Area Playoff: Abilene vs. Arlington Lamar

Of the four games I decided to watch this weekend, this was the one I thought might be a blowout. On paper, 11-0 Abilene, going in against a 6-5 Lamar looked like a mismatch. This is the amazing thing about 5A football in Texas, like the NFL, teams with poor records are still dangerous and can knock off a powerhouse if the favorite gets complacent. The Abilene Eagles did advance to the 3rd round with a 53-34 victory at the University of Texas-Arlington, but not before getting a scare from the Vikings.

Abilene took an early lead with 2 quick scores to go up 14-0, but Lamar came right back scoring three unanswered touchdowns in the 2nd quarter, to take the momentum and the lead, 20-14. Both were short lived, as the Eagles put together a drive late in the half, capping it with a 22 yard touchdown pass from Evin Abbe to Nate Kittley with 33 seconds left, to make the score 21-20 at the half.

Abilene increased their lead when Kittley took the 2nd half kickoff 99 yards for a TD and a 28-20 Eagle lead. Lamar wouldn’t go away, trading scores and staying on the heels Abilene through the 3rd quarter. Abilene finally pulled away in the 4th quarter when the Viking offense sputtered and the Eagles continued to put points on the board. The Abilene offensive line did an outstanding job and running back Marcell Porter ran for over 200 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Impressive crowd of maybe 4,000 from Abilene made the over 100 mile trip to see their team, easily tripling the attendance on the home side. Another good example of what I talked about last week when writing about the importance of support from the fans and how it leads to success.

I’m looking forward to watching Abilene again next week, who along with La Marque, Carthage and Stamford advanced today to the 3rd round. I’ll be hoping for my other teams, Cedar Hill and Throckmorton to win their games tomorrow and will let you know how those go.

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