Physicality, turnovers key to Cooper's success


ABILENE, Texas - There was a lot to like in Cooper's 62-3 blowout win over Wolfforth Frenship on Homecoming last week.

But when asked what he was most impressed by, Cooper head coach Todd Moebes didn't point to a stat line or the scoreboard.

"I thought we played very physical on both sides of the football. It was good, clean football," said Moebes, who's team improved to 4-0 with the victory.

"We tackled really, really well. We had some opportunities to make some big blocks."

The Cougars have always emphasized turnovers, especially with Moebes' defensive background, but this time last season Cooper had not forced a single turnover.

In just the win over Frenship, the Cougar defensive forced five turnovers while the offense did not have any.

"We had a couple of interceptions and turnovers. Our defensive guys were able to peel back and find a body to be able to block to give us a couple extra yards for field position. For the most part we played very physical and that was good to see."

Linebacker Justin Wright returned an interception for a touchdown in the first quarter, the first of two picks for the captain during the game, while defensive back LaDainian Diaz also grabbed an interception and Anthony Arellano recovered a fumble.

Cooper finishes the non-district portion of its schedule at Austin Bowie on Friday night at 7:30.