By Angel Verdejo
The Cove Herald
It was bad between Copperas Cove and Shoemaker last week.
The final score at Bulldawg Stadium was 70-6.
But it was the first 24 minutes that caught everyone's attention. When both teams headed to their locker rooms, Cove led 63-0.
In all, seven different players combined to score nine first-half touchdowns for Cove (8-1, 6-0 12-5A). That included two scores each from running back Chans Colbert, who caught a pair of touchdown passes, and Johnny Sirmans, who ran one in and caught another.
Cove got the benefit of continually working with a short field. Two of the Dawgs' first three possessions started in Shoemaker territory, including a drive that covered just three yards. Sirmans scored from 34 yards out to put Cove up 14-0 with 8:39 left in the first quarter, with Shoemaker fumbling the ensuing kickoff.
Keandre Harris recovered for the Dawgs, and Brandon Hamilton scored on the next play.
Cove also had scoring drives that started at the Shoemaker 16, 36 and 44. Most of the short field came as a result of five lost fumbles (12 total) for the Grey Wolves. Shoemaker also had two interceptions.
"Shoemaker shot themselves in the foot. They were laying the ball on the ground and we got great field position," Cove coach Jack Welch said. "The ball is going to get out of hand when that happens because you don't have much field to move on."
Cove outgained Shoemaker 321-141 in the first half. Jefferson, who ran for 134 yards, scored Shoemaker's lone touchdown on a 2-yard plunge late in the third quarter.
But it wasn't just Cove's offense.
Twice on special teams, blocks resulted in Cove touchdowns. Shoemaker (0-9, 0-6) tried to punt in the final minute of the first quarter, but the snap went over Jefferson's head. He corralled the loose ball and tried to get off a kick, but it was blocked.
Jalen Gilbert picked up the loose ball and ran in for the score to put Cove up 35-0 with 38 seconds left in the quarter.
The second came after Shoemaker reached Cove's 3.
A Jefferson 55-yard run on a third-and-14 put the Grey Wolves on the doorstep of scoring in the second quarter.
But the offense went backward - a pair of false starts and a bobbled snap resulting in an 8-yard loss turned Shoemaker's short field into a fourth-and-20.
The Grey Wolves tried a field goal, but Josh Lyons blocked the try, scooped up the ball and ran 70 yards the other way to make it 56-0.