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Gold plated: Abbott’s chemistry the source of recent success

PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2015 2:13 am
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In the Hill County hamlet of Abbott, every boy from elementary up through middle school dreams of one day wearing those bright, golden hats adorned by the Abbott Panthers football team.

If you look closely, though, you’ll see that the Panthers are golden-domed even when they remove their helmets. In a show of solidarity, the Abbott players have kicked off every postseason since 2008 by bleaching their heads blond.

“It’s like our mojo,” senior running back Cade Ramsey said. “It’s just lets everybody know we’re in the playoffs, and we’re ready to do business.”

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Magical ending: Abbott relies on dominant defense to claim t

PostPosted: Sun Dec 13, 2015 5:20 pm
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ABILENE — Going into each game every week, Abbott has what it calls a magic number.

That’s the number of points it wants its defense to limit its opponent to. The Panthers’ coaches must have had a premonition this week.

“I overheard Kyle (Crawford) and Cooper (Thornhill) talking about it, that the magic number was 30,” Abbott coach Terry Crawford said.

Abbott’s gritty defense hit that number on the head, and its offense did the rest in a 40-30 victory over Crowell to claim its first-ever state championship — a Class 1A Division I title — and deny the Wildcats their third straight crown at Shotwell Stadium Saturday.

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