Cooper, AHS looking to see some results as spring period draws to a close

Spring football wraping up for...

ABILENE, TX - This week wraps up spring football for Abilene High and Cooper, one of the busiest preseason periods in recent years.

Both programs have been hard at work, trying to put the pieces to the puzzle back together in preparation for the fall.

As we've documented, both teams faced massive losses to graduation -- with a lot of new guys fighting for roster spots, in addition to getting some of the rust off the veteran returning players.

But now, with just a couple days left, for the week and the spring period, it’s time to put all that learning and evaluating into a game-like atmosphere with the annual spring games.

"We probably have a little bit too much on [them] because of all the new people that we have,” said AHS second-year head coach Del Van Cox. “But the more that they know now, the easier it's going to be to get it on."

“The game is happening really fast for them right now,” added Cooper head coach Todd Moebes. “But now it’s about finishing off the repetitions to where that goes away.”

And while both coaches are aware of the massive learning curve for their young guns, this week is a chance to see results before the break.

“They’ve got to go out there and prove it and so that's just the big thing for young guys,” said Moebes. “It's just being able to get to the point when they have to make a tackle or make a block and have to make a decision, and allow us to coach off of it whether it's the right decision or wrong decision."

"The veterans are trying to tell the younger guys that things happen fast on a Friday night, and you got to know what you’re doing so you can react fast,” explained coach Cox.

The Cooper spring game kicks-off at 6 p.m. on Friday night at Shotwell Stadium, with Abilene High’s the next day, 7 p.m. Friday at Shotwell.

The “Game of Champions benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network will precede the game at 6 p.m.

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