September 14, 2011

Catching up: Jacob Abels

With high school football now in full swing several of the Houston commits have seen some early success and some have struggled the first few weeks of high school football.

CougarsDen caught up with Fort Bend Austin offensive lineman Jacob Abels after his Bulldogs notched their first win of the 2011 season after a rough 0-2 start taking down Alief Hasting 21-0 in front of a home crowd at Mercer Stadium.

"It felt great to get that first win," the 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive lineman said. "It gives the guys a great boost and also shows everyone in the district that we have what it takes to win now, not just when the season is coming to an end. It's just a huge boost and weight off our shoulders."

The first two weeks of action the Bulldogs accumulated 496 yards of total offense, 304 of which came on the ground.

"Our game plan really was to just do what we do as best as we can and the win will take care of itself," the Rivals two-star lineman said. "

Starting the season 0-2 and picking up a big win just before the start of district play could give Abels and his fellow Bulldogs the confidence they need going forward.

"Personally I feel I preformed alright," he added. "But there was still room for improvement. Our offensive line fared well considering a lot of our guys were playing different positions. It's a young line other than me, and there are still a lot of things to work on, but the guys got along well and are all willing to work hard so it'll be good."

Things on the recruiting front have slowed down for Abels since his commitment.

"It's been quiet," Abels told CougarsDen of his recruitment. "But honestly it's no bother to me because I am very happy with my commitment to Houston."

Abels and the Bulldogs will hit the field again to open district play Saturday night against a tough Fort Bend Hightower, with kickoff slated for 7:00 p.m.

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