Cooper forced to sit with OT loss during bye week


ABILENE, Texas - It was a game that went down to the wire. A call to go for the win, coming up just short.

That 35-34 OT loss for Cooper was just its first of the season, but the Cougars will have to sit on their first loss of the season for a little longer -- as this week marks its bye week before 4-5A play begins.

Cooper played well at Austin Bowie -- with more than 450 yards of offense in a back-and-fourth showdown. But in overtime, the Cougars had the choice -- tie the game with an extra point, or go for two and the win.

And it wasn ' t exactly Coach Todd Moebes ' outright decision. He asked his players, and they wanted to go for two.

"They wanted to win the game and they felt like they could," Coach Moebes recalled on Tuesday. "It wasn't any different than what I was thinking. I was probably going to talk them into it. We had a chance to go. I feel like we can gain three yards anywhere, anytime against anybody."

But that Bowie defense didn ' t break - and Cooper now is left to leave it in the past.

"To feel the taste of defeat, and you don't like the taste in your mouth, so you don't want to ever feel it again," added Moebes. "Falling short can certainly be a motivating factor and I hope it motivates us."

Cooper has Friday off before beginning district 4-5A play at Lubbock Monterey on Friday, Oct. 13 th .

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