People say “no one does high school football like the state of Texas” and this competition between the Cougars and the Eagles surely backs that saying. In 1960 Abilene Cooper High School opened its doors for the first time and one year later was the start of the Cross Town Showdown. Over the past 54 years Cooper and Abilene High have been battling it on the gridiron of Shotewell Stadium. While Texas High school football is Unique in it’s own right , this rivalry between Cooper and Abilene is indeed in a class of its own.


Abram Smith


Antonio Cruz

Abilene Cooper

Antonio has played football for 4 years for the Cougars and participated on the Track team for 3 years. He is a member of National Honor Society and the ROTC program at Cooper High School. Antonio has plans to serve his country in the military following graduation.
Hill Holloway


Hill is a 3 Year Varisty lettermen in Football and baseball. In 2014 he was named 1st team all district in football. Hill is also a member of the National Honor Society. He remains undecided on where he wants to attend college.


Trey Dye

Abilene Cooper

One of the most versatile players in the history of Cooper High School, Trey Dye, class of 2014, saved some of his best games for the biggest stages. In the 2013 Great American Rivalry Game against Abilene High, a 56-31 Cooper High win, Trey rushed for 174 yards on 12 carries, averaging a whopping 14.5 yards per carry, with two touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 39 yards and a touchdown. That game, along with the 45-24 bi-district win over Arlington Lamar, where Trey rushed for 282 yards on 23 carries were the hallmark games in the Cooper Cougar football career of Trey Dye. In total, in his Cooper High School football career, Trey rushed for 1702 yards on 218 carries with 27 touchdowns, while also catching 42 passes for 716 yards and 5 touchdowns, making him a true superstar both in the Great American Rivalry series, and at Cooper High School. Trey is currently attending Brigham Young University on a football scholarship and is playing wide receiver for the BYU Cougars.
Keevan Lucas


Keevan Lucas was a member and captain of the 2012 Abilene High Football team. In the 2012 game versus Abilene Cooper, Keevan had 16 receptions for 220 yards. His 16 receptions is an all-time Abilene High single game record. Also, his 220 yards receiving is all-time single game record for the Eagles. The Eagles went on to win the game 31-27 on the final play of the game. Keevan finished his career 2nd in receptions all-time (124) and 4th all-time receiving yards with 1,824. Keevan is now a member of the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes football team. Last year he had 101 receptions and over 1200 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. Keevan could not accept the award because he will be playing the New Mexico Lobos on September 12 at 7pm and will be aired on ESPN3.


The Abilene High Eagles took control of the 55th Crosstown Showdown early and earned a 56-37 victory over the Cooper Cougars at a jammed packed Shotwell Stadium. Abilene High's Abram Smith rushed for 183 yards and four touchdowns earning himself the title of Game MVP. Cooper finished with 504 yards, most of it in the fourth quarter. The Eagles scored on eight of their first 11 possessions, building up a 56-16 lead in the third quarter before emptying the bench.