Playoff Recap

  • Playoff Musings

    Posted by Timothy Peters on 11/23/2018 3:00:00 PM

    What I am about to say are my words and mine alone. My name is Coach Timothy Peters, and I have been tasked by the athletic coordinators, Coach Todd Lawson and Coach Leah Gilliam, to create a website presence for the Athletic Dept at Dunbar High School. I have endeavored to do so, fully admiting that it is a work in progress. I have not signed my name to anything, until now. To say we were pleased with how the season ended would be disengenuous, at best. We coach to win. To lose a game we honestly thought was within our reach to win causes a cascade of emotions akin to grief, and why would it not?

    Coaches work incredibly long hours, after a full school day, working on creating game plans, putting together practices, scouting teams and viewing game film. This occurs both before and after coaching up the fine young men you send to us to mold into scholar athletes of character. All of this we do with a sense of mission. To have the season cut so abruptly short is disorienting and heartbreaking for the fans, the athletes and the coaches. Personally I have found myself sorting through a range of emotions which would be recognizable to those familiar with David Kessler's and Elisabeth Kübler-Ross's works on the Five Stages of Grief.

    By the end of the game against Stephenville, I was in the first stage of grief, denial. This can't be happening! We couldn't have lost, we won the second half, clearly! This was followed by anger. We worked too hard to get here! What do you mean it's over! It's over when I say it's over! Next came bargaining. Please let me wake up to realize this was all a bad dream. Wait a minute! What if we had gotten better calls, better execution, better weather or better breaks! I want a Mulligan! Let's play it over, again! Last night, came acceptance, the final stage of a football coach's grief. 

    Thanksgiving was the catalyst for this acceptance. As I began to reflect on what I had to be thankful for, I was struck with how lucky we are as coaches for the bounty we are given in our professional lives. I therefore wanted to share my Thanksgiving list with you. 

    First, I am thankful for my understanding family who loses me to long hours on the job, every football season.

    I am thankful to the fans who bring such energy, passion and joy to the game.

    I am thankful to the teachers at Dunbar High School who work tirelessly to produce the highest calibre of scholar-athletes to be found in FWISD. 

    I am thankful to the administrators at all levels who support our scholar athletes and our mission to promote sportsmanship, teamwork and athletic excellence. 

    I am thankful to the parents, who send us their young men with the solid foundations of character, work ethic and concern for others which forms the nucleus of all team efforts.

    I am thankful for the coaches I work with. I assure you, there is no more caring, qualified and competant group of highly certified coaches, with a higher sense of mission to propel young men and women to lifelong success, to be found at any school, in any district, anywhere. That is my firm conviction.

    I am thankful for the scholar athletes who willingly submit themselves to the rigors of the greatest sport ever devised within the minds of man. Their selfless efforts in the weight room, on the practice field, and on the gameday gridiron transfix the mind, delight the senses and fills us all with wonder and a transcendant joy of the game. The sport of football is enriched by their participation and sublime athleticism.

    In short, I am thankful for the totality of all these things and more; the thunderous strength of the combined talent, perserverance, effort and ethics which define and propel the phenomenon we know as Wildcat Nation. As such, I proudly sign my name, and raise my voice in acknowledgement of great achievements made and many more to come in saying loud and proud, "I be a Wildcat, Who be you?!!!"

    With Many Thanks,

    Coach Peters

    PS: Stayed tuned for more updates and celebrations as we round out another succesfull playoff-earning season.

