ABILENE, Texas - After the scoreboard hit double zeros and the Abilene High Eagles (3-6, 3-4) walked off the field with a 42-21 win over Odessa High last Friday, the Eagles had one person to thank for their tremendous night. A Freshman.
In Abram Smith's first start in a varsity game, Smith caught the attention of everyone in the stadium and listening on the radio with 137 rushing yards on 12 carries and three rushing touchdowns.
Adding icing to the already delicious cake, Smith scored a touchdown on each of his first two carries.
"The rest of it came pretty natural to him. He did a pretty good job and our whole offensive line took care of him. They gave him some good places to run and he took care of the rest of it," head coach Steve Warren said Tuesday morning.
If Smith continues to start throughout his high school football years, he has the potential to join a very elite club of 4-year starters at Abilene High. Current defensive end Jake McMillon is the only other member.
Warren had this to say about Freshman in general.
"You don't know how they're (freshmen) going to respond mentally to all the challenges they're gonna face during the course of a game. Physically you'd never put 'em in that arena if they couldn't handle it, but we knew about that part," said Warren.
The Eagles now look forward to a much-earned week off after nine straight weeks of play.
Their post-season hopes are still very much alive, but come with a catch. The Eagles *must win their regular-season finale next week against Midland High and hope Odessa Permian does not win out. Should the Panthers split their remaining two games, AHS would need to defeat Midland High by 12 points in order to play in week 12.