Cumby's finally at home against struggling Detroit
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 14, 2006 - CUMBY - After a 1-1 road trip to open the season, the Cumby Trojans are finally home Friday night against the Detroit Eagles.

"I think our kids like playing on the road and home field advantage is not really an advantage in Cumby. We like going to someone else's field and playing games," said Cumby head coach Kent Hawthorne.

"It will be nice to have our fans here and get home at a decent hour. Next week is homecoming, and this week should be a week for the kids to get some confidence and it will hopefully carry on to next week."

The Trojans will have homecoming festivities next Friday night against Simms Bowie at 7:30 p.m. and then wrap up their non-district schedule Sept. 29 at Maud.

With 26 players on the varsity roster, short-handed Detroit has been outscored, 85-6, in two games this season.

"I feel that our kids are prepared and Detroit is down a little bit this year," the coach said. "They had several of their kids that did not come back out from last year - in fact they had 20 from what we counted. They are going to be young and are going to be looking for their first win.

"Our kids understand that we are not too good of a football team to where we can just sit back and count it as a win. I think they are prepared and they have worked hard this week, and we have done a good job of breaking them down and scouting them this week."

He said after last week's 42-7 win over Rockwall Christian, the Trojans still had problems holding onto the football and that was a major area they focused on this week in practice.

"We felt like we had to fix some things that were broken. Our penalty situation got a lot better, but we did turn over the ball and I am not real happy about that," he said. "I felt better about the intensity that our kids were playing with and they played hard. They played smart last week, and we didn't make as many mistakes."

Hawthorne said his defense will see some different looks from Detroit, and hopefully the Trojans can play physical enough to take advantage of whatever mistakes the Eagles might make.

"They run the inverted wishbone and they do it out of shotgun and they get really wide splits," the coach said. "They try to block one-on-one and let their man whip your man. From what we have seen on film, their man is not whooping the other man. I think that plays to our advantage.

"On defense, they run a straight 50-defense and I think because he (coach Kevin Himes) came in late and they didn't have that many kids come out, they are pretty simple."

He said the Trojans' main goal for Friday is to play one of their best games of the year and make the fans proud in their home opener.

"We need to make sure that we make less mistakes and we want to play as close to perfect as possible during the game," Hawthorne said. "We want to make less mistakes than we did last week and get better each and every week."

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