Pair of Trojan seniors have helped team to the verge of postseason
By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer
Nov. 8, 2007 - CUMBY - Cumby head coach Kent Hawthorne find ways to get the most out of every one of his seniors as Brian Clem and B.T. Brown have helped the Trojans to one of their best seasons since the program was brought back.
The Trojans are currently sitting in a two-way tie for second place in District 16-A with a 3-1 record (6-3 overall).
For Clem and Brown, Friday night's game against the undefeated Quinlan Boles Hornets will be their final game at Trojan Field as Cumby has Senior Night.
For Clem, this season has been one of the most enjoyable seasons he has played in as a member of the Trojans.
"It has been a pretty good year because we have been winning before the Wolfe City game. We had a few upsets this year and we have worked hard to win these games," the senior said. "Hopefully, we can win more games and try to get in the playoffs. We were real close last year and did not get to get in the playoffs."
When it comes to playing with his younger brother Dustin, Brian said they show the brotherly love on the football field.
"We fight a lot but we try to keep it out of practice and stuff like that," he said.
Hawthorne said one of the benefits of having Brian on the team this year has been the fact that he can put him in many different positions to help out the team.
"Brian is a man of many talents," Hawthorne said. "He's probably the best blocker that we have on the team and he is very athletic, can catch the football and has great speed. Defensively, he has played linebacker, safety, defensive tackle and defensive end. He is one of those type of kids that if you need him to move to another position he is ready to go."
Clem said hearing those words from his coach makes him work harder during practices and in game situations.
"It makes me feel good. I have worked hard and try to do my best for this team," said Clem, the son of Beth and Tim Clem. "I have gotten a lot better at pass rushing and that has been the main thing I have worked on."
Clem said he plans on attending a junior college after high school and is undecided on his major.
With only one game remaining in the regular season, Cumby senior B.T. Brown is making the most out of his senior season.
In four games, the senior has rushed for 131 yards on 19 carries with three touchdowns and has six catches for 90 yards and three touchdowns. He has also been named a Co-Defensive Player of the Week against Celeste and the team's Headhunter following its win over Fruitvale.
For Hawthorne, Brown has been another athlete to add to a solid group of players on both sides of the ball.
"B.T. is one of those special football players. He is a great athlete and brings a lot to the table," the coach said. "He is now an H-back and also a tailback for us with a package that we run. He is one of those kids that I haven't had to get on to him about anything and he has done everything he can to make us better."
Brown said this year's football team has been one of the closest teams he has been a part of since he has been at the school.
"From years past, this team has not been that close but this year this is the closest team I have ever seen come through here," Brown said. "No one is fighting on this team and we are picking each other up when they are down. This is a football team and their are no individuals on this team."
With their final game of the regular season tomorrow night, Brown hopes the Trojans can get into the playoffs and show the fans of Cumby football what this team is all about.
"I see it that if we take this one game at a time and we continue to play our 'A' game, then I don't think anybody can beat us," he said.
Brown said after high school he plans to attend college but is not sure where he will go as he would like to play college football. He also plans to become a athletic or personal trainer.