FEATURE: Cooper offense finding stride in running game after slow start out of the gates

Through the Cooper football team’s first two games — losses to Keller and Abilene High — the Cougars struggled to find the level of consistency they’re accustomed to in the running game.

Behind an inexperienced line breaking in several new starters, CHS managed only 51 yards rushing on 29 carries in a 34-16 season-opening loss to the Indians before mustering 50 yards on 18 attempts in a 14-10 setback against its crosstown rival.

But after averaging a mere 2.1 yards per carry through the first two weeks of the season, the Coogs experienced a breakthrough in last week’s 41-38 overtime win over San Angelo Central. And coming off that performance, which saw Cooper amass 257 yards and four touchdowns on the ground, coach Aaron Roan is hoping that level of success will be become a regular occurrence going forward.

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