Royals "one of the greatest all-time" for Cooper


ABILENE, Texas - Records are meant to be broken. And Friday's playoff-opening win for the Cooper Cougars was an example of that old saying.

But it was also big from the perspective of just how their night actually started.

Cooper's charter bus blew a tire just north of Snyder on I-20, causing a 45 minute delay en-route to Wolfforth Frenship. A delay that could have knocked some teams confidence, but it certainly didn't deflate the momentum once the Coogs arrived.

"It obviously was a huge distraction, but our guys didn't let it be," said head coach Todd Moebes on Tuesday. "Our pregame travel time was messed up from the start, but our players handled it like champions and as well as we played, for which I'm proud - I think that is probably what I'm most proud about from Friday."

Aside from a stellar team win that puts the Coogs back in the area round of the playoffs, it was an especially memorable night for senior receiver Myller Royals who broke former Cooper star Aaron Anderson's career receptions and yards mark in the win over Plainview. After a night that also included an 85 yard kickoff return TD, Royals now enters Friday's area round game with 164 catches and 2, 612 yards to his resume.

Myller said he strived to beat Anderson, a.k.a. "Peanut", when Myller burst onto the scene as a sophomore and Anderson was in his senior year. And now that he's done just that, the achievement puts a special impression on the mind of coach Moebes.

"You know there's a lot of things that separate players from other players and like I said I know what he puts into it and how had he works and how hard he prepares in season and off season," Moebes explained. "It certainly makes him, you know, one of the greatest of all-time."

Cooper will play El Paso Eastlake on Friday at 6 p.m. at Fort Stockton, with the winner having a match-up with defending state champion Aledo or Grapevine.