In just his first year on varsity, Killeen sophomore quarterback Garrett Gaskamp has already earned himself a loyal and supportive following.

After leading the Roos to a 36-3 bi-district drubbing of Granbury on Saturday, they turned out in droves to cast their vote in the Player of the Week poll for Nov. 6-12. Of course, the support wasn’t relegated to his Roos family. Rivals from all three other city schools (Ellison, Harker Heights and Shoemaker) stuffed the ballot box, along with votes from as far away as Memphis, Tenn. and Arizona. “All those guys, they all stick together — athletes all have that common bond — so the whole town sticks together, no matter what,” said Gaskamp’s father, Roos offensive coordinator David Gaskamp. “Obviously, if somebody’s going to win (KDH’s Player of the Week), we’d love for it to be somebody from Killeen. I think that probably plays a part into it as well.”

But, despite pulling in an impressive 865 votes, it wasn’t nearly enough to overtake the sheer volume of polling done by the tight-knit community of Lampasas.

Along with running over people on the field, the Badgers (10-1) have been nearly as unbeatable when it comes to online voting.

“Our computer teacher puts it on our school website and says if you have an opportunity please vote, and that’s how we get it done,” Lampasas coach Joey McQueen said.  “I really thought the kid from Killeen (Gaskamp) would win, but I guess they just don’t get after the voting like we do.”

Claiming 1,390 of the 2,539 total votes cast (55 percent), Lampasas senior fullback Secody Howard won his area-best third Player of the Week honor of the season. It was the Badgers’ seventh Player of the Week award and fourth-straight with someone up for the award. Fellow seniors Marcus Kehoe and Brandon Scott have each won the honor twice this season.

“That’s our community coming through, they won’t lose,” Howard said.

That overwhelming support translates onto the field for the Badgers, who will take on La Vernia (6-5) at 7:30 tonight in their Region IV-3A regional playoff game at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex in Round Rock.

Lampasas’ best season since 1993 has all been a credit to an unstoppable ground game that averages over 400 yards per game, with Howard’s 1,342 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns leading the way. But it’s the way Howard has gained all that yardage that earned him a few nicknames along the way.

In the comment section of the online poll, Howard’s brother djderik20 wrote: “I called him the Blue Bullet. When he comes straight towards (you) he hits hard, fast, and goes right through you.”

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