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Abilene athletes represents the Big Country at Texas Tech

By Janice Coleman



Five local athletes attending Texas Tech University took part in both football and track events in April and represented the Big Country well. Four are Football athletes and one continues to excel in Track. Texas Tech held their annual Red-Black football scrimmage April 19th at {{more}} Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock where the defense came out ahead 29-23 over the offense. All four local athletes play offense and contributed to the statistics.Quarterback, Taylor Potts, completed 28 of 37 passes, which percentage wise was better than the 17 of 29 for 1st String quarterback, Graham Harrell. He had a total of 159 yards, no interceptions, and his longest pass was for 19 yards. He had no touchdown passes in the scrimmage. Harrell had 209 total yards, one touchdown, and his longest pass was 26 yards. Running back, Kobe Lewis carried the ball 5 times for 16 yards. Wide receiver, Lyle Leong, caught 6 passes for 39 yards, which is a 6.5 average per carry and his longest catch was 10 yards. Brandon Hoefer had one catch for nine yards. First year Defensive Coordinator, Ruffin McNeill, was credited by some with the defensive showing, but Coach Mike Leach didn’t appear to be thrilled with either the first string defense or offense on Saturday. Mentioning something to the effect that they weren’t sure they could beat Lubbock High School right now was an indication of his disappointment. Monday was a different story. Coach Leach called another scrimmage where he was much happier because the defense and the offense had things like ‘bodies moving fast, collisions, and people ran into stuff and hit it’. The next official outing should be at the end of August and we look forward to following the athletes during the upcoming season. In Track news, again it was Shawon Harris representing Abilene and the Big Country in the Red Raider Open which was held in Lubbock as well on April 12th at R P Fuller Stadium. Harris set a R P Fuller Stadium record as well as a new Texas Tech school record in the 110M Hurdles with a time of 13.51. His time is the third fastest time in the nation. The Red Raiders had 13 individual titles and 21 NCAA regional marks at the event. Congratulations to all of our Texas Tech Athletes!

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