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Freeman's experience in 2016 Aledo game adding confidence boost

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ABILENE, Texas - Experience in any profession goes a long way and for Cooper senior quarterback Ender Freeman, a substitute job in last season's third round playoff game is coming now full circle.

In the cougar's re-match with defending state champ Aledo on Friday, first-year starter Freeman won't be new to the big game atmosphere, and certainly not in uncharted territory. In last season's playoff loss at Shotwell, the then-junior came into the game in the second half when starter Austin Smith went down with an injury. And there wasn't any 'deer in the headlights' moment for No. 16.

"When he got in, he was calm and collected and like he wasn't scared to run the ball or do anything," said senior RB Tyrees Whitfield. "So it's just great to have him out there now with the confidence in the backfield."

"That experience certainly helped him and its done so even through the early part of this season," said head coach Todd Mobes. "Experience is experience and we'll certainly need him to play well again on Friday."

Freeman led a second half rally in last years' contest, completing a couple big plays to Myller Royals, and even had a late game TD pass to graduated WR Jwan Hong.

Now, it's having drawn on those experiences that makes Freeman more comfortable. Especially now getting to go a full 4 quarters against the defending champs.

"They won state last year so that's probably the best team that I got to play last year and definitely the best team we're going to play this year so far," said Freeman. "So I know what the speed is like, what the execution needs to be like, what the preparation it takes to get to that level and just to play with those guys."

Cooper and Aledo kickoff from Shotwell at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.

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