Game Preview: Week 12: Bi-District: Lubbock-Cooper vs Dumas (11-17-17)
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. 100.7 The Score
Lubbock-Cooper Pirates (6-4, 2-3)
Dumas Demons (9-1, 7-0)
The Lubbock-Cooper football team will host a Bi-District playoff game for the second time in as many years. In 2016 LCP defeated Canyon High 48-34 on the way to going 3 rounds deep into the playoffs. The Pirates are 7-4 in the playoffs under head coach Max Kattwinkel who is in his 5th season leading the way. In 2013 Lubbock-Cooper went 4 rounds deeps beating Pampa, Abilene Wylie, and Burnet before losing to Stephenville 42-28 to end the run. LCP returned the favor to the Yellow Jackets the following year beating them on the road 50-39 on national television. The Pirates are hosting this year’s bi-district game due to the UIL rule of the 2 year period in which a team losing a coin toss will get a return trip in the playoffs. In 2015, Lubbock-Cooper won the bi-district championship vs Dumas at Demon Stadium 26-20. Friday night will be the second meeting all-time between the two schools, with both matchups played in the Texas High School Playoffs. The 2015 meeting was the first time LCP and Coach Katt played in Dumas, which was a great atmosphere that included a flyover before the game that “scared the you know what out of me” according to Kattwinkel. No flyover is scheduled for this Friday night’s game; The Pirates come into the game having played the best games on offense the last 2 games vs Monterey and San Angelo Lakeview. Lubbock-Cooper finished the regular season 6-4, 2-3 in district 4-5A.
Dumas Demons: The Dumas Demons are outright District Champions for the first time in 20 years. 1997 was the last time the Demons won a District Championship, and this year they went a perfect 7-0 in district 3-5A beating Amarillo High to claim the title. Dumas will head to the playoffs with a 9-1 record in 2017 winning the last 8 games in a row. Chad Dunnam leads the Demons in his 5th year as head coach, Dunnam the former defensive coordinator at Amarillo Tascosa has turned around the program making the playoffs the last 3 seasons. Last year, Dumas fell to Abilene Cooper in the Bi-District round to end their season. With a district title and momentum on their side, Dumas will be looking to make a run starting with a road game at Lubbock-Cooper. The only loss on the season for the Demons came in the city of Lubbock. That loss was in week 2 of the season when Dumas came to Lubbock and played the Estacado Matadors losing 48-17 on a Thursday night. Dumas is led by senior quarterback Noah Quintanilla who has put up an impressive 2,081 total yards and 26 total touchdowns this season. “He’s the core of our football team. As Noah goes, we go,” Dunnam said of his signal caller. “He went through some growing pains last year as a first-year starter but we felt really good about him. He’s great with his feet and an improved passer. He’s a tremendous leader and I can’t say enough about what he provides for us at the quarterback position.” Dumas will also be looking for their first playoff win since that 1997 season.
Join Tommy Wood and Andres Flores from Pirate Stadium Friday night with coverage beginning at 6:30 on 100.7 The Score.
District 4-5A Standings: Bold indicates clinched playoff berth
1. Coronado: 10-0, 5-0 (Canyon Randall)
2. Monterey: 6-4, 4-1 (Amarillo)
3. Abilene Cooper: 7-3, 3-2 (Plainview)
4. Lubbock-Cooper: 6-4, 2-3 (Dumas)
5. Lubbock High: 2-8, 1-4
6. San Angelo Lakeview: 0-10, 0-5
District 3-5A Standings: Bold Indicates clinched playoff berth
1. Dumas: 9-1, 7-0 (Lubbock-Cooper)
2. Amarillo: 6-4, 6-1 (Monterey)
3. Randall: 6-4, 5-2 (Coronado)
4. Plainview: 4-6, 3-4 (Abilene Cooper)
5. Hereford: 6-4, 3-4
6. Palo Duro: 2-8, 2-5
7. Caprock: 3-7, 1-6
8. Canyon: 2-8, 1-6
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