Photo by Chris Gomez
El Paso, Texas — The Eastwood Troopers saw their season come to an end due to costly mistakes including four interceptions, a fumble recovery for a touchdow as Abilene Cooper defeated the Troopers 49-41 at Trooper Stadium.
The Cooper Cougars needed only 19 seconds to take the opening possession of the game 70 yards on 3 plays, scoring on a 47 yard Noah Garcia touchdown run by the Cougar Sophomore back making the score 7-0.
Both teams exchanged three and outs before Eastwood Quarterback Christian Casteneda would throw his first of four interceptions of the night to Brady Miller. Cooper would capitalize on a 35-yard reverse to Daelin Campos making the score 14-0.
Eastwood would battle back scoring on a 21 yard touchdown pass to Noah Rios but the extra point was missed making the score 14-6.
Cooper would answer going up 21-6, Eastwood would score minutes before the half on a Casteneda to AJ Delgado Touchdown pass and convert the 2-point conversion to make the score 21-14 at the half.
Eastwood would open the second half with a 70 yard touchdown drive caped off by a 31 yard touchdown pass from Casteneda to Trilarry Coleman to tie the game at 21-21.
Cooper would regain the lead on a 5 yard Noah Garcia Touch run making the score 28-21.
On the ensuing possession Casteneda would complete a pass to Eddie Cruz who fumbled and Cooper Defensive Back Roderick Boger would pick up the loose ball and take it 23 yards for the score giving Cooper a 35-21 lead.
Eastwood continued to battle, scoring first on a 51 yard touchdown pass to but Cooper answered with another Noah Garcia Touchdown making the score 42-34 Cooper.
Although Eastwood could not get to within one score until 1:22 left in the game but failed to recover on three onside kick attempts at various points of the game including their final kickoff. Cooper would recover and run out the clock with a final score of 49-41.
Casa Nissan Player of the Game: Abilene Cooper Defensive Back Brady Miller 2 Interceptions.
Chris Gomez – Reporting