|Potts, Parker take Trojans' team motto to heart|
|Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer|
Sept. 14, 2006 - CUMBY - For three-year varsity teammates Miles Parker and Putter Potts, every member of the team follows one motto this season.
One Team, One Heartbeat.
"It is the heart of our team when it comes to game day - you either have it or you don't," said Parker, the son of Russell and Yvonne Parker. "If the whole team starts as one and has the heart, then we are going to take the game. The motto of the team is One Team, One Heartbeat."
Potts said the loss to Alba-Golden in Zero Week was one of the toughest games he has had to deal with and it will stay with him all season long.
"It hurt pretty bad because we have known they haven't won a game, and we came in and it wasn't our playing that got us beat," said Potts, the son of Larry and Vickie Potts. "Whenever you get over 400 yards of offense and hold them to barely 100 yards and you lose by one-point, then it obviously wasn't the playing and it was the mistakes we made.
"If we went 1-9 or if we went to state and won the state championship, either way Alba-Golden is still going to hurt. We could still win state and be saying to ourselves 'I can't believe that we lost to Alba-Golden.' "
During the Alba-Golden game, Potts was helping some of his teammates up on defense after a play and a Panthers player came from behind and clipped him while his leg was straightened. Potts said the hit could have been worse than the outcome.
"What happened was I was helping out a few of our players up after a play and one of their players came in and hit me in my knee way after the play was finished," he said. "It didn't make me mad or anything but I was scared at first because I couldn't feel my leg, but then I went back in and am fine."
Parker said playing along side freshman quarterback Brixx Hawthorne is a confidence booster for the team and his maturity level is very high in the huddle.
"He is a freshman quarterback and every body makes mistakes but the kid can run, he can throw and he has a pretty good head on his shoulders," Parker said.
Potts said playing on Friday nights with Hawthorne has made the game fun, and he is still learning the varsity game.
"We love playing with Brixx and he doesn't act like a freshman," he said. "He knows what he is doing and he is good and he has the arm and will get butterflies, but he is really good."
They said in terms of leadership, the team doesn't rely on the seniors but the entire team to play a part in that role of the game.
"We have our captains and we have a junior as captain. I think everybody on the team is a leader and especially guys like (Robert) Baxter - who shows the younger kids how it is supposed to be done - and he has been on the line for almost his whole high school career and he is good at what he does," Potts said.
"Josh McCord is awesome at linebacker and then Brixx is a freshman, and I love being in the huddle with him because he will tell you how it needs to be done.�
"Josh Rodriguez has to be a leader at middle linebacker because that is his job and he will tell you where you have to go," Parker said.
Parker said even with Alba-Golden breaking a 40-game losing streak to Cumby with their 7-6 win in Alba, the players need to move on and finish out the season with one goal in mind.
"We take it quarter by quarter and the Alba-Golden game was a loss and it was a big loss. We've got to keep going, and if we play on that loss then we won't get any better, and we have got to keep going," he said.
"I hope that we can go the playoffs and end that stretch and I know that everybody else would love to do that. That would be my great accomplishment."
Potts said he hopes for the biggest prize in high school football this year.
"I know that the playoffs would be a great goal, but I want to get a gold ball. I have seen the ones with my cousins' names on them and that is what we are working on right now."