Trojans try to rebound against Rockwall Christian after tough loss
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 7, 2006 - CUMBY - Following their first loss of the season against the Alba-Golden Panthers Friday night, Cumby head coach Kent Hawthorne said his football team didn't play the way the players know how to play.

"We beat ourselves and we made too many mistakes. Alba is a lot better football team than they were last year because they've got two athletes in the backfield. But in my opinion they did not play good enough to beat us," the coach said. 

"We had 16 penalties and two turnovers and most of them were on big plays. They made plays enough to win it and we didn't during the game."

Hawthorne praised the play of his son Brixx Hawthorne - who led the team with 116 yards rushing and 5-of-10 passing for 104 yards in his varsity debut at quarterback.

The Trojans (0-1) will look for their first win against the Rockwall Christian Academy Warriors Friday night in Rockwall. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

"Rockwall has a whole different look with the people that they have on the field," Hawthorne said. "They are running the same kind of offense and defense but when Coach (Tommy) Frazier left and took his son Braden - who was a great quarterback - they had to replace him with a receiver from last year's team."

Hawthorne said Rockwall Christian is a very young team with mostly freshman and sophomores, and the Cumby secondary will need to be ready this week.

"They will throw more than run and they graduated their line and are very young," he said. "I think out of the 26 kids on the team, I think they've got 19 freshman or sophomores, so they are pretty young.

"We know that this is a pretty good opportunity for us to come in and take care of what we need to do and fix what we have got to fix and get better."

The Trojans' defense could have a strong night, according to Hawthorne, as Rockwall Christian had eight fumbles against Richardson Canyon Creek in a 24-12 season-opening loss last week.

"They ran the ball 10 times and had eight fumbles Friday night. They don't run the ball a lot and they have one back and they will throw the ball side-to-side," Hawthorne said. "Our guys are going to be very aggressive, and we are not going to change our defensive philosophy this week.

While holding Alba-Golden to only 37 yards of offense in the first half last week, Hawthorne praised the defensive effort and said the team has been working hard this week in practice to get better on that side of the ball.

"We saw some things that we liked but we didn't make the plays that we needed to offensively," Hawthorne said. "I think defensively we looked pretty good and we have increased our conditioning this week during practice. We are hoping that everything will be level and hopefully, if all things are even, we will have a good performance."

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