Octavious Cooley is a rare high school football prospect. Maxpreps.com freshman all-american a few years ago. Helped lead Laurel to the 5A state title last year.
His head coach Todd Breland knew from the first time he saw Cooley that he was going to be special. "He has such a passion when he gets on the field, especially on Friday nights. The bigger the lights, the bigger he plays and people feed off of that."
That showed Friday when the Tornados faced rival West Jones on the road. The game was scoreless at the half, but Cooley and the Tornados came alive in the second half. "We came out a little bit sluggish. Just had to get out motor going earlier in the game, but I feel like after halftime we came out with a full head of steam and handled business," Cooley said. He accounted for three touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving as Laurel won the game 37-0.
After a slow start to the season facing a tough schedule, Cooley and the Tornados look to be back on track as they continue region play. "Me and my quarterback (fellow senior Keon Howard) have been together for, not just four years, it's more like eight years. This our last year going...we've just got to come in and work hard every day and we'll make it." Cooley committed to Ole Miss New Year's Eve of 2014, picking among many other college offers.
Next up for Laurel is a home game against Natchez on Friday.