COPPERAS COVE — Jack Welch chuckled.
“Ahh, we don’t throw the ball. We’re just going to run it every time,” the Copperas Cove coach said.
Robbie Seybold threw three touchdowns and backup
quarterback Nick DePrisco threw two as Copperas Cove shrugged off the stigma that it is only a running team with a 64-28 rout of Killeen in the District 8-5A opener for both teams Friday at Bulldawg Stadium.
“I get a kick out of that, too. When we had Robert Griffin, I think he threw for 2,400 yards that year, that was pretty good. But, because we’ve also run the ball so well, you say all you do is run it,” Welch said. “We do whatever you’ve got to do — run, pass. ... We think we’ve got two quarterbacks that can run and throw.”
Copperas Cove (3-1, 1-0) used its defense to stall Killeen and unleashed a passing offense — and receiving weapon Rashaun Gibson — to take a 23-0 lead early in the second quarter and win its 11th straight over the Roos and 32nd straight over Killeen ISD schools.
Seybold completed five of eight passes for 106 yards and Deprisco completed five of five for 81 yards in mop-up duty as Gibson hauled in three touchdowns grabs and ran for another. Gibson caught six passes for 126 yards.
“Our linemen do great at getting their blocks and our receivers make good moves and it’s just throw and catch from there,” said Seybold, who also had 69 yards rushing.
Killeen (3-1, 0-1), playing its first 5A district game since 2001, was held to just 253 total yards, mostly in the second half as the Roos tried to resurrect a win out of a loss.
“We just had a bad game. We had a bad start,” said Killeen running back Daniel McCants, who rushed for 61 yards. “We ... started to pick it up a little bit (in the second half), but we didn’t pick it up like we needed to.”
Killeen quarterback Garrett Gaskamp threw for 172 yards and three touchdowns and Naaman Young scored one on the ground, but unlike their three nondistrict wins, the Roos’ comebacks were thwarted by the Dawgs.
Gaskamp completed a 6-yard touchdown pass to Eric Jackson that cut Cove’s 16-point halftime lead to 23-14 with 7:14 left in the third quarter following a Bulldawgs’ fumble.
But two plays later, Seybold ran for 46 yards on a quarterback draw, then handed off to Gibson for the senior receiver’s 9-yard rushing touchdown.
Immediately following a Roos’ punt, Vondareaz King drove in the final nail with a 53-yard run that made the score 36-14 with 5:46 left in the third. King finished with 160 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries.
“We had a hard time stopping them tonight,” said Killeen coach Sam Jones. “We started playing a little bit and then some things happened to us and then we couldn’t stop it for a while.”
Gibson caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Seybold with 2:02 left in the third and a 13-yard touchdown pass from Deprisco on the first play of the fourth quarter that gave the Bulldawgs a 50-14 lead.
Copperas Cove threw for 187 yards and ran for 336 to finish with 523 total yards but lost three fumbles.
“We can do both run and pass, so either way, it’s a good thing,” Gibson said.
Seybold completed touchdown passes of 29 and 2 yards to Gibson and Girod Fluelen and King scored on an 11-yard touchdown run as the Bulldawgs raced out to a 23-0 lead with just four seconds gone in the second quarter.
Gaskamp completed a 21-yard pass to Eric Jackson and a 40-yard pass to Akeem Harrison to set up his 7-yard touchdown throw to DeVarri McCray that made it 23-7 with 7:43 left in the half.
Gaskamp threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Jackson and a 65-yard touchdown pass to McCray in the second half and Dominique Daniel ran for a 3-yard score.
Philip Baptiste caught a 42-yard touchdown pass from Deprisco early in the fourth and Daniel Ruff scored on a 2-yard run late for the Dawgs’ final score.