Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Blowing in the Wind, Part 1...
Saturday was a rare home playoff doubleheader both Abilene High and Cooper were playing home playoff games and oddly enough against two Mansfield schools. Both AHS and Cooper won the home-and-home coin tosses. Abilene High had the early game Cooper had the night game. It was also the coldest game of the year. That couple with 30+ mph winds all day made for not only miserable shooting conditions, but also awful playing conditions. It also negated both teams' kicking games and made passing the ball a helluva lot tougher.
Cooper had been playing everyone of its playoff games this year down to the wire. Their first game they won on the last play of the game, so who was to think this one would have been any different? So, when Cooper went ahead of Mansfield Timberview with just more than 2 minutes left in the game everyone in the stadium knew this one wasn't over, it was just a matter of whether Cooper's defense would be able to hold on long enough to either kill the clock or make a stop. If it wasn't for a really dumb late hit penalty and some bad missed tackling on a really tough touchdown run for the winning touchdown Cooper might have made history having another home game the following week, but it just wasn't meant to be.