Lindale Eagles Stadium on Friday December 2, 2022 –
The Timpson Bears varsity football team took a convincing 34-13 Texas State UIL Quarterfinals win over the Cooper Bulldogs on Friday at Lindale Eagles Stadium.
The Bears trailed early after Cooper started strong with a 14-play 76-yard scoring drive which concluded with a 4-yard touchdown run by Canon Ingram. An extra point kick by Sean Patel gave the Bulldogs a 7-0 advantage at the 6:13 minute mark of the first quarter of play.
The second period saw the Bears drive 72-yards to score on an offensive drive capped with a Terry Bussey 13-yard touchdown which cut the Bulldogs lead to 7-6 after a failed extra point kick attempt, with 9:39 left in the second frame. Bulldog Markell Smith gave CHS good field position when he returned the ensuing kickoff into Bear’s territory at the 45-yardline. Cooper began to drive the football but Timpson reclaimed the pigskin when Ja’Cayden Adams and Jacorian Grace sacked the ‘Dogs quarterback forcing them to turnover the ball on downs with 8 minutes left in the first half.
Bussey hit Bears receiver Colton Carroll on Timpson’s next drive to set themselves up with first-and-goal at the 3-yardline with 8 minutes left in the second stanza. Bussey scored a touchdown moments later with a lot of help from the Bears linemen getting a huge push. Tyler Lane added an extra point kick and THS took a 13-7 lead with 5:37 left. This score held up throughout the remainder of the second period.
The only score of the third quarter came when Bussey broke free around the end for a 29-yard touchdown run with 10:20 remaining. Lane added another extra point kick to give the Bears a 20-7 lead.
The Bears narrowly missed a 27-yard field goal with 5 minutes left in the third stanza but it sailed just wide of the right goalpost.
The fourth frame saw Cooper gain their final score when Patel scored on a 4-yard run to cut Timpson’s lead to 20-13 with 9:35 left in the contest.
Bussey helped give THS breathing room when he hit Vosky Howard for a 27-yard scoring strike with 6:59 remaining to give the Bears a 27-13 lead. Bussey later scored the game’s final touchdown with a 1-yard keeper run for a touchdown which gave THS the final 34-13 lead after another Lane extra point kick with 2:56 remaining.
Timpson, now 14-0, will move on to face the Refugio Bobcats (13-1) in the State Semifinal round at Cypress Berry Center Stadium on Thursday, December 8, 2022 at 6 p.m. The Stadium is at 8877 Barker Cypress Road, Cypress Texas 77433. The Bobcats advanced with a thrilling 27-21 win over the Shiner Comanches.