This high school football season is starting to fly by – we’ve reached week six and that means it was the start of district play for some teams. But for most, it was time to have a bye week.

Many squads across the Big Country had an off week including Cooper and Wylie, but let’s talk about the ones who did see the field.

Abilene High Wins In Dominating Fashion Again

This is starting to feel like the norm for Abilene High – they won another district game in dominating fashion by beating Keller Fossil Ridge, 45-16. Everything started on defense with the blackshirts flying to the ball and causing turnovers when they needed to.

During the week, the Warbirds set out to slow down quarterback Max Akin and they had trouble limiting his rushing yards. But they made him throw the ball, which he had a tough time with on Friday.

On offense, senior running back Abram Smith did a lot of the heavy lifting. He rushed for 148 yards, which puts him 46 yards short of former Eagle Herschel Sims for second place on the schools all time rushing list. He also added two touchdowns.

Senior quarterback Peyton Killam was no slouch, rushing for 131 yards and made plays in the passing game when the team needed it – finishing with 115 yards.

The (5-1) Warbirds will be on the road this week facing (2-3, 1-0) Keller Central out in the Metroplex area.

Cooper Returns Home, Wylie Hits The Road

Cooper and Wylie both had byes this week, but will be back on the playing field on Friday. Cooper will be back at Shotwell Stadium facing a tough (5-0) Lubbock Monterey squad. The (2-3) Coogs have had an up and down season so far, but are hoping to start district play with a bang by beating the Plainsmen.

Wylie will start district play this week and will face rival Brownwood. These games are always fun to watch because both squads don’t want to lose the game, but especially not to their rival.  Both squads are starting to find their footing so expect a great opening district game.

Abilene Christian High Gets Second Win

Not a bad time to have the best performance of the season – the Abilene Christian Panthers got win number two on Friday night. They ran by Rising Star to win 46-0 and the guy who made a lot of the plays for ACS was freshman Cole Snodgrass. He was literally everywhere and accounted for 245 yards of total offense and four touchdowns.

The Panthers are hoping to keep the good times going this Friday against Sterling City on the road.

ACU Can’t Keep Up With Central Arkansas

The Wildcats came into week five still looking for a win, but they knew that Central Arkansas would provide a big challenge out at Shotwell Stadium. And boy did they – the Bears with the top run defense in the Football Championship Subdivision slowed down the Cats’ offense, which led to the 58-27 win.

The big story in this game was ACU losing starting quarterback Dallas Sealey to a head injury. He didn’t return to the game, which made a big difference.

On defense, the Wildcats couldn’t slow down the Bears offense. UCA rolled up 502 yards with 329 of it coming on the ground.

Now, the Wildcats will look to regroup and get ready for their match-up with (1-3, 1-1) Lamar this Saturday at Shotwell Stadium.

There should be a lot more action across the Big Country this week with most teams getting back to playing so everyone enjoy their weeks and be ready for another article next Monday.


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