DCTF Preview: Cooper predicted to finish 2nd in district
ABILENE, Texas —
It's been an interesting last few days for the Cooper football team to say the least, but there is a season fast approaching.
The Cougars endured a strange and sudden coaching change with head coach Todd Moebes resigning on Sunday for "personal reasons" and defensive coordinator Aaron Roan being promoted to head coach.
Cooper will have to also replace three great offensive players with quarterback Ender Freeman, running back Tyrees Whitfield and receiver Myller Royals all graduating.
The good news is that the Coogs have five starters back from a defense that was tremendous at creating turnovers last season.
Receiver Daelin Campos is returning, and may be used more as a threat out of the backfield this season.
With still more questions than answers on Moebes' departure from Cooper, Roan says he is here for the long haul.
"I've told my wife this before, I've said I can stay in this place forever because I love it here. That's what's important," said Roan, who has been assistant coach at Cooper since 2006. "Whatever comes along the way, doors open, and they do. I wouldn't trade going somewhere else. The 12 years I've been here have been unbelievable and I want to continue to be here."
Dave Campbell's Texas Football magazine predicts the Cougars to finish second in District 2-5A Division I behind Lubbock Coronado.
Lubbock Monterey and Amarillo High are also picked to make the playoffs, with Lubbock High, Amarillo Caprock and Amarillo Palo Duro prognosticated to miss the postseason.
DCTF has Cooper (#18), Coronado (#14) and Monterey (#20) all ranked in the top 20 of their preseason Class 5A Division I rankings.
Cooper 2018 Schedule
8/31 vs. Keller High
9/7 @ Grapevine (@ UNT's Apogee Stadium)
9/14 v. Abilene High
9/20 vs. Wylie
9/27 @ Lubbock Monterey*
10/5 vs. Lubbock Coronado*
10/12 @ Amarillo Palo Duro*
10/19 vs. Amarillo Caprock*
10/26 @ Lubbock High*
11/9 vs. Amarillo High*