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2011 5A Abilene Eagles Preview – Texas High School Football

Team: Abilene Eagles

District: 3-5A

Coach: Steve Warren (15 years) 138-45 record at Abilene (#1 In All-Time Wins at Abilene); 156-67 Overall Record
(#199 on the all-time coaching wins list)

Last Years Record: 9-4 overall 4-1 District

2010 Games:
at Belton (5-6) (W 36-27)
vs Franklinton, LA (W 35-20)
vs Cocoa, FL (at DeSoto) (L 21-24)
vs Plant, FL (W 27-17)
vs Longview (10-5) (at Kimbrough) (OT) (L 31-32)
vs *Odessa (5-6) (W 49-21)
at *Midland Lee (6-4) (W 77-21)
at *Midland (11-2) (W 28-18)
vs *Abilene Cooper (11-2) (L 28-45)
vs *Odessa Permian (4-6) (W 42-14)

Their game vs. Longview was ranked #20 in LSG's Games Of The Year

Playoffs: Division II Regionals
vs Arlington (7-4) (W 31-28) Bi-District
vs EP Coronado (8-4) (W 45-28) Area
vs Southlake Carroll (10-4) (L 24-38) Regionals

Returning Lettermen: 35

Returning Starters: Offense: 3 Defense: 3

Key Players:
* DL SOPH Jake McMillon
* RB Paxton Grayer 766 rushing yards 17 TDs
* OL Lorenzo Martinez
* OL JR Chantz Anderson
* QB JR Nate Kittley
* QB JR Evan Abbe
* DL Tyler Cagle
* LB Shaq Sims

LSG District Ranking: #3 (Behind state ranked #23 Abilene Cooper and #27 Midland)

LSG Region Ranking: #12

LSG State Ranking: #28

Notes:
The Eagles had high expectations last year to repeat as state champions. Injuries took their toll though and they had to "settle" for a 9-4 season and a trip to the Regionals. This year has a lot of question marks with only 6 starters coming back. They will be tested though going into district play with games against Euless Trinity, the Oklahoma State Champion, Harlingen and Longview. A first round matchup vs. Arlington or Arlington Lamar would be a tough start to the playoffs.

History:
History Page
* Ranks #28 in LSG's Team Of The Decade Rankings
* 12 year winning streak
* 10 cosecutive years of 8+ wins
* 18-31-1 all-time vs. Abilene Cooper
* 12-65 in previous 8 years before Warren became HC, .including Gary Gaines 4-15 in 2 years
* All-Time Playoff Record : 60-22
* 12-3 playoff record since 2007
* Consecutive Years in Playoffs: 12
* Has gone to the regional round of the playoffs 7 of the last 8 years
* 10-2 in their last 12 consecutive bi-disctrict playoff game since 1999
* All time record: 622-358-32 63.04% 1012 games
* Coach Shotwell is the only coach in UIL history to claim state championships at three different schools- Abilene, Breckenridge and Longview
* Playoff Years: (29) 1920,1921,1922,1923,1927,1928,1931,1933,1936,1937,1949,1954,1955,1956,1957,1958,1959
1999,2000,2001,2002,2003,2004,2005,2006,2007,2008,2009,2010

Bi-District — 1933, 1937, 2000, 2008
Area — 2001, 2002
Regionals — 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010
Quarterfinals — 1936, 1949, 1958, 1959, 1999
Semifinals — 1920, 1921, 1957, 2007
State Runner Up — 1922, 1927
State Champions — 1923, 1928, 1931, 1954, 1955, 1956, 2009

Championship History: (9) 7-2
1922 Waco 13, Abilene 10
1923 Abilene 3, Waco 0
1927 Waco 21, Abilene 14
1928 Abilene 38, Port Arthur 0
1931 Abilene 13, Beaumont 0
1954 4A - Abilene 14, Houston S. F. Austin 7
1955 4A - Abilene 33, Tyler 13
1956 4A - Abilene 14, Corpus Christi Ray 0
2009 5A Division II -- Abilene 28, Katy 17

Last 5 year record: 55-12

Last 10 year record: 105-25

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By: Michael Wright
Lone Star Gridiron
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