The Burnet Bulldogs fell short, 41-34 to the Lubbock Cooper Pirates at Saturday’s regional playoff game in Brownwood ending their very successful season. The Dawgs rolled off 12 plays to start the game but turned the ball over on downs at the Cooper 26 yard line. The Pirates only needed four plays to put the game’s first points on the board and with 6:08 left in the first the Bulldog trailed, 7-0.
The Dawgs knotted the game at 7-7 by way of a 63-yard throw and catch from Derek Kiser to Brock Foster. Alex Melvin made good on the PAT and the first ended all tied up.
Two possession later Foster broke loose and blazed from inside the Bulldog 20 to inside the Cooper 20 to quickly flip the field. A facemask flag on the play added a few more steps and on the next snap Kiser found Blayne Parisher for the go ahead score. Melvin’s PAT had Burnet on top 14-7.
Before the break Cooper responded with a 17-play drive, which included four third down conversion, and eventually resulted in a three-yard score. Burnet’s Jeremy Ayers busted through on the PAT attempt and blocked it leaving the Bulldogs on top 14-13 at the break.
After deferring the opening kickoff the Pirates took control to start the second half. The Cooper QB pushed his team all the way to the Burnet 10 where they scored on a pass play. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but Cooper took the lead 19-14.
The Bulldog’s first drive of the second half came up short on a fourth down play at the Lubbock 30. It only took Lubbock two plays to cash in on the opportunity and after the PAT they increased their lead to 26-14, which was the score at the end of the third.
Burnet answered with a lengthy drive that was capped by a two-yard Trenton Hafley run. The PAT hit the upright but the Dawgs closed the gap to 26-20.
The Pirates once again gave themselves some cushion with a nine-play, 75-yard drive that ended with a two-yard score. A second chance two-point conversion made it 34-20 with 8:26 to play.
Kiser and Parisher quickly moved the Dawgs down-field and on first and 10 from the Cooper 27 Foster scooped up a pass and scored. Melvin made the PAT and the Dawgs moved closer at 34-27.
The Pirates took control of the ball and drained more than five minutes off the clock on the way to their final score. The touchdown came from 35-yards out and with just 2:02 left in the game Cooper led, 41-27.
The Bulldogs quickly went to work and scored in under a minute with a Kiser to Joel Johnson touchdown connection. Melvin made the PAT which brought the score to 41-34.
An onside kick ensued but the Pirates took control of the ball and after one first down and two knees the game went into the books as a 41-34 Pirate win.
For complete game information and stats from the game pick-up Wednesday’s Burnet Bulletin.