PHOTO GALLERY: Abilene High, Cooper and Wylie open practice (61 images)

After spending the past couple of weeks watching their counterparts from Classes 1A through 4A getting to practice and play games, Abilene’s three local programs got to get their fall officially started on Monday.

Cooper took to the practice fields at 7 a.m. under third-year coach Aaron Roan, while Abilene High and Wylie got rolling at 9 a.m.

The Eagles are being led on an interim basis by Jeff Rhoads while head coach Mike Fullen is out for medical reasons. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, are being led by longtime defensive coordinator Clay Martin, who was promoted to head coach during the offseason.

The teams are allowed to start their seasons later this month. Cooper opens at Odessa Permian on Sept. 24. The next day AHS will host Amarillo Tascosa while Wylie heads to Brownwood in what will be the Lions’ fifth game of the year.

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