2018 Top Games: Crosstown and Southtown Showdowns

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Week 3 of the 2018 season gives another version of the Crosstown Showdown between the Abilene High Eagles and the Cooper Cougars. This is the 58th meeting between the two schools. Cooper leads the overall series with 33 wins. Abilene High is just ten back with 23, and they tied back in 1965. To tell you how lopsided this rivalry used to be, the Eagles won eleven of the last thirteen meetings. It’s a non-district game for the fifth straight season, so it’s not quite as intense, but both teams want to win it badly. Cooper enters Aaron Roan’s first season as the head coach ranked in the top 20 in Class 5A Division I. Abilene High is unranked, but picked to advance to the playoffs in Class 6A. The Cougars and Eagles get together on September 14th at Shotwell Stadium. 

Six days later, we see something we’ve never seen before. The Wylie Bulldogs play one of the Abilene Independent School District teams for the first time in school history. Wylie makes the short trip over to Shotwell Stadium to take on the Cooper Cougars in the very first Southtown Showdown on a Thursday night in Week 4. Wylie’s move up to Class 5A Division II and the crazy travel schedule for both the Bulldogs and Cougars made this one a must. Wylie plans to keep their winning ways rolling as they make the move up, and with Hugh Sandifer at the helm, it seems likely. He is 283-109-4 in 32 seasons. As mentioned earlier, Aaron Roan is the man in charge of the Cougars this year, but he’s got plenty to work with nine starters returning from last year. We think the Southtown Showdown is going to be special. 

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