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Champions Classic Announces Games

By Floyd Miller



ABILENE, TX – The 2008 Champions Classic announces the participants for this year’s event. The Champions Classic again hosts great Texas High School match ups. Games are scheduled for Thursday night, Friday night and Saturday, August 28th through August 30th, 2008. {{more}} 2008 will mark the first time in Champions’ Classic history that both Abilene High School and Cooper High School have played at home in this event, in the same year. Local football fans will get to see the #8 ranked team in Class 5A, Abilene High School and the #3 ranked team in Class 4A, Cooper High School. Both ranking are pre-season ranking in Dave Campbell’s 2008 Texas Football magazine. In addition, the Thursday night match up between pre-season #5 Odessa Permian and Duncanville is listed in the TFM’s Class 5A “Dream Tour” game of the week. Duncanville is being led by first year Coach Jeff Dicus who took the DHS job after coaching Austin Lake Travis to the 4A-II State Championship, defeating the Highland Park Scots, under former Cooper Head Coach Randy Allen, by the score of 36-34. Originally, the Classic had hoped to entertain two teams from out of state, Glades Central from Belle Glades, Florida and Archbishop Riordan High School from San Francisco, California. Due to several different factors, the marketing firm that was engaged to provide sponsorships funds to pay the travel expenses for both teams, which is customary in these inter-state match ups, was unable to secure the sponsorships needed to cover these costs. The match up on Thursday night between Odessa Permian and Duncanville High School will take place as scheduled 7:00 pm on Thursday night. The Friday night game will match Abilene High School against Dunbar High School at 7:30 pm, and the Saturday game will have Abilene Cooper High School squaring off against O. D. Wyatt High School at 6:00 pm. Both schools are from District 7-4A in Ft. Worth. The Champions Classic is in its fourth year and is sponsored by the Sports Alliance Committee of the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is an affiliate of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce. The primary purpose of the Champions Classic is to raise scholarship money to be awarded each year to graduating seniors from each of the local high schools. To date, the Champions Classic has awarded $27,000 in scholarships to graduating seniors from Abilene High, Cooper High, Wylie High and Abilene Christian High schools.

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