Wow feels like the old days...
By Jason McGrew
November 23, 2008
Hello again Cougar fans and it feels good to be a resident of Cougar Country as they manhandle people in the playoffs. The Coogs have now shut down two very good high powered offenses in the playoffs and seem to be almost unstoppable. They are playing very good football, very few mistakes, using the offensive package to the fullest, and a D that punishes wide recievers. Theres not many in the state that are going to be able to overlook the Cougars if they keep playing the way they have been. They have Denton Guyer next week and hopefully they'll get a chance to play in Texas stadium which would be a great gift for this bunch of Coogs. Heslep has become a very dangerous passer and as usual with Padrill and Pimpton keeping defenses honest has had some chances to really air it out over the top to Bowman and Sonnier. The Cougar defense right now is probably one of the best defenses in the state if not the best in my opinion. Will Ford is gonna be a stud even hurt and with a supporting cast like Ty Robinson, Demetric Lee, Brandon Henderson, and Blake Spears theres alot of offensive coordinators getting nervous across the state.
In this last game El Paso was just outclassed and as usual they do not generally do well against Cougar teams in the playoffs. They have the Denton Guyer Wildcats up next and from everything I've seen there a pretty standard metroplex team. They are really big and physical there defensive line weighs 948 pounds respectively and they run a 3-4. There offensive line is battle hardened and are also very big and very physical. They tend to open up very big lanes for their running backs and come with a very balanced offensive attack. This team also likes to do a lot of cute plays like the onside kick and Spradlin is going to have the hands team out there every time. They also have some really creepy "Omen" music playing on their website to watch their videos, and their official record is 9-2. They are a for real playoff team and its sad to say metroplex teams generally are the guys that knock us out every year. Yes, even back in the 90's. The one thing you don't hear them brag about in the forums is their secondary and with Cougar receiving corp they better lay off the pork skins and quit reading their press clippings. A lot, is going to depend on the Cougar offensive line and keeping Hesleps pocket nice and firm. If they can't keep Heslep on his feet and throwing in the game then we could be in some trouble. They are excellent on the run and about every coach in Texas has Pimpton scouted. Probably, wouldn't be a bad idea to use a full complement of backs especially Alfred and try to exhaust those fatties on their defensive line. This is going to be a game in which the Cougars speed will be very important and a turnover in this game could be very bad. The Wildcats tend to be very opportunistic and will get points off of mistakes. If you have the gas money it should be a good one and I would go if I could. So wear your red and blue this week and send some prayers to Ford and his elbow, he's a tough stud but I'm sure he would appreciate it.
My apologies to Denton Guyer Wildcat fans I did not realize there was another Denton Wildcats team in the playoffs to where there could be confusion. I mean I'm used to 5A teams that are actually known. (Odessa Permian (Permian, Mojo,), Abilene High (Abilene Eagles, so I didn't take into account your feelings once again my apologies. Oh yah, and btw we are known as Abilene Cougars in some places, sometimes Abilene Cooper, sometimes Coogs. Didn't know you 4A guys were so sensitive notice corrections have been made.
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