Cumby loses homecoming game
By JOSEPH ELERSON, News-Telegram Correspondent
Sept. 21, 2008 - CUMBY-- Cumby coach Edward Perez came out of homecoming with more questions than answers Friday night during a 33-0 loss to the Simms Bowie Pirates at Trojan Field.
"Our kids are fighting tooth and toenail with everything that we are doing and every week we have one setback after another," Perez said. "It is nothing that we are doing or that the kids are doing and that is just a fact."
Cumby (0-4) will wrap up their non-district schedule next week with a road trip to face the Maud Cardinals. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
"I know they are a tough ball club and Coach (Josh) Finney is a good coach," Perez said. "He has some good athletes and I think he has three D1 recruits and when you can have that in the Class A level, they are going to be hard to beat. We are not going to lie down for them next week."
On Friday, the Trojans defense allowed 453 yards of offense to a speedy Pirates team, as senior tailback Nic Pistolis rushed for 221 yards on 17 carries. He had touchdown runs of 12, 5 and 98 yards in the first half.
On the Pirates first drive of the game, Simms Bowie went 45 yards in eight plays as Pistolis powered his way in for the 12-yard touchdown. SBHS failed to convert the two-point conversion with 3:24 remaining in the first quarter.
After an interception on the Trojans third possession gave the ball back to Simms Bowie on their own 29-yard line, the Pirates went 71 yards in eight plays. Pistolis scored his second touchdown from five yards out with 11:14 remaining in the first half for a 12-0 lead.
With 4:07 remaining in the half, Pirates quarterback Zach Burks found a streaking Toby Raney on a 48-yard reception. The Pirates missed the PAT with 4:07 remaining in the half.
On the ensuing kickoff, Rodney Hobbs gave Cumby their best field position of the game as he was tackled on the Trojans 40-yard line. The Trojans turned the ball over on downs.
Timmy Cook then booted a 37-yard punt that landed on the Pirates two-yard line, but on the first play, Pistolis found an opening and raced 98 yards to paydirt for a 28-0 lead. SBHS failed to convert the two-point conversion.
"We are fighting and that is all that I can ask of them," the coach said. "I am proud of every last one of them and they are trying to get better. They are doing everything that we are asking them to do."
"When you are sitting at 0-4 right now it is tough and we had the best week of practice this week. We did not want this result but there is nothing that we can do now and we need to get prepared for the last half of the season. "
The Pirates opened up the second half with a four play 60-yard drive that was capped off by Chad Atchley's six-yard touchdown run. Zach Burks booted the PAT good with 10:07 remaining in the third quarter.
After an interception gave the ball back to Simms Bowie on the Trojans first drive of the half, the Pirates went to a heavy dose of the running game as Pistolis had five of the six carries on the drive.
The Trojans were able to force a fumble by Pistolis on their one-yard line and then Hobbs was tackled in the end zone for the safety and the 33-0 lead with 6:43 remaining in the third quarter.
Timmy Cook led the way for the Trojans going 18-of-35 for 149 yards and two interceptions after taking over for an injured Michael Morris. Morris did return to the game and had four receptions for 30 yards and went 0-2 in the passing department.
"Everybody is comfortable with Timmy being back there but he has not taken a snap in three weeks," Perez said. "We have put in a lot of stuff and he has been looking at different spots."
"We are trying to get people healthy and back to where we were at during our scrimmages and looking good. We have not been able to do that and we took a hard loss against Como and have not recovered from that."
The top receiver for the Trojans was Donnie Rodriguez with five catches for 50 yards as Cook had seven different receivers with catches.
Note: Prior to the game, the 2007 Homecoming King Kris Stanford and Queen Scarlett Tarno presented seniors Jason Wallace and Lindsey Lemon with the King and Queen award.
Simms Bowie 33, Cumby 0
Score by Quarters
Simms Bowie 6 18 9 0 --33
Cumby 0 0 0 0 --00
SB--Nic Pistolis 12 run (pass failed) 3:24
SB--Pistolis 5 run (pass failed) 11:14
SB--Toby Raney 45 from Zach Burks (kick failed) 4:07
SB--Pistolis 98 run (pass failed) 2:41
SB--Chad Atchley 6 run (Burks kick good) 10:07
SB--Safety (Rodney Hobbs tackled in end zone) 6:43
First Downs 13 7
Rushes/Yards 39-351 15-30
Passing Yards 102 149
Comp-Att-Int 4-11-0 18-37-4
Punts-Avg 1-41.0 4-40.7
Fumbles-Lost 3-3 2-1
Penalties-Yds. 7-55 7-50
Rushing--CHS: Rodney Hobbs 7-9, Timmy Cook 3-9, Michael Morris 4-8, Dustin Clem 1-4. SBHS: Nic Pistolis 17-221-3, Chad Atchley 5-53-1, Colby McCullough 8-38, William Decker 3-28, Jimmy Burkett 2-7, Zach Burks 2-3, David Henslee 1-1, Daniel Warren 1-0.
Passing--CHS: Timmy Cook 18-35-149-2 INT, Michael Morris 0-2-2 INT. SBHS: Zach Burks 4-11-102-1.
Receiving--CHS: Donnie Rodriguez 5-50, Chris O'Neal 1-32, Michael Morris 4-30, Devin Owen 2-20, Rodney Hobbs 4-15, Alx Olker 1-9, Dustin Clem 1-5. SBHS: Toby Raney 2-80-1, Corey Smith 2-22.