Jordan Cooper, the New Caney High School quarterback, was honored at a school assembly Dec. 5. He was named the Ford Tough Texas 5A Football Player of the Week.
John Centner, general manager of Planet Ford, together with Danielle Honaker and Doris Lynk of Ford Motor Company, presented the award to Cooper.
Cooper led the New Caney team to the 2017 Texas 5A District 21 championship with an 8 and 3 season record. His play in the district championship won him the nomination and the award.
In that game, Cooper led the team to a 63-36 victory over previously unbeaten Crosby. Cooper got the Eagles off to 21-13 first-quarter lead, with a 65-yard touchdown run. By halftime, the margin had expanded to 42-13, enabling the Eagles to hang on for the victory.
The 6-foot, 205-pound Cooper racked up some impressive numbers along the way. He completed 13 of 19 passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 20 times for 207 yards and three more touchdowns.
For the season, through the district championship game, Cooper hit on 104 of 162 passes for 1,442 yards and 11 scores, and ran 143 times for 1,003 yards and 16 scores.
In presenting the award to Cooper at the school assembly, Centner noted Cooper’s outstanding off-the-field achievements. He has earned a 3.45 GPA. He has coached in the East Montgomery County Youth Football program the last two seasons and has served as a mentor in the Elite D1 sports training program for youth under age 13. He was also an outstanding volunteer in the Hurricane Harvey recovery.
Coach Brady Pennington said, “Cooper is an outstanding person. The award is so well deserved because of the kind of person Cooper is and not just for his high level of play but also for his community service.”
Pennington said, “Cooper’s parents have done a great job in instilling the right values in their son. Cooper knows the significance of education and he says football and academics have helped him get ready for the rest of his life. He is a quality, quality individual.”
After the award ceremony, Cooper humbly noted being embarrassed by the attention at the ceremony and was surprised by all the attention. He gave credit to his team and coaches for the great season. Cooper plans to go on to college and currently is considering both the naval academy and the air force academy.