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Cooper trio of weapons hope to give Aledo's defense fits on Friday

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ABILENE, Texas - The countdown is on for the Cooper Cougars ahead of its home match-up against defending state champ and No. 1 ranked Aledo this Friday.

It's the third straight regional semifinal playoff game featuring these two, but this seasons' arsenal of weapons for Cooper may just be the best group to challenge the Bearcats and ultimately take down the Bearcats who have been dominant in their previous two meetings. A big reason is that the Cougars aren't as one-dimensional as maybe years past.

"If you look at it over an 11-game season, I mean that's pretty balanced and you know, we strive to do that," said head coach Todd Moebes on Tuesday morning.

Myller Royals, who just committed to Texas Tech over the weekend, is well over 1,300 yards receiving for the season to go along with and 16 TD's, While tailback Tyrees Whitfield is approaching the 2,000 yard mark. Both combined for 429 yards and six touchdowns in an area round win over El Paso Eastlake last week.

"It gives me a lot of confidence as a quarterback and as a team I think you know, knowing that we have those options and we can give the ball to any one of those guys and they can get the job done," senior QB Ender Freeman explained.

And with Freeman the catalyst of that group of playmakers - throwing for over 3,100 yards, 29 TD's and just 4 INT's on the year, the Coogs are confident in making things tough for Aledo by being able to really challenge the defense.

"We feel that if they're trying to take away something then we're able to do something else," said Moebes.

"When crunch time comes, everybody is going to look to us," added senior RB Tyrees Whitfield. "So like I feel like we're going to have to be those guys and be the energy to keep us going throughout the game. All of us."

Cooper and Aledo kickoff from Shotwell Stadium on Friday at 7:30 p.m. CHS season ticket holders will have an opportunity to purchase their regular season seats on Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the AISD Athletic Ticket Office at 241 Pine St. General admission tickets will also go on sale beginning Tuesday.

On Wednesday, all reserved seats not purchased Tuesday will be released for sale, along with general admission. The ticket office hours are Tuesday - Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. until noon.

Advance adult tickets are $6 and students are $4. All tickets at the gate will be $10.

Because the home game is an UIL playoff game, AISD employee passes will not be accepted and tickets must be purchased to attend.

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