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By Brennan Riker
Special to The Post Dispatch
ABERNATHY-The Post Bold Gold Antelopes (0-4) met up with the Abernathy ‘Mighty Maroon’ Antelopes (4-0) last Friday night, and Abernathy came out on top 33-7, breaking Post’s two-year win streak over Abernathy.
Abernathy struck early in the 1st quarter with a 59-yard passing touchdown to give Abernathy a 7-0 lead. Later in the quarter, Abernathy scored on a 16-yard rushing touchdown to give the Mighty Maroon a two-score lead. Post’s only touchdown came early in the 2nd quarter as quarterback Will Fairbanks went to the air and connected with tight end Zach Courtney for a 6-yard touchdown to cut the deficit in half. Abernathy immediately scored when they got the ball back, this time with a 66-yard touchdown pass. Abernathy then scored two more times in the second half to give them their first win over Post since 2018, when Abernathy beat the Bold Gold at Jimmie Redman Memorial Stadium 35-9.
A big maturation step that was taken in this game for Post was the Bold Gold only committed three penalties, the best Post has done all season. Post also forced two turnovers, but coughed up the ball two times as well. Abernathy dominated in the passing game with 362 yards. Post had 160 rushing yards overall, and that yardage was spread out amongst many Bold Gold Antelopes. Junior Isaiah Crawford led the way with 57 rushing yards, and senior Steven Huff came behind him with 37 rushing yards. Courtney had the only catches of the night for Post with two receptions for 36 yards and one touchdown. Both Fairbanks and junior Samuel Walls each had one interception defensively. Senior Shawn Looney and junior Steve Gonzales both led the team in solo tackles with three. Gonzales also had one sack, and Courtney had one sack as well.
Today is Homecoming for the Bold Gold, and there is no better week to have it as Post will have its 88th overall meeting with its biggest rival, the Slaton Tigers (1-3). Slaton, like Post, has also endured a down year, as the Tigers lost 17 seniors from last year’s team. Slaton has losses to Snyder and common Post opponents in Abernathy and New Deal. Slaton picked up its first win of the season last week over non-UIL school Odessa Compass Academy, stomping the Cougars 40-0.
The overall series, which dates back to 1921, favors the Antelopes, as Post leads the series 43-41-3. In the past decade, Post has only lost to the Tigers twice. Post lost in 2011 at home 41-0, and in 2018 when Post fell in a heartbreaking nail-biter 16-15.