|Cooper Football 2015 Preview
|7/31/2015 - by NKS Editor|
Head Coach Randy Borchers begins his 8th year at Cooper (39-42) as his team looks to improve on their 9-5 record from last year. The Jaguars made it to the Class 5A State semifinals last year before falling to Pulaski County 33-7.
On defense the Jaguars return 8 starters! The top 3 are Seniors starting with DL Marcus Watson who had 90.5 tackles and 7 sacks last year. LB Seth Keller had 65.5 tackles and 2 INT's, and LB Aiden Keller had 61 tackels and 3 INT's.
On offense, Cooper returns one of the best running backs in NKY, SR Torey Cordell-Armstrong. Torey had 1,752 rushing yards and 16 rushing TD's last year. They also return JR WR Dante Henrix who had 551 receiving yards and 5 TD's last year.
For the third year in a row, Cooper enters the 2015 season with a question mark at quarterback. Because of this they will rely heavily on senior running back Torey Cordell-Armstrong; especially early in the season until a starting QB is established. Last season Torey rushed for over 1700 yards and 16 TD’s, earning himself Class 5A District 5 Player of the Year honors. Once a starter at QB is established they will have several targets to throw to. Returning receivers include, Junior Dante Hendrix, Senior Chad Michels, and Senior Tyson Jackson. Up front the offensive line will be anchored by three year starter Senior Marcus Watson and other returning players include, Junior Sander Rocksvag, Senior Dalton Mitchell, and Senior Kyle Sand.
The Cooper defensive unit returns 8 starters from last year’s team who held opponents to just 17 points a game. Three of the top tacklers from 2014 are back and include; senior defensive lineman Marcus Watson with 90.5 tackles and 7 sacks, senior linebacker Seth Keller with 65.5 tackles and 2 interceptions, and his twin brother senior linebacker Aidan Keller with 61 tackles and 3 interceptions. Defensively senior defensive back Cole Hicks and senior defensive lineman Elliot Smith both return from season ending injuries suffered last season and should have a major impact on the defense.
This season Cooper makes the jump to 6A and their 2015 schedule is arguably the toughest schedule Cooper has had in its 8 years of existence. The schedule features national power Highlands High School and other perennial state title contenders such as Newport Central Catholic, Simon Kenton, Lexington Catholic, and 2014 6A state runner-up Dixie Heights. Cooper also adds Lexington’s Bryan Station to the schedule as well as district foes, Conner and Ryle. The schedule rounds out with a rivalry game versus Boone County.
8/21 Highlands (Crosstown Showdown)
8/28 at NewCath (OMEGA Game of the Week)
9/4 at Bryan Station
9/11 Camp Co
9/18 at Simon Kenton
10/9 Ryle (OMEGA Game of the Week)
10/16 at Boone Co
10/23 at Conner