The Bulldawgs continue play at the three-day Subway Classic today at Marble Falls.
After facing the host Mustangs and San Antonio Edison to open the tournament Thursday, Copperas Cove returns to the court at 1 p.m. today against Elgin in the first of two games. Once the Bulldawgs’ game is complete, teams will be seeded for bracket play with Copperas Cove set to play at either 4:45 p.m. or 7:45 p.m.
The tournament concludes Saturday with Copperas Cove playing at either 11:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m.
Prior to the Subway Classic, the Bulldawgs had not played since losing to Pflugerville 61-45 on Nov. 22, dropping their overall record to 1-2.
Junior guard Jyhlil Rice led Copperas Cove offensively in the loss, posting a team-high 13 points, while teammates Quinton Ford and Justus Honea added nine and six points, respectively.
While Copperas Cove’s schedule has been rather sparse since opening the season Nov. 11, Bulldawgs head coach Billy White Jr. expects to make up for lost time this weekend.
“We’ve got multiple games in back-to-back fashion,” he said, “and we’ll be playing a total of five games, so it is a really good opportunity to go out and get game experience, especially for the younger guys.”
The 16th annual CHAMPS H.O.T. Bowl doubleheader is set to start Saturday.
No. 4 Trinity Valley (10-1) faces No. 5 Northwest Mississippi (9-2) in a junior college matchup to open play at 11 a.m. at Bulldawg Stadium before Eastern New Mexico (7-4) and Fort Hays State (7-4) play at 6 p.m. in a NCAA Division II contest.
A pair of familiar faces will be competing in the early contest. Former Bulldawgs receiver Phillip Baptiste and defensive lineman Tyrell Thompson are both sophomores for Trinity Valley.
Baptiste is the most prolific receiver in Copperas Cove history, catching 113 passes for 1,556 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2013, and he enters the game with 22 receptions for 286 yards and three touchdowns on the season.
Thompson has recorded 41 total tackles, including 18 solo, this year and posted five sacks — third most on the team.
Copperas Cove students and parents are eligible to receive free tickets, and military members can also pick up free tickets at the high school athletic office. Tickets must be picked up by today.
The Bulldawgs will hold their annual banquet Tuesday at the Copperas Cove Civic Center. The program honoring this season’s players, managers, trainers and film crew is set to begin at 6 p.m.
For more information, contact the high school athletic office at 254-547-4111.