FB Cooper at Blue Ridge

Cooper junior quarterback Jaxson McGuire (11) rolls out of the pocket and looks down the field for an open receiver during the Bulldogs’ district road loss at Blue Ridge.

BLUE RIDGE — Both the Cooper Bulldogs and Blue Ridge Tigers held undefeated records in district play entering Friday night’s matchup at Blue Ridge.

As expected, the teams battled it out neck-and-neck in a close first half, with Blue Ridge taking a 7-6 lead into the  locker room at halftime.

However, Blue Ridge had the extra gear in the second half, avenged last year’s 50-3 thumping and handed the regining district champion Bulldogs their first defeat in league play under second-year head coach Rod Castorena by a final score of 20-6.

Cooper junior Jayden Limbaugh helped get the Bulldogs ahead early as he found the end zone late in the first quarter on an 91-yard touchdown run. The PAT was no good, but the Bulldogs held a 6-0 lead.

Blue Ridge battled back on the ensuing drive, though, finding the end zone on a touchdown pass plus the PAT to take a 7-6 lead.

The teams defenses flexed their muscles in the second quarter, holding each other without a score, but Blue Ridge came out strong in the second half.

The Tigers cashed in on a 20-yard touchdown run late in the third to extend the lead to 14-6, then tacked on another quick touchdown before the quarter expired to make it 20-6, which held up as the final score.

Limbaugh led Cooper’s offense with 8 carries for 104 yards and 1 touchdown, while Robert Breeden led the defense with 10 tackles and 1 fumble recovery. Limbaugh also chipped in with 6 tackles on defense and a forced fumble.

The Bulldogs look to bounce back at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home against district foe Whitewright.


           Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 F

Cooper: 6 0 0 0 6

Blue Ridge: 7 0 13 0 20

Cooper total yards: 177

Blue Ridge total yards: N/A

Cooper passing leaders: C. Sessums, 11-for-17, 185 yards

Cooper rushing leaders: C. Sessums, 20-145; L. Morrison, 24-144; G. Watts, 9-35

Cooper receiving leaders: B. Morrison, 4-91; B. Galloway, 3-51; C. Michael, 2-28; E. Rolen, 2-15

Geoff Heppes is sports editor for The Paris News. He can be reached at 903-785-6967 or at geoff.heppes@theparisnews.com.

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