Trojans try to avoid Fruitvale upset and maintain share of district lead

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Oct. 25, 2007 - CUMBY - After watching the film of their 56-20 win over the Celeste Blue Devils last week, Cumby head coach Kent Hawthorne hopes to see the same execution this week against the Fruitvale Bobcats.

"Everything that we did seemed to work Friday night," Hawthorne said. "You take three pass plays away from Celeste that we went for an interception or a hit or whatever and didn't make the play, they wouldn't have scored.

"Our defense played the best game that I have seen them play except for those three pass plays. We got two turnovers on kickoffs, the defense played great and everything we did went great. I don't know what it was, but I hope it comes back, and I was very pleased with the way the team played."

The Trojans (5-2 overall, 2-0 in District 16-A) look to hold on to their first-place tie with the Quinlan Boles Hornets when they travel to Fruitvale (0-7, 0-2) for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff Friday.

Fruitvale is coming off a 48-0 loss to Wolfe City last Friday as the Bobcat offense has been outscored 310-25 this season.

Hawthorne said with the team being young, the Bobcats are trying to find the players to build the program in the coming years.

"Fruitvale has had some kids that have been hurt or have quit or this and that," the coach said. "They are trying to build a program and Coach Hutto is doing the best he can with what he has right now. He is trying to get a weight lifting program together with those kids.

"They are young, but they play hard and they are trying to fight and get a program together. They are going to have to give him a few years to get this program up and running and I think he will do a good job once he does that."

Offensively, the Bobcats are led by quarterbacks Donnie Williams and sophomore Tyler Yates.

"Fruitvale runs a one-back, double-tight, double-flanker formation and they also run some option with some shotgun mixed in. Earlier in the year, we had film on them and they were trying do some no-huddle," Hawthorne said. "I think he figured out that it was better to slow the game down. When you are struggling, you don't want that game to last longer and you want to eat up as much of the clock as you can."

The Trojans will see a familiar defense once again as the Bobcats play a straight 50 with five down linemen as every team but Maud and Dallas A+ Academy have run this year.

"All but two weeks this year, we have seen a straight 50, and we feel good about it," he said. "If I had to pick a defense right now that our kids are comfortable knowing blocking schemes and all that, then I would say 50, Cover 2. That is what sits to our advantage right now."

With three games remaining in hopes of making it to the postseason, Hawthorne summed up tomorrow night's game as a must-win situation.

"I see this as a win that we must win Friday night," the coach said. "If we don't win Friday night, what happens with Wolfe City and Boles does not matter at the end of the year. All I have been telling these kids is take one game at a time and this week it is Fruitvale and they are ripe for the picking."

Notes: Players of the Week for Week Seven action were Nathan Dunnihoo and Brixx Hawthorne for Offensive Players of the Week, Defensive Players of the Week were B.T. Brown and Michael Morris, Special Teams Player of the Week was Taylor Gay, Big Hits were Michael Morris and Macayne Machen, the Milk Player of the Week was Jason Wallace, who graded out at 94 percent, and the Headhunter was Rodney Hobbs.

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