Eagles have new focus coming off of bye week
Joseph Elerson | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 22, 2006 - COMO - The Como-Pickton Eagles come into tonight's matchup against the Union Hill Bulldogs with a new focus following their bye last week.

"We had a team meeting last Monday and we talked about the penalties that we had against Celeste and what we needed to do to correct those penalties," said CPHS head coach Joe Ryzman. "What we did at that point was we started working on those right away.

"Last week's practice was one in which we tried to become an offense and defense in which we could be more effective in our execution. We also had a very physical practice and we tried to work on the little things of discipline and correcting mistakes."

Kickoff for the game is set for 7:30 p.m. at Ron Heflin Stadium in Como.

The Eagles have had 13 penalties for 116 yards in the first two games of the year and were penalized 10 times for 84 yards in their 15-7 loss to Celeste on Sept. 8.

Following the game against Celeste, Ryzman said the team lost senior Kenny Turner and Alex Williams with injuries.

"What you saw the first half of Celeste and into the third quarter was 11 guys that were not suffering from any injuries. We had by the end of the third quarter lost Kenny Turner with a broken foot," the coach said.

"We also lost Alex Williams with a high ankle sprain but he has had a strong rehab this past two weeks. You will see Alex tonight, and I haven't been able to determine how effective he will be."

Another change in the Eagles' lineup will be at quarterback as sophomore Austin Darby will be under center while senior Noe Tellez will move to running back.

"Austin has been doing a good job throwing the ball this week and this is going to be his first start as a varsity quarterback," Ryzman said.

Tellez was 3-of-15 for 23 yards and three interceptions in two games at quarterback and had 11 carries for eight yards.

Union Hill (2-1) has scored 32 points in each of their two wins this season and lost to Mount Enterprise 18-15 in overtime during Week 1 and was picked to win District 19-A this year by Dave Campbell's Texas Football Magazine.

Union Hill is led on offense by senior quarterback Brady Helton (6-1, 183) and running back Brock Blair (5-7, 170, 4.6), who is the son of coach Buddy Blair.

Ryzman said the defensive unit will need to step up their game tonight and hopefully play the tough defense that kept them in the game against Celeste.

"They have some good skill kids and they always do. They have juniors and seniors and those kids play hard," he said. "What we are going to do against them is to stop their favorite plays and then we are going to put a couple of more stunts and we hope that we can contain some of the speed that they have."

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