Aquilla Earns Playoff Spot by Defeating Rival

By Garrett Ross


What’s better than a high school football game, a rivalry high school football game.

When Aquilla and Abbott met on Friday the two Hill County schools had no love lost.  The rivalry is considered to be the second biggest at the sixman level, behind Strawn and Gordon.

Aquilla (5-5, 3-1) wasted no time in exerting their dominance over Abbott (4-5, 1-3) and defeated the Panthers for the second year in a row 46-0 in their regular season finale.

Jacob Felan broke loose for his second rushing touchdown of the game with 2:46 remaining in the first quarter. The 41-yard run put the Cougars ahead 28-0.

Aquilla was able to set the tone early in the first quarter, when Zack Winder made a 43-yard house call that put the Cougars up 6-0.

Winder and Felan teamed up to secure the victory with 3:40 left before halftime.

Felan found a hole in the Panthers defense and Winder threw him a 15-yard touchdown pass that put Aquilla ahead 46-0.

The victory ended the season for Abbott, but don’t be surprised if the Panthers get revenge next season.

Aquilla was able to secure a playoff berth as district 10-1A DI runner up behind Blum.

The Cougars will take on Newcastle (7-2, 4-0) in bi-district play on Friday.  The game is scheduled for 7:30 pm in Strawn.