Saturday night special: Two Decatur cowboys vying for rodeo gold

By Brandon Evans | Published Saturday, December 15, 2012

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It’s coming down to the final night for two Decatur cowboys going after rodeo gold at the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

The 10-day, 10-round rodeo concludes tonight, and Decatur’s Tuf Cooper and Trevor Brazile are both in the hunt for another world championship.

BREAKING AWAY – Decatur cowboy Trevor Brazile, 36, looks to capture a world championship in team roping tonight with partner Patrick Smith, of Lipan. If they win, it will be Brazile’s 18th gold buckle, tying him for most ever with Guy Allen. Brazile already won his 10th all-around world title after only five rounds at National Finals Rodeo. Photo by Kirt Steinke/Western and Rodeo Images

As of Friday afternoon, Cooper was still sitting in first place in tie-down roping. The 22-year-old increased his lead to $8,690 over Justin Maass after he finished third in the eighth round Thursday night. Maass finished fourth that night.

If Cooper can hang on to his lead through tonight, he’ll capture his second consecutive world championship in tie-down roping. His older brother Clif sits at 14th in the world. He entered the WNFR 15th in the world rankings.

Brazile and his roping partner Patrick Smith of Lipan are very close to bringing home a gold buckle in team roping. As of Friday afternoon they had a $33,068 lead over Kaleb Driggers of Albany, Ga. If they hang on and win, it will be Brazile’s 18th world championship, tying a record for the most gold buckles won by a PRCA competitor.

Brazile already wrapped up his 10th all-around world title Monday night.

Decatur steer wrestler K.C. Jones finally broke into the money in a big way Wednesday when he tied for first with a time of 3.4 seconds. It was the first time for Jones to finish in the money at this year’s WNFR.

“I’ve really tried to stay positive and keep the same attitude every night,” Jones said.

The final round of WNFR starts at 9 tonight on GAC network.

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