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The Chisum Mustangs took a tough loss Friday night against the visiting Cooper Bulldogs. A game strictly depending on both sides’ run games, the Bulldogs were able to control the field giving them the upper hand with a final score of 33-8.

Coming off a loss the previous week, the Mustangs had a hard time keeping up with the dominant offense the Bulldogs brought to the table. Struggling to contain the run game, the Mustangs were down 20-0 at halftime. The Bulldog defense controlled the Mustang offense by overloading the box and shutting down Chisum’s run game completely.

Chisum found light through their passing game and had a few big plays thanks to the quarterback and middle linebacker Luke Chalaire and the wide receiver core the Mustangs have built. The Mustangs picked it up in the fourth quarter and had multiple long drives, but they just could not finish.

An impressive display of heart and grit appeared from the Mustangs as they continued to play until the end of the game, finally scoring late in the fourth quarter. However, it was not enough. Although the Mustangs came up short, they are still hoping to improve their 1-1 district record and make a playoff appearance.

“Tonight, we did not show up,” said Chalaire. “They came out and showed out, they wanted it more than we did in the end. Next week we have to step up, it is a big game, we are still 1-1 in district and still have a chance to make playoffs.”

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