Cumby positive with first scrimmage

By JOSEPH ELERSON, News-Telegram Sports Writer

Aug. 18, 2008 - CUMBY - With the rainstorms that hit Northeast Texas on Saturday, the Cumby Trojans opened up their first scrimmage of the year with a road trip to the Alba-Golden Panthers.

The game was originally scheduled for Cumby but due to poor field conditions at Trojans Stadium, the two teams wanted to play at Texas A&M- Commerce but was unable to get that stadium in time for the scrimmage.

"The field conditions warranted us to make a change on Saturday," said first-year Cumby coach Edward Perez. "We wanted to do the scrimmage at Texas A&M-Commerce but with the amount of time we had to get it scheduled there we just decided to head over to Alba and do it there."

"It worked out for us and Alba got a good workout and I think we also got a good scrimmage out of it all and I think we got better."

Perez said with this being the first time for him to see his players work against another team, he was very pleased with how the Trojans looked during their workout.

"I think right now we are probably right where we need to be or a little bit beyond that now," the coach said. "We were able to execute well and we got things to work on little things here and there like everyone else does."

"If we can get those things taken care of before the season opener then we should be good. We had a lot of good things show up and we also saw a lot of things that we were wanting to do that we may have to scrap."

Among the players that stood out during the scrimmage were junior quarterback Timmy Cook and junior running back Rodney Hobbs. Cook made the switch from wide receiver to quarterback during the offseason and has big shoes to fill this season.

"He (Cook) has been stepping up and working all summer and he is doing a good job," the coach said. "He has been a leader with our summer conditioning program and has been throwing when he gets the chance."

Cook takes over this season for All-State quarterback Brixx Hawthorne - who transferred to Weimar when his father Kent took the head coaching job there during the offseason - while Hobbs takes over for the duo of Nathan Dunnihoo and B.T. Brown.

"We did not have one true standout during the scrimmage but Rodney Hobbs had a pretty good game and Timmy Cook did a good job at quarterback," the coach said. "Our backs have some minor things timing-wise that they need to work on and defensively we did well and took a step in the right direction. All of our linemen looked really, really good and they got to their assignments well during the game."

With one final scrimmage on the road at Era Saturday night at 6 p.m., Perez said the main focus of workouts this week will be working with the linemen on assignments problems.

"We are going to work on the offensive line with getting the right angles and doing the right things," he said. "We had a lot of standing around and watching the plays and it was a fun scrimmage but we have a lot of things to learn."

The Trojans will open the season Aug. 29 as they host the Como-Pickton Eagles at Trojan Field. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

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