It's all about the team for Dunnihoo

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 14, 2007 - CUMBY - For four-year varsity player Nathan Dunnihoo, the team aspect is brought to the forefront this season as a member of the Cumby Trojans.

"This year, we have a team who really cares about the rest of the people on the team and not just themselves," said Dunnihoo, the son of Tammy and Kevin Dunnihoo. "They want the team to go somewhere and that really makes a difference and helps you out."

The senior running back said in years past, leadership was tough to come by as a member of the football team and that played a factor in how the seasons progressed for the Trojans.

"Playing football here at Cumby has been an experience. My freshman year, we had a pretty strong team but the leadership was down and that is what a football team needs," he said. "We had some players go out on us and quit the team and then the following year we had the same thing happen. That really hurts a team because you have to rely on someone and then they don't care and give up on the team."

Dunnihoo said two players in particular, Michael Cross and Kris Stanford, have stepped up their leadership this year.

"Last year, we had Michael Cross step up and take on the role as a captain and he did a good job in leading the line and keeping them focused," he said. "Kris Stanford has stepped up in the secondary and has kept them alive and ready and focused and lets them know what we need to do."

In two games this year, Dunnihoo has 34 carries for 169 yards and two touchdowns and has also converted a pair of two-point conversions. Dunnihoo said with those numbers he still believes he can get better.

"I am pleased with my performance but there is always room for improvement," the senior said. "Hopefully, I can get a whole lot better and I know that I make mistakes and there are always things to do."

Cumby head football coach Kent Hawthorne said after the season is finished the Trojans will have to rely on the spread offense as all four of his tailbacks are seniors this year.

"We are in a bind at running back because all of his back-ups are seniors. Nathan is going to be hard to replace here at Cumby," the coach said. "We don't have a running back coming up that has his skills. We won't be able to do the same things that we have done next year when he is gone."

When the season wraps up for Dunnihoo, he has one thing he hopes to take away from playing at Cumby High School.

"I am looking forward to having great memories," he said. "I want to be able to say that I was a part of a team that was one of the best to come through Cumby. A team that played well together and the team that worked good together throughout the year."

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