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Defense leading Abilene High into must-win games

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ABILENE, Texas - The high school football playoffs may not start for another two weeks, but they might as well have begun for Abilene High.

"If we don't win the next two, then we have no shot, so we think we're in the playoffs right now," head coach Del Van Cox said. "That's the way we've approached it."

At 1-3 in district, the Eagles must defeat Keller High and Keller Timber Creek, the two teams directly above them in the standings, in their final two games in order to make the postseason.

With such important games on the horizon, it's a good thing Abilene High is playing its best defense of the year.

Since halftime of the Keller Fossil Ridge game the Eagles have been stout, allowing just 21 points over the 10 quarter span.

"Those younger guys have really stepped up," said Cox about a defense which has been filled by inexperienced players due to graduation, injury and shuffling players around.

"Colton Wilson, Tyler Simpson, Griffin Cooke has done a great job. Coach Fullen and those guys do a great job of game-planning, and making sure those guys are fitting in their proper spots. They've done a great job, and have gotten better every week."

Abilene High earned its first District 3-6A victory of the year with a 30-7 decision at Weatherford two weeks ago. The Eagles then had their bye week to recuperate.

AHS will play at Keller High on Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by hosting Keller Timber Creek on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m.

"We sense a renewed excitement because now we control ourselves."

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