Senior will be seeing action on both sides of the ball

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Aug. 30, 2007 - CUMBY - When you look at 6-4, 160-pound senior Kris Stanford, you wouldn't expect to see him in the secondary for the Cumby Trojans.

But that is exactly where he plays as a safety for head coach Kent Hawthorne - while also catching passes from sophomore quarterback Brixx Hawthorne as a wide receiver for the team.

The multi-sport athlete is a four-year letterman and is looking to improve on a three interception junior season for the Trojans this year. He was a starter last year in the Trojans' secondary.

"I want to make the playoffs and even though that is a team goal it is also a personal goal for me," he said. "I want to get more than two interceptions on defense and more than one touchdown on offense. I don't want to put a number on things because that would be too much pressure on me."

Stanford, the son of Angie Allen and Kevin Stanford, will be working with two of his coaches all year long as a member of the Trojans basketball team, coached by Doug Johnson, and is a pitcher for the baseball team, coached by Scott Mabe.

He said this year getting his priorities in order should be easier for him during his senior year with school work and extracurricular activities.

"I always concentrate on grades first, then sports and then work and that is about it," Stanford said. "I am not going to be having a job this year so it is going to be a lot easier."

The Trojans plan on taking advantage of the passing game this season in hopes of spreading teams out as the receivers hope to take advantage of mistakes by the opposition. The Trojans have 16 players listed as receivers or tight ends.

"We work hard in the weight room and on the field and we like to catch the ball," he explained. "We work hard when we are learning our routes and our plays and that is about it. We want to learn the new plays and want to play this year."

After back-to-back seasons of 6-4 records and then a disappointing 4-6 season last year, Stanford said the team has the mindset of working hard to get the job done this year.

"We need to work hard day in and day out in practice to get better," he said. "We don't need to go out there and waste time and we need to find ways to be better. We need to get better at what we do every day. I think it will be very easy because we have 35 great players that want to learn, want to play and want to win. We all want to win and that makes this very easy for us this year."

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