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Coppell improves to 7-0 in eventful homecoming game against Plano East

Aliza Abidi
Coppell senior wide receiver Luca Grosoli scores a touchdown to make the score 35-0. The Cowboys defeated Plano East, 35-7, in the homecoming game Friday at Buddy Echols Field. Aliza Abidi

The night is electric. The stands are packed, the students are cheering and the homecoming decorations are vibrant. You can feel the school spirit pulsing through the crowd all throughout the cool, crisp October evening.

On Friday night, the Coppell football team handed Plano East a 35-7 loss at Buddy Echols Field. The win was not without its challenges, though. Coppell junior quarterback Edward Griffin took a hit to the face and had his helmet shoved off late in the first half. With 3:26 left to go, Coppell senior quarterback Alex Holder took the remaining snaps for the game.

“I was ready,” Holder said. “I have been preparing myself each year sitting behind [2023 graduate Jack Fishpaw] and Edward. Those are great guys in front of me, I have learned a lot from them and the coaches. I had to be ready for my moment and step up tonight and do my job.”

After the injury to Griffin, there was a clear energy shift but Coppell senior offensive lineman Alex Jackson did his best to motivate the team.

“This is on us,” Jackson said. “For the team, for Edward, let’s go.”

The second half started with a penalty overturning a pick six made by Coppell junior linebacker Weston Polk and a slow drive for Coppell who simply could not convert. 

“It was a rocky start and took me a minute to get in there but I felt good after a while, I felt confident,” Holder said.

And improve they did. In the next drive, Holder scrambled for 23 yards and later in the quarter, Coppell senior wide receiver Luca Grosoli would take the ball in for a touchdown improving the score to 35-0. The crowd was reinvigorated after the play and the touchdown was met with boisterous cheers from the student section.

Coppell walked away victorious on Friday night but the future of the quarterback position remains uncertain.

“I don’t really know what’s happening with all that but I am praying for [Griffin] to get better and get back soon, he deserves that,” Holder said.

Coppell improves to 7-0 with three games remaining in the season. The Cowboys face Hebron on Friday at Hawk Stadium.

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Nyah Rama
Nyah Rama, CHS9 Editor
Nyah is a junior and the CHS9 editor for The Sidekick. Although she was inspired by Rory from Gilmore Girls at 9 years old, Nyah’s journey in the school newspaper and journalism started when she won Writer of the Week during a journalism summer camp. Outside of writing for The Sidekick, Nyah is also an editor for the magazine TaHB, which focuses on topics and events in the science and medical field. When not working on a story for The Sidekick, struggling through IB classes, or editing for TaHB magazine, Nyah enjoys critiquing reality TV with her friends over FaceTime, listening to female rap artists such as Cardi B, Saweetie and Latto, and keeping up with her football team, the New York Jets. As a proud New Jerseyan, born and raised for 5 years, Nyah attributes her opinionated personality to her Jersey origin. She loves everything about the American Northeast: people’s aggressive attitudes and aggression, and the busy city lifestyle. To discuss Patrick Mahomes’ football career, share opinions on reality TV characters, or discuss rap culture, you can contact Nyah by email at [email protected] or on Instagram (@nyah_rama).    
Aliza Abidi
Aliza Abidi, Editorial Page Editor
Aliza Abidi is a senior and the Editorial Page Editor for The Sidekick. In her free time, she likes to read a variety of fiction novels, lift weights, and watch Studio Ghibli movies. To Aliza, journalism is about bringing all sorts of different opinions and perspectives to light. Opinions and perspectives about the world’s various curiosities and disputes that are created by people with interesting stories underneath; experiences which shape an individual's values. To her, these viewpoints are worth sharing, vibrant and fresh to hear and learn about. Seeing her older brother being able to make an impact by bringing stories and viewpoints to light at The Sidekick inspired her to join, where she is now, helping to make an impact in her community as she helps coordinate the process of publishing works that fulfill her passions and goals. You can contact her at [email protected].

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