Written by Corbett Smith
Timberview defense keeps pressure on in 32-6 win over Abilene
DENTON — When Abilene quarterback Evin Abbe ambled off the C.H. Collins Athletic Complex turf at the end of the game, he looked like a grizzled veteran.
The hits Abbe took from Mansfield Timberview’s defense had clearly taken a toll — only a hug from his high-school girlfriend showing the junior’s true age.
With relentless pressure from its front seven and another dynamic performance by quarterback Charles Taylor, Timberview continued its dream run, dominating Abilene, 32-6, in the Class 5A Division II Region I final.
Timberview (12-2) will face Spring Dekaney in next week’s state semifinal.
“We played a terrible first half defensively last week [against Abilene Cooper], and you can’t do that against a very good team,” Timberview coach Mark Walker said. “We had to put four quarters together, and we did.”
Taylor rushed for 232 yards and two touchdowns, including a beautiful 72-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to put Timberview up by two scores.
A designed run for the quarterback, Taylor ran into a crowd, spun away from a defender, broke a few tackles and then outran the remaining Abilene defenders for the score.
“Everything is just rolling, the way it should be,” Taylor said.
Timberview running back Josh Smith added 104 yards on 24 carries.
Abilene (10-4) was held to 88 yards, with Abbe sacked three times and knocked down countless more. Abbe — who was effective in the whipping winds of Abilene’s Shotwell Stadium in a 25-22 win over Mansfield in the regional round — was 3 for 18 for 28 yards passing.
“We love to stunt and make the quarterback make his decision — quick,” Timberview linebacker Vanoy Harris said. “Many teams haven’t faced the types of blitzes that we put on them. We love to get to the quarterback and take him out of his game.”