High School Football Preview: Abbeville Christian

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ABBEVILLE, Ala (WDHN) — Abbeville Christian made the playoffs last season despite their 3-7 regular season record. They enter the 2020 campaign with one of the longest tenured coaches in the Wiregrass.

Ashley Carlisle enters his twelfth season leading the Generals and this season they will look to better themselves on defense. With that the team returns nine seniors.

In 2019, Abbeville Christian gave up forty points a game and in three games allowed fifty points or more.

The Generals will be looking to get back to their winning ways like when they won the AISA state championship in 2014 and 2015.

“We want to get back to Troy, we want to get back in the hunt…our schedule fits a little better this year. Of our eight loses, seven of them were final four playoff games,” Carlisle says.

Trying to improve on the defensive side, Carlisle wants his team to be fast and take pursuit.

“We want to play as fast on defense as fast as we play on offense,” coach said.

Abbeville Christian will have a good core of returning linemen that will be able to clog up the holes on defense and create them on offense.

“We don’t have to get into the nuts and bolts of things because they know what is going on and they can teach the young guys our system and what is expected of them,” Carlisle said.

To open up the season, the Generals will host Springwood before hitting the road to take on Chambers Academy.

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