Friday night, two Lubbock County high schools won their respective classification’s regional final in the UIL football playoffs.
In Lubbock, at Cody Campbell Field at Jones AT&T Stadium, the Roosevelt Eagles played against the Abernathy Antelopes in the Region I Final for Class 3A, Division II. Roosevelt came out on top 36-14, to keep their undefeated season alive.
The Eagles started the scoring halfway through the first quarter with a J.J. Diaz 9-yard touchdown run. A two-point conversion attempt failed, and the Eagles kept a 6-0 lead at the end of he first quarter.
By halftime, Roosevelt extended their lead to 14-0 and cruised the rest of the game to the 22-point win.
On the other side of the state bracket on Friday night, Gunter beat Holliday 35-14 to win the 3A, Division II Region II Final. Next Friday, December 10, Roosevelt (14-0) will play Gunter (14-0) in a Class 3A, Division II state semi-final game at Abilene Christian University.
In the other game of note on Friday, the Lubbock-Cooper Pirates played against the Wichita Falls Rider Raiders at Anthony Field on the campus of Abilene Christian University. Their game was the Region I Final for Class 5A, Division II.
Lubbock-Cooper beat Wichita Falls Rider 22-0 in a game that saw both teams miss field goal attempts and force turnovers on defense.
Lubbock-Cooper took advantage of a first quarter turnover to jump out to a 3-0 lead. Then, in the second quarter Holt Gibson connected on a 53 yard touchdown pass to Cooper Morris. The extra point was no good and Lubbock-Cooper took a 9-0 lead into halftime.
Coming out of the break, the Pirates dominated the third quarter. Pirates defensive lineman Kyler Jordan intercepted a screen pass and returned it for a touchdown. The extra point was no good and the Pirates had a 15-0 lead over the Raiders.
Six minutes later, Judge Thompson got into the end zone on a 4 yard rushing touchdown and Lubbock-Cooper extended their lead to 22-0 with 1:25 left in the third quarter. Thompson’s touchdown would end up being the final points of the game as the Pirates beat the Raiders.
Next week, Lubbock-Cooper will play the winner of South Oak Cliff (11-1) vs Lovejoy (12-1), in a Class 5A, Division II state semi-final game.
Abernathy vs Roosevelt – 2021 UIL Football Playoffs
Abernathy vs Roosevelt – 2021 UIL Football Playoff Game- 3A, DII Region I Final
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