Trojans had bye week to prepare for first district contest against Dallas A+
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Oct. 12, 2006 - CUMBY - After dealing with their bye last week, the Cumby Trojans turn their focus to district play tomorrow night against the Dallas A+ Academy Knights.

"We worked on trying to get better and trying to get kids healthy. We worked on the fundamentals things that we needed to do to become a better football team," said Cumby head coach Kent Hawthorne. "It was a very productive week and the kids had a good time with it. We are ready to play this week."

The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Cumby.

With three teams headed to the playoffs in Class A this year, the Trojans (1-4) hope Friday's game will get them in the right direction and in the early lead in District 17-A with the Celeste Blue Devils scheduled for next week.

"We think that if we just line up and run our base stuff and try to work on what we have to work on to get better against this bunch, even though we may not be able to do this against any other team in our district, this is a good time for us to play Dallas A+ Academy," Hawthorne said.

He added that due to some injuries and players quitting this past week, the team has five freshmen starting against Dallas A+.

"When you start a freshman at center, quarterback, both tight ends and fullback and then your back-up at receiver is a freshman, you have to make sure that they team knows the fundamentals," the coach said. "We are still working on timing right now with so many freshmen on the team."

Dallas A+ Academy (0-5) is looking for its first win in Class A after playing in Class 2A last year, and Hawthorne said it was tough to get a game-plan together for this game.

"We don't know exactly what they are going to show up and run against us," Hawthorne said. "Their coach said they ran a 4-3 defense and we have three films on them and they run a 50 defense on every one of them.

"You can't have a lot of schemes and we are not a gadget-play team. We just run fundamental football and when you look at Dallas A+, and you don't know what they are going to do because they may not know what they are going to do, it does make it hard."

The Knights come into the game being outscored 238-34 this season and Hawthorne said the team lost its defensive coordinator last week.

"Dallas A+ has a lot of problems just like every other school and they have about 20 kids. Their defensive coordinator quit them last week in the middle of the week and told them that he had a job in Mount Pleasant," the coach said. "They played Frisco Legacy last week and I sent a coach to go and see them and they lost 56-0. They played that team two weeks earlier and got beat 29-22."

He said defensively the Trojans have worked on their base defense since Dallas A+ runs many of the same formations they have seen all year.

"Offensively, they have some pretty good-looking athletes but they don't do anything that we haven't seen. It allows us to keep working on what we are working on," the coach said. "Dallas A+ is one of those teams that we have to play smart and play hard against and good things should happen."

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