Football: Game Preview: Week 3: Lubbock-Cooper at Frenship (09-1

Football: Game Preview: Week 3: Lubbock-Cooper at Frenship (09-13-19)


Football: Game Preview: Week 3: Lubbock-Cooper at Frenship (09-13-19)

Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. Peoples Bank Stadium – Wolfforth, Texas (Pregame Coverage at 6:30 p.m.)

Lubbock-Cooper Pirates (2-0, 0-0 3-5A DII)

Frenship Tigers (1-1, 0-0 2-6A)

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 will play away from home for the first time this season as it takes a 2-0 record across town for a Friday night showdown at Frenship.

The Pirates are coming off a 35-21 home win over Coronado last Friday night where they carried the football 42 times rushing for 364 yards, averaging 8.7 yards per attempt. The Lubbock-Cooper defense only allowed 42 total rushing yards against the Mustangs while also creating two turnovers.

The Tigers fell on the road in week 2 to Wichita Falls Hirschi 38-37 in overtime. Senior quarterback Donovan Smith threw for 232 yards and a touchdown while also showing he can be a threat on the ground finding the endzone 3 times including the first play in overtime. The Huskies went for a two-point conversion after they answered FHS’s touchdown and used a jump pass the seal the victory.

Inside the series:

This will be the 39th meeting all-time between Lubbock-Cooper and Frenship as the Tigers are 22-15-1 against the Pirates. Lubbock-Cooper and Frenship were long time district rivals back in the 1970’s and 80’s as they played consecutively from 1972-1985. During that span as district opponents, the Tigers won 11 out of 13 games including a ten-game win streak before realigning into a new district. The rivalry renewed in 2014 as Frenship won that contest 34-17 and then again winning in 2015 21-16. The Pirates have now won 3 straight games in the series with back to back wins at home and a 35-0 shutout the last trip to Wolfforth in 2016.


Scouting the Tigers:

Frenship is its third season under Jay Northcutt, who is in his third season as a head coach. He owns a 4-18 record at FHS. The Tigers, a member of district 2 in the 6A classification, went 3-7 in 2018. The Tigers won their season opener at home against Amarillo High by a 31-0 score. Frenship gained 514 yards of total offense (340 passing, 174 rushing) and allowed 120 yards (72 passing, 48 rushing). Senior quarterback Donovan Smith completed 29 of 44 passes for 340 yards with 1 touchdown and 0 interceptions. Running back William Bayouth ran the ball 14 times for 111 yards and two scores.

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 38-10. Dating back to 2004, the Pirates are 53-25 in games played in Woodrow.
  • The Pirates are 20-2 against non-district opponents since the start of the 2015 season.
  • The Lubbock-Cooper offense has scored at least 30 points in 15 of it’s last 16 games played.
  • Isaiah Johnson added two more rushing touchdown versus Coronado bringing his Lubbock-Cooper career total to 28. Johnson currently holds the single season rushing touchdown record (25) which he broke last season. The career rushing touchdown record is held by Nolan Savage (2010-’11) who scored 39 career touchdowns on the ground as a Pirate.
  • Rylan Wilcox returned an interception back for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, it was the second interception returned for a touchdown this season. Jordan Kirkpatrick picked off a Brett Leach pass in week 1 that found the endzone.

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District Standings:  

  1. Lubbock-Cooper: 2-0, 0-0 (@ Frenship)
  2. Wichita Falls Rider: 1-1, 0-0 (Amarillo High)
  3. Canyon Randall: 1-1, 0-0 (@ Hereford)
  4. Wichita Falls High: 0-2, 0-0 (@ Dumas)
  5. Plainview: 0-2, 0-0 (Lubbock High)
  6. Abilene Wylie: 0-2, 0-0 (@ Stephenville)
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