Como-Pickton wraps up season tonight against Grand Saline

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Nov. 9, 2007 - COMO - Friday night's game will be the final chance this year for Como-Pickton fans to see the midline veer offense under first-year coach Paul Tullis.

After being eliminated from playoff contention last week at the hands of the Alba-Golden Panthers, seniors Noe Tellez, Aaron Kramer, Wade Arnold, Juan Batista, Everado Morales and Mitch Lowe will play their final game at Ron Heflin Field.

Kickoff for the game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. with Senior Night festivities prior to kickoff.

"It should be a good night. I expect the kids to go out there with a lot of enthusiasm and try to get the seniors a win," Tullis said of the season finale.

"It is pretty tough because any time you lose them it is tough. It doesn't really matter if they play a lot or they are on the scout team all the time. We are like a family out here as a team and it is like they are all my kids. It will be tough for me to let them go."

With Grand Saline a game up on Hawkins and Alba-Golden for the third and final playoff spot in District 16-2A, the Eagles are looking to play the role of spoiler with a victory tonight.

Tullis said the Indians (3-6 overall, 2-2 in district) run the wishbone offense led by 6-2, 225-pound senior running back Andrew Yarbrough, 5-10, 210-pound Sam Dickerson and quarterback Kyle Monty.

"Grand Saline is a basic offense in that they line up and run the ball right at you," he said. "I like what they do on offense and we are going to have to be physical up front on the line and try to make some plays.

"Offensively, they run the double-tight wishbone offense kind of like Winnsboro but they don't run as many options plays. Their offense is more power type plays and they will bang the ball at you. We are going to try and put a lot of guys on the line since they have everybody up there and try to be physical and make plays."

CPHS (3-6, 0-4) sophomore running back James Carter will be looking to reach the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the season as he needs 129 yards tonight against a Grand Saline defense that allows 28 points per game. Carter comes into the game with 147 carries for 871 yards and five touchdowns.

The offense is also led by quarterback Austin Darby, fullback Lowe and receivers Kramer, Ryan Carpenter, Phillip Cox and Tellez.

"Defensively, they run a 50 front that is pretty similar to what we do and they will walk a linebacker up like a bear front," Tullis said. "They will come after you pretty hard and get after it. We need to make sure to play what we do on offense and we will be all right."

Tullis said if the Eagles are able to finish the season at 4-6 overall after an 0-10 season last year under coach Joe Ryzman, the season was successful in his first year at the helm.

"I think we did a lot of things good this season," he said. "The kids really responded to the offense that we put in and defensively they are starting to come around a little bit. Of course I am disappointed with the losses and there was probably three-or-four games that I thought we could have had a better chance of competing in and doing a better job of getting a victory in."

In district action tonight, the Winnsboro Red Raiders and the Quitman Bulldogs - both at 8-1 overall and 4-0 in district - will battle for the district championship in Quitman, while the Hawkins Hawks (2-7, 1-3) will host Alba-Golden (3-6, 1-3). Both games are scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

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