NEW CHAPEL HILL — Kobe Coker passed for 316 yards and six touchdowns in three quarters to lead Chapel Hill past Bullard 64-23 Friday in their home opener at Bulldog Stadium. 

Coker connected on scoring passes of 70, 4, 54, 3, 42 and 62 yards to help Chapel Hill (2-2) turn what was a close 27-23 score late in the second quarter into a runaway victory. 

Chapel Hill senior Keyjun Thomas did the most with his four catches, finishing with 190 yards and three TDs (70, 54, 62). Tyson Berry led the Bulldogs with six grabs for 69 yards, highlighted by a 42-yard TD, and Ilonzo McGregor tallied 45 yards on four catches — one of those a 45-yard score to go along with 61 yards rushing and a touchdown. 

All told, Chapel Hill racked up 718 yards of offense. On the ground the Bulldogs were led by Elijah Demus’ 131 yards on 10 carries. Samari Willis finished with 94 yards on 13 carries. 

Bullard quarterback Tristen Shewmake kept the Panthers (1-3) close for two quarters, thanks to the senior passing for 223 yards and two touchdowns (63, 56) in the first half. 

Chapel Hill blanked the Panthers in the second half, intercepting Shewmake twice forcing a fumble. 

The teams traded haymakers in an entertaining first half. 

Thomas got the home side on the board first when he outjumped two Bullard defenders for a deep pass. Once he grabbed it, he had nothing but green turf left on his way to a 70-yard TD. 

Shewmake fired right back, literally, connecting with Jaxson Elliott on a 63 yard catch-and-run touchdown. 

Chapel Hill answered with a 38-yard TD run from McGregor before Bullard came back with a drive that was capped by a 1-yard TD sneak from Shewmake to make it 14-14 entering the second quarter. 

Coker picked up where he left off in the first quarter, delivering a 4-yard TD strike to McGregor to put the Bulldogs back in front. 

Bullard looked set to tie things up again on Shewmake’s 56-yard TD pass to Nic Hooley, but a missed PAT kept Chapel Hill ahead 21-20. 

The Bulldogs never looked back after that. 

A scramble by Coker gave him enough time to connect with Thomas on a 54-yard TD and 27-20 lead. 

Bullard cut its deficit to 27-23 on a 38-yard field goal from Christian Moore with 1:53 left in the half. 

Chapel Hill outscored Bullard 37-0 after that. 


Chapel Hill 64, Bullard 23

Bullard      14   9   0   0 — 23

Chapel Hill 14 20 18   9 — 64 

First Quarter

CH—Keyjun Thomas 70 pass from Kobe Coker (Adolfo Tamayo kick), 7:47

BUL—Jaxson Elliott 63 pass from Tristen Shewmake (Christian Moore kick), 6:30

CH—Ilonzo McGregor 38 run (Tamayo kick), 4:58

BUL—Shewmake 1 run (Moore kick), :39

Second Quarter

CH—McGregor 4 pass from Coker (Tamayo kick), 11:26

BUL—Nic Hooley 56 pass from Shewmake (kick failed), 9:53

CH—Thomas 54 pass from Coker (kick failed), 4:24

BUL—FG Moore 38, 1:53

CH—Tyson Berry 20 run (Tamayo kick), :51

Third Quarter

CH—Decorian Wofford 12 pass from Coker (Tamayo kick), 9:04

CH—Tyson Berry 42 pass from Coker (Tamayo kick), 8:30

CH—Thomas 62 pass from Coker (Tamayo kick), 3:48

Fourth Quarter

CH—FG Tamayo 36, 9:13

CH—Samari Starks 24 run (kick failed), 2:49


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I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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