Black Swamp Football

Defiance High School

HS

Hard-nosed St. Marys on deck for Defiance

Coming off stellar defensive efforts in week one, St. Marys will host Defiance in the WBL opener for both teams.
The Bulldogs staved off four goal-to-go chances by Napoleon to claim a 7-0 victory over the Wildcats while the Roughriders posted a 10-7 win over London on the first Friday.
“We have a lot of areas to work on, but the thing that jumped off the film was our effort for 48 min,” emphasized first-year Defiance coach Travis Cooper. “As a coach, that is the starting point for everything.”
Cooper knows St. Marys presents a tall challenge this week.

Defiant Defiance turns away multiple Napoleon chances for 7-0 victory

DEFIANCE – Minutes after Defiance used four goal-line and five red-zone defensive stands to snuff out Napoleon drives in a 7-0 victory on Thursday night at Fred J. Brown Stadium, the voice of one of the last remaining Bulldog fans in the stands reverberated through the late August night, “Travis Cooper for President!”
The comment got a big smile out of the new Defiance sideline general in a debut that Bulldog faithful will not soon forget.
Defiance turned away Napoleon twice at the goalline in the final 4:26, including the game-clincher with just second remaining.
“It’s a lot of prayers, a lot of hard work and it comes down to the kids,” said Cooper. “We can have this vision and program in the summer but the kids had to buy in. They weren’t skeptical. They bought in and did everything they possibly could. What more could you ask from our kids?”
The Bulldogs’ defense lived on the edge four times with the Wildcats teetering near hallelujah land, but each time Defiance was up to the challenge.
After failing to score on its third goal-to-go situation a couple minutes earlier, Napoleon marched right back inside the Defiance 10 after forcing a three-and-out by the Defiance offense. With under a half minute left, Napoleon faced a fourth-and-goal. As Blake Wolf tried to hit Caleb Stoner with a pass over the middle at the goalline, he was interfered with, resulting in another play for the Wildcats.

Fracas at ‘The Fred’: Napoleon invading Defiance as Maumee River rivals return to gridiron

Travis Cooper will experience the Maumee River dustup with arch-rival Napoleon for the first time as a head coach Thursday when his Defiance Bulldogs play host to the invading Wildcats at Fred J. Brown Stadium.
However, Cooper is not a newbie when it comes to the magnitude of the titanic clash.
Cooper simply stated of the yearly meeting: “There’s nothing like it.”
On the other sideline will be Napoleon frontman Tory Strock, who is gearing up for his 14th clash with his community’s rival adversary. Strock’s Wildcats have had the upper hand during his tenure, posting a 9-4 mark against Defiance.
Toe will be put to pigskin at 7 p.m. Thursday in the 99th meeting of two towns steeped in football tradition. Napoleon holds a 54-42-2 advantage in the series.

Defiance job a dream come true for Cooper

DEFIANCE – With a prominent area coach on last year’s football coaching staff and already a teacher in the high school, the news of Travis Cooper taking over at Defiance High School comes as little surprise.
His hire is pending board approval later today.
Cooper, a 1998 Fairview graduate, replaces Kevin Kline, who stepped away from the program last month and was named the head coach at Marion Pleasant earlier this week.
The Defiance job has been a dream of Cooper’s.
“This is the job I’ve wanted since I started coaching,” said Cooper, who teaches high school science at Defiance. “Although we’ve had some lean years lately, I’m super pumped.”
He was in the running for the Defiance job in 2017 when Kline took over the program.
Cooper stated he had other possible head coaching opportunities the last couple years.
“I didn’t want to jump into a job for the sake of jumping into a job,” said Cooper. “I didn’t see anything locally that peaked my interest that I wanted to take over, because I wanted to be all in on it.”