One-sided offensive displays in 2013 Classic
The Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau Sports Alliance's 2013 Action Sports Medicine Champions Classic brought two exciting high school football games to Abilene on Zero Week, as the Anson Tigers defeated the Hamlin Pied Pipers, 50-20, and the Lewisville Hebron Hawks beat the Abilene High Eagles 37-7.
The opening game featured two playoff-tested Big Country teams in a game that wasn't as close as some thought it might be. Anson, 10-2 last season, out of District 4-1A, Division I, beat Hamline, 50-20, on the strength of the experience of 17 returning starters.
Hamlin, 9-4 last season, out of District 7-1A, Division II, was a regional semifinalist and returns 14 starters - 7 each on both offense and defense. It wasn't enough to match the Tigers who came out of the gate early.
In Friday's final game, the Hebron Hawks came to town with speed on offense and a tenancious defense, winning easily against the Eagles, 37-7.
Abilene High won the tough District 2-5A last season with a perfect 8-0 record. The Eagles only return 6 starters, and the squad featured 29 returning lettermen. This marked the 8th appearance in the annual event. Last year's 26-8 win over Duncanville in the Classic was historic for Coach Steve Warren - it was his 150th victory.
Hebron was a bi-district finalist out of 5-5A last season and returned 38 lettermen and 10 starters. The Hawks have gained a reputation over the past several seasons as being quite the defensive juggernaut, and they proved it againsts the Eagles.
The Classic was promoted by the Sports Alliance Committee of the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is an affiliate of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce. The Sports Alliance was formed to increase the economic impact in the Abilene community through sporting events. One goal is to raise money for scholarships awarded each year to graduating seniors from each of the local high schools. To date, the Champions Classic has awarded $70,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors from Abilene High, Cooper High, Wylie High and Abilene Christian High schools.
2013 Featured Games
Game 1: Anson Tigers 50, Hamlin Pied Pipers 20 .............................................. Game Story | Stats | Photos
Game 2: Lewisville Hebron Hawks 37, Abilene High Eagles 7 ...........................Game Story | Stats | Photos
||until the next Classic begins!