Resilient Cougars ready to show response in playoffs


ABILENE, Texas - The Cooper Cougar football team holds a 7-3 record this season, and finished third in District 4-5A.

But that doesn't really show the Cougars' fight. Cooper lost their three games by a combined 11 points, including a 34-31 loss to unbeaten district champ Lubbock Coronado on a last-second field goal to end the regular season.

"I think they're pretty battle-tested. I think we've had just about every type of momentum swing that you could possibly have," head coach Todd Moebes said "You've to be able to draw on that experience to be able to respond to it."

Cooper will have to respond with a strong showing against Plainview (4-6, 3-4 in District 3-5A) in the first round of the playoffs to continue its season.

Moebes said the Cougars will be facing an offense unlike anything they've seen this season when the teams square off on Friday at 7:00 p.m. at Wolfforth Frenship.

"They're a run-heavy team. They're not looking to make you miss, they're looking for opportunities to run over you. You've got to bring that physical presence defensively."

The Bulldogs are led by running back thousand-yard rusher Andrew Villa, and quarterback Carson Hauk, who has thrown for nearly 700 yards while running for close to 900 yards this season.

Cooper suffered its first loss in the final non-district game at Austin Bowie. After scoring a touchdown in overtime, the Cougars decided to go for the two-point conversion and the win, but came up short.

Two weeks later, Cooper stumbled to a 34-7 deficit at Lubbock Monterey but surged late to only fall 51-44.

"I feel confident in the situations we've been in," said Moebes. "I feel confident how our guys have responded."

The Coogs trailed Lubbock Coronado 10-0 in the first quarter before rattling off 17 unanswered points.

"I thought they responded the other night very well."

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