Trojans face undefeated Boles Hornets

By CINDY ROLLER, News-Telegram Sports Writer

Oct. 25, 2008 - CUMBY - Tonight the Cumby Trojans will face their biggest challenge of District 14-1A. The Trojans will travel to Kevin Kiper Memorial Stadium with a mission to put an end to the undefeated streak of the Quinlan Boles Hornets at 7:30 p.m.

�Our team played well in this game and we are gaining confidence in our system and what we are doing,� Cumby head coach Edward Perez recalls about the Trojans' second district win against the Dallas Gateway Gators 51-26. �The biggest factor we had going for us is that we controlled the ball on offense, and we were able to contain their speed.�

The Trojan advantage-the Hornets are missing their very valuable stinger as their running back Joe Gillard is out due to a broken arm. According to Dave Campbell's Texas Football, Gillard rushed for 3,200 yards last year. On the down side, the Hornets have dominated many of the same opponents-Simms Bowie, Dallas Gateway, and Union Hill-that Cumby (2-5, 2-0) has faced.

�We are going to have to play disciplined defense and convert every possession we have into a score and try to keep pace with their offense,� Perez explained. �We have to watch out for the big play-we have to make them earn every yard and not let them get any cheap ones because we get caught with our feet in cement.�

So far this week the Trojans are healthy and well prepared with good workouts this week. Even despite the additional burglary problems that the Cumby School has faced, the team and coaches have quickly overcome these hurdles. Added measures have been taken to secure the field house and the school to prevent any further attempts. The alleged thieves are behind bars at this time.

Much is riding on the next few games in order to secure a post-season spot. Other week 8 district matches are: Celeste (3-4, 0-2) at Fruitvale (1-6, 0-2) and Wolfe City (3-3, 2-0) at Dallas Gateway (0-5, 0-2).

�Again, the team is starting to gel, and all parts are doing their jobs well�we are all starting to hit on all cylinders and hopefully we can stay in the �W� column,� coach Perez ended.

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