Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Boy, do I want to beat Denton Guyer! Cooper has lost the past two years to them in the Regional playoffs. They are very good...but don't you think it would hard for them to beat us three times in a roll? Third times a charm, right? It's been a tough week around here. Losing three starters has been a distraction to say the least, but everyone is pulling together. Lessons are being learned and stories are being written and what a story it is.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Coach Spradlin takes the Cooper High Road

Sometimes in life, we have to make hard decisions.

We’ve all had to do it…

For a parent, it might be disciplining a child knowing you’re going to have to watch them cry. For a boss, it might be letting a good person go because they’re underperforming in the workplace. For another person, it might be ending a relationship knowing it’s going to break the heart of someone you care about. For a coach, it might be letting three talented players go because they don’t meet your team’s expectations.

They all sting a little – but you make the hard decision because it’s the right thing to do.

I want to applaud Cooper High School Head Coach Mike Spradlin and his staff for making a tough decision on Friday night by removing three players from the team indefinitely. It would’ve been easy for the coaches to turn a blind eye to what was happening. That would’ve been the easy thing to do. Instead, they made a decision that could potentially cost them their opportunity at a state title.

I also applaud Spradlin and AISD Superintendent Heath Burns for their transparency. It would’ve been easy to try and cover this up or deny it; I’ve seen other districts do it. Instead, they were forthcoming about the situation without compromising the privacy of their students.

Who were the players and what did they do? At the end of the day, it’s really not that important. We all made mistakes in our teenage years. Sure, some of our mistakes were worse than others. But at the end of the day, these guys are just kids. Yes, they play on a popular football team in a town where high school football is everything. But as kids, they deserve privacy…and they deserve second chances.

Win or lose this Saturday, we should all take pride in the fact that Cooper High and Mike Spradlin chose the high road. In a day and age where teams look past players’ poor attitudes and actions, Cooper refused to do that.

As a head coach, Mike Spradlin is naturally in a position to for people to look up to him. On this occasion, Spradlin showed us what being a role model is all about.

Posted by Austin Kellerman

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Playoffs- week 1: Winner Cooper 41-6 over Arlington Lamar. Written by Joey Richards and Photography by Thomas Metthe

Khole Jackson provided the spark the Cooper Cougars needed in their Class 5A Division II playoff opener Friday night.

The senior scored the game’s first three touchdowns, including a school-record 88-yard touchdown catch, in the Coogs’ 41-6 victory over Arlington Lamar at Shotwell Stadium.

Jackson also had a 21-yard touchdown run and caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Clayton Nicholas as the Coogs (10-1) advance to play Amarillo Tascosa (6-5) in the second round at Lowrey Field in Lubbock at a date and time to be announced.

Overall, Jackson had four catches for 131 yards and finished with 152 total yards.

“Oh man, it felt real good,” Jackson said about his big game. “Just execute in practice, and it works in the game.

Nicholas, who threw for 241 yards in the game, also tossed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Dillan Stille just 45 seconds before the half, as the Coogs rolled to a 28-6 lead.

All but 23 of Nicholas’ passing yards came in the first half.

“It was good,” the junior quarterback said. “The receivers played well, the O-line blocked well. It was just a good night for all of us.”

The Coogs finished off Lamar (5-6) with a rushing attack that rolled up 283 yards. Davon Riddick led all rushers with 176 yards and a touchdown, a 70-yarder in the third quarter. Alford Cooper, who had 82 yards rushing, capped the scoring with a two-yard run in the fourth quarter.

“We did a few different things tonight, threw a wrinkle or two at them, and it paid off for us,” Cooper coach Mike Spradlin said. “The first one in the playoffs is always the toughest. Now we’ve got to get at it and get to work.”

Spradlin was especially pleased with his defense, which held the Vikings to 192 total yards, including 76 rushing. The defense also had four sacks.

Lamar managed just two Conner Curran field goals, both in the second quarter.

“When we play defense like that, coaching offense is easy,” Spradlin said. “If they aren’t scoring, they aren’t winning. It’s just that way.”

Cooper, the District 3-5A tri-champion, drove 64 yards on six plays — all rushing — on its first possession of the night. Jackson capped the drive with a 21-yard touchdown run on a reverse.

The Coogs needed one play to score on their third possession of the night. Nicholas’ first pass of the night went for an 88-yard touchdown to Jackson.

“It was just a good play-action pass,” Jackson said. “Clayton confused the defense with it, and he threw it up and I caught it, took it the house. I knew it was a touchdown when he called the play.”

The reception is the longest in school history, eclipsing the record of 87 yards shared by two other receivers (Luke Harrison from Dowell Loggains against North Mesquite in 1988 and D.C. McDonald from Chris Feris against Temple in 1985).

Curran’s 31-yard field goal cut the lead to 13-3 early in the second quarter, but Nicholas again hooked with Jackson this time for a 30-yard touchdown pass.

The Vikings answered with their last score, a 29-yard field goal by Curran.

Cooper closed the half with a seven-play, 77-yard drive. Nicholas finished it with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Stille, who had two catches for 45 yards on the drive.

Riddick ripped off his 70-yard touchdown run with 5:19 left in the third quarter, and Cooper finished the scoring with a two-yard run early in the fourth quarter.

