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Bulldogs secure second home turf victory

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COOPER — Fumbles and flags. That is what Friday night action at Bulldog Stadium in Cooper had in store for fans.

The (3-1) Cooper Bulldogs took the initial district win from Como-Pickton (1-3) with a final 33-7.

"We played a good game. We are 1-0 in district," said Cooper Bulldog head football coach Ronnie Green. "It was a good run for us."

There were fumbles. The pigskin popped out on numerous occasions from both sides of the District 13-2A football. Players had to battle humidity and the lack of a breeze made for an abundance of mosquitoes.

It was towards the end of the second half that the football slipped in and out of the C-P Eagles hands. With the clock ticking and 1:23 left, Cooper had just scored a TD by the quick feet of sophomore Montrel Roberts from the 14-yard line. The PAT by junior Ty Huie is fumbled, and he scrambled to locate classmate Zack Harrison in the end zone but missed. A flag on the Bulldogs ends the action in the red zone with Cooper up 27-0.

The Eagles had another opportunity for the ball with the punt, but it resulted in a fumble that is recovered by Bulldog senior Tommy Walker. Walker got to the 3-yard line and fumbled. Senior Pee Wee Jeffery rescued the loose ball for Cooper. Teammate junior Wyzer Moore plopped in the 1-yard score on a take right down the middle of the Eagle squad.

The lights gleamed 0:13, Cooper fumbled the two-point conversion. Eagle senior Corey Gibson secured the punt return to set his team up at the 40-yard line with a facemask call on Cooper that gave the Eagles 15 more yards. Five seconds remained; C-P called a timeout to regroup. The clock ticked away with the Eagles scoreless in the first half, 33-0.

The second half started not unlike the first ended with a fumble. The Bulldogs put together a run with Jonathan McGraw, followed by a 42-yard long reception by Chris Ballard. At QB, Huie fumbled and recovered. On fourth down, Cooper's field goal attempt by Beeler is short.

Eagles took over with less than seven minutes in third quarter. Eagle senior James Carter routed to the visitor side with the ball only to fumble, and Cooper's Holden Jenkins landed on it.

Bulldog Logan Arthur zipped past to break tackles and made a gain. A pitch to Ballard was stopped by Eagles Joseph Thornhill and Zach Carpenter.

Huie tossed another one to Ballard at the back of the end zone, officials called it out of bounds. Coverage by the Eagles came by senior Jeff Hendricks. Offensive pass interference flag on Cooper followed by a block in the back call on the Eagles. Cooper turned ball over on downs.

C-P got the ball to senior Brandt Steele, and he pushed it to the 24-yard line for a first down. The ball is again turned over on downs to Cooper on 40-yard line with less than two minutes of time on third clock.

Cooper subbed in second string with a third quarter end of 33-0. To continue the theme, C-P fumbled the snap but recover. The Eagles make a short gain by a Zack Carpenter to Gibson connection. Eagle sophomore Tanner Brumley got in two carries to give a first down. Senior Hunter Cooksey pulled down the ball for more C-P yards spotting the ball near the 30-yard line.

Carpenter found his target on the next play. Teammate sophomore Trevor Cagle made the grab under coverage by the Bulldogs to put the first six on the board for the Eagles. Eagle junior Angel Mercado's PAT was marked good after a second attempt due to off side flag on Cooper.

Beeler took the ball for short gain; three minutes remained. Moore went up middle to 20-yard line shy of first down. Downs turn possession back to visitors with 43 seconds. A pass is airborne intended for sophomore Brodie Ogle but is narrowly dropped.

The Eagle rushed put on one final play. Carter launched a pass to watch Beeler's pick and the game end 33-7.

The first quarter saw scores made by Cooper in the hands of Moore with 1-yarder, Roberts made a 41-yard and 32-yard TDs, and Beeler cleared three PATs. Moore went on to add an additional 1-yard TD run in the second quarter.

Other District 13-2A results are: Lone Oak over Quitman 42-6, Caddo Mills blanked Alba-Golden 48-0, Winnsboro got their first win with a final 32-0 over Grand Saline.

Como-Pickton will host Grand Saline at Ron Heflin Field next Friday. The Eagles will be celebrating 2009 homecoming. Cooper will face off with (2-1) Caddo Mills at Fox Field.

"We will be trying to illiminate mistakes and prepare for Caddo Mills," ended Green.




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