C-P Eagles looking at one option, a win against Winnsboro

By CINDY ROLLER, News-Telegram Sports Writer

Oct. 10, 2008 - COMO - It will be a guessing game tonight. The Como-Pickton Eagles will host the Winnsboro Red Raiders at Ron Heflin Field at 7:30 p.m.

"I think the biggest thing we need to do is keep them guessing on defense. We need to use our passing game and option offense to keep them off balance," Como-Pickton head coach Paul Tullis said. "Winnsboro will come out looking to make up for last weeks loss, and we need to step up and give them another one." On Thursday night the C-P JV shut out the Red Raiders with a 21-0 win and the eighth grade team had another impressive win, 24-12. There was also an eighth grade "B" team game, and the Eagles came out on top with a 22-8 win. The seventh grade team fought hard scoring one touchdown to the Raiders 32 points. Last season the Eagles had more offense and scored more points against the Red Raiders than any of their district opponents. "The problem was that we did not contain the quarterback on the option," coach Tullis mentioned.

The C-P Eagles are 2-3, 1-1 so far for the season with wins over Cumby and Grand Saline. With last week's win over the Indians, the Eagles moved up two slots on the Harris Ratings coming in over Alba-Golden.

"It is always great to win and the kids, coaches, and school have gotten a big boost from it," he continues, "it is definitely a step in the right direction." On defense the Eagles will need to put a stop to the option so there has been emphasis on assignment defense during practice this week. "With no school on Monday the kids were a little sluggish when they got out to practice, but things turned back around on Tuesday," coach said. On offense the key will be the Eagles' strength in blocking and at the passing game.

Some injuries are still lingering for both the varsity and JV teams. James Carter was having some difficulties during the game against the Indians, but he seems to be looking better in practice. Kaleb Mund will be returning to his starting position on the offensive line cleared from his broken finger.

Coach Tullis is hoping that his Eagles will match up better than Grand Saline fared against Winnsboro as the Red Raiders shut out the Indians 62-0. Winnsboro (3-2, 1-1) is ranked 21st on the Harris Ratings for week six with losses to Mount Vernon and Lone Oak. Other district match ups for week six are Alba-Golden at Lone Oak, Grand Saline at Caddo Mills, and Cooper at Quitman. "The Cooper and Quitman (game) should be a good game and can be a measuring stick game for usthe game (in week ten) between Caddo Mills and Lone Oak will probably determine the District Champion."

The Eagles aren't guessing about how they want the outcome of tonight's game to be. One option to shut down the option and win.

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