Just lookin' for a little respect, Eagles take on Indians

By CINDY ROLLER, News-Telegram Sports Reporter

Oct. 3, 2008 - COMO - Football at Como-Pickton has been all about gaining respect. "Everyone believes they can beat us so they all come out and play hard," Como-Pickton head coach Paul Tullis explains. "We need to turn it around and gain the respect we deserve." After a difficult last season, the Eagles are looking to recover.

Grand Saline is the Eagles opponent tonight; they are 0-4, scoring a sole touchdown against Mineola all season. "They have really played some tough opponents. Van and Winnsboro are both very talented, athletic teams, and Cayuga has some of the best looking kids I have ever seen. Mineola was a closer gamethat is the game we have tried to judge from the most. Their kids will come off hard and try to grind the ball down the field much like Cooper, and we will have to play better to stop them," he said.

During last Friday's game against Cooper, the Eagles suffered the loss of many yards to personal fouls. "Football is an emotional game with high intensity and sometimes things escalate past where they need to be. When it starts getting to that point, players must keep their composure and do what is best for the team and not always themselves." Tullis said, "We have to do a better job of this, and there will be reprimands for those who lose control."

After some good practices this week, Tullis is focusing on the basics on defense with better technique. "Offensively we did a great job versus Cooper, and we will continue to run our stuffto take advantage of Grand Saline's offense," continued coach. They have made some minor changes to personnel and upgraded a few positions to account for some injuries that occurred during non-district play, a common hurdle in football.

Coach Tullis concluded, "We can definitely win if we play with emotion and eliminate our mistakes, especially turnovers. I don't think it matters if we are at home or on the road, we always get great support from our fans."

What is the secret to winning? Scoring more points than the other team. Yes, it is that simple.

The Eagles will travel to Indian Memorial Stadium with kick off to begin at 7:30 p.m. Other matches in the district: Alba-Golden hosts Quitman, Lone Oak hosts Winnsboro, and Cooper hosts Caddo Mills.

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