By Taylor Lopez

          The Eagles, coming out on a rough start during the first few weeks, are preparing for a comeback at the rivalry game Friday Sep. 13.

            The Eagles lost to Amarillo Tascosa 19-14 on Friday Aug. 30. The following week they lost to Midland Lee 35-21 on Thursday, Sep. 5.

            “We started off a little rusty but I think if we all work together, and have our minds focused on the same goal, we will have a chance at the playoffs,” junior Alphonzo Dotson said. “We are ready to take Cooper down at the rivalry game”.

            Senior quarterback Eric Abbe will make a return to the field after tearing his ACL and meniscus last season against Amarillo Tascosa.

            “Coming back after an injury is not always easy,” Abbe said “I’m ready to get out on the field and make up for lost time. It’s been tough not being able to play with my boys but since I am back, I’m ready to focus on going to the playoffs”.

            Michael Fullen, the new head football coach and athletic director, is making an effort to get these guys ready for this week’s rivalry game.

            “These last couple of teams were top 10 in the state, and being a guard and having to block the other players can sometimes be a big challenge depending on how big he is,” senior Khalil Spivey said. “But we should bounce back and show Cooper that we’re here to win.”

            Senior Colton Wilson, one of the eight football captains, is coming out as a third-year varsity player.

“Being one of the captains is a great responsibility and requires a lot of hard work all year round,” Wilson said. “I’m ready to take on the challenge and be the best leader I can be this season”.

            Junior Danny Vasquez will start on his first year on varsity as a running back .

“I’m here to play to the best of my abilities and try my best to not let my teammates down,” Vasquez said.  “With it only being my first year I want to show the coaches and teammates that I am capable of being on this team. The intensity and the fact you can hit people without getting in trouble is something that is really fun.”