Sticking to their guns

Trojans will ride in looking for first win

By CINDY ROLLER, News-Telegram Sports Reporter

Sept. 26, 2008 - CUMBY - The Trojans (0-4) will make the 97 mile trek to take on the second ranked Maud Cardinals tonight at George Frost Field as known as B.S.T. (Blood, Sweat, Tears). But the Trojans are not showing any fear. "We are sticking to our guns with the same offense." Trojan head coach Edward Perez said.

Junior Trojan Michael Morris injured his knee in the first half of play last week against the Simms Bowie Pirates but recovered and returned to play before the game ended. "He is doing OK; he will be starting," said coach Perez, "our starting quarterback junior Timmy Cook is back. We have been getting him reps and shaking the rust off him."

"Even with a 0-4 record, the kids are still positive (in practices), still working hard, it would be nice to win a preseason game, but our goal is to play well in district," he continued.

Cumby only dropped one position on the Harris Ratings from 139 to 140 with the loss to the Pirates last week, 33-0. The Maud Cardinals are ranked first in District 17-1A by Dave Campbell's Texas Football and second in the state by Harris Ratings. "Maud is a solid football team. Coach Josh Finney has a good ball club, and they are well coached," coach Perez states.

This week the Cumby fans will see a big difference in the defense. The team will be playing better football. Coach Perez explained, "The 400 yard gash by Simms Bowie hurt us pretty bad. In past games, we have played in spurts with too many mistakes and set backs, not finishing a drive. If we can get our offense and defense in conjunction, then we can play a complete game."

Directions: The Maud football field is located south of town on Highway 8 (389 Houston Drive) in Maud. Game time is at 7:30 p.m.

Others competing in District 14-1A are Fruitvale at Hawkins, Wolfe City at Muenster, Celeste at Blue Ridge, and Union Hill at eighth ranked Boles. Dallas Gateway is open.

Boles look to be the next challenge on the Trojans' plate, but they will have an open week next week in order to prepare for the upcoming district challenges.

"One game at a time," is coach Perez' philosophy.

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