Hawthorne hopes to see intensity against Detroit this week

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 20, 2007 - CUMBY - Cumby head coach Kent Hawthorne was impressed with how his team played during a 51-12 win over Detroit last Friday night. He hopes the intensity continues against the Simms Bowie Pirates tomorrow.

"We played a better game in not making many mistakes last Friday night. We solved some things we have wanted to solve for weeks," the coach said. "We didn't turn the ball over and we didn't have any defensive penalties. We are still missing some assignments on defense and the game was closer than the score showed, but they had some bad breaks.

"I am pleased with the way they stepped up and played. We accomplished nine of our offensive goals and seven defensive goals against Detroit last week."

The Trojans (2-1) travel to Simms tomorrow for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. The game will be homecoming for Simms Bowie and Hawthorne said this is becoming an annual event throughout the years.

"We want to have the attitude of being spoilers with their homecoming this year," Hawthorne said. "It has come to be expected the past five years for Cumby to be homecoming and I know you have to pick somebody and it happens to be us. We are going to do the best we can to mess it up for them."

This year, Simms Bowie (1-2) comes in with an experienced team based around the running of junior Nic Pistolis and Greg Lewis along with quarterback Justin Arsenault.

The Pirates run multiple sets throughout the game to confuse opposing defenses and Arsenault is being used more in the passing game this year, according to Hawthorne.

"They run the power-I and they have moved in some spread stuff with two backs, trips and no backs," the coach said. "They are trying to throw the ball more than they used to and they used to do smash-mouth football. A lot of these schools are going to the multiple sets. but we have been doing it since I have been here."

Defensively, the Pirates have three All-District players back from last year in senior strong safety Matt Granberry, junior defensive tackle Maison Hudgeons and senior linebacker Wade Johnson.

Hawthorne said after watching the film of their 36-6 loss to Quinlan Boles and a 27-20 loss to Rivercrest, the Pirates played hard in both of those games.

"They are big and they are physical. They probably have 2A numbers and they are a solid, well-coached football team," the coach said. "They do things right and we hope we can play the best we can and that they can make some mistakes.

"They have 10-to-12 seniors on their team and they are a solid football team. I am nervous about this game. We are going to do everything we can to put these kids in the right positions and have them make plays."

Simms Bowie's offense is averaging 19.7 points per game, including their best offensive performance of the year in a 33-7 win over Chester Friday night. Hawthorne said the Trojans' defense needs to step it up this week.

"They are playing better on defense and getting Ryan Vaughan back has helped us out," he said. "We were able to move Nathan (Dunnihoo) back to the secondary and that helps sure things up back there. I hope our defense plays as hard as they did last Friday night and let's hope we are getting better each week."

The Trojans offense has been hitting on all cylinders this season with an average of 27 points per game. and the main key has been the balanced offense of tailback Nathan Dunnihoo and quarterback Brixx Hawthorne.

"We are trying to be more balanced with throwing the ball and running with the ball this year," Hawthorne said. "We are trying to run it with different people and throw it to different guys so we don't have one person doing everything each game."

Notes: The Cumby coaching staff named the following players for their play during Week 2 action. The Headhunter was Jason Wallace with 16 pancake blocks and a 90-percent grade, Co-Offensive MVPs were Dunnihoo and Hawthorne, Timmy Cook received the Big Hit award, Special Teams MVP was Jake Vann with a 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the Milk lineman was Michael Cross, and the Defensive MVP was Ryan Vaughan.

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