Action Heats Up In The Friendly Frontier

There is no shortage of high school football action in the Abilene area, now known as the Friendly Frontier. There are three schools in the city limits and scores and scores of games within 50 miles every Friday and Saturday night. It is a high school football fanatic's dream. Just pick your poison each week and load up the station wagon.

Week one had several big match-ups, including the San Angelo Central Bobcats making an appearance at P.E. Shotwell Stadium to face the high soaring Eagles of Abilene High. Midland Greenwood made a trip east on I-20 to visit the Abilene Wylie Bulldogs, while the Brownwood Lions had a Saturday tilt against the Cooper Cougars.

The Central Bobcats returned to the playoffs last season and knocked out perennial powerhouse Midland Lee. Their trip to Abilene was not so good last Friday night as the Eagles scored early and often in a 59-6 rout. The Eagles stared the scoring on a 16-yard Matt Adams field goal. Only 11 seconds later after a Bobcat fumble Kobey Lewis needed only one carry to open up a 10-0 Eagle lead and add 20 yards to his 119 total rushing yards. Lewis has gained 239 yards on the young season seeing limited action in the second half of both AHS blowout wins.

AHS junior QB Taylor Potts, making his first home start of his career, completed 14 of his 20 passes amassing 279 yards and 2 TDs. Potts spread the ball around completing passes to eight different Eagles.

Minor Alexander led the Eagle receivers with 89 yards on four receptions.

The Eagles will participate in the Gordon Wood Classic next Saturday at 7 pm against the 0-2 Brownwood Lions.

A year after losing all-star QB and Miami Hurricane signee Kirby Freeman, the Brownwood Lions are finding it hard to put a notch in the win column. Meeting the Cooper Cougars in week one was no easy task. The Marty Secord-led Cougars blasted the Lions 39-6 in as balanced attack as you can ever ask for.

The Cougars rushed for 227 yards, led by Jerry Harper's 130 yards. Backfield mate Demetrius Gore added 80 of his own rushing yards. Junior QB Chris Hall was 9-17 throwing for 227 yards and three touchdowns. Hall also added one rushing score to his totals.

The Cougars will play host to the Del Rio Rams on Friday night in Shotwell Stadium.

When you look back for two of the most dominating 3A schools the last three seasons it's hard not to notice the success of he Greenwood Rangers and Wylie Bulldogs. Just two seasons ago, the Rangers fell in overtime in the D-II state championship game, and the year before that Hugh Sandifer's Bulldogs fell to the Gatesville Hornets in the DI final.

Both squads have enjoyed deep playoff runs since, with Wylie losing to the eventual state champion Gainesville Leopards in the semis last year. In three of the last four seasons, Wylie has fallen in the playoffs to that year's state champ.

Last Friday's clash between the two West Texas powers did not start well for either squad. Wylie lost two fumbles and missed two field goals. The Greenwood Rangers did not fare much better using two quarterbacks, failing to mount any threatening drives. Drive after drive was halted by the swarming Bulldog defense. Wylie did manage to mount a late scoring drive with junior QB Case Keenum hitting senior Josh Archer on a five-yard pass with less than two minutes to play in the half.

The second half was another story. The Bulldogs picked up where they left off scoring 20 unanswered points to take the 27-0 win. The Bulldogs were led by Keenum's 258 yards passing and senior Michael Kiger's 131 yards rushing. Kiger leads all area rushers with 327 yards and a whopping 13.7-yard per carry average.

Wylie will play host the Class 4A Aledo Bearcats Friday night at Bulldog Stadium.

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