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Borden, defense lead Cooper to 42-14 victory over St. Louis Park

By NATE GOTLIEB, Special to the Star Tribune, 09/07/18, 9:30PM CDT


The Hawks, led by senior tailback Nascier Borden's three touchdowns, avenged a section championship loss to the Orioles last season.

Robbinsdale Cooper senior tailback Nascier Borden ran for three touchdowns as the Hawks' picked up a 42-14 road win at St. Louis Park Friday night. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine

Nascier Borden

Cooper made the most of its chance for redemption against St. Louis Park on Friday, defeating the Orioles 42-14 behind strong performances from its defense and senior running back Nascier Borden.

Cooper’s defense held St. Louis Park scoreless for more than three quarters and Borden rushed for three touchdowns.

The Hawks (2-0) avenged an upset loss to the Orioles in last year’s Class 5A, Section 5 championship.

“They beat us last year so we had to get redemption,” said Borden, adding that Cooper “worked hard as a team” and noting the Hawks’ mentality of going 1-0 each week.

Borden, who is about 5-6, led an offense that accrued more than 450 yards, rushing for more than 200 yards himself. Senior quarterback Trashawn McMillan added 230 passing yards, throwing touchdown passes to Pedro Amoussou and Dkyzian Clay and rushing for another.

Cooper, No. 7 in Class 5A, went a combined 15-1 during the 2016 and 2017 regular seasons but lost in the Section 5 championship game each year. Coach Willie Howard said the team is focusing on improving upon last season and taking the season one game at a time.

Sajid Nathim rushed for two touchdowns for the Orioles (1-1), who forced three Cooper turnovers and recovered an onside kick.


First report

Nascier Borden rushed for over 200 yards and three touchdowns as Cooper defeated St. Louis Park 42-14 on Friday, avenging an upset loss to the Orioles in last year's Class 5A, Section 5 championship.

Borden, a senior who is listed at 5-5, had four rushes of at least 20 yards, helping the Hawks (2-0), ranked seventh in Class 5A, build a 28-0 third-quarter lead. Cooper's defense allowed just six plays longer than 10 yards on the game and none longer than 16 yards, while also forcing a safety, two sacks and two turnovers.

Pedro Amoussou and Dkyzian Clay caught touchdown passes from Cooper quarterback Trashawn McMillan, who also rushed for another.

Sajid Nathim rushed for two touchdowns for the Orioles (1-1), who forced three Cooper turnovers and recovered an onside kick.

Check back later for more on the game.

St. Louis Park junior running back Sajid Nathim carries the ball during the first half of Friday night's 42-14 loss to Robbinsdale Cooper. Photo by Drew Herron, SportsEngine

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