Lubbock State Qualifier Tournament
CHICAGO -- In its 36th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, Gatorade on Thursday announced Coronado’s Sawyer Robertson as the 2020-21 Gatorade Texas Football Player of the Year.
AMARILLO -- Whenever things got a little dicey throughout the 2020 season, Lubbock-Cooper had an amazing knack for coming up with the right play at the right time.
Lubbock-Cooper receiver Jacob Politte & defensive end Kyler Jordan talk about a tough-to-take final game.
The Pirates' 2020 season concluded with a punch-in-the-gut 21-13 loss to district rival Wichita Falls Rider in the Class 5A Division II state quarterfinals.
LCP seniors Luke McCarthy & Trevor Browning talk about surviving a 22-19 victory against Grapevine.
Like everybody else around the globe, Lubbock-Cooper and Wichita Falls Rider turned the page on a tough-to-navigate 2020 as Thursday night faded into Friday. But the Pirates and Raiders left one page from 2020 conspicuously dog-eared so they can tend to some unfinished and familiar business …
WICHITA FALLS -- Some things in sports are routine to the point of mundaneness. Little things practiced so often that the execution is pretty much an afterthought. Thing is, those run-of-the-mill things are an important piece in the fabric a game -- especially one with so many twists, turns …
SWEETWATER -- In a season built on the strong shoulders and grittiness of a nasty, lock-down defense, Lubbock-Cooper couldn’t have drawn up a better fourth-quarter blueprint than it wound up with Thursday against Grapevine in a Class 5A Division II regional playoff game.
Pirate quarterback Cooper LaFebre talks about a thrilling 22-19 victory against Grapevine in a Class 5A Division II regional playoff game.
The 6th-ranked Pirates had to dig deep to grind past Grapevine 22-19 and advance to the Class 5A Division II state quarterfinal round for the second year in a row.
For three years now, Lubbock-Cooper has grown accustomed to the role of being the hunted once the playoffs rev up. And the Pirates have thrived in that role, winning the first two games each season with relative ease.
Put two heavyweight offenses on the field and there is a strong likelihood that there will be plenty of fireworks, which doesn’t set up as a fun day for either defense.
PECOS -- By this point of the season, nothing the Lubbock-Cooper defense does can really surprise anybody who has paid much attention, including the opponents who have tried -- almost always unsuccessfully -- to find chinks in the Pirates’ armor.
HEWITT -- Kingdom Prep shot out of the gate to an early lead, but Summit Christian’s offense was just too quick for the Warriors to keep up with score for score.
Throughout a dominant charge to 11 victories without a blemish this season, Coronado has gone into every game knowing that an offense led by one of the state’s best quarterbacks and a deep and diverse crew of receivers gave the Mustangs a chance to take control or fight back if needed.
Lubbock-Cooper rolled up over 300 yards of offense in the first half on the way to routing Clint Horizon 69-20.
Hard to imagine a team not having some a little nervousness at this time of year based on human nature alone.
Pirate standouts Cooper LaFebre and Kyler Jordan break down the next opponent in their quest for a state championship, Clint Horizon.
Fresh off a nail-biting win to a capture the District 2-5A Division I championship over Tascosa, Coronado left no doubt in anyone’s mind Friday night in a bi-district matchup against El Paso Bel Air.
Plenty goes into a week of preparation for a football game -- coaches toiling and sweating to concoct a game plan complete with projected adjustments and reactions to how the opponent adjusts, etc.
Rylan Wilcox got LCP rolling with two long returns for scores and Ethan Elkins anchored a workmanlike offensive performance.
Sawyer Robertson & J'Veion McCutcheon discuss a playoff-opening 82-35 triumph vs. El Paso Bel Air.
Perhaps in a perfect world, Monterey would charge through a season and nail down a playoff spot well in advance of the final week of the regular season.
HERMLEIGH -- Kingdom Prep seized on Abilene Christian’s early turnovers and missed tackles to roar past the Panthers 62-24 on Saturday in a TAPPS Six-Man Division III state quarterfinal game at Cardinal Stadium.
There a myriad of clichés about the value of a first impression, and Monterey took those notions to heart Friday night against Palo Duro in a showdown for the final playoff spot from District 2-5A Division I.