COOPER JAGUARS Head Coach: Randy Borchers (14-27 @ Cooper, four years, 21-41 overall, six years) 2011 Record: 6-5, 4-0
Overview: In only four years of football Cooper won their first district title last fall. The Jaguars found out how short-lived such accomplishments can be as they got upset in opening round of the playoffs by Montgomery County. Despite all that this is a senior class that is setting the bar. Expect nothing less than a gritty hard fought affair on Friday nights from head coach Randy Borchers and his boys.
It doesn’t hurt to have quarterback Tyler Morris, the District Player of the Year, back under center. Morris is the true definition of a “gamer.” He was a stud in all aspects of the game with three interceptions, including two pick-six scores and 1,315 all purpose yards. On offense he accounted for 21 touchdowns (10 rushing and 11 passing) while rushing for 925 yards and throwing for another 857 as a junior. AJ Collins takes a large load off of Morris. He racked up 987 yards on the ground, 1,469 all-purpose yards while finding the end zone eight times. Corey Fussinger, Kagan Strok, Tyler Brooks and Will Ludwig will see their moments in the sun also.
Cooper established quite a reputation on defense in 2011. They are hoping to keep that trend alive. They lose some key pieces, but have the nucleus to be very good. Taylor Centers, Dustin Mitchell and Zach Neumann are a good core on the line. At linebacker Avery Bricking had a strong showing as a sophomore. Classmate Ryan Richardson and veteran Ricky Martin join him in the middle of the field. The secondary becomes top-rate when Morris decides to line up in it. He is joined by Collins, Fussinger, Aaron Morgan, Dylan Vanlandingham and Ty Keller. Forcing turnovers will be a specialty of this unit.