By Raegan Stanley
The Cove Herald
The Shoemaker Grey Wolves knew they had their work cut out for them last week against Killeen High and tonight will be no different as the Wolves face No. 1 Copperas Cove.
The Bulldawgs are 2-0, defeating Tuloso-Midway 36-7, while Shoemaker has split games, falling 17-14 to Killeen last Friday.
“I think it’s going to be a difficult game,” said Dawgs coach Jack Welch. “They have a lot of athletes and they are very well coached.”
Welch said that he considers Shoemaker a tough opponent, especially after the way they played against Killeen, a program he also considers to be one of the best in the area.
Thus far, it seems as though the Wolves’ toughest opponents have been themselves.
Several costly mistakes against Killeen show the overall youth of the team and experience is one of those things that can only come with time.
Head coach Ken Gray has said since preseason that the biggest factor against his team is inexperience.
That fact has not manifested itself in playing ability, as Shoemaker always produces top athletes, but has instead shown itself in costly penalties and fumbles.
The Wolves fumbled six times against Killeen and had 50 yards worth of penalties.
Despite these weaknesses, Welch says his team will have their hands full.
“They run a 3-5 defense and so with those five linebackers, they do a lot of blitzing,” Welch said.
“To combat that, we have to have our assignments down. Our guys have got to block their man.”
Welch will depend on his offensive line of Sean Doherty, Nathan Kepler, Sean Robertson, Anthony Mackey and Jerry Hill to open holes for running back Troy Vital and quarterback Robert Griffin.
Offensively, Shoemaker will be depending on quarterback Andre Smith, who Welch says can “throw on a dime,” and running backs Lyvell Marzett and Dion Demers.
Demers is second on the team in rushing yardage with 92 yards and two touchdowns.
Smith relies on the speedy and accurate receiving duo of M.J. Porter and Derrick Mays.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Leo Buckley Stadium in Killeen.
The game’s play-by-play will be shown on www.kdhpressbox.com as will the radio broadcast of the game.
n The Copperas Cove Quarterback Club will meet Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 a.m. at the Copperas Cove High School Athletic Annex.
Head Coach and Athletic Director Jack Welch will review last week’s game against Tuloso-Midway.
Welch will also preview the upcoming matchup between his Copperas Cove Bulldawgs and the Shoemaker Grey Wolves. Breakfast is sponsored by the Cove Exchange Club.
Friday, Sept. 21 the Quarterback Club will meet at 6:30am and the breakfast sponsor will be the Cove Herald.
Contact Raegan Stanley at email@example.com or call (254)501-7564.