Football-starved fans can finally rejoice.
Despite having barely begun summer vacation, kickoff is right around the corner with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Victory Bowl set for this weekend.
The sixth annual game featuring graduated seniors from a 12-county Central Texas region, including seven players from Copperas Cove, Lampasas and Gatesville, will be played at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Waco ISD Stadium.
The Bulldawgs continue a strong tradition of being well represented at the game, sending at least three players for a fourth time.
J.D. Post, Hunter McVeigh and Andrew Sommervold will each suit up for the Red team after helping Copperas Cove reach the playoffs for a 10th consecutive season in 2013.
Post, who will play collegiately at Texas Lutheran, was an 8-5A All-District First Team selection at cornerback after finishing the season with 55 tackles, a fumble recovery, three interceptions and a pair of touchdowns.
Mary Hardin-Baylor commit McVeigh was the Bulldawgs’ second-leading receiver last season with 53 catches for 748 yards and 10 touchdowns, while center Sommervold helped Copperas Cove’s offense average 517.5 yards and 46.7 points per game.
A pair of Hornets will join the trio on the Red roster.
Gatesville running back Jake Kee and teammate Tariq Miller were both selected to the squad with Kee, who signed with Oklahoma Panhandle State, coming off consecutive 1,000-yard seasons.
Two Lampasas standouts will line up on across the field as running back Gary Spencer and long snapper Bobby Joe Nielsen will compete for the Blue team.
Texas A&M Commerce commit Spencer rushed for more than 1,000 yards last year, but was forced to miss the final four games of the season with an injury. Nielsen will play at Mary Hardin-Baylor.
Other area players competing in the game for the Blue team include Killeen’s Lamont Alexander and Salado’s James Collins. Belton’s Andre Ewing, Ellison’s Reginald Ford, Harker Heights’ Kyle Key and the Shoemaker trio of Ziere Banner, Anfernee Hawkins and Antonio Mims will play for the Red team.
In addition to the football game, former Copperas Cove superstar Qiana Canete will play in the Victory Bowl’s inaugural volleyball match at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Waco University High School. In 2013, Canete cemented her spot as one of the school’s premier athletes, repeating as both all-district and all-area MVP, landing on the all-state team, leading the Lady Bulldawgs to consecutive district championships and breaking her own record for kills in a season with 679.
Belton’s Kinsey Williams and Shoemaker’s Aria Price join Canete on the Red team.
Other area participants of note include Shoemaker head football coach Channon Hall and assistant Kendrick Pope, who will serve the same rolls for the Red team on the field, while Belton head volleyball coach Stacy Meyers and assistant Whitney Landers will lead the Red team on the court.
Lampasas’ Faith Veroneau is part of the 10-member cheerleading squad for the Blue team.