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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.

Key Returners
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.

Overall Outlook
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.

2015 Schedule
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
9/25 LexCath
10/2 Dixie
10/9 Ryle (OMEGA Game of the Week)
10/16 at Boone Co
10/23 at Conner
Regal Maid
 Friday, Mar 5 
High School Basketball
Lloyd 46 F
Newport Catholic 36
Holy Cross 67 F
Holmes 56
Clay County 41 F
Covington Catholic 52
Ryle 62 F
Simon Kenton 83
Fleming County 63 F
Scott 89
Beechwood 73 F
Dixie 59
St. Henry 72 F
Lexington Christian 49
All A State Semifinals
Owen County 0
Boone County 0
Covington Latin 0
Whitfield Academy 0
Girls High School BBall
Newport Catholic 49 F
Holy Cross 59
Brossart 50 F
Montgomery County 31
Ryle 69 F
Paul Dunbar 54
Walton Verona 56 F
Berea 18
All A State Semifinals
Holmes 0
Lloyd 0
Beechwood 0
Bracken County 0
Pendleton County 0
Carroll County 0
Boone County 0
Lafayette 0
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