Friday's Crosstown a final curtain call for AHS, Cooper senior receivers


ABILENE, Texas - Tomorrow, the 58 th annual Crosstown Showdown will take place will take place at Shotwell Stadium with a match-up of rival schools on the big stage. But also two play-making receivers that will get one last Crosstown to show what they do best.

Cooper's Myller Royals and Abilene High's Raekwon Millsap are friends off the field, but will have one final dual at Shotwell in their senior season. It's all about competition for the two, with each playing a key role in the offensive game plan.

Royals, who already has a couple scholarship offers, has been Ender Freeman's main target coming off a big junior season. Royals hauled in a school record 15 catches, including the game winner last week against Grapevine, equaling 338 total yards in the first two weeks.

But Millsap has also made his mark for an Eagles team that is relying heavily on him, recording 4 TD's already on the year, along with 308 receiving yards.

Products from Craig and Madison middle schools, Millsap's smaller 5'11 165 lbs frame is built for speed - but Royals has the height, coming in at 6'4, 180 lbs.

But both are hard to stop, a nightmare for opposing defenses. That's exactly what both coaches are trying to get their guys ready for on Friday.

"We've got to be able to keep him in front of us that's for sure," Cooper head coach Todd Moebes said about Millsap. "I mean he's a really explosive player and he's proven that time and time again. He's got great speed, very dynamic in the open field, and he's certainly tough to be able to defend whenever he gets the ball in his hands."

For Abilene High, a team coming in 0-2 and in need of a momentum-booster, they also know what to expect.

"Freeman is doing a great job getting the ball to Watson and Royals," said AHS coach Del Van Cox. "Royals is just a big target out there so it's definitely -- we're going to have our hands full there."

Kickoff on Friday at Shotwell is set for 7:30 p.m.

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