Publish Date: 11/29/2020
Fact checked by: Mike Goodpaster
Player Interview Cavan (TRIPLE THREAT) Cooper Paint Valley Bearcats-QB, FS
Last season I was able to catch six of the Paint Valley games thanks in A large part because Coach Dye and Coach Cooper allowed my PAFOOTBALLNEWS press pass to give me access. This interview will be with one of their young players Cavan Cooper. The Sophmore started on both sides of the ball and played a large part on their nasty special team units.
My thought on Cooper is this. He is A ball hawk on defense, who at times hits like someone who was told the ball carrier insulted his mother. On offense, he was one of the better running quarterbacks I watched all of last season and he can spin the ball when needed. He might be even better as A kick returner where he processes the ability to make A would-be tackler look silly but in my opinion, his future will be as A hard-hitting defensive back. If I was A betting man I would bet the house on his best football is in front of him and by the time all is said and done he will be playing college ball at A level that might shock some.
1- You were thrown into the fire during your Freshman year because of an injury to the starting quarterback. How much did that play into your success this past season? I think it helped a lot because it gave me confidence and gave me some experience in some high-intensity games. I was able to extend off that this year.
2- The Bearcats were stacked with experience on the line last season As the starting QB what kind of an adjustment will you have to make with your style to help the young line out? I don’t think I will have to do anything different honestly. We have people that will be studs but they just haven’t gotten the playtime because the people above them
3- In following Paint Valley since the 90’s you guys always seem to be overlooked to A point, with that in mind does it motivate you and the team in any way? Yes, it definitely does. We never truly know why we are overlooked but we always seem to come out on top. I personally like being the underdog.
4- You are the type of player I call A triple threat (offense/defense/special teams) which do you prefer to play and why do you prefer that? I love to play everywhere. special teams, I feel like I can be dangerous there and on offense, I also feel like I can do a lot there. But defense is where I like playing the most because I can make plays when I need to but it also allows me to come up and pop some people which I love.
5- What is the best advice you have received as far as helping you out on the field? To be able to overcome my mistakes and not letting them bother me. I made some this year and I was able to still overcome those.
6- Which team in the league do you like beating the most? Unioto. There isn’t anything better than the smallest school in the league beating up on the biggest school in the league.
7- Overall you guys had A good season but you enter 2021 on A two-game losing streak. How important is it for you guys to get the win on opening night? It is pretty important to get that win to start off the season. It will help us with confidence going into those next games.
8- Coach Dye and Coach Cooper come across as very straight forward guys and have always treated me very well. So my question to you about them is what is the best thing about playing for them? They are both very smart and know a ton about football and they know how to coach very well. They give it to you straight and you gotta take it and apply it to your game.
9- You are down six with enough time for one more play, you have the ball on the opponent’s five-yard line. What play are you hoping is called? I like it when the game is on my shoulders and the pressure is on. With that said I would want an outside run or a waggle with my guards pulling so I could take it in with my feet.
10- In A perfect world which team do you want to play most before your high school career is through? I don’t have one that I would want to play the most. But I would definitely want a challenge with teams like Jackson and Waverly.
Here are some stats the young Sophomore put up last season.
Defense- 60 tackles, 3 ints, forced fumble, a fumble recovery, 3 defensive touchdowns Offense- 16 touchdowns, 525 yards rushing on 55 carries, and 690 passing yards on 38 completions. 1 Kick off return for a touchdown