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GAME THREE: Quanah vs. Miles

The third game of the 2012 Action Sports Medicine Champions Classic features the Quanah Indians, last season’s 8-4 area finalist in Class 1A, Division I, and the
Miles Bulldogs who were 6-5 in 2011 and a playoff team in Class 1A, Division II.

Brand new head coach Brett White of Miles inherits a team with 20 returning starters – 10 each on both offense and defense. And many of them are seniors.

Heading up the Bulldogs offense is quarterback Dawson Halfmann (5-10, 175), who threw for 1,280 yards and nine TDs in 2011. He also rushed for 1,240 yards and 10 TDs. Joining him is running back Hayden Ray (5-8, 170), who totaled 1,540 yards and 18 TDs on the ground, and wide receiver Victory Cano who grabbed passes for 418 yards and four TDs in 2011.

Leading an equally experienced defense is linebacker Dylan Havlak (6-2, 210), who had 159 tackles last season, and defensive ends Cole Schwertner (six sacks) and Colton Wilson (6-2, 195). Wilson is also expected to catch his share of passes in 2012.

The Indians, coached by Jason Sims, are almost as experienced as their opponent. Quanah returns 16 starters (eight each on offense and defense), and all of them are key to an expected return to the playoffs.

Experience on offense begins with sophomore quarterback Clay Robertson (6-2, 170), who was 163-of-300 for just shy of 2,000 yards and 19 TDs last season. He also rushed for 843 yards and 8 TDs. His targets will be a trio of talented receivers: Brandon Heard (6-0, 165, 41-572, 5 TDs); Austin Williams (6-0, 180, 35-575, 4 TDs); and Austin Smith (34-408, 4 TDs.)

Leading a stingy Indian defense is a linebacker triple threat made up of senior Heard and juniors Craig Braker (5-10, 215) and Marcus Leija (5-9, 175).

This game of evenly matched squads should give fans plenty of offense and quality defensive plays throughout the game.

The Classic is headed into its 8th year and is 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 $52,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors from Abilene High, Cooper High, Wylie High and Abilene Christian High schools.

2012 Featured Games

Game 1: Thursday, September 6 - Clyde vs. Cisco, 7:00 p.m.

Game 2: Friday, September 7 - Abilene High vs. Duncanville, 7:30 p.m.

Game 3: Saturday, September 8 - Quanah vs. Miles, 10:30 a.m.

Game 4: Saturday, September 8 - Abilene Christian University vs. A & M-Kingsville, 6:00 p.m.

STORIES (coming soon)

Abilene | Duncanville | ACU | Kingsville | Clyde | Cisco | Quanah | Miles

Abilene vs. Duncanville | ACU vs. Kingsville | Clyde vs. Cisco

until the next Classic begins!