Copperas Cove High School running back Tim Edwards may have surprised a few people during a long run against Abilene in a scrimmage at home Aug. 25.

The running back outran a defensive back for a 71-yard touchdown run during a timed scrimmage of 12 minutes.

Copperas Cove scored twice during the quarter and finished the scrimmage with an interception by Floyd Connell to thwart a drive for Abilene. Cove “won” the scrimmage 14-7 on the scoreboard.

Edwards said a coach told him to gain weight this summer, but he wanted to get quicker.

“I trimmed down a little,” Edwards said. “I thought the defensive back had an angle on me, but I pulled away.

“That was pretty exciting.”

Head coach Jack Welch was also excited about the run.

“We all know that Tim (Edwards) can run over someone . . . it was good to see him break open a long run like that,” Welch said. “In a controlled scrimmage, part of what you are working on are plays rather than drives.”

Cove turned it loose in the timed quarter, thanks to the long run by Edwards. The Bulldawgs scored again on their next possession on a touchdown pass from Jaylen Smith to Connell.

Connell intercepted an Abilene pass on the next possession and the quarter ended with the play.

Welch said he felt a lot better about his defensive unit.

“We are better defensively and it showed today,” Welch said. “We are going to be tested defensively.”

CCHS will open the season today at A&M Consolidated beginning at 7:30 p.m. The two teams were not able to play last year due to lightning in the area.

“They are a good team that is in the playoffs every year,” Welch said. “It is going to be a battle.”

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