Cumby proves ready for district race

By CINDY ROLLER, News-Telegram Sports Writer

Oct. 17, 2008 - CUMBY - Last Friday the Cumby Trojans brought home their first win of the season; it also happened to be a nice way to kick off district play. The Trojans flattened the Fruitvale Bobcats, 44-6.

The proof was in the Cumby offense, racking up over 350 yards against their Bobcat opponents. Scoring touchdowns for the Trojans were Timmy Cook, Rodney Hobbs, Ryan Vaughn, and Michael Morris along with Taylor Gay's contributions kicking the ball.

�We are finally coming together and all the pieces are starting to fall into place.The players have always stayed positive and have realized the roles they play in both the defensive and offensive scheme,� Cumby head coach Edward Perez explained.

The Harris Ratings has them picked on top by 30 points against tonight's opponent, winless Dallas Gateway. Currently, the Trojans are sitting 25 slots above the Gators on the pole and so far the ratings have been accurate.

Perez continued, “We will have to make adjustments to the Gators speed, but as I have mentioned before we are sticking to the plan we had at the onset of this season and continue to do what we do just better every week.” Dallas Gateway went 0-4 during the '07 district season and will also be hungry for a win tonight. According to Texas Football, their coach James Bevil states that they have more speed than in the previous season. They have more ground action as both of their power players are running backs. Statically, they have given up 221 points for this season only attaining 20. “They are primarily a spread team and have a quarterback that is dangerous on the run.”

For District 14-1A standings, Quinlan Boles remains undefeated with a district win against Dallas Gateway last Friday; Fruitvale's loss to Cumby puts them at 1-5, 0-1; Wolfe City dominated Celeste with a final tally of 34-14 putting their record at 2-3, 1-0 and Celeste at 3-3, 0-1; and Cumby stands at 1-5, 1-0.

�We do have a rebuilding process going on, and we will proceed week by week and prepare for each opponent one at a time,� said Perez. �This has indeed set us up to make a run at the playoffs, and our team goal of a district championship.�

For week seven action, Harris has Quinlan Boles over Celeste and Wolfe City over Fruitvale. Cumby will be on the road to challenge Quinlan Boles next week. On the Dave Campbell's Texas Football, Quinlan Boles went 10-1 during the '07 season and have returned seven of seven starters, securing them the 11th slot on the State Farm/Texas Football 1A Top 25. The Trojans will have to step it up defensively to compete in the bee's nest.

After preparing all week, the Dallas Gateway Gators will be in Trojan Stadium looking for a first district win, but the Cumby Trojans have proved to be ready for kick off at 7:30 p.m.

�Our strong suit is that we are starting to play with confidence in the system we have been trying to install all year.It is simply starting to come together,� ended coach Perez.

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