2017 Top Matchups:Abilene, Anson, Hamlin

July 10, 2017 - The rivalry between the Abilene High Eagles and San Angelo Bobcats is not only one of the oldest in the area, but it's one of the oldest in the state. The Eagles and Bobcats are getting ready to meet for the 93rd time. It's also remarkably even. Abilene High leads the overall series 44-43, and the two schools have tied five times. This year's game has a little added spice because Central rolled over the Eagles to open the 2016 season, 63-26. That game was a catapult for both teams. Central ended up winning twelve games for the first time in 50 years. Head coach Del Van Cox's team didn't lose another game until their thriller with DeSoto. 2017 features a pair of teams that are rebuilding this season. Both are returning just six starters for the new year, but both have high expectations. The two teams are no longer district rivals, so that's taken some of the starch out of the rivalry, but make no mistake, they really like beating each other.

That game is in this year's Champions Classic at Shotwell Stadium, and so  is this one. The state-ranked Anson Tigers and the state-ranked Hamlin Pied Pipers meet for the 92nd time in their history in Week One. The two communities are only 17 miles apart, so this rivalry means something to both schools. The Tigers own the series lead in this one with 49 victories to the Pied Pipers 39 and the two schools tied three times. More recently, Anson have won 6 of the last ten, including the last two in a row. This season, Anson and Hamlin are both ranked in the Texas Football Top 15. Anson is 11th in Class 2A Division I and is coming off a run to the state quarterfinals in 2016. Hamlin is 10th in Division II. Head coach Russell Lucas' bunch advanced to the third round. Both are district favorites. It's a great match up if it's the first meeting. It's even more intriguing because of the history.


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