Line Prospect Hoping for Success in Playoffs

The 2006 season has been a good one so far for one of the state of Alabama's top high school senior football players.

Brewton, Ala.--After winning his own high school version of the Auburn-Alabama game this season, W.S. Neal offensive lineman Jared Cooper is hoping his team can make a run in the state playoffs.

Neal will take on Trinity Presbyterian of Montgomery this week in round two of the state playoffs after opening in round one with a 35-21 victory over Jemison.

In the regular season Cooper helped his team win its huge rivalry game vs. T.R. Miller, which he says was something special.

The 6-4, 285-pound senior says two games stand out from the ones his 9-2 team has played this year.

"When we played Thomasville earlier in the year I believe that was one of my better games and also when we played T.R. Miller," Cooper says. "That is a big game anyway, but I feel like I performed well. We won 42-35. It has been been 10 years since we beat them."

Cooper, who is a 4.0 honor student, says winning the rivalry game known as "The Battle of Murder Creek" will be long remembered in Brewton. "It would be an understatement to say we are happy at our school," he notes.

The lineman, who says that he likes Auburn and Southern Miss, says, "My season has gone real good. It has gone about like I planned."

Cooper has high hopes that his team can continue its run in the state playoffs. On Friday night they will be in Montgomery to face Trinity Presbyterian. "We played them last year and won 7-6," he says. "They had a 45-game winning home streak and we broke it."

The lineman says he believes his team can make a run at the 4A state title this season. "If we play to our capabilities, I think that is an extremely good possibility. I would say our strength is our offense. We are averaging something like 40 points a game. Of the teams left in the 4A bracket we have the most points scored."

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