“Great night of football against a good football team,” Spradlin said. “I’m so proud of our guys and what a great job defensively. What a good balance for us. Of course, the o-line did a great job.”

Friday, November 12, 2010

Lisa, we won!!!

Just got home and had to shout out the good news. Cooper won 41 - 6 tonight against Arlington Lamar. It was a great win! The whole team played 'lights out'! So proud of these guys. More about the game soon!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Game Day!

What a great week! The team has never worked harder... never looked better. They have invested a lot in this season. They are well prepared. What an amazing opportunity they will have tomorrow night. A victory will further their cause, one week closer to winning a State Championship.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Play offs - week 1

This Friday, as the Abilene Cooper Cougars take the field at Shotwell Stadium, they'll have lot's of fan's cheering them on. But no one will be cheering louder than the Cooper coaches wives. We have invested a lot into this program too and are so proud of the 2010 team's accomplishments.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

2010 Playoffs

Our first Playoff game will be this Friday, November 12th, Shotwell Stadium, Abilene Texas. Congratulations, Cougars on an amazing season! Best Wishes in the Playoffs!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Dave Campbell's Texas Football Rankings.......Abilene Cooper is on the list...check it out!

Rank School (Previous week) 2010 Overall/District Record Last result
1. Euless Trinity (1) 9-0/7-0 Open
2. Katy (2) 9-0/6-0 W: 56-14, Katy Taylor
3. Round Rock Stony Point (4) 9-0/5-0 Open
4. Coppell (5) 9-0/6-0 W: 56-16, Keller
5. Abilene Cooper (13) 9-0/4-0 W: 45-28, Abilene
6. GP North Shore (7) 8-1/4-0 W: 62-20, Baytown Sterling
7. The Woodlands (8) 9-0/4-0 W: 42-10, TW College Park
8. Klein Collins (10) 9-0/6-0 W: 52-16, Spring Westfield
9. Katy Cinco Ranch (9) 9-0/6-0 W: 48-21, Katy Morton Ranch
10. Allen (3) 8-1/5-1 L: 35-28, Hebron

Cooper High School, is U.S. Army Strong- Game of the Week

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by: Meridith Young
Monday, November 01 2010

Abilene, Texas – November 1, 2010 – Dave Campbell’s Texas Football is proud to announce that the Abilene Cooper High School Cougars football team has been named the Army Strong Team of the Week for Division 5A.

The Cougars were chosen for this honor because of their teamwork, dedication, discipline, personal courage and integrity, values shared by U.S. Army Soldiers.

“Abilene Cooper outscored rival Abilene 21-0 in the second half to emerge with a 45-28 win and clinch at least a share of the District 3-5A title. Cooper also kept its unbeaten record intact at 9-0 overall, 4-0 in district, and the Cougars can clinch the district title with a win this week against Midland,” said Adam Hochfelder, general manager of Dave Campbell's Texas Football. “Cooper QB Clayton Nicholas was the hero of the game, passing for 349 yards and two touchdowns, and he also ran for a score. RB Alford Cooper added 129 rushing yards and three TDs.”

The award will be presented to the team at a time to be determined later this week by a representative of the U.S. Army.

"The U.S. Army is recognizing the student-athletes at Abilene Cooper High School for demonstrating qualities similar to those exhibited by its Soldiers. Student-athletes and Soldiers share similar values, but more importantly they must be mentally, emotionally and physically strong," said CPT Adam Drybread. "We expect to see some of these young men competing at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the college level, or maybe even professionally in the future."
Just have to say, Wow! I love be married to a Texas High School Football Coach!!!

What a season! My Coach, Mike Spradlin, left the University of Houston in January of 2006, to rebuild the Abilene Cooper Cougars. A good school with history and a once winning tradition, had fallen on hard times. However, with a dedicated, like minded staff of coaches, they began to rebuild a buried treasure. It was tough, a controversial boundary change had severely effected the Cooper community. Coach Spradlin, with an unlimited supply of optimism and a proven philosophy, went to work. Immediately, the players bought in and soon success followed. Season 3, found the Cougars, three rounds deep in the playoffs. Season 4, the same plus a district championship. It's been an exciting adventure! Effecting more than a football team. It has fanned the flickering flame of a community.
Which brings us up to date and season 5! Solid and prepared in every way this group, this invested group of men beat #4 state ranked, Austin Westlake, in their first preseason game. Now, 9 games later the Cougars are still undefeated, 9-0. This past Friday night, in front of a 'sold out' stadium of 15,000 plus, Cooper beat the defending 5AAAAA State Champions, Abilene Eagles, in it's 50Th Crosstown Rivalry! The final score was 48-25. I am certain it came as a big surprise for a lot of people, but they weren't on our football team! It was a great game. The Cooper offense played flawlessly. The defense, was a powerful force! Together, they did what no team had done since 2002.

It was a sweet I'll never forget. Our grown children, came home to witness the occasion. They blessed us with their presence! A gift that one never out grows.

Next week, we head out west to play Midland High. A victory there will make us District Champions and 10-0! Needless to say, my Coach has been hard a work all weekend, figuring out how to beat the bulldogs this Friday night, November 5Th, 2010! It will be a battle, just like every district game, that's why they call it the 'Little Southwest Conference'! We'll be counting the days. Go Cooper Cougars! ....yours is a story worth telling!

Roxanne Spradlin