Cumby renews rivalry with Celeste for homecoming on Friday

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Oct. 18, 2007 - CUMBY - With one of their biggest rivals coming to town, the Cumby Trojans welcome the Celeste Blue Devils for homecoming festivities tomorrow night at Trojan Field.

Both teams have identical 4-2 records and are 1-0 in District 16-A and both teams have scored almost the same number of points offensively this season (Celeste's 176 to Cumby's 171).

"Celeste is a good football team. They got five move-ins over the summer that make them a lot better," said Cumby coach Kent Hawthorne. "That (Chase) Enis kid is probably one of the premiere athletes in the district and they have a set of cousins that are big ,and Fritz Vale is a good runner also. We are not underestimating them and they are good. We are trying everything we can to prepare our kids for this game."

The Blue Devils opened the season with an 0-2 record with losses coming against Honey Grove and Como-Pickton and have found a way to rattle off four straight wins behind the play of multi-talented athlete Enis, tailback Vale and cousins Chris and Kaylon Sephus.

Celeste will use Enis at quarterback, wide receiver or running back out of the I-formation as he had a touchdown reception during a 40-13 win over Fruitvale last Friday night. Vale led the team in rushing last week with nine carries for 80 yards and three touchdowns. He also had five tackles, a fumble recovery and an interception against the Bobcats.

Hawthorne said finding ways to contain Enis, Vale and fullback Chris Sephus will be a key for the Trojans' defense.

"We got a gameplan installed if our kids will stick to it this week," he said. "We think we can have some success against them and we have charted all of their films and know what their tendencies are. We know who gets the ball the majority of the time in all areas."

After a 40-0 win over the Dallas A+ Academy Knights in their district opener, the Trojans could have used more of a tuneup for this week's game, Hawthorne said.

"Our win was against a very down and beat up A+ football team. They started with 15 kids and by the end of the game they had 11 players," the coach said. "The first series on defense, their quarterback - who also plays safety - broke his leg with a compound fracture in three places. It wasn't anything that we did as he made a tackle and his leg swung around and hit one of his players and snapped it.

"We needed a good tuneup game before we came in to face Celeste and we did not get that. We didn't get an opportunity to work on some stuff and it wasn't good for us. Our kids played hard and did things right and our kids were hitting them."

The Trojans welcomed back the services of senior tailback B.T. Brown as he had three carries for 31 yards and one touchdown and also had two receptions for 60 yards and a touchdown last week.

Hawthorne said having the senior back on the team helps the offense in more ways than one.

"Having B.T. back gives us another weapon on the field," the coach said. "He is able to help Nathan Dunnihoo, Kris Stanford, Jake Vann, Rodney Hobbs, Brixx Hawthorne and Ryan Vaughn on the football team these last games of the year. B.T. is going to fit in good with this team if he remembers team first and him second."

Notes: The Cumby coaching staff named the following players for their play during Week 6 action. The Headhunter was Michael Morris, Offensive MVP was B.T. Brown, Jason Wallace received the Big Hit award, Special Teams MVP was Kris Stanford, the Milk lineman was Michael Cross, and the Defensive MVP was Rodney Hobbs.

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