Game Preview: Week 13: Area: Lubbock-Cooper vs El Paso Parkland

Game Preview: Week 13: Area: Lubbock-Cooper vs El Paso Parkland (11-24-17)

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Game Preview: Week 13: Area: Lubbock-Cooper vs El Paso Parkland (11-24-17)

Kickoff: 4:00 p.m. 100.7 The Score

Lubbock-Cooper Pirates (7-4, 2-3)

El Paso Parkland Matadors (9-2, 6-2)

The Lubbock-Cooper football team is in the Area round of the playoffs for the fifth straight season under head coach Max Kattwinkel. The Pirates are now 8-4 in the playoffs during those five seasons and are seeking a trip to the third round for the 3rd time in the last 5 opportunities. Junior quarterback Brenden Mehl continues to play at a high level, in the last 3 games vs Monterey, Lakeview, and Dumas the gunslinger has not thrown an interception. Mehl on the season has thrown for 2,154 yards and 25 touchdowns, completing 58% of his passes. The wide receiving group has seemed to find an extra gear in the last few weeks with most returning from injury and consistently playing. Zyketh Campbell and Cole Carter both lead the team in receptions with 34. Andrew Simnacher made huge catches including the 71 yard go ahead touchdown vs Dumas, Gunnar Engelhardt and Rilee Keane are receivers who have made clutch catches all season long. The Lubbock-Cooper defense will be challenged this week with the high tempo and the number of plays Parkland wants to run. Parkland hasn’t changed much schematically from a year ago but with the returners at the skill positions and the success they had during the regular season, the Matadors are a dangerous team.

El Paso Parkland Matadors: The Matadors like to move fast, and if they can they will try to snap the ball 100 times per game. Parkland High is a good football team with a D1 running back in their backfield. Junior running back Deion Hankins returns to lead the up tempo offense. Hankins, with scholarship offers from Texas Tech and Oklahoma St. amongst others has run for 1,800 yards in 8 games this season. In a game that will be a rematch from last year’s area round game, the Matadors return multiple skill position players including their quarterback A.J. Briggs. Also new from last season is the head coach, Eric Frontz is in his first season at the helm has lead Parkland to a 9-2 record coming into the 2nd round of the playoffs. Frontz who also serves as the athletic coordinator is formally the DC at Parkland. El Paso Parkland fell to the Pirates last season by the score of 49-28 to end their season.

Join Tommy Wood and Andres Flores from Grande Communications Stadium Friday with coverage beginning at 3:30 on 100.7 The Score.

Playoff Matchups

Coronado Mustangs vs El Paso Del Valle

Monterey Plainsmen vs El Paso Andress

Lubbock-Cooper Pirates vs El Paso Parkland Matadors

Abilene Cooper Cougars vs El Paso Eastlake

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