Wylie, Cooper ready to meet in non-district

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The Cooper Cougars and Wylie Bulldogs will make history this fall by meeting for the first time on the varsity football level.

Wylie, which climbed to Class 5A Division II in Thursday's UIL Realignment, will not be in the same district as Cooper, but will play in non-district.

Both schools are in travel-heavy districts and coaches Todd Moebes and Hugh Sandifer said the opportunity to play another game in Abilene was the main driving force behind the idea.

"To be able to have another home game played in Abilene was something we considered for a whole bunch of different aspects," Moebes said. "Certainly getting each other better through the competition that's going to be on the field for both teams."

"I talked to our kids today about it," said Sandifer. "They understand it's going to be fun, but it's going to be a big, big challenge. They're going to continue to push. "

Cooper is in District 3-5A Division I with three teams from Amarillo and Lubbock respectively.

Wylie landed in District 2-5A Division II with perhaps the most travel any team will have to deal with in the state.

The Bulldogs are paired with Canyon Randall, Plainview, Lubbock Cooper, Wichita Falls High School and Wichita Falls Rider.

"I think it will do nothing, but get us ready for those five district games," said Sandifer.

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