Cumby hopes to use bye week as springboard into district play

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Oct. 11, 2007 - CUMBY - Coming off a bye week can be a good thing for a football team heading into district play on Friday.

Cumby head coach Kent Hawthorne hopes that holds true as the Trojans (3-2) travel to Dallas to face the Dallas A+ Academy Knights in the District 17-A opener. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

"I think this game is very important. I want them to take each game and play the best we can and win that game," Hawthorne said. "We didn't take any time off and cry about our loss to Maud. We didn't perform in that game, and it makes it a lonely two weeks when you have to remember that game.

"This is football season and there is not a lot of rest. We are lucky to get a bye week so that you can get kids eligible. Our bye week fell perfect because it was at the end of the six weeks and hopefully we don't lose anybody. Bye weeks are good for mental stuff and the only day we took off was Friday so the coaches could go and scout."

The Knights (1-4) come into Friday night's game with a 16-0 win over McKinney Christian after an 0-4 start to the season under coach Jim Lang.

"They are a lot better than they were last year," Hawthorne said. "They are pretty well-coached and the kids are more disciplined this year. We are not taking them light or looking ahead, and we don't have that luxury."

Offensively, the Knights have been outscored 194-28 this year, scoring just 5.6 points per game. They are led offensively by Isaac Caston, junior quarterback Jose Ramirez and sophomore wide receiver Josue Lopez. At 6-1, 210-pounds, Caston plays quarterback/tailback and is a player Hawthorne said the team needs to watch.

"They run No. 5 (Isaah Caston) about 85 percent of the time," he said. "He is a pretty good athlete and runs a little quarterback, tailback and is a big kid that plays linebacker for them."

Cumby looks to take advantage of its passing game this week with quarterback Brixx Hawthorne and receivers Kris Stanford, Nathan Dunnihoo, Michael Morris and Rodney Hobbs leading the way. They will also welcome senior tailback B.T. Brown back to the lineup to help Dunnihoo and Hobbs in the running game.

Hawthorne said with the defensive packages that Dallas A+ runs, the Trojans are prepared for anything as the Knights have allowed 38.8 points per game this season.

"With the first film that we have on them they run a 50 defense. I called the coach and he said they run a 4-3, and I got a coach that was at the game Friday night and he said they run a split. We are prepared for all three of them and we have seen all of them," he said. "They are going to see a lot of things from us and we are going to do some things different with things we have been working on the past two weeks."

Notes: After losing to Maud in their last game, Hawthorne said the coaching staff did not have any players of the week. ... Hawthorne said next week's game against Celeste will be homecoming at Trojan Field.

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