Football: Game Preview: Week 2: Lubbock-Cooper vs. Coronado (09- - FOX34 Lubbock

Football: Game Preview: Week 2: Lubbock-Cooper vs. Coronado (09-06-19)


Football: Game Preview: Week 2: Lubbock-Cooper vs. Coronado (09-06-19)

Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. Pirate Stadium at First United Park – Lubbock, Texas (Pregame Coverage at 6:30 p.m.)

Lubbock-Cooper Pirates (1-0, 0-0 3-5A DII)

Coronado Mustangs (0-1, 0-0 2-5A DI)

100.7 FM The Score will broadcast the game in Lubbock as Tommy Wood (10th season) will have the call alongside analyst Andres Flores (5th season). The radio broadcast can also be heard online at and the 100.7 The Score mobile app on all android and apple devices. Interact live with Thursday’s broadcast by following @AFloRadio on Twitter. Fans can receive final score alerts sent to their mobile device by subscribing to the Pirate Fan Club on the Double T 973 mobile app.

Lubbock-Cooper is coming off a nice 45-20 win over Andrews last week and looks to build off the season opening victory. Head Coach Chip Darden’s squad is facing a tough 3 game stretch versus Lubbock area teams starting with Coronado High School on Friday night.

The Pirates will be facing the Mustangs for the 4th time in program history. LCP won the first meeting of the series 34-27 in a 2016 district game played at Lowrey Field. In 2017, the last district game between the two schools, Coronado defeated the Pirates 51-22 at Pirate Stadium. The 3rd meeting – a 43-42 LCP double overtime win – occurred at Lowrey Field in week 2 of the 2018 season. It was a game where Coronado looked poised to win until freshmen linebacker Kobie McKenzie forced and recovered a fumble and ran down to the goal line to set up the Pirates. In the second frame of overtime, Lubbock-Cooper scored a touchdown to pull the game to a 42-41 lead for CHS. LCP opted to go for two to win the game and Senior quarterback Brenden Mehl found Junior wide receiver Juwan Johnson in the back of the endzone for the conversion.

Scouting Coronado:

Coronado is in its 6th season under head coach Seth Parr. Parr has recorded a 40-21 record at Coronado since his move to the Hub City from Amarillo Caprock. As the head man of the Longhorns (2007-2013), Parr went 35-37 and is now 75-58 in 12 years as a head coach. The Mustangs went 10-3, 5-1 last season in district 2-5A DI sharing the district championship with Amarillo Caprock. It was the third straight season Coronado either shared or won the outright district championship. Since 2016, CHS has advanced to the third round of the playoffs each year, making it to the fourth round in 2017. The 2016 playoff appearance was the first in school history since the 2007 season.

Friday Storylines:

  • Lubbock-Cooper comes into the game ranked 6th in the Harris Ratings and 9th in the Dave Campbell Texas Football Magazine rankings for Class 5A DII. The Pirates rank 7th in the Padilla Poll for week 2. LCP also checks in at number 9 in the AP Texas high school football rankings for 5A DII.
  • Lubbock-Cooper plays at home in the friendly confines of Pirate Stadium at First Untied Park. LCP has been dominant at home since the new stadium opened in 2010, Lubbock-Cooper is 37-10. Dating back to 2004, the Pirates are 52-25 in games played in Woodrow.
  • The Pirates are 19-2 against non-district opponents since the start of the 2015 season.
  • The Lubbock-Cooper offense started the 2019 season much like the way they played all of last year. LCP racked up 407 yards of total offense versus Andrews, passing for 172 yards and rushing for 235.
  • Isaiah Johnson and Jacob Dennis got most of the carries in week 1. Johnson carried the ball 7 times, rushing for 90 yards and a touchdown. Dennis has 6 attempts for 72 yards and a score.
  • First year starter, Cooper LaFebre impressed in his first start at quarterback. The junior completed 12 of 21 passes for 172 yards and 1 touchdown and also ran for 65 yards on 10 carries with two first half touchdowns.
  • Nehemiah Martinez stole the spotlight with a strong performance all over the field in his Lubbock-Cooper debut. Martinez caught 3 passes for 74 yards with a 53-yard touchdown, he carried the ball 3 times, played safety, returned punts and punted the ball twice with a 29.0 average on both kicks.
  • Jordan Kirkpatrick returned an interception back for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, it was the first interception returned for a touchdown since Sean Radle returned one against Frenship in week 3 of 2018.

Visit for the latest news, interviews, and scores from Lubbock-Cooper Athletics. Fans can also follow 100.7 The Score and LCP Athletics on their social media outlets by liking 1007TheScore on Facebook along with following @1007TheScore, @FootballLCP and @LCPAthletes on Twitter.

District Standings:  

  1. Lubbock-Cooper: 1-0, 0-0 (Coronado)
  2. Wichita Falls Rider: 1-1, 0-0 (Azle – L 35-33)
  3. Canyon Randall: 1-0, 0-0 (Canyon High)
  4. Wichita Falls High: 0-1, 0-0 (@ Saginaw)
  5. Plainview: 0-1, 0-0 (Palo Duro)
  6. Abilene Wylie: 0-2, 0-0 (@ Monterey – L 49-26)
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