Chapel Hill quarterback Kobe Coker was airing it out Friday night.

With Rice commit and standout running back Khalan Griffin sidelined by injury, the Chapel Hill senior took to the air and threw for 330 yards and six touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 64-23 victory over the Bullard Panthers at Bulldog Stadium in New Chapel Hill.

Coker completed 16 of 25 pass attempts as Chapel Hill improved to 2-2 on the season.

For his efforts, Coker was named the UT Health East Texas Offensive Player of the Week.

He will be featured on a poster, sponsored by UT Health East Texas, in Friday’s The Zone special section of the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

He follows Sabine senior running back BJ Stidham (Week 1), Big Sandy senior quarterback Caden Minter (Week 2) and Bullard Brook Hill senior quarterback Garrett Esposito in garnering the award.

Coker connected on scoring passes of 70, 4, 54, 3, 42 and 62 yards to help Chapel Hill turn what was a close 27-23 score late in the second quarter into the victory. He tossed TD passes to Keyjun Thomas (70, 54, 62), Ilonzo McGregor (4), Decorian Wofford (12) and Tyson Berry (42).

On the season, Coker has hit on 53 of 104 passing attempts for 830 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Chapel Hill (2-2) has another big challenge this week as the Bulldogs play host to Texarkana Pleasant Grove on Friday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Chapel Hill continues its tough schedule as Pleasant Grove (4-0) is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A Division II. Earlier this season, the Bulldogs tackled Argyle, No. 1 in Class 4A Division I, on the road.

After an open date on Oct. 4, Chapel Hill begins District 10-4A Division I play against Kilgore at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium in Kilgore on Oct. 11.

To nominate someone for the UT Health East Texas Offensive Player of the Week, email by 5 p.m. Sunday.


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