HICO — Through the final eight games of 2019, Hico running back-linebacker Cooper Roach was stuck on the sidelines with an injured knee, watching his shorthanded teammates struggle through what was left of an 0-10 season.
Lost for the season in Week 2 against area rival Hamilton, Roach had injured his MCL and meniscus, forcing him into surgery and months of arduous rehabilitation.
His injury was doubly crippling for the Tigers, who not only lost one of their top offensive weapons, but one of their best tacklers as well — effectively costing them two key players instead of one.
The 16-year-old was hoping to be a major contributor last year, but never got the opportunity. He now enters his third varsity season with hopes of making up for lost time and helping the Tigers to snag their first playoff spot since 2017.