Switching from his normal position in the midfield to center back on defense, Cooke helped lead Alexander to a four-match unbeaten streak March 25 to April 16, including two crucial region victories over Troup County and Shaw, to be in contention for a postseason spot in the Class 4A playoffs.
“I’ve had to play defense this year because I’m a commanding presence as the captain,” Cooke stated. “We’ve had injuries but our underclassmen have been able to step up in their positions as varsity players. Making the playoffs is a tradition here.”
Cooke has led a defensive unit that’s allowed more than three goals in a contest only twice this season.
“We’ve gotten some players back and will be able to have a lockdown defense for the postseason,” Cooke said.
Cooke is a member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club at Alexander. He will play soccer at Oglethorpe University this fall and major in mechanical engineering.
Upon qualification, the Cougars’ first-round playoff match will be on April 29.