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V C7119 FLASHLIGHT ofa n QQ Q Ch:
ABILENE FIGHTING EAGLES
STATE CHAMPIONS IN FOOTBALL. 1928
Reuieu' of the CYIICIIIIIIIUOIZSIITII Season
By Finlon HTIUHTUIIIS
The 1923 foothall season was easily the most successful in the history of the
high school. from the standpoint both of the number of games won and the ex-
cellent spirit prevailing among the members of the team. Linder the leadership of
Captain Dan Salkeld. the Eagles Opened the season by defeating the Anson Tigers
7-0. A few days later the Eagles met and defeated Ballinger and Coleman. The
Howard Payne Reserves were next in line. and they were humbled to the tune of
l8-O. The Eagles once more rolled up the highest score made in the district, by de-
feating Haskell. 76-6.
The first Class A game of the season was played against Eastland. and the
plueky little eleven from that city tried in vain to stop the Charging Eagles. who
passed. ran ends. and hit the line until a total of l9 points had been added to their
credit. Every man on the team did his work nohly in resisting any attack his
opponents had to Offer.
The Bulldogs from Hanger were next in order for the Eagles. This proved to
be the most thrilling game of the season. True to their tradition the Bulldogs fought
and. catching the Eagles OH guard in the hrst part of the game. Carried the ball across
the goal line twice. For a few tense minutes. it seemed that the Eagles were going to
be defeated: hut coming out of their daze. the Abileneans swept down the field and
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ANOTHER EAGLE TRIUMPH
added three touchdowns to tl1eir score. Another tally was Illlltlt' hy the Bulldogs and
the game ended I9-l9.
Th-e third Class A game was with the Breckenridge Buckaroos. lll vain did the
Buckaroo eleven try to hold the Eagles as they swishpfl past them play after play
and swept down the field tallying five touchdowns. The Buckaroos broke loose in
the last minute of the game and carried the hall across the line for their Ollly score.
A two-weeks' rest put the Eagles in perfect trim for the game with San Angelo.
The Bohcats were doped to give the Ahileneans 0116 of tl1e hardest games of the season.
hut the dope had lain li"-nefl without taking i11to consideration the fighting spirit
of tl1e Eagles. Phelps and Smith tlvarged through the highly-touted Angelo line.
which had hee11 pounded to pieces hy the Ahilene forwards. for four touchdowns.
Salkeld accounted for the extra point. and the Eagles came off the field with the long
end of a 25-0 score.
Twenty Eagles piled into a hus and were on their way to Cisco for their fourth
Class A game of the season. The first half was all for the Eagles. but the Lohoes
came hack in the third quarter and scored two touchdowns. The Abilene eleven then
woke up with a rush. held the Lohoes for downs. carried the hall down the field. and
were in position for their fourth score. hut the game ended and the Eagles had to he
content with a total of 19 points to the Loboes' 13.
What was acknowledged to he the hardest game 011 the Eagle schedule was
played with the Amarillo Colden Sandstorm. The Sandies had weight and plenty
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