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Anson father-son duo, veteran returners eager to keep momentum going

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ANSON, Texas - The last stop on day number two of the KTXS 2-a-day tour was to the town of Anson. A program coming off its deepest playoff run as an 11-man school - the regional final.

That momentum is surely carrying over to this season, as the Tigers aim for new heights in 2017.

"We use it as motivation, but we don't like to live off the past," said senior Chris Jones. "We get this new team now and we go on and do what we do best - just adjust."

With key two-way star and preseason district 4-2A DI MVP ones back for his senior season, Anson has its work horse - along with Jackson Heidenheimer, Elijah Moser, and Nick Tanner helping leading the way.

"All those guys are three-year starters coming back and that's big for leadership moving forward," explained Tigers head coach Chris Hagler.

And the defense? It's the Tigers most veteran group featuring Brandon Padilla who had 101 tackles in 2016, and Jason Soliz, who had 6 interceptions.

The offense, however, is a bit younger, but has familiarity. Head coach Chris Hagler's son Drew now has the title of QB1, replacing the graduated Cade Baker, as the man taking the reins.

"I Just told him, hey let's have fun," said coach Hagler at Tuesday's practice. "That's the bottom line of the story -- let's go have fun, and he's doing that right now.

I told him it's your time, and you know, not to put a lot of pressure on yourself," Hagler added. "He's gonna have lots of big moments ahead, but he had a lot of big moments last year getting thrown into some of those games, but I think that's going to make him better in the long run."

Anson opens the season Friday, Sept. 1 at home against Hamlin.

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