GAME STORY: Big plays, fast start propel Summit to upset win over Cooper

On a night that saw two Cooper players etch their names in the record books, it was the Mansfield Summit Jaguars who left Shotwell Stadium smiling Friday after a dominating 49-28 bi-district win.

Summit jumped on Cooper early, scoring the game’s first 28 points, and answered both of the Cougars’ first-half touchdowns to take a 42-14 lead into halftime and make significant achievements for CHS quarterback Aidan Thompson and running back Noah Garcia footnotes in an otherwise forgettable game.

Thompson became Cooper’s all-time leading passer in the second quarter and tied the Coogs’ career passing touchdowns record in the fourth, while Garcia took over the top spot for all-purpose touchdowns, adding to a record-setting career that already included school and district records for career rushing yardage.

But in the end, this night belonged to Summit, which averaged 12.2 yards per play in the first half and became the first team all year to shut down Cooper’s potent rushing attack.

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