COUGS AND EAGLES ARE HEAD OF THE CLASS
By mark rogers
October 18, 2011
Both Abilene schools sit 2-0, tied for first in league play and setting up another marquis match-up between the two powers in 10 days.
Midland Lee is the first 3-5A squad to run the Abilene gauntlet...and they didn't fare so well.
A team that was averaging just 8 points allowed per game, the Rebels surrendered the most they had all year (24) to Cooper, only to see that new mark doubled a week later against Abilene High (49).
The Eagles racked up an impressive 471 total yards against Lee including 308 through the air. Evan Abbe averaged a gaudy 14.6 yards per attempt. Anything more than 10 yards per attempt is pretty stinkin' good.
So the Rebels, after staring 5-0 and feeling pretty good, are now at the bottom of the district standings with a tough Odessa Permian team coming to town on Friday. A loss there would have Lee at 0-3, still not mathematically eliminated, but certainly shocked and awed nonetheless.
Three teams in the district have actually won more total games than the Warbirds at this point, but it just goes to show that the caliber of teams you play in non-district may have a bigger role to play than whether or not you actually beat those teams.
On paper, I would have to say that the Eagles are the close favorite to win the district outright (played a tougher non-district, beat Lee worse, and Lee is the only mutual opponent so far this year). But that's just on paper.
And we all know that being good on paper means jack squat (see Philadelphia Eagles).
Expect Abilene High and Cooper to both take care of business this week to set up an outright district championship on the 28th.
Leave it to the media to already be talking about 10/28. I guarantee you that neither Warren nor Moebes have even mentioned that date.
Moebes is worried about Odessa High. Warren is focused on Midland High. Period.
See you Friday night!!
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