Cooper Wins Playoff Game

Cooper Wins Playoff Game

By Joe Starkey

 

 

 

When Cooper had the ball, it was really easy for the announcer to call the game. Handoff to Dye, handoff to Dye, First Down and after doing that for 4 or 5 times, he could get a little variety by saying Quarterback keeper by Lorenzo Joe, Touchdown!! The game was played on a field covered in crushed ice and a wind chill in the mid-teens. It was as cold as Wyoming in early September and Abilenians were wearing clothes and snuggling in blankets and sleeping bags. The Arlington Lamar fans also snuggled tight, but were kinda lonesome as 5 of their planned 8 buses never showed. Their band and most of their fans stayed in Arlington stranded by the charter bus company’s failure. It makes a difference when one side has 90 percent of their seats filled and a band willing to put lips to below freezing brass instruments and the other side has no band and 80% empty seats. {{more}} However, that is not enough difference to come anywhere close to a Cooper team that ignored the cold and ice and played like it was 80 degrees. 48 to 24 is not a close game and even the missed chances by Lamar would not have made up the difference. Lamar did something heroic and seldom, if ever seen. They first made an onside kick from their huddle. They were then faced with long and forth down in their own territory, went for it and made the first down. Next series they were again faced with forth down and again made it. Now deep in Cooper territory, they had their spirit broken by a turnover. Sorrow of Defeat. Photo by Joe StarkeyThe Cooper offensive line does a magnificent job of opening and holding holes for the backfield. They are not big. I was at one game where every lineman on the other team was at least 4 inches taller. They are determined and more than willing to put their bodies up against bigger foes. When Lorenzo Joe is back to pass and all the receivers are covered and covered longer, they maintain the pocket and then give him good holes to start up field. Then his natural running talent takes over and excitement begins. Trey Dye is an extremely determined runner. He was pulled down by two tacklers but stayed on top, never touching ground, regained his balance and made another scrambling ten yards. This is an exciting and fun team to watch.