By Evan Mohl

The Cove Herald

After not making a single trip to Killeen last year, the Copperas Bulldawgs will play at Leo Buckley Stadium three times in 2009.

All three games will be on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Cove opens up District 12-5A play against Ellison on Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. Thursday after a bye week. The Dawgs then play Shoemaker on Oct. 22 before taking on Harker Heights in the season finale on Nov. 5.

"It's certainly interesting that we got all Thursday games," coach Jack Welch said. "But the (athletic coordinators) told me that was the only way they could get it to work."

The Thursday games mean Cove will have three short weeks followed by long weeks. Getting into a rhythm and a consistent workout schedule could prove to be difficult.

The Dawgs played no Thursday games last year.

"We can't let it play a factor," Welch said. "It's not necessarily what you want your schedule to be like, but you don't have a choice. We just have to prepare and then go out and play."

The good news: Cove hasn't lost to KISD team since 1998, when Ellison trounced the Dawgs 43-17. The Bulldawgs are 22-0 against teams just down U.S. Highway 190 in the last 10 seasons.

"We don't put too much stock into that," Welch said. "The bull don't remember what you did yesterday."

Cove will also renew its rivalry with Waco High for the 24th consecutive year. Last season, the two teams met for the first time in a

non-district matchup and the Dawgs ran over the Lions, 41-20, at home. It was Cove's first win over Waco by double digits.

The Bulldawgs are still just 5-18 - but 3-2 in the last five - against the Lions.

A rout in this series, however, is the exception not the rule. Since 1995, only four contests have been decided by more than double digits.

The teams will battle at Waco ISD Stadium Sept. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Cove is 10-2 at what fans affectionately call Bulldawg North, including 6-1 in playoff games. They did, however, lose their last game in Waco to Wylie in the Class 5A state semifinals.

Cove opens with San Angelo Central for the fourth straight year. The Dawgs have won all three games - the last two have been shutouts - against the Bobcats. Cove hosts Central at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28.

McKinney Boyd comes to Cove for the third and final non-district game on Sept 11. The Dawgs destroyed the Broncos last year in McKinney, eight months after beating them in the Class 4A playoffs.

The Bulldawgs will have a chance to avenge their lone regular season loss against district foe A&M Consolidated at home on Oct. 30. Cove will have to travel to Bryan this year on Oct. 9.

The Dawgs don't travel on back-to-back weeks.

"It's too early to look ahead," Welch said. "Most of those games (district), we don't even get a choice. We just got to go play them."

Contact Evan Mohl at or (254) 501-7564.

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