Cochran Anchors State Champion Defense
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Posted Dec 15, 2011
Mike Coppage

6-foot-3, 300-pound junior defensive tackle Taylor Cochran made certain that teams could not run the football between the tackles against state champion St. Charles Catholic.

St. Charles Catholic went 15-0 in 2011 behind the strength of a defense that neither bended nor broke. The Comets allowed a meager 90 points all year: an average of only six per game.

Opponents of St. Charles had little-to-no success with the inside running game with defensive tackle Taylor Cochran prowling the gaps.

"I had 90 solo tackles," said Cochran. "Most of the time, I was facing double and triple teams. Last spring, Coach (Frank) Monica told me to lose 65 pounds. I went from 370 to 300 and turned into this monster.

"I did it by dieting and running. I quit soft drinks. I bench press 360 pounds, squat 600, and dead lift 555. I'd love to play in the SEC and I'm also interested in ULM and ULL."

How does Cochran feel about being a big part of St. Charles' first state championship squad?

"It's a dream come true," he said. "We worked so hard. This year, we were under the radar. Most of our defense will be back next year. We have a lot of young guys."

Cochran said some of his best outings came against Northshore (36-8 win), E.D. White (58-0), Parkview Baptist (27-24 semifinal win over the '10 state champions) and in the title game vs. Amite.

He broke up a pass in the Comets' 9-8 victory over Amite last Saturday. St. Charles held the Warriors to 177 yards of total offense (54 rushing) and only eight first downs.

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