Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. Wildcat Stadium – ACU in Abilene, Texas (Pregame Coverage at 6:30 p.m.)
Lubbock-Cooper Pirates (13-0, 5-0 3-5A DII)
Wichita Falls Rider Raiders (8-5, 4-1 3-5A DII)
100.7 FM The Score will broadcast the game in Lubbock as Tommy Wood will have the call alongside analyst Andres Flores. The radio broadcast can also be heard online at www.1007thescore.com 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 34-14 win over Justin Northwest in the 3rd round of the playoffs. The Pirate defense didn’t get scored on until the 4th quarter of the ball game. Senior linebacker Jarred Gibson recorded a career high 24 tackles on the afternoon and the defense picked up 4 takeaways. Isaiah Johnson continued his success in the playoffs rushing for 222 yards on 19 carries and 3 touchdowns.
The Pirates are meeting with the Raiders for the second time in school history and the second time this season. Lubbock-Cooper defeated Rider 27-7 back on October 19th in Lubbock at Pirate Stadium at First United Park. The Pirates were held scoreless in the first quarter, it is the only time LCP failed to score in the opening frame all season long. Running backs Isaiah Johnson and Jacob Dennis took over from there as Dennis scored a 12-yard touchdown and Johnson rushed for two more from 47-yards and 12-yards out. Johnson finished with 159 rushing on 16 carries and Dennis added 66 yards from the ground. Lubbock-Cooper averaged 7.6 yards per play to Rider’s 4.8, out gaining the Raiders 378 yards to 236 despite losing the time of possession battle by 7 minutes. Jarred Gibson (12) and Reese Wagnon (14) combined for 26 tackles. Carter Bradley and Rylan Wilcox had an interception each on the day.
Wichita Falls Rider is coming into the game on Thursday winners of six consecutive games dating back to the first game against Lubbock-Cooper on October 19th. The Raiders finished district 3-5A play 4-1 and picked up the 2nd see for the playoffs. Rider defeated Fort Worth Wyatt 57-44 in the bi-district round, El Paso Andress 41-10 in the area round and Canyon Randall 38-7 in the regional semifinals. This season marked the 24th playoff appearance for the Raiders, as they own a 32-23 record in the postseason. The furthest Rider has ever been in the playoffs was the state semifinals back in 2012. Head coach Marc Bindel is in his 5th season in Wichita Falls with an overall record of 32-28.
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