Football: Game Preview: Week 8 Lubbock-Cooper at Abilene Cooper

Football: Game Preview: Week 8 Lubbock-Cooper at Abilene Cooper (10-20-17)

Trey Garlett Trey Garlett

Game Preview: Week 8 Lubbock-Cooper at Abilene Cooper (10-20-17)

Kickoff: 7:30 p.m. 100.7 The Score

Lubbock-Cooper Pirates (5-1, 1-0)

Abilene Cooper Cougars (4-2, 0-1)

The Lubbock-Cooper football team is coming off their first district 4-5A win last week over the Lubbock High Westerners 38-19. The Pirates are 1-0 in the district along with Coronado and Monterey. Coronado beat San Angelo Lakeview and Monterey beat the next opponent for LCP, Abilene Cooper. In a game where Lubbock High was going to execute and stick to the game plan of handing Isiah Johnson the ball 30 times, slowed down the Pirate offense for a quarter and a half last Friday night. In the first quarter Lubbock-Cooper started with 2 three and outs and only managed a Brock Thompson 31 yard field goal. In the second quarter, the offense got going after a long 97 yard drive lasting 6 minutes and 19 seconds ending with an Eli Boyd 10 yard touchdown run. Senior running back Eli Boyd has a huge game for the Pirates scoring a total of 4 touchdowns. Boyd rushed for 144 yards and 3 rushing touchdowns while also catching an 11 yard touchdown pass from Brenden Mehl. The junior quarterback Mehl got the start and played the entire game at QB went 12-24 for 171 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. That was the first interception a LCP quarterback has thrown since week 2 of the season vs Canyon Randall. Cole Carter played wide receiver once again and had 55 yards while Cameron Flotte caught a touchdown pass for the Pirates. The Lubbock-Cooper defense forced 2 turnovers in the win and only allowed 78 passing yards to the Westerners. Abilene Cooper leads the all-time series 2 games to 1. Lubbock-Cooper will be looking for their first win at Shotwell Stadium this Friday night. The last 2 opportunities were in 2014 in a district loss to Abilene Cooper and then again in 2013 in a state quarterfinal loss to Stephenville. 

Abilene Cooper: The Cougars have lost 2 straight games by a combined total of 8 points this season. However, the defending district 4-5A Co-Champions have been one of the best teams statistically in the district. To this point in the season, Abilene Cooper averages 478 yards per game and 43 points per game, both rank 1st in 4-5A. Individually, their quarterback, running back and wide receiver sit atop the stat sheet putting up impressive numbers to lead the offense. Senior Quarterback Ender Freeman has tossed for 1,708 yards with 13 passing touchdowns and 4 interceptions, 3 interceptions came last week in the district opener. Running back Tyrees Whitfield is nearing 1,000 yards rushing only six games into the season. The senior has 138 attempts with 918 yards and 18 rushing touchdowns which leads all running backs in 4-5A. The 6’4” wide out Myller Royals, a division 1 prospect with multiple offers has caught 47 passes for 690 yards and 6 touchdowns. Before the losses to Austin Bowie and Lubbock Monterey, Abilene Cooper started the season 4-0 with a very difficult non-district schedule. The Cougars beat Keller, Grapevine, Abilene High, and Wolfforth Frenship. Last year Abilene Cooper beat Lubbock-Cooper 26-13 and also went three rounds deep into the playoffs eventually losing to the Aledo Bearcats.

Join Tommy Wood and Andres Flores from Shotwell Stadium Friday night with coverage beginning at 7:00, on 100.7 The Score.

District Standings:  

  1. Coronado: 6-0, 1-0 (Monterey)
  2. Lubbock-Cooper: 5-1, 1-0 (@ Abilene Cooper)
  3. Monterey: 3-3, 1-0 (@ Coronado)
  4. Abilene Cooper: 4-2, 0-1 (Lubbock-Cooper)
  5. Lubbock High: 1-5, 0-1 (@ San Angelo Lakeview)
  6. San Angelo Lakeview: 0-6, 0-1 (Lubbock High)

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