This week’s Orange Panther of the Week is junior running back Ronald Cooper. On Thursday, Cooper ran for a career-high 141 yards and two touchdowns on just nine carries as the Panthers defeated Person 26-14 at Auman Stadium. On Cooper’s first carry of the game, he ran around right end for a 41-yard touchdown. Late in the second quarter, Cooper scored on an 11-yard score for the final touchdown for Orange that would carry them to its second victory of the year. Cooper had a great all-around game. As a linebacker, he and Jackson Wood teamed to hold up Person quarterback Cole Garrett on a 4th-and-3 from the Person 41-yard line late in the first quarter. It led to Coopers’s first touchdown run. On the season, Cooper has four tackles for loss on defense and 20 tackles overall. Cooper, who has gained the nickname RoKu from colorman Derryl Britt, will return to action on Friday night when Orange faces Northwood in Pittsboro. You can hear the game on starting at 6:55 live from Chatham County.

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