Amy Rosenbaum was deserving.

Copperas Cove’s setter put up 77 assists in wins over Harker Heights and Bryan last week. The future Baylor Bear is a big reason why Cove has a chance tonight to grab at least a tie of the District 12-5A title when it welcomes first-place A&M Consolidated to town.

But there’s just something about that small-town support. So much so that a voter for the Player of the Week apologized to Rosenbaum in advance for her not winning the weekly honor as the senior was competing against athletes from smaller Lampasas and Salado.

Badgers senior fullback Secody Howard won the voting for the week of Oct. 9-15, staying just ahead of Eagles junior running back Reece Nicholson. Howard finished with 1,217 votes, good enough for 54 percent of the total voting.

Nicholson tallied 971 votes for Salado, who won a defensive battle over Burnet last Friday, setting up a big District 25-3A showdown today between the two programs.

“I actually kind of liked it this week because we play them (today). And running up against them, they don’t want to lose on the voting and they don’t want to lose on the field,” Howard said Thursday.The runaway voting totals have raised eyebrows in the past, but once again shows how much support can be found in small towns not only across the area, but the state as well.

“There’s people within the school system and people outside the school system that just support our kids,” said Joey McQueen, Lampasas’ head football coach and athletic director. “It’s like running for president. If you want to win, you have to get out and vote right?”

Howard is a two-time winner — he won the Player of the Week on Sept. 9 after running for 192 yards in a win over Austin Travis.

He did a little better last week against Llano, finishing with a season-high 262 yards and two scores in the Badgers’ 41-14 win over Llano. It’s the fifth 100-yard game for Howard this season and fourth straight.

“He hit some big plays on the inside trap play,” McQueen said. “He was just on top of his game. One of the things that he did better than he has in the past was that when he ran over somebody, they didn’t trip him up by his shoestrings.“He ran them over and completed the touchdown.”


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