|Fruitvale's season fruitless so far|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Oct. 26, 2006 - CUMBY - After a big win against Celeste on Friday, the Cumby Trojans are tied for the District 17-A lead with Wolfe City, but their focus now turns to the Fruitvale Bobcats.
Kickoff for the district contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Trojan Stadium.
Cumby (2-0, 3-4) is currently tied with Wolfe City in district, while Celeste and Quinlan Boles are a game back at 1-1 with three games remaining.
But Cumby coach Kent Hawthorne said the team has one thing on its mind this week against the Bobcats.
"We want to win. Fruitvale to us reminds us of Detroit in that they have guys that can run hard, they have some good-looking kids that get after you," Hawthorne said.
"If you leave them hanging around, then we are probably going to get our butts kicked. We want to get after them and get the air out of them quick."
Hawthorne said the game against Celeste was one in which whoever had the ball last would probably win the game.
"It was a big win and we went in expecting to win. Celeste found our weakness and hit it. It was one of the hardest-hitting games last week that we have ever had all year," he said. "It was definitely a very even match all game long. Casey Barbee threw the ball extremely well and he has never been as hot as he was against us. He was cool, calm and put the ball right in their hands.
"If we had given them more than 38 seconds, I think they would have went down the field and tied the game and sent it to overtime."
Fruitvale (0-2, 0-7) comes into Friday night's contest coming off a 54-0 loss to state-ranked Wolfe City and has been outscored 297-38 this season.
The Bobcats are led by junior running back Lance Worden (5-9, 165, 4.7) - who is the leading rusher and tackler, plus he had five interceptions last year. Sophomore tight end Donnie Williams is also another target for Fruitvale as he had 21 receptions for 468 yards and five touchdowns last year.
Hawthorne said the Trojans have looked strong during practices.
"Our kids had a great week of practice being on their toes and moving around and excited about what could happen," Hawthorne said. "They are paying attention and watching film. Their eyes have opened and they know that they have a chance to get in the playoffs and they are ready to get after it."
Hawthorne said after coming out of the non-district schedule at 1-4, the players have turned the season around with teamwork and knowing what their goal is for this season.
"They are playing like a team that I have never seen before. These kids have come together better that what they were doing earlier this season," he said. "They are playing like a team should be playing and they care about each other.�
"I think we are sore from last week and as the rust wears off you can see the guys bouncing around more. You can tell that it is a different type of attitude right now, and we are tied for first place in district after the first two games and that is exciting."
The remainder of the District 17-A schedule has Celeste at Quinlan Boles, and Dallas A+ Academy travels to Wolfe City.