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Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013

Cooper Review - Page 5A

Sports

Making History... By Cindy Roller Editor

On a perfect night for football under the Friday night lights in Royse City, the Cooper Bulldogs made history as they celebrated their new title as Regional Champions. The Bulldogs forced five turnovers while not committing any against the Scurry-Rosser Wildcats on their way to the 56-18 victory (on the year the Bulldogs have forced 34 turnovers while only committing 14). The Bulldogs, the 28-point favorite, will battle with the 10-3 Leonard Tigers for the Quarterfinal Trophy on Saturday, Dec. 7 at 2 p.m. at Wylie Stadium in Wylie, to make even more history for both squads. Leonard defeated S&S Consolidated Rams in an offensive struggle last Saturday at Allen’s Eagle Stadium 55-44. “I think we learned our lesson about starting out slow two weeks ago against Whitewright. Something we can build on to win the game,” said Cooper Bulldog Head Football Coach Ronnie Green, who was sporting a new haircut coordinating with the same look as many of players of his squad. Cooper’s offensive line blockers Devin Wilkerson, Ty Oliver, Tyler Williams, Bryce Jester and Trevor Mobley along with tight ends Austen Blakley, Tristan Jones and running backs Tanner Phifer, Colby Earley and Grant Sepulveda led their team to their ninth 400 yard rushing game of the year. Cooper held Scurry-Rosser to 317 total yards while earning 494 total yards. Bulldog offense performed flawlessly with the line blocking and the running of Darmarcus Robinson and Jeremy Mims and company along with flawless ball handling by quarterback Kasey Leatherwood on the night as they turned a 20-6 halftime score into another win. The Bulldogs gained 491 of their yards on 62 rushes. Robinson, as the rushing leader, has surpassed the 2,100 mark in rushing yardage for the season with 180 yards on 21 carries for two TDs and a two point conversion against

Bulldogs Billy Watson (66), Brandan Chandler (30) and Jack Cain (11) halt Rodney Sample (6) of Scurry-Rosser in his Wildcat tracks last Friday night. (Top right) Colby Earley (33) teamed up with Ira Franklin (25) ceasing their progress. (Bottom) Grant Sepulveda (5) pulled a Kasey Leatherwood (12), seen below, conversion pass from the airways for the score. Staff photos by Cindy Roller

the Wildcats. On the turf at Royse City, Cooper won the coin toss and opted to defer to the second half of play. The Bulldogs wasted no time jumping on the Wildcats. On the opening kickoff a squib kick rolled the Bulldogs way as was recovered by Blakley to give Cooper the ball at their own 40 yard line. Robinson gained four yards and Jeremy Mims picked up six to give Cooper their first of 28 first downs on the night. Robinson added another seven yards along with four from Grant Sepulveda and a dozen by Mims. Robinson ignited the large Bulldog crowd with his 27-yard run for the first touchdown and six point lead. Scurry-Rosser started at their own 26 yard line after a Cooper squib kick. A five-yard run by Rodney Sample, the leading rusher for the Wildcats, started off the visiting opponent. On the next play a bad snap was picked up by the Wildcat quarterback Paten Snell, and he

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ran for the first down. With a pass interference call on Cooper the ball was moved into Bulldog territory. On the next play, Edward Green took the ball on a jet sweep and picked up 12 yards however a fumble was picked up by Bulldog Jordan Sillivan returned 14 yards to midfield. This resulted with Cooper taking over on the Scurry-Rosser’s 48 yard line. Short runs by Robinson combined with an offsides call on Wildcats moved the chains. Following his 27-yard run, Mims finished the drive finding the goal line on a 12-yard dash. Robinson ran in the conversion to put Cooper ahead 14-0. After a squib kick, ScurryRosser started at their own 37 yard line. Three incomplete passes forced them to punt which was gathered in by Robinson for a short return to give Cooper the ball at their own 34 yard line. The Bulldogs embarked on a 13-play drive with Robinson and Mims doing most of the work. This drive also saw an apparent touchdown called back with a holding call. As the game moved into the second quarter, the Wildcats defense stiffened forcing the Bulldogs to punt. Leatherwood’s

punt went in the end zone for a touchback, and the Wildcats started at the 20. The Wildcats, who entered the game averaging 43 points per game, embarked on a sixplay 80-yard touchdown drive. Five straight pass completions worked the ball deep into Bulldogs’ turf, with Sample netting the 16-yard score. The Wildcats had their first numbers on the board with 8:19 on the second quarter clock, 14-6. From their own 19 yard line (after an unsportsmanlike penalty on Cooper) the Bulldogs went on a 12-play drive taking about six minutes off the clock. Carrying for Cooper was Robinson, Earley, Sepulveda, and Mims with aid from a trio of Wildcat penalties. Sepulveda powered in the remaining yard for the touchdown. The Wildcats went back to work from their own 28 yard line and a pass completion by Snell moved the ball to midfield. Their forward motion was denied as Earley sacked Snell. Feeling pressured Snell looked to the right sidelines but Bulldog Jadon McGraw’s able

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