By Clay Whittington
Killeen Daily Herald
Last week, Robbie Seybold was impressive on the field. He followed it up with an equally remarkable showing in the polls.
Copperas Cove’s senior quarterback delivered the best game of his high school career in a critical contest at Temple, completing 12 of 14 passes for 215 yards and five touchdowns as he led the Bulldawgs to a 51-14 victory against the Wildcats. The win kept Copperas Cove’s playoff hopes alive, giving the Bulldawgs an opportunity to reach the postseason for a ninth consecutive season with a victory against Harker Heights in the regular-season finale tonight.
His efforts also garnered him 68 percent of the vote as he earned the KDHpressbox.com Player of the Week award by a landslide.
Copperas Cove head coach Jack Welch viewed the performance as a sign of just how far his quarterback, as well as the rest of the offense, has progressed this season.
“Robbie has worked hard this year,” he said, “and he keeps working hard each week. That is really a testament to how hard he works and his dedication. It is also a testament that you’ve got some good receivers and also a testament that you’ve got protection. If you have no protection, you’re not going to throw it very well. If you have protection and throw it well, and they don’t catch it then you still don’t look good. So, it all works together and all those guys are working really well.”
The five touchdown passes are the most during Welch’s 19-year career at Copperas Cove. Following the win, Seybold humbly gave all the credit to his teammates.
“The line gave me plenty of time to throw the ball, the backs ran good fakes and made it where the linebackers and safeties came down, and the receivers ran great routes and caught the ball,” Seybold said. “All I had to do was throw it.”
Seybold received 887 of the 1,307 total votes cast in the poll, beating out several other standout performers from around the area.
Gatesville quarterback Cole Edmiston finished second with 261 votes following another big game that helped the Hornets remain undefeated through nine games and clinch the District 8-3A championship with a 35-14 win at Brownwood. The senior completed 13 of 19 passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns, while running for 93 yards and two touchdowns.
Killeen junior Daniel McCants was third in the voting with 153. The running back posted 159 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries as the Kangaroos defeated Ellison 54-22.
Belton’s senior quarterback Peter Shelburne led the Tigers to a 49-14 victory against Shoemaker by completing 24 of 31 passes for 318 yards and two touchdowns.