Abilene High was surprising a lot of people with their run to the third round of the playoffs, but it came to an end in Arlington after they lost to Burleson Centennial, 17-7.
Centennial scored first on their first drive the game. Phillip Hamilton got in the end zone from six yards out to put the Spartans on top, 7-0.
Abilene High’s defense didn’t allow the Spartans back into the end zone in the first half, and the Eagles’ offense tied the game on a big play. Brayden Henry threw a short pass to Rylan Bradford, and Bradford did the rest of the work for a 55-yard touchdown.
The game was knotted up at 7 at halftime.
After a scoreless third quarter, Centennial took the lead. Hamilton scored on another rushing touchdown. The Spartans were in front 14-7 in the fourth quarter.
Abilene High gave the ball back to the Spartans on their next possession, and that led to a field goal to put Centennial up, 17-7.
Centennial added a defensive touchdown late in the game to make it 24-7.
The Eagles added a touchdown with a 1:10 to go in the game to cut into the lead. Henry scored a rushing touchdown to give us the final score of 24-14.
Abilene High finishes the season with a 6-7 record.
Head coach Mike Fullen said, “We didn’t really play a hard game and that’s my fault. You know I should’ve had them better prepared, but I’m really proud of our team and proud of our coaches. And these seniors gosh almighty I’ve grown so close to them because they were freshman when I took over four years ago. Those guys that have stuck with us has been apart of three playoffs experiences in a row and upset a standard and I’m just proud of them. Yea it’s disappointing, but at the same time I choose to be happy and happy for these guys and proud of them. I’m really proud of our team and what they did this year.