Cooper's aggressive secondary netting results


ABILENE, Texas - Between a game-winning touchdown pass to defeat Grapevine, and seven touchdowns by Tyrees Whitfield to throttle Abilene High, the Cooper Cougars' offense has gotten a lot of attention early this season.

But the defense has also played well, especially the secondary. The group has combined to intercept five passes through the first three games.

Cooper didn't cause a turnover until week five last year.

"We certainly weren't proud of that," head coach Todd Moebes said. "It's been an emphasis we've tried to make as coaches. Talk about situations of being able to create turnovers on a daily basis. I think this group has taken control of that."

The secondary is made up of all new starters this season, including Cisco transfer K.J. Kelley.

"We still have a young secondary. They only have three games of experience. Maybe their youth and inexperience is something that's played a good role for us. They don't know any different. But they are making some plays in the back end."

Senior Izac Faraci had a tipped interception in Cooper's win over Abilene High, Isiah Boutte had the game-sealing pick against Grapevine and the Cougars had three interceptions in the season-opening victory at Keller.

This Friday, Cooper takes on Wolfforth Frenship (0-3) at Shotwell Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

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