ABILENE HIGH (3-3, 1-1) AT WOLFFORTH FRENSHIP (3-3, 0-3)
FRIDAY 7 P.M. * PEOPLES BANK STADIUM, WOLFFORTH *
What is happening on the game: Frenship is set to win roughly after the Tigers were forced to forfeit their only district victory over San Angelo Central for using an ineligible player. AHS may well be set to finish second to Midland Legacy after an exciting but heartbreaking loss to the leading Rebels two weeks ago in Abilene. The Eagles need to build on that game and play well on the stretch, especially since the neighborhood still seems wide open behind Legacy. AHS is 2-0 against Frenship – beating the Tigers 55-34 in a zone playoff game in 2014 and 42-7 in first meeting as district rivals last year in Abilene.
Last week: Midland Legacy defeated Frenship 68-28 at Wolfforth. AHS, who had a pass, lost to Legacy 42-33 on Oct. 1 in Abilene.
French Scouting: The Tigers have lost two games in a row since a 49-32 win over San Angelo Central in the District opener – and they’ve lost that victory. Odessa Permian beat them 17-14 at Wolfforth. Senior quarterback Chad Pharies (92-151-3, 1,321 yards) threw 15 touchdown passes. He is also the best rusher of the Tigers (103-485, 7 TDs) followed by Taija Smith (71-363, 2 TDs). Tate Beeles (20-394, 7 TD) and Andrew Braddock (17-282, 2 TD) are the main receivers. The Tigers have eight interceptions. Pharies threw for 205 yards and one touchdown, while running for 107 yards and two more touchdowns in the loss to Legacy.
Eagles update: QB Abel Ramirez and RB Da’King Thomas pulled off a spectacular 1-2 punch in the Eagles’ last outing against Legacy. Ramirez threw for 240 yards and one touchdown, while combining 296 yards and four rushing touchdowns. Thomas has run for 322 yards and five touchdowns in his last two games. Abel’s brother Anthony had six catches for 126 yards and one touchdown against Legacy, while Austin Wood followed with eight catches for 56 yards in one of his best games as an Eagle.
What the Eagles need to do to win: Offensively, a solid running game opens up the passing game for AHS, while the defense needs to contain Pharies, who is a double threat guy. The Eagles are tough to beat when they play four good quarterbacks and limit the big plays.
Joey D. Richards’ prediction: Abilene High 53, Frenship 35
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