"We went three rounds deep for the second year in a row (in 2009)," said Renfro, "and we scored the most points in school history. We sent six or seven players on to play college football. We're looking forward to competing with our crosstown rival, which is (defending state champion) Abilene High.
"We're trying to knock off Abilene and win 5A. They lost a lot of players on defense, but they do have two stars in Herschel Sims and Ronnell Sims. We had a chance to beat them last year, but our secondary was inexperienced."
Cooper, which lost to Abilene in a 49-37 shootout last season, was up-and-down on defense in 2009. The Cougars held six opponents to 14-or-fewer points, but they also allowed 34-or-more points in five games. With Renfro leading the way (50 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, eight sacks), however, Cooper looks to tighten up on defense.
"Our strength is our front seven," Renfro said. "We have some young guys in the secondary who are getting their feet wet, but everybody on the front seven can bench press over 300 pounds and squat over 500 pounds. We have three or four powerlifting champs on the front seven."
Renfro, who is attending SMU camp next weekend, is big on the Mustangs.
"I've been getting letters from SMU and I really want to go there for college," he said. "I'm going to the SMU camp in Abilene. It's next weekend, on June 10."