Sunday, October 31, 2010

....stand up and holler!!!

Just have to say, Wow! I love be married to a Texas High School Football Coach!!!


What a season! My Coach, Mike Spradlin, left the University of Houston in January of 2006, to rebuild the Abilene Cooper Cougars. A good school with history and a once winning tradition, had fallen on hard times. However, with a dedicated, like minded staff of coaches, they began to rebuild a buried treasure. It was tough, a controversial boundary change had severely effected the Cooper community. Coach Spradlin, with an unlimited supply of optimism and a proven philosophy, went to work. Immediately, the players bought in and soon success followed. Season 3, found the Cougars, three rounds deep in the playoffs. Season 4, the same plus a district championship. It's been an exciting adventure! Effecting more than a football team. It has fanned the flickering flame of a community.
Which brings us up to date and season 5! Solid and prepared in every way this group, this invested group of men beat #4 state ranked, Austin Westlake, in their first preseason game. Now, 9 games later the Cougars are still undefeated, 9-0. This past Friday night, in front of a 'sold out' stadium of 15,000 plus, Cooper beat the defending 5AAAAA State Champions, Abilene Eagles, in it's 50Th Crosstown Rivalry! The final score was 48-25. I am certain it came as a big surprise for a lot of people, but they weren't on our football team! It was a great game. The Cooper offense played flawlessly. The defense, was a powerful force! Together, they did what no team had done since 2002.




It was a sweet victory....one I'll never forget. Our grown children, came home to witness the occasion. They blessed us with their presence! A gift that one never out grows.


Next week, we head out west to play Midland High. A victory there will make us District Champions and 10-0! Needless to say, my Coach has been hard a work all weekend, figuring out how to beat the bulldogs this Friday night, November 5Th, 2010! It will be a battle, just like every district game, that's why they call it the 'Little Southwest Conference'! We'll be counting the days. Go Cooper Cougars! ....yours is a story worth telling!

Undefeated!
Roxanne Spradlin

8 comments:

courtney said...

i'm so happy for cooper and this huge win! congrats to you guys!

Whitney said...

Congratulations! What an exciting vitory and a great season so far!! Good luck this week!

Kayce said...

Way to go Coogs!! Congrats!! Keep it up boys!!

Lisa said...

You are so right! It is a story to be told! Congratulations to everyone involved in making such an exciting season happen and one that will not be forgotten! I am so glad I found this team, so I can continue to follow a sport that is near and dear to my heart! Thank you, Roxanne, for being my 'blogger' friend, so I can keep up! Have a great week! Keeping everyone in my prayers and will be listening Friday night! GO COUGARS!

Beth said...

best. game. ever.

Linda Popple said...

FANTASTIC!! Can't wait to hear the outcome of Friday's game! Go Cougars!!

Jillep said...

congrats! Do you want to come to Michigan? Our coach resigned this morning, we've fallen on hard times ourselves, two seasons of 1-8! I love Friday night football but my heart is beginning to break for those boys working so hard out there! We need a new hero!! :) good luck with your game this weekend!!

Susan said...

Go Coogs!!!