Coaches see good things following CPHS and Cumby scrimmage
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Aug. 21, 2006 - COMO - Following the first scrimmage of the season for the Como-Pickton Eagles and the Cumby Trojans, both coaches saw some good things about their teams.

"The guys looked just like I expected them to look," said Como-Pickton coach Joe Ryzman. "I knew that I would see some things offensively that we needed to work on and that is to be expected with a first-year offense that we are putting in."

Cumby coach Kent Hawthorne said his teams followed exactly with their game plan and looked good in their first action of the year.

"We got a lot of work and we did some things good and we know what we need to work on," the coach said. "We got some kids playing both ways and these are some pretty good 2A schools. I think the kids played hard and we got a good workout."

The Como-Pickton varsity squad dealt with some adversity as Harmony scored two touchdowns against them, and Ryzman said those were due to mental mistakes by his defensive unit.

"I saw some areas defensively that we need to work on where we were making mental mistakes. We had guys that were not knowing where to line up and when to line up. We were able to fix those things and we are going to be in good shape," Ryzman said. "We did well and they were some really big guys. Our guys physically did a good job against them, and it was a matter of us making mental lapses that hurt us."

Hawthorne said the Trojans' main goal in the first scrimmage was to improve on their base plays and see what they needed to work on before their final scrimmage this Saturday at Era.

"We started a little slow offensively," he said, adding that Como-Pickton had a few days to work on the Trojans' offensive and defensive scripts. "We wanted to come up here and run some base football and make sure that our base stuff was right. I was pretty pleased with some things, and I saw some things that we need to work on."

With one final scrimmage left before the Sept. 1 opener against Alba-Golden, Hawthorne said this week the team will start working on a live game situation and prepare for a playoff run this year.

"I think we will play a game situation and this scrimmage we followed a script and we did not vary away from the script," the coach said. "Next week, we will not run exactly what Alba-Golden will see because that would be stupid, but we will run what we want to see."

Ryzman said the Eagles' final scrimmage will start at 5 p.m. Thursday at Sabine (in Liberty City) against Big Sandy and Sabine. The format has not being hammered out, Ryzman said.

He said his overall impression was very good of his team and working on the mental aspect of the game will be a key area during the coming weeks.

"I saw a lot of good things offensively and saw some guys that stepped up and that made me happy. Defensively, I thought we got after it and was impressed with that," he said. "I had told you earlier on that we have a lot of guys that didn't play last year and that was the reason for our mental mistakes. Not only did we put in a new offense, but we got kids that haven't played in two years and so we have to get them prepared for this level."

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