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Cooper QB Joe's hand continues to heal, coach optimistic going into Friday

By Mike Skow, mskow@ktxs.com
Published On: Nov 12 2013 08:43:53 PM CST
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ABILENE, Texas -

Cooper head coach Todd Moebes is optimistic his starting quarterback, Lorenzo Joe, will be available to play this Friday against El Paso Coronado.

"Hopefully we won't have any setbacks between now and then. And it is, its progressing the way doctors feel it should. It's just being able to get some movement back in his fingers," Moebes said.

Lorenzo broke his hand early in the game against San Angelo Central on Nov. 1st. He had surgery to repair the break last week. Moebes said Joe is adjusting a hard-cast he has to wear.

"It's a bit different for him but he's certainly responded to adversity before and hopefully he'll be able to respond to this."

The Coogs' bi-district playoff game could be a record-setting night if they can run the ball in the same dominating fashion as the regular season. Cooper needs just over 70 yards to break the school's single-season rushing record.

And Moebes expects Coronado (1-5A District Champ) to be tough and stretch the field.

"They've got an explosive offense, very capable of guys, skill positions, getting the ball in their hands. Each receiver's got about 20-25 catches. They really spread it around, runningback is good, and their quarterback manages the offense," Moebes said.

Cooper faces EP Coronado on Friday at 7:30 PM in Midland. They will play at Grande Communications Stadium.