Cumby has make-or-break game to reach postseason
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Nov. 9, 2006 - CUMBY - For the Cumby Trojans, Friday night's contest is a make-or-break game for the postseason.

The Trojans (4-5, 3-1) face off against the Quinlan Boles Hornets (5-4, 2-2) at 7:30 p.m. in Quinlan. This game will be Senior Night for the Hornets.

Cumby head coach Kent Hawthrone laid out the following playoff scenario, with Wolfe City having already clinched a berth:

If Cumby wins or loses by one or two points, the Trojans and Celeste are in the playoffs.

If Cumby loses by 3-12 points, Cumby and Boles are in the playoffs.

If Cumby loses by more than 12 points, the Trojans are out of the playoffs, and Celeste and Boles are in.

Hawthorne has told the players if they don't win this game it is on to the next sport.

"We don't want to limp into the playoffs based on the points system. We want to have a bye week and get ready to go after whoever we play," the coach said. "This game is a make-or-break game and we don't even discuss the point system with the kids. We win and we are in or we get out the basketball's if we lose. "

After a 65-0 thumping by state ranked Wolfe City last week, Hawthorne said the team has bounced back well in practice and are ready for a playoff chance.

"We got thumped by Wolfe City and we couldn't do anything right. We over-pursued all night long and we had three picks and a couple of fumbles in that game," he said. "Our kids are smart enough to flush it and they know that it was a bad night and they are going to move on. I hope that the kids don't have any hangover and we are ready to play this week."

With the team at full strength for the regular season finale, the players have been able to take care of their grades and stay healthy and Hawthorne said credit should be given to the teachers.

"We didn't lose a single kid due to grades and that is a big plus to our teachers here," he said. "They gave our kids every opportunity to get their stuff taken care of and went beyond what they had to in order to help the kids make the grade."

Hawthorne said the defensive unit needs to react quickly to the motion offense of the Hornets and be strong during the game.

"Offensively, they do a lot of motion stuff that they run a lot of things that make you think they are going outside and then they come back inside," he said. "They are very aggressive and well-coached."

"They don't want to lose to Cumby based on a pride thing and I think we match up well with them. We have always played Boles tough and all of our kids are healthy."

Hawthorne said running backs Adam Fite and Nathan Dunnihoo - coming off a combined 18 carries for 10 yards gainst Wolfe City last week - will see more action this week.

"It was my fault for Adam and Nathan not performing well last week," he said. "We tried to change things up last week and I didn't want them to get hurt. They will see a lot more action this week and we are going to be a balanced team this week."

In other regular season finale games, Celeste looks to pull off the upset at Wolfe City while a battle of winless teams takes place in Dallas as Fruitvale travels to Dallas A+ Academy.

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