Eagles find positives in slow start, season opening loss


ABILENE, Texas - Most coaches will say they don't believe in moral victories, and it is not too often a team can feel good about a season opening loss.

But the Abilene High Eagles feel about as positive as possible after a 42-28 loss to visiting rival San Angelo Central on Friday.

The Eagles, who had 16 new starters, were doomed by a terrible start, trailing the Bobcats 22-0 at halftime with only four yards of offense.

"We're all veterans now. It was good to see those guys bounce back and adjust to the speed of the game," third-year head coach Del Van Cox said.

Abilene High found its footing in the second half, outscoring San Angelo Central 28-20.

"It's very different... the speed of the game on Friday nights. We learned a great lesson. The bounce back didn't take the whole game to learn it, so that's what I was proud of on Friday night."

The youthful Eagles will try to carry the second half's positive play into their week two game against Midland Lee.

The game will kick-off at Grande Communications Stadium in Midland on Friday, Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m.