Cowboys hope to keep the Wolves at bay in district opener


Olivia Short

Coppell’s defense lines up in the first half during Coppell’s 44-38 victory over Timber Creek at Keller ISD Athletic Complex on Sep. 9. After a week off, the Cowboys return to Buddy Echols Field on Friday against Plano West to open District 6-6A play.

Sahith Mocharla, Staff Writer

Momentum may be a physics topic, but it’s what the Coppell football team hopes to maintain as it transitions into the district season. Although starting the season 3-0 – with wins against Sachse, South Grand Prairie, and Timber Creek – the Cowboys begin their district season alongside everyone else in District 6-6A: 0-0.

“District is what matters no matter what. It’s basically a new season and we need to set up a tone to show that we’re the best team in the district,” Coppell senior running back Malkam Wallace said.

Coppell’s first District 6-6A clash comes against Plano West (1-2) at Buddy Echols Field, with kickoff at 7 p.m.

During the Cowboys’ bye week, they emphasized execution and minimizing mistakes. Coppell is continuing to fully ingrain and develop first-year coach Antonio Wiley’s scheme.

“The main thing we’re focusing on is what we do. If we execute right, we don’t think there’s anybody in the district or state that can stop us,” Wallace said.

Coppell’s first district game coincides with its homecoming festivities, making the game all the more meaningful. Fan support is a huge part of school spirit and the festivities and impacts the play on the field.

“I love the feeling of having the town’s support,” Wallace said. “When you’re on the field, being able to play for something else. I’m playing for the people in a way by going out there and feeling like I have 1,000 people supporting me; I’m not going to let them down.” 

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