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logo dothan eagle comJon Johnson
jjohnson@dothaneagle.com Aug 15, 2018 Updated 15 hrs ago

How does a team struggle to a 4-6 regular season record, yet come within a game of playing for a third straight AISA Class A state championship?

Abbeville Christian Academy coach Ashley Carlisle explains.

“We had a lot of injuries last year,” Carlisle began. “Coming off back-to-back state championships, when we re-did the schedule, teams wouldn’t play us.

“The thing about private schools is that it’s not like public schools when you’re given seven games and you have to find three. Well, I’m given my area games and I have to find the rest and the only teams that will play you are bigger teams, because instead of getting better with competition, everybody is looking to get a ‘W’ on their record.

“So we had a tough schedule anyway and we got a little beat up going through it, but then at the end we started clicking, really in about Week 10. Chambers beat us 48-6 or something like that in Week 9, then we turn around and we’re a play or two away from being in the state championship game.”

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