Wylie, Cooper find precious benefit to bye week in week 6


ABILENE, Texas - Friday, high school football dives into week 6 with quite the number of teams having the night off around the Big Country.

It's a bye week party - making a lot of sense with it being just about the midway point in the regular season. This week, the likes of Cooper and Wylie join the many Big Country 11-man schools also on their open date.

But no matter what side of the spectrum you're on - whether you're coming off a loss like Cooper did in OT to Austin Bowie, or a win like the much needed one the Bulldogs grabed over Brownfield - district starts next week.

"I think we're at a good spot," said Cooper coach Todd Moebes. "I mean we've been getting better every week, even last week in the loss."

"It definitely helps give a definite break to the non-district games and now hey, district play begins," added Wylie coach Hugh Sandifer. "The kids can sense it."

That makes this "off time" super important for programs to hone in on weaknesses, focus on fundamentals, among other reasons. And for both schools, their bye comes at a perfect time in preparations for the stretch run of the season.

"I like it right now at this time of the year because like you said, to get our players healthy and well - this couldn't have come at a better time," explained Sandifer, who's Bulldogs are experiencing an injury plague heading into the bye.

"We've got good timing right now both offensively and defensively, and so now we just have to be able to maintain," said Moebes.

Both squads will continue to practice as the rest of the Big Country in action, wrap-up non district or for some - continues league play coming up Friday night.

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