Cougars Picked to Win District 4-5A by Dave Campbell's

Published 06/18 2014 12:03AM

Updated 06/18 2014 12:53AM

The Cooper Cougars drop to what is now Class 5A this year, and find themselves in a new district with some new faces on the field.

Dave Campbell's expects the Cougars not only to be the top team in the district, but also one of the top Class 5A teams in the sate. Texas Football ranked Cooper at number nine in the state entering the season.

So, you could say the expectations are once again high at Cooper.

"What we always prepare for is to be able to, you know, the ultimate goal and win a state championship, regardless of what classification you're in. It's always in the back of our mind. It's something that motivates us and drives us, but there's a lot of things that we've got ot be able to do along the way," said head coach Todd Moebes.

The Cougars will have to replace plenty of key players off last years team. Starting with quarterback Lorenzo Joe, who is now with the Texas Longhorns.

Look for David Ruot, who missed most of last season due to injury, to take the reigns of the Cougars offense this season.

"Yeah there's some big shoes to fill. There was some big shoes to fill when Clayton Nicholas left, and then Lorenzo stepped up and filled those shoes fine, and we have no doubt that whomever it may be that is going to step into those roles is going to fill the exact same way, and next year we may be talking about somebody else who might be talkling about somebody else who may have to fill those shoes," said Moebes.

"Those guys were great leaders, and we're doing our best to take their steps and continue building this program and a premier program," said David Ruot.

Cooper will likely lean on their running game once again this season. That's with three offensive linemen returning this season, and running back Skyler Wilson ready to take the bulk of the carries in the backfield.

"They're huge. Hunter Hawkins and Johnathan Nicholson have started 25 games for us, and they've seen just about everything that a defense can throw at them," said Moebes.

Dave Campbell's picked the Cougars to take the district title, but warned that a lot of what happens in District 4-5A will depend on Cooper's ability to replace key parts of their explosive offense from a year ago.

As for the rest of the district. Texas Football is picking Lubbock Cooper to finish second after reaching the regional finals a year ago in Class 3A.

Look for Lubbock High and Plainview to make up the rest of the playoff teams from District 4-5A according to Dave Campbell's.

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