Eagles, Trojans both open practice on Aug. 4

By JOSEPH ELERSON, News-Telegram Sports Writer

July 27, 2008 - With the summer months coming to a close for many high school football athletes, the Como-Pickton Eagles and Cumby Trojans released their 2008 two-a-day football practice schedules this week.

Both groups will open their workouts Aug. 4, which is the first day for UIL sanctioned workouts around the state of Texas.

Como-Pickton Eagles

COMO - The Como-Pickton Eagles coaching staff released their two-a-day practice schedule for the first two weeks as the Eagles prepare for a tough schedule this season.

CPHS also has some added motivation after being picked to finish sixth in the latest edition of Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine following two straight winless seasons in district play.

With Zero Week action beginning on Aug. 29 at Cumby, the Eagles will have three weeks to prepare for the Trojans.

They will open their practice schedule on Aug. 4 at the practice fields adjacent to Ron Heflin Field from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every day.

The Eagles will be going through two practice sessions in the morning to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and keep the players fresh.

They will also take a one-hour break for Gatorade, snacks and film time during their workouts.

Due to the University Interscholastic League rules, teams around the state are only allowed to do non-contact drills for the first four days of workouts. The teams will then get to strap on the pads Aug. 8, which is the first full day of contact drills.

The Eagles have also scheduled a day of special teams workouts Saturday, Aug. 9, with the time to be determined.

On the week preceding their first scrimmage at Pattonville Prairiland Aug. 16 at 6 p.m., Como-Pickton will hold regularly-scheduled practices Monday-Wednesday, then on Thursday and Friday of that week the scheduled is to be determined.

In their second season under coach Paul Tullis, the Eagles coaching staff will be looking to answer questions during two-a-days at receiver, tight end and back-up quarterback after the loss of senior Noe Tellez.

CP returns receivers Philip Cox and Ryan Carpenter along with senior signal-caller Austin Darby and running backs Brandt Steele and James Carter. Along the line, the team has size in linemen Hayden Howard, Dylan Mowat, Lance Tate, Zach Hankins, Cole Boseman, Matthew Shelton and Robert Carden.

The Eagles coaching staff needs all of the players to come and try on their equipment July 30-Aug. 1 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the CPHS fieldhouse.

Cumby Trojans

CUMBY - The Cumby Trojans will have some new faces around Trojan Field when two-a-days start on Aug. 4 under first-year head coach Edward Perez.

The Trojans' biggest question mark will be at quarterback after starter Brixx Hawthorne moved to Weimar with his father Kent Hawthorne, who was the Trojans head coach and athletic director last year.

CHS also has question marks at receiver after the loss of seniors Kris Stanford and Timmy Cook and at running back after seniors Nathan Dunnihoo and B.T. Brown graduated last year.

Another change to the Trojans coaching staff is the departure of defensive coordinator Doug Johnson as John Pullen replaces him this season.

Cumby is looking to return to the playoffs this season after reaching the playoffs last year following a 28-year absence.

The Trojans have been picked by Texas Football magazine to finish third in District 14-A behind Quinlan Boles and Wolfe City .

Cumby will open its camp at 7:30 a.m. Monday-Friday and wrap up the day around 1:30 p.m.

The Trojans will also have their media day Aug. 9 at 8:30 a.m. followed by an intrasquad scrimmage at 9:30 p.m. at Trojan Field.

During Week 2 of practice, the Trojans will follow the same schedule as Week 1 and are set to host the Alba-Golden Panthers in scrimmage action Aug. 16 at 10 a.m.

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