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Abilene High wins emotional game for head coach

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Some players wrote words of encouragement on their taped wrists. Others played more inspired than usual. The Abilene High Eagles' love for their head coach, Del Van Cox, was evident in last Friday's win at Hurst L.D. Bell.

Cox was on the sidelines three days after his father, Nowlin "Corky" Cox, passed away from an inoperable brain tumor.

"We've got a great family. That's the big thing. I'm blessed with a family at home, but I'm also bless with a family up here," said Cox.

Corky Cox spent much of his life coaching young athletes, and therefore Del Van Cox knew he had to be at Friday's game.

"Once you because a family then you play a little harder for that guy," he said. "These guys have bought into that and the chemistry of the team . It's paying off dividends in wins for us."

Corky went to Merkel High School and was inducted into the Merkel Badger Hall of Fame.

The Eagles beat L.D. Bell 28-7 behind a few long passes, including a 49-yard touchdown to Del Van Cox's son, Clay, and a blocked field goal returned for a score.

The win pushed Abilene High's record to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in District 3-6A.

AHS' five-game winning streak is on the line against rival San Angelo Central on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Shotwell Stadium.

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