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Cooper, C-P play each other in district opener

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Facing off at Bulldog Stadium tonight at 7:30 p.m. will be Cooper and Como-Pickton-that is how District 13 competition starts in Delta County for 2A football action.
“The kids are excited and working hard preparing for district play,” said C-P Eagles head football coach Paul Tullis.
Both teams have had a week to mull over their losses. The Eagles (1-2) fell to Leonard, and the Cooper Bulldogs (2-1) were edged out by Mount Vernon in rainy week two ball games.
The Bulldogs had more total yards offense with 337 and the defense held Mount Vernon to only three points the entire second half.
“We played good on both offense and defense,” Cooper Bulldog head football coach Ronnie Green mentioned after Friday nights close rain-delayed game. “We have had the opportunity to work on some things that we needed to work on. We got some rest over the bye week, it was good for us.”
Then there is the other faceless opponent, swine flu, which has reared its ugly head again.
“We have had a few kids out early in the week with some of them back or expected back before the game Friday,” added Tullis. Returning from injuries will be center senior Zach Hankins and sophomore Tanner Brumley. “Both have practiced fully the past two weeks and have been doing good.”
“As of right now, we have been healthy,” Green stated.
Both teams have had their fair dose of wet weather. The Bulldog advantage is field turf. The Bulldogs recently secured a first win against Whitewright 35-8 on their own home turf after christening it last season.
“It was a good first win, and we hope there will be more to come. It will give us something to build on,” Green said on their victory. “Our goal is the playoffs. It is something we work on a daily basis. If we can do the little things right, it will all fall into place. We plan on winning as many as we can.”
“Practice is good. We are really enjoying it. It helps to have it (turf) and not have to be in the mud,” Green said excited about the three wins they secured over C-P JH and JV teams.
“It helps them (the Bulldogs) at practice because you don't have to deal with all of the mud. It will still be wet if it is raining. We both get to play on the turf Friday so I don't think it is that great of an advantage for them,” stated Tullis in regards.
What should the fans expect? Two teams not like what they saw in last season's game.
The Eagles have had a bit of a struggle in yards gained in the last three games as competition has increased. Against Leonard, Trevor Cagle chalked up 70 yards rushing on a single carry, Brandt Steele cranked out 10 carries for 57 yards rushing, James Carter followed suit with nine carries for 40 yards.
Last year, Cooper came out on top 43-23.
Tullis noted, “Cooper is quite a bit faster than last year and has the ability to score from anywhere. They have several running backs that play and are all pretty much the same, shifty and athletic.  They are not real big kids but they have a lot of shake in them. They are a team that likes to run the ball right at you and they have tremendous skill kids. They will be a handful for us to stop.”
In the Mount Vernon game, Bulldog Montrel Roberts had 131 yards rushing and an 89-yard scoring run for Cooper. Teammate Pee Wee Jeffery ran 11 times for 110 yards. Cooper ran the ball 37 times for 302 yards. Mount Vernon had 32 rushes for 132. The Bulldogs completed four of 13 passes for 35 yards with one interception. Mount Vernon had 132 yards.
“Pee Wee (Jeffery) is a running back, and I have not noticed him in there as a receiver much unless they go spread. (Chris) Ballard has great hands and feet so we have to do a good job of tackling to be successful,” said Tullis on Cooper competition.
Bulldog quarterback junior Ty Huie has been holding down Cooper's backfield. “Huie is a good team leader,” said Green.
“Huie looks a lot more comfortable at QB this year and has the ability to beat you running or throwing,” said Tullis on the Bulldog.
According to Green, this season's standout has been the defense.
“The defense is playing really well,” Green said. “As well, the offense is coming along, showing improvement each week.”
“They (the Eagles) really get after it,” Green added. “We will have to be mentally prepared to take care of business.”
Next, Cooper will go on the road for a match up with District 13-2A powerhouse Caddo Mills to kick off October football action.
“We have continued to work on our technique and focused on playing as a team. We are all we have and must pull together to do great things,” Tullis ended.
Week five district action for the Eagles will be a homecoming celebration that will host the Grand Saline Indians on Friday, Oct. 2.
Other games in the district will be: Alba-Golden hosts Caddo Mills, Grand Saline hosts Winnsboro, and Lone Oak hosts Quitman.



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