Trojans expect dogfight with Cardinals

By JOSEPH ELERSON | News-Telegram Sports Writer

Sept. 27, 2007 - CUMBY - After watching the film of the Maud Cardinals, Cumby head coach Kent Hawthorne knows this Friday is a big game for the Trojans heading into their bye week next week.

With both teams coming in at 3-1 on the year and Maud defeating Foreman, Ark. 64-8 last week, Hawthorne has been emphasizing one key area to his players this week.

"What we are preaching right now is to not let down since we have a bye week coming up after this game," the coach said. "We need to play hard and do the best that we can, and we want a dogfight.

""We are telling our kids that we are going to line up and have a good game plan. The kids are playing hard right now and making less mistakes during the game. We like our chances against them and we will have to see what happens. We are excited about this opportunity to play them."

Maud returns quarterback Bob Sorsby, running backs Rob Hill, Ronnie McKillip and Stormy Jones, fullback James Dunbar, tight end Carson Jordan and wide receiver Jordan Wright on the offensive side of the ball. Sorsby makes the switch from wide receiver to quarterback this year.

Hawthorne said after seeing the 64 points Maud put on the scoreboard last week, the Cumby defense will have a big test this week.

"It is going to be tough to stop them," Hawthorne said. "In the 100 plays that they ran in those two films that we have, they ran 40 different formations - some legal and some not legal. We are trying to keep it as simple as possible and we got some things that we are going to try and do to them that they haven't seen."

Defensively, the Cardinals return lineman Ray Burns (275 pounds), junior Bryant House (250 pounds) and Jordan (215 pounds) as the team has four lineman over 250 pounds.

"They are big and they are good. It will be our best test up until this point and this team will probably win their district hands down," Hawthorne said. "We got to get better during the game and hopefully Maud will make a mistake for us during the game."

Offensively, Cumby sophomore quarterback Brixx Hawthorne has thrown for 562 yards on 33-of-86 passing with four touchdowns and five interceptions. He has rushed for 366 yards on 40 carries with three touchdowns.

Hawthorne said with the offensive weapons they have in Hawthorne, Nathan Dunnihoo, Timmy Cook, Jake Vann, Kris Stanford and Rodney Hobbs, the players will find a way to score when needed.

"I want to be the type of team that can score whenever I have to, need to or want to. We are not there yet, but we will get there," the coach said. "I want to be able to line up and control the clock and drive the ball down and not make any mistake and take 12 plays to score. I also want to be able to score on one play and turn around and score on back-to-back plays."

Notes: The Cumby coaching staff named the following players for their play during Week 3 action. The Headhunter was Petter Hassel, Offensive MVP was Brixx Hawthorne, Kris Stanford received the Big Hit award, Special Teams MVP was Tanner Gomez, the Milk lineman was Michael Morris, and the Defensive MVP was Ryan Vaughan.

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