Trojans are ahead of schedule

By JOSEPH ELERSON, News-Telegram Sports Writer

Aug. 11, 2008 - CUMBY - After their first two days of full pad workouts, the Cumby Trojans are ahead of the game, according to first-year head coach Edward Perez.

"We have really turned it up a notch and it has been real pleasant to watch," Perez said. "The kids are responding well to putting on the pads as I am sure everyone is around the state. I have been very, very happy with the knowledge that our kids have absorbed in the last few days.

"The guys have started to strive better this week," the coach said. "After the first day, I was surprised that we were not more aggressive than what we were, but I know that it is going to come around."

The Trojans are preparing for their first scrimmage of the year Saturday at 10 a.m. as they host the Alba-Golden Panthers. They will then wrap up their scrimmages Aug. 23 as they travel to Era for a 6 p.m. start.

Perez said the two teams are still working on the practice format for Saturday as details would be released this week.

On Saturday, the Trojans took part in a 45-minute intrasquad scrimmage following their picture day as the first team and second team went against each other for four 10-play formats.

Perez said the starters played well as the offense was able to move the ball down the field during the workout. He also said some of the players are still getting used to the new practice format and adjusting to the pads.

"Right now, we have a lot of guys that are not used to our practice format and what we are doing," he said. "They are going to get used to it and they will come around.

"I have no real concerns right now. I just want them to make sure that they have the knowledge to be in the right places and to get things done."

With 20 upperclassmen on the team, the Trojans have plenty of varsity experience coming back this season as the juniors and seniors have started helping out the underclassmen during workouts.

"We have some really good leadership from the seniors and the juniors right now," Perez said. "They are helping the younger guys move along and that is how it should be on every team.

"I think those guys are doing an excellent job right now helping them with the knowledge of the game and the techniques and those types of things. It makes it easier on a coach when those guys are helping coach the younger guys instead of coaching every single guy on the team. With that help, everything is really starting to come together."

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