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Abbeville Christian Generals eye another state title

Published: Nov. 17, 2020 at 10:55 PM CST
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ABBEVILLE, Ala. (WTVY) - The Abbeville Christian Generals have had an impressive turnaround this season

After only winning three games last year, the 10-2 Generals have the chance to bring home some serious hardware.

“I really think it had a lot to do with the way we worked out during COVID,” said head coach Ashley Carlisle. “I mean that was the only thing to do this summer and they grew closer because that was the only time they got to hang out with anybody. They’ve worked hard and the culture changed and the kids really came in and decided it was something they wanted to do.”

“We have a lot better leadership," said senior Jackson Blalock. "We have a lot of people who are willing to step up, especially the younger kids who are willing to step up and do what it takes to win ball games.”

This team has never been to a championship game, but coach Carlisle has the perfect message for his guys.

“Biggest thing, we’ve got to have fun and enjoy the moment,” said Carlisle. “Where the game won’t get too big and it’s just fun. We’re playing the Cramton Bowl but the field is still 100 yards.”

But the seniors on the team are ready to put up a fight in their last game as Generals.

“I feel like as the seniors we just want to go through it one more time and it’s always good to end your senior year on a win,” said Blalock. “We made it this far and there’s no point in turning backing down now.”

“We’re not going to give up," said senior Eli Seay. "We’re going to give it everything we’ve got until the last buzzer.”

Abbeville Christian with a chance at redemption Friday after losing to Crenshaw Christian earlier this season, but Carlisle doesn’t necessarily see the loss as a negative.

“Number one, it’s hard to beat a team twice,” said Carlisle. “Second thing is you know everybody looks at you, well they beat you. Well that’s not a bad thing because if you win, you don’t want to change anything because you won, but if you lose, you can fold four cards and pick up four more and go get after it. Probably one of the best things to happen to us this year is to be beat by Crenshaw."

Earlier this season coach Carlisle joked about adding a mask to the year 2020 if they get to put in on the scoreboard where they showcase their state title wins.. Now this Abbeville Christian team is just one win away from making that goal a reality.

“Our whole mantra this year is put respect back on the name and that’s something they’ve done this year and it would put the respect back on the name of it,” said Carlisle. “If you’re going to win a a state championship, it comes through Abbeville.”

Abbeville Christian will meet Crenshaw Christian with the AISA A state title on the line this Friday at noon.

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