Cowboys look to continue district roll at W.T. White


Amanda Hair

Junior wide receiver David Leonty runs onto the field in the second half of Coppell’s 52-10 victory over Lake HIghlands last friday. The Cowboys will attempt to win their third straight District 9-6A game this Friday at W.T. White.


Winning on the road in mid-season district matchups is not easy. But after throttling Lake Highlands in  its stadium a week ago, the Coppell football team heads into W.T. White with a full head of steam.

“It gives us a lot of confidence,” senior linebacker Rodrigo De la Garza said. “We don’t care who we’re playing.”

Hot off the heels of a 52-10 road victory over Lake Highlands, the Cowboys will look to continue the offensive momentum they gained last week. In the win, they racked up 532 total yards, their highest of the year. However, they will go up against a defense that only allowed three points and forced three turnovers in a 20-3 win over Richardson.

“They’re very athletic,” Coppell coach Mike DeWitt said. “They blitz a lot. We’ve got to have our eyes up and be able to come up on linebackers. We need to make sure we still protect when it’s a pass play. If we can, then we can still be explosive.”

The offensive line is a group that has continued to improve each game this season. With underclassman at every position except right guard, they are a young squad who has grown into their roles on the line.

“They’ve gotten better across the board with both run blocking and pass [protection],” DeWitt said. “That’s a part of why we’re having success on offense.”

In its last two games, the Coppell defense has allowed only 26 total points and an average of 262 total yards, doing so without starting senior cornerback Austin Weathers, who has been out with a broken hand, and senior outside linebacker Rodrigo De la Garza, who suffered a burn to his hand several weeks ago. De la Garza will return against W.T. White.

“It’ll be huge, just so we have some guys we can roll in there and be fresh,” DeWitt said. “Especially this week, they’ve got some athletes on offense. We’re just going to have to have fresh legs to be able to run those guys down.”