JV kids, and then get out of there because that would be a good workout for me."

Ryzman said this first scrimmage will be handled as another practice session in preparation for the season opener against Rivercrest Sept. 1 at home.

"This first scrimmage is more or less a practice. This is the time where we can see our kids against someone other than ourselves. We want to see what we are going to look like against another team," he said.

"They are always ready to face someone else and the intensity will be up on everybody during the scrimmage and there should be some excitement out there."

With this being a three-team scrimmage, Hawthorne said he didn't know about that until earlier this week since the two teams faced each other in a scrimmage last season at Cumby.

"We don't know a whole lot about what they are going to do and we haven't made much changes on offense or defense," the coach said. "We don't know anything about Harmony and that one was slipped in on me and it was a mistake with scheduling."

Both coaches said their main goals for the first scrimmage is seeing how they have prepared for different formations and areas that they have been working on during practices.

"What we do here is to give us an opportunity to see different types of offensive formations from a defensive point. From an offensive formations, it gives us a chance to adjust to those defensive fronts that they show us," Ryzman said. "It lets us as coaches prepare for different things for the season and we really want to evaluate where we are at this point in the season."

Hawthorne said staying healthy will be one of the big keys heading out of Como as they prepare for Alba-Golden in the season opener.

"I want to see some of the things that we have been working on and for the kids to play hard. I want them to stay on their blocks and be in the right position and be able to line up to different things that we are going to see," he said. "We have got to survive and see some good things and leave there healthy."

Hawthorne said with the team being three deep at three key positions, he will be looking at those spots to see who is willing to fight for a starting spot.

"We have three fullbacks, tailbacks and tight ends that we are going to look at for about five plays each. We got some kids we want to look at and then look at the film and make them win or lose their positions," he said.

"As a line coach and offensive coordinator, I want to look at the line and have them protect my quarterback - even though he is my son. I want my coaches to evaluate their positions and tell me what they saw and what they liked following our first scrimmage."

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