FEATURE: Young Cooper defense trying to continue tradition set by 2019 unit

With just four of 11 starters back from a unit that forced more than four turnovers per game in 2019, the Cooper defense was bound by logic and the realities of high school football to take a step backward in 2020.

Add in a once-in-a-century pandemic that cost all Class 5A and 6A schools their spring and much of the offseason, and the Cougars’ odds of repeating last year’s success were only further diminished.

But if you think the Cooper defense has allowed any of those circumstances to serve as an excuse to accept that outcome, you’d be sorely mistaken. And through two games against Class 6A competition, that group has already proven it will once again be a force most opposing offenses will find unpleasant to deal with.

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