After 0-2 start, Abilene High will use fewer two-way players


ABILENE, Texas - The Abilene High football team has seen how well they can play. They just haven't seen it long enough.

The Eagles, now 0-2 with last Friday's loss at Midland Lee, will decrease the amount of players that play significant time on both offense and defense.

"We'll bring up some young kids for depth purposes," AHS head coach Del Van Cox said on Tuesday.

"I think conditioning got us early in the season with going that many players. Again, it's not taking advantage of our situation and seizing that momentum. That gives them momentum when we don't take advantage of our opportunities."

Cox said Abilene High advanced inside Lee's 25-yard line four times and came away empty-handed. The Eagles trailed by a touchdown at halftime, but then were outscored 28-0 in the second half.

Cox believes providing more rest for players like Doak Holloway and Wes Berry will keep his team's performance high for the duration of a game.

"That way they'll be able to still do what they're doing in the first half, in the second half. We weren't able to do some things because they're reacting slower because they're tired."

Abilene High had a terrible first half in its opening game against San Angelo Central, but rebounded in the second half.

Now, the goal is put two positive halves together.

The Eagles will take on Cooper in the Crosstown Showdown on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Shotwell Stadium.

KTXS will have reports on the game during Tuesday's 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts, Friday's 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts, as well as Football Friday Night at 11:05 p.m.