By Collin Wieder
Abilene High School Recap
New Abilene High head coach Del Van Cox recorded his first career win Friday by downing the Colleyville Heritage Panthers 35-21 in his debut.
The Eagles put the pressure on Heritage early by scoring 21 unanswered points in 14 minutes. Heritage would score late in the first half to make it a game, with a 52-yard scoring toss from junior quarterback Cameron Roane to sophomore receiver Ke’von Ahmad.
Ahmad would bring the Panthers even in the third quarter by adding a 4-yard score on the ground and a 26-yarder through the air.
However, the Panthers would never take the lead as senior Immanuel Brown scored on a 16-yard run to take a seven-point lead with 9:35 left in the 4th quarter. In less than five minutes, Abilene finished the game off. The Eagles defense recovered a fumble, which led to an Abram Smith 1-yard scoring run.
Cox’s offense had a successful night as it used the ground game and junior running back Abram Smith to smash their way to 265 yards rushing. Abram compiled 177 yards and three touchdowns in his return from a torn ACL last season while Senior Immanuel Brown added 63 yards and a touchdown.
Junior quarterback Peyton Killam had a great debut completing 14-of-18 passes for 142 yards and a touchdown. The majority of Killam’s production went to junior wide receiver Qua’Shawn Washington. Washington caught seven passes for 82 yards and a touchdown.
Abilene Cooper Recap
Abilene Cooper, much like its crosstown rival, pounded the football for a 38-32 win over Rider.
Cooper’s offense rushed 47 times for 346 yards. Junior Devin Johnson was the bell cow for the Coogs rushing for 253 yards and two touchdowns. The two quarterbacks: Senior Stetson Hodges and junior Austin Smith worked well together managing a clean game. Hodges rushed for 75 yards on just four attempts and completed his only attempt for a 4-yard touchdown. Smith completed 6-of-10 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.
The Cougars defense struggled to hold off Rider who compiled 526 yards of offense and 27 first downs. But the defense found a way to force two key turnovers, which proved to be the difference as the offense played a turnover-free game.
The win was head coach Todd Moebes first at Wichita Falls Memorial Stadium.