The Wylie football team outgained Lubbock Cooper 538-396 and punted just once Friday night in its home opener against the Pirates. But a handful of early miscues left the Bulldogs on the short side of a 33-28 score in a thrilling nondistrict matchup at Hugh Sandifer Stadium.
WHS (2-1) had at least two first downs on each of its nine possessions, driving inside the Cooper 35-yard line on every one. But a kickoff return touchdown by the Pirates and a pair of red zone turnovers kept the Bulldogs from taking control in the first half, allowing the Pirates to find their offensive rhythm after halftime.
With the score tied at 14 at the break, Cooper ran the ball on all 31 of its second-half snaps, amassing 243 of its 309 rushing yards in the final two quarters. The Pirates found the end zone on each of their first three possessions of the second half, allowing coach Chip Darden’s squad to escape Abilene with a hard-fought victory.