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  • Class 4A Division I Region 2

    Waco La Vega (8-2) vs. Lake Worth (5-5), 7 p.m. Thursday, Waxahachie

    Alvarado (5-5) vs. Melissa (7-3), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Coppell's Echols Field

    Kennedale (8-2) vs. Brownwood (4-5), 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Glen Rose

    Paris (7-2) vs. Carter (6-4), 7 p.m. Friday, Denison

    Argyle (10-0) vs. Carrollton Ranchview (5-4), 7 p.m. Friday, Carrollton's Standridge Stadium

    FW Benbrook (8-2) vs. China Spring (5-5), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Waxahachie

    Wilmer-Hutchins (9-1) vs. Celina (5-4), 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Carrollton's Standridge Stadium

    Stephenville (6-3) vs. FW Dunbar (5-4), 7:30 p.m. Friday, Granbury

    2018 Texas Football Playoff Bracket Div I

2018 Football State Championships 2018 Football Conference 4A D1

Rumblings from Stephenville

Map to 1st Round Playoff site (Pirate Stadium, Granbury)

Recap: DHS vs Lake Worth


    Dunbar uses fourth quarter rally to edge Lake Worth. Playoffs up next.


    Special to the Star-Telegram

    November 09, 2018 10:23 PM

    Updated 4 hours 52 minutes ago


    Fort Worth Dunbar came from behind on the strength of Leon’te Cooper throwing to Aaron Cooper to beat Lake Worth, 20-13, at Kittrell Memorial Stadium on Friday night.

    The Wildcats trailed until the fourth quarter and will advance as the third seed from District 6-4A Division I.

    It was a tight game through the first half as Lake Worth took an early lead on a 6-yard TD run by Isaac Ehrich. A critical PAT kick by Marvin Banegas made it 7-0, Bullfrogs.

    Lake Worth stretched the lead to 13-0 after Caleb Welch used the QB sneak to score from 2 yards out.

    Dunbar (5-4, 4-2 District 6-4A) countered when Leon’te Cooper hit Landdrell Butler with an 11-yard pass to draw within 13-6 after the Wildcats’ kick failed.

    The Bullfrogs (5-5, 3-3) were about to push their lead back to a two-score cushion.

    Isaiah Jackson ran for 45 yards to set the Bullfrogs up at the Wildcats’ 5 in the second quarter.

    But a fumble halted the drive and gave Dunbar the chance for a big play.

    On first down, Leon’te Cooper hit Aaron Cooper in stride for an 82-yard scoring pass.

    The first half ended with a 13-12 Lake Worth lead.

    A scoreless third quarter was an exchange of interceptions by each team. Lake Worth, though, had a pass picked off in the end zone and gave the Wildcats the ball at the 1.

    Again, though, it was Cooper-to-Cooper that proved lethal to Lake Worth.

    A 40-yard Cooper connection set up Dunbar deep in Bullfrogs territory. Leon’te Cooper then hit Jermar Jennings with a 10-yard TD pass.

    A Cooper-to-Cooper 2-point conversion put Dunbar ahead to stay at 20-13.

    Game was over when: With just 1:57 to play in the game, Dunbar picked off their fifth Lake Worth pass.

    Play of the game: The Leon’te Cooper pass to Aaron Cooper for 82 yards for a score flipped the momentum of the game.

    Offensive player of the game: Aaron Cooper finished the game with eight catches for 166 yards, a TD and a conversion.

    Defensive player of the game: Two Wildcats had two interceptions each. Lakeithan Tarkington and Branden Wilson collected four picks, while Aaryn Conley grabbed the clinching pick.

    Unsung hero of the game: Lake Worth’s Tremaine Forrest led all rushers with 20 carries for 63 yards.

    Moment of the game: Lake Worth had the opportunity to put a cushion between them and Dunbar but the interception in the end zone by the Wildcats flipped the momentum. Even though the Wildcats drive started at the 1, they were able to thwart the Bullfrogs’ drive.

    Stat of the Game: Dunbar managed the win with just nine first downs.

    What’s next? Dunbar will now take on Stephenville in the 4A Division I Bi-District to be played at Burleson on Thursday at 7 p.m. Lake Worth will play Waco La Vega at Waxahachie on Thursday at 7:30 in their Bi-District game.


    Sachs, Randy. 2018. "Dunbar Uses Fourth Quarter Rally To Edge Lake Worth. Playoffs Up Next.". Star-Telegram. https://www.star-telegram.com/sports/dfwvarsity/prep-football/article221382190.html.

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