Homecoming would be right time for Eagles to break winless streak

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 7, 2007 - COMO - When most people think of a homecoming contest, it is not usually during Week One of the football season. For the Como-Pickton Eagles, it is just another football game.

The Eagles are hosting the Celeste Blue Devils for homecoming tonight with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff at Ron Heflin Field.

Both teams are coming into the game with 0-1 records. Celeste lost to Honey Grove 58-12 last week, while C-P lost 23-7 to the Rivercrest Rebels in Johntown.

"Homecoming is just another game to us this week," said Como-Pickton first-year coach Paul Tullis. "We are going to go out there and play and do the best that we can. Homecoming is nice and we should have a good crowd, and that is good to always have a bunch of people to play for. The main thing we are worried about right now is going out there and winning the football game."

The Eagles are also looking to break a 14-game winless streak dating back to the 2005 season.

"Anytime you don't have a win yet, you got to go out there and try to get that first one," the coach explained. "It is the most important one that you can get because if you don't get it, then you are never going to win any games. So you have got to go out and get that first one."

Como-Pickton will also welcome the services of senior running back Mitch Lowe - who will be playing in his first varsity action of the regular season after his residency issue was approved by the district superintendents yesterday in a special meeting.

He will join a backfield of Brandt Steele and James Carter, who combined for 178 yards on 29 carries against Rivercrest during their 23-7 loss last week.

After a 5-6 area finalist season last year, the Blue Devils lost some talent in Casey Barbee, David Wilson and Sammy Townes to graduation and return a young squad at quarterback, running back and wide receivers under coach Mike Lipsey this year.

Junior signal caller Justin Wright will take over at quarterback and will be joined in the backfield by sophomore running back Joey Brock, juniors Fritz Vale and Joey Sephus and senior Colton Darter. At wide receiver, senior Trevor Trentham and junior Chase Ennis are the only players listed, while at tight end the Blue Devils have seniors Jacob Morman and Anthony Warren and juniors David Zachery and Travis Daughtery.

"Celeste is good and their offensive line is pretty good with three or four guys that are coming back," Tullis said. "They are real physical off of the line and they run the I-offense - which means they have a really good tailback that will be back there running the ball.

"They've got a kid that I am not sure where he came from who is an exceptional athlete. He ran a kickoff back for a touchdown against Honey Grove and is as athletic as anybody that I have ever seen. He was punting the ball and fumbled the snap and ran it for about 70 yards, so he is going to be a factor in the game."

After allowing nearly 400 yards of total offense, the C-P defense needs to find a way to cut down on those yards in order to get their first win on the season.

"We worked defense like we always do and I think the main thing on our defense is we were not very physical up front last week," the coach explained. "We worked on being more physical in practice and I thought practices have went really good this week and they are focused and upbeat and ready to get us a win this week."

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