What a Kick: Cumby's Hawthorne voted as All-State punter

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Dec. 17, 2007 - CUMBY - Cumby sophomore Brixx Hawthorne added another honor to his impressive season with recognition on the Class A All-State high school football team released this morning.

Hawthorne was named as a First Team punter by the Associated Press Sports Editors as he had 30 punts for a 35.0 yard average, with 10 of those punts landing inside the opponents 20-yard line.

"We were having Brixx punt the ball away from returners more this year than we did last year so his numbers were not as good as they were during his freshman year. It is still an honor to have him make the team," said Cumby head coach Kent Hawthorne.

Last year, Hawthorne had 33 punts for a 47.8-yard average, with 20 of his punts inside the opponents 20-yard line as a freshman.

Hawthorne said he is impressed with the season his son had in helping the Trojans return to the playoffs for the first time in 28 years. Cumby finished the season 6-5 overall and 3-2 in District 17-A as the third place team.

"I am sure he is excited about it and it was something he set his goal at, but he wanted to get it at quarterback and I don't really know how he got it at punter," the coach said. "We turned him in at quarterback and you don't gripe but you just take it. Hopefully, it will make him want to work harder next year and he will try and get first team quarterback next year."

With three district honors during his sophomore season as the Offensive MVP, First Team punter and second team outside linebacker, Hawthorne said Brixx was deserving of all of the awards that he received for the football season.

In district play, Hawthorne rushed for 987 yards and nine touchdowns and threw for over 1,600 yards with 18 touchdowns.

"It is very important to get these awards and hopefully it carries on to his other sports," the coach said. "Last year, he was the Newcomer of the Year in football, basketball and baseball, and this year, we are hoping he will carry it on in the other sports. This will make him a more well-rounded athlete."

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