Trojans look to rebound in their first road game

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 14, 2007 - CUMBY - After a disappointing 23-16 loss to the Rockwall Christian Warriors last week, the Cumby Trojans head out for their first road test of the year against the Detroit Eagles Friday night.

"We made a lot of mistakes against Rockwall Christian," Cumby head coach Kent Hawthorne said. "They scored on three long plays against us. We had a lot of missed tackles in the game, and we are young. They were not the same team that we played last year, and they only had three kids that were the same as last year.

"Our kids played hard and never laid down and played to the very end against them. Anything that could go wrong for us went wrong against them."

Hawthorne knows after a one-point loss to the Eagles at home last year, the Trojans need to be ready to play and avenge that loss with a win this week.

"We can't underestimate them because last year we thought we could put 50 on them and they beat us," the coach said. "They outworked us, outplayed us and did everything against us. They beat us on the last play of the game and this year we are starting seven sophomores. They don't really understand that there are ups and downs during a game and they just play."

The Eagles (0-2) come into the game with a new head coach in Chris Bradshaw and return First Team All-District pick Blake Trammell, fullback Michael Chesshire, safety Tyler Jones, junior wide receiver Chris Nichols and sophomore offensive lineman Vince Davis.

"Detroit is not a bad football team this year, but they had two tough football teams to play," Hawthorne said. "We are going to have to play better than we have and quit making mistakes."

He said after the loss to Rockwall Christian, the Trojans came back Saturday morning and have worked hard this week in preparation for the game.

"I think the loss to Rockwall woke our kids up and they are ready to play. They have worked hard and I think these guys are able to put that game behind them and they are fired up," he said. "They are doing everything you could ask them to do so far."

Notes: The Cumby coaching staff named the following players for their play during Week 1 action. The Headhunter and Offensive MVP were given to Nathan Dunnihoo, Kris Stanford received the Big Hit award, Special Teams MVP was Brixx Hawthorne, the Milk lineman was Jason Wallace - who had 12 pancake blocks - and the Defensive MVP was Tanner Gomez.

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