Cooper Bulldogs clinch second district title in three years with 28-7 romp over Wolfe City
For the second time in three years, the Cooper Bulldogs are district champions. The Bulldogs (6-1, 5-0) recently defeated Wolfe City at home by a final score of 28-7 to secure the district title. Cooper won the game on a cold, wet Wednesday night ahead of their season finale against Alba-Golden.
Cooper has been highly successful for most of the last three seasons under head coach Rod Castorena, who previously came from Gunter. In 2018, the Bulldogs won their district in Class 3A. This year, they did it on the Class 2A level. In both years, Cooper clinched the district title one game early. Like the last district championship, the Bulldogs have an opportunity to go undefeated in league play.
“When we came in we wanted to sell being really tough and having great discipline. We wanted our guys to play for each other and that’s what we built our program around,” Castorena said. “We tell our kids on a daily basis and we sell them on how we do things in the weight room, in the offseason, and the daily things we do in our program. Now, it has translated into our football program, and I kept telling the kids that it is going to add up. Friday nights are a reflection of what they’ve done before the ball game. The kids are doing a great job of buying into our system and coral values while playing really hard for each other. I am proud to be a part of this team.”
Even during uncertain times, the Bulldogs stuck together under Castorena’s leadership. With that, Cooper tasted the sweetest type of victory on Wednesday night because of the team’s ability to fight through a multitude of hardships.
“I can’t be more thankful to God for this team and opportunity,” Castorena said. “This year has definitely thrown adversity at us throughout the season. You just have to take it day by day, but you wake up and your week may not work out like it was planned. It’s unfortunate, but we just have to take care of today, take care of tomorrow, and each day as it comes. All of that makes it really special. Every day you get to practice and work with these kids, you are grateful for it. I told the seniors that I love them and allow us to coach them for several more weeks. We are not done yet, God-willing, and we have to be ready for Alba-Golden. They played Como-Pickton really tough, and we want to go into hopefully a long postseason run with momentum.”
The Bulldogs will close the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at home against Alba-Golden. For more sports coverage, click here.