Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Episcopal Trying to Develop Consistency

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Episcopal Trying to Develop Consistency

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Cameron Cooper had better be in shape -- good shape.

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound junior at Episcopal should be seeing a

lot of playing time this season at wide receiver, free safety

and kicker.

"Right now, he's one of the best athletes on the team," said

coach Paul Van Wie, who is starting his second year with the

Eagles. "He's one of the fastest players, our best receiver, our

best defensive back and a very good kicker."

Cooper kicked a last-second 38-yard field goal to give Episcopal

a 3-0 jamboree win over Baldwin in the spring. "He's been

hitting 50-yarders in practice," said Van Wie. "It's nice to

know, especially at this level, that even if we don't score a

touchdown every time we can still put some points on the board."

Those points can make a big difference this year for an

Episcopal team that is looking to post a winning record for the

first time in quite a while.

In 1994, the Eagles went 1-9 and then were 3-7 last year in Van

Wie's first season. The team faces a big challenge with its

first game against Bishop Kenney.

"If we can do well early in the season it will be a huge

motivational factor," Van Wie said. "Now that we're in our

second year as coaches, we're more organized and comfortable

than last year. A couple of early wins will give everyone the

right attitude."

The offensive and defensive lines will be a big factor in

helping to develop that winning attitude. With 6-4, 240-pound

Brendon Bledsoe on offense and 6-2, 235-pound Paul Bertozzi on

defense, Episcopal has a strong foundation on which to build. …

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