Cumby looks to reverse momentum against Simms Bowie
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 21, 2006 - CUMBY - After a disappointing loss to the Detroit Eagles last Friday night at Trojan Field, the Cumby Trojans hope the momentum comes back during homecoming against the Simms Bowie Pirates.

Kickoff for the homecoming contest is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, and head coach Kent Hawthorne said the team will be ready to play.

"It (homecoming) has been a huge momentum booster in the past and we play a lot of homecomings here in Cumby," the coach said. "We are used to all of the distractions and it shouldn't have any effects on our kids, and if it does it should be a positive. I just hope they show up and play to their potential."

Simms Bowie comes into the contest with a 2-1 record after a 40-21 win against Quinlan Boles last Friday. To beat the Pirates, Hawthorne said the Trojans need to cut back on their mental mistakes.

"Simms is a lot better football team that we have played up until this point. We have given our kids their films and scouting reports, and they realize that they are really going to have to play well," the coach said.

"If they make the mistakes that they have made up until this point then we are going to get beat bad. We have lost two games by a total of three points, and if we leave this team hanging around it could be very ugly."

Quarterback Jarrod Perryman and running backs Shane Graham, Greg Lewis and tight end Bobby Arsenault are players Hawthorne said the defense will need to pay attention to throughout the contest.

"They have a running back that can run when he is able to hit the sideline and just run," he said. "They also have a fullback that is big and strong and they have a big quarterback and tight end. They don't throw the ball a lot, but what they do they do well and they seem to be performing better than they were last year."

With Cumby at 1-2, Hawthorne said the Trojans are playing as individuals and not as a team, and following Friday night's game some of the players took his comments to heart and have stepped up this week.

"Some of the kids took it as a personal challenge, and Josh McCord is one of the best leaders that we have on the team right now," he said. "He takes care of his business, he is verbal and he does things right."

After watching the film of the Detroit loss, Hawthorne said Detroit was controlling the line of scrimmage and his defensive unit was missing tackles as the Eagles had nearly 300 yards of total offense.

"This week we brought out the five-man sled and that is what we did was drive the sled and trying to hit the guy that we are blocking," Hawthorne said. "We also made some personnel changes with guys that were trying to earn their spots for the first three weeks and they were not able to do it. We hate to do it, but we are going to have to play some kids that we hope will do a better job for us."

Notes: Homecoming festivities will start at 6:45 p.m. with the announcement of the homecoming court and the homecoming queen. ... Cumby will return home for their first district game against Dallas A+ Academy on Oct. 13.

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