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Cooper, AHS eager to avenge last year's disappointment in state 7 on 7 tournament

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ABILENE, TX - It's the eve of the state seven on seven tournament, and before Cooper and Abilene High take to the heat in College Station, they got together one final time on Wednesday, for a friendly practice.

Both teams said they were disappointed in how last year's state run ended that comprises of two days of play. Cooper found trouble getting a win as they went 0-4 into consolation play, and dropped out in the first round of elimination.

While the Eagles had one roller coaster of a time, working without then-injured Abram Smith. But this year, Smith is healthy, their QB is another year older and seasoned, and they expect to perform no matter who they're playing.

"I mean it gets me ready, because we know we have that new district and so we're prepared for anything," said Eagles quarterback Peyton Killam after practice. "We never know, and so we're going to keep doing the little fundamental things and just go out there and work hard." That confidence also on the Cougars' end, as the team's growth through the offseason has players like senior Jwan Hong, excited about their chances.

"I know we can go all the way if we can perform like we need to and if we go down there and take care of business like we said we're going to," said Hong. "I know we can go deep."

Division II play begins Thursday at 1 p.m. and concludes with eliminations and the championship game on Friday. Division I begins Friday at 1 p.m. with pool play, and wraps up with eliminations and its championship on Saturday.

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