CANYON-On Friday night, the Lubbock Cooper Pirates were able to pull away from the Borger Bulldogs in their 34-9 win in the 3A Division I Bi-District playoff round at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium.
The Bulldogs were able to gain 304 yards on the ground, but were able to only find the end zone once on offense during the night.
The Pirates received the opening kickoff and started a decent drive reaching midfield.
However, the Bulldogsâ€™ defense ended the drive on a fumble recovery, when senior Dustin Clark put good pressure on the quarterback to cause the fumble that would be recovered by senior Dylan Huffine.
Two quick handoffs to senior running back Ty Brown gained 26 yards and put the Bulldogs inside the Piratesâ€™ 15 yard line.
But the drive would stall and ended with the Bulldogsâ€™ missing on a 28 yard field goal attempt.
Throughout the game, the Pirates did a good job converting on third and long beginning on their second possession.
On a third and 13 from their own 17 yard line, the Pirates came up with a big 31 yard pass to get near midfield. Two plays later, the Pirates got on the scoreboard on a 29 yard run by Nolan Savage with 4:49 to go in the first quarter.
On their next possession, the Bulldogs responded by going on a nine play scoring drive. All nine plays went to Brown, who finally got into the end zone on a six yard run to tie the game at 7-7.
In the second quarter, it didnâ€™t take took long for the Pirates to respond and take the lead in the game for good.
Facing a third and 19 from their own 31 yard line, the Pirates once again were able to convert on third and long on a 41 yard pass to get to the Bulldogs 21 yard line.
Five plays later, the Pirates quarterback punched the ball into the end zone on a one yard run.
On the extra point attempt, the Bulldogs got the block leading to Huffine picking up the ball and taking it all the way for two points to make it a 9-13 score.
The Pirates added one more touchdown on the scoreboard in the second quarter on a eight play drive to take a 9-20 lead into halftime.
On their first possession of the third quarter, the Pirates threatened to score by getting inside the Bulldogsâ€™ 35 yard line.
However, the drive would end when Daniel White came up with an interception at the Bulldogsâ€™ 26 yard line.
The interception gave the Bulldogs some momentum and started a drive that would reach the Piratesâ€™ 16 yard line.
But three penalties led to the drive coming up short of putting points on the scoreboard, with the Bulldogsâ€™ turning the ball over on downs on the Piratesâ€™ 14 yard line.
The Bulldogsâ€™ were on the verge of quickly getting the ball back when the Pirates threw an incomplete pass on third and five.
However a personal foul and face mask penalty against the Bulldogs gave the Pirates new life and ultimately resulted in the Pirates taking a 9-27 lead on a 39 yard touchdown pass.
In the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs put together two nice drives to get inside the Piratesâ€™ 20 yard line. But both drives ended on Bulldog turnovers, including a fumble that the Pirates took back for a 78 yard touchdown to give the final score of 9-34.
The Bulldogs finish the 2011 season with a 6-5 overall record, while the Pirates improve to 8-3 and will take on Seminole next week.
Borger team stats: First downs-19, Rushing yards-304, Passing-64; Total offense-368; Turnovers-2, Penalties-11 for 115