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Abilene Eagles gear up for the 2022 football season

Coming off one of their best seasons since 2016, the Eagles are ready to get back to work.
Credit: Marissa Stubbs
Abilene Eagles huddle up during practice.

ABILENE, Texas — The Abilene Eagles have been anticipating hitting the field since last fall to continue to do one thing: dominate.

Consistency has played a huge part in the Eagles program, as they have continued to improve each year under the leadership of head coach Mike Fullen.

“I mean, we're not going to change our process. We believe in it, you know, and we just try to get better at it from week to week. You know, that's the key. We want to be better, you know, rep to rep practice to practice, game to game. That's the way we approach it. Our whole goal is just we're not looking at the end product, we're looking at what we got to do to get better today, tomorrow because those things will lead to the end product,” Fullen said.

The Eagles ended last season with a 7-4 record and finished second in the district. This season will be different for the program who has now dropped to District 2-5A Division 1, for the first time in school history.

Although the Eagles are dropping down a division, senior wide receiver Noah Hatcher said his team is preparing to bring the same competitiveness.

“It started the last game of last season. We started from there, preseason to district, we’re just going to keep grinding. I just know it gets better every year, communication, and our team bonding. This year we’re just going to give it our all,” Hatcher said.

There are still some fresh faces of the Eagles program like senior wide receiver Jayson Henley. Henley is entering his second and last season with the Eagles and looks forward to leaving everything he has on the field.

“It means a lot knowing this is my second year in Abilene. I came from Fort Worth, so it was a smaller school but it’s definitely a less competitive atmosphere and it feels good,” Henley said.

The Eagles' first matchup begins at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at Permian.

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