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ABERNATHY ANTELOPES 2016 SEASON PREVIEW: THE DAILY DOUBLE HAS ARRIVED

The Antelope machine, Headed by Coach Darrell Daily is accustomed to success and that shouldn’t change in 2016. Last year, the Lopes had a great season by all accounts even though they lost in the bi-district round to Wellington from 1-2A DI; as did every 2-2A DI team in the playoffs that faced that district in the first round as well. Abernathy lost a lot, especially in the backfield with Trae Bender, Kason Teal and Sawyer Knight graduating and moving on to greener pastures. On the flip side, here comes Coach Daily’s son, Bryson Daily, to lead the formidable attack of the Antelopes.

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The question that will arise early for Abernathy: Will Bryson avoid contact and stay healthy this year? He loves to hit, and be hit from what I can see, but the Abernathy gameplay and measures of attack will run through him and Mark Pando so Hopefully he avoids a few tackles and goes out-of-bounds. In district 2-2A DI, they will see familiar foes in Hale Center, Olton, New Deal, and Floydada, while adding Sundown to the pool. They will make the playoffs again, as usual, but where will they end up in the seeding? If they can finish first or second, which is a possibility depending on how good the defending district champs from New Deal are this year, they will go at least two rounds deep in the playoffs. If they have to see Stratford in the first round, it could back-to-back first round exits. My prediction for the Lopes is they will finish second behind New Deal, and make it to the Regional Round on the 2A Division One Playoffs.

 

Here is their schedule below.

ABERNATHY ANTELOPES

HEAD COACH: DARRELL DAILY

PLAYERS TO WATCH: BRYSON DAILY, MARK PANDO, XAVIER RIVERA

DISTRICT: 2-2A DI: PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH: 2ND/ 2 ROUNDS DEEP IN THE PLAYOFFS

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8/26 7:30p
@ Post (Post, TX)
Location: Post High School
9/2 7:30p
Tulia (Tulia, TX)
 

9/9 7:30p

Dimmitt (Dimmitt, TX)
 

9/23 7:30p

Memphis (Memphis, TX)
 

9/30 7:30p

@ Roosevelt (Lubbock, TX)
 

10/7 7:30p

@ Sundown (Sundown, TX)
Location: Sundown High School
 

10/14 7:30p

Olton (Olton, TX)
 

10/21 7:30p

@ Floydada (Floydada, TX)
 

10/28 7:30p

New Deal (New Deal, TX)
Location: Abernathy High School
11/4 7:30p
@ Hale Center (Hale Center, TX)
Location: Hale Center High School

 

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