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October 26, 2023

Getting ready for Guyer

Cowboys play Wildcats in bi-district playoffs
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Ava Johnson
Coppell senior offensive lineman Alex Jackson addresses the Cowboys prior to playing Plano on Friday at John Clark Stadium. Coppell advanced to the first round of playoffs, playing Denton Guyer at Buddy Echols Field tonight at 7 p.m.

Throughout the year, the Coppell football team’s mentality has been “chasing the next 1-0.”

This mindset becomes reality as the Cowboys saddle up for tonight’s game. Win and the mentality lives on – lose and it fades into the offseason.

The Cowboys (10-0) face Denton Guyer (7-3) tonight in the Class 6A Division II Region I bi-district playoffs at Buddy Echols Field at 7 p.m.

“Guyer is a very talented team and has gone against some of the best opponents in the state,” Coppell senior offensive lineman Alex Jackson Jackson said. “Their district is very tough, probably one of the best in the state. So they’ve had all year to prepare for high-level games like this one.”

According to Jackson, Coppell is taking an approach against Guyer similar to the one used for Lewisville earlier in the season, simply focusing on reducing mistakes. 

“We need to bring the physicality and the focus,” Jackson said. “The team that makes the least amount of mistakes is going to win the game, so we’re just trying to limit our mistakes.”

The team has had high spirits in practice this week as the game nears. 

“We know that Denton Guyer is a really good team but we’re confident in ourselves,” Jackson said. “We’re a good team and we play like it. Everyone is excited to compete and I love to see that culture around our team because it motivates people more to do the little things right.”

As district champions and the higher seed, Coppell has the home advantage in tonight’s game. 

“The home advantage keeps everything normal to us,” Coppell coach Antonio Wiley said. “They have to come into an environment that is not their own, it’s just small things that go in our favor. These small things don’t have an impact on the final outcome of the game but it’s always good to be able to stay within your routine.”

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Ava Johnson, Sports Assignment Editor
Ava is a senior and the sports assignment editor for The Sidekick. If she’s not working on a piece, you can find her reading, spending time with loved ones, or listening to music. You can contact her at [email protected], or through Instagram at (@heylolitsava).

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