Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame increases to 179 members Monday

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With an enormous applause, the newest class of the Big Country Athletic Hall of fame took their seats on stage at the Abilene Convention Center on Monday.

Jody Brown (Cross Plains), Dick Compton (Colorado City), Darcell Edwards (Coleman), Fred Green & John Thomas (Abilene High), A.J. "Jack Mills Jr. (Stamford), and Mike Morris (Abilene Cooper) were honored as the class of 2018 -- increasing the prestigious club's residency to 179 members.

Brown, who was a 3-time all-state selection in football at Cross Plains, is the first Buffaloes inductee. He helped lead Texas Tech under Spike Dykes to a share of the 1994 Southwest Conference championship and was all-Big 12 defensive back selection in 1996.

Dick Compton had quite the career as a two-sport athlete at Colorado City High. He then went on to star at McMurry University, holding records for the longest reception for a touchdown, the longest kickoff return, and the longest run from scrimmage. He completed six seasons as a split end and cornerback in the NFL/AFL.

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Fred Green was an all-state punter and all-state end for the 1954 and 1955 Abilene High state championship football team, while John Thomas was all-state nose guard and offensive lineman for the Eagles in 1954 -- leading the team in tackles.

Darcell Edwards was a six-time national champion in NCAA Division III and 10-time all-american in the long jump.

A.J. "Jack" MIlls Jr. was co-captain and QB for Gordon Wood's first state championship footblal team at Stamford in 1955. He currently is in private law practice representing names like Eric Dickerson, Tony Boselli, and current Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield.

Finally Mike Morris, who graduated Cooper H.S. -- is the first baseball umpired inducted to the Big Country Athletic Hall of Fame. He's worked 11 college regional tournaments, six super regionals and the 2015 College World Series.

$1,000 college scholarships were also awarded out to graduating seniors, recognized for their achievements both in their respective sports and in their communities.

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