Given the opportunity and ball, Vondareaz King can score in a variety of ways.

Last Thursday against Shoemaker, King displayed his full arsenal by scoring three touchdowns in three different ways, while leading Copperas Cove to a 45-6 victory at Leo Buckley Stadium.

King returned the game’s opening kickoff for a score before adding a rushing touchdown later in the period and a passing touchdown in the fourth quarter. In addition to helping extend the Bulldawgs’ winning streak to four games and keeping the team’s District 8-5A record unblemished through two games, King’s performance earned him the Player of the Week award.

“You are blessed when you have players who can do multiple things,” said Copperas Cove coach Jack Welch. “It allows you to call other plays and do things that might be a little unique, and Vondareaz is able to give us that.”

After receiving the opening kickoff at the Bulldawgs’ 23-yard line, King followed a couple blocks and made a few moves before darting down the left sideline and into the end zone. King rushed for a game-high 109 yards on 25 carries before adding his final touchdown of the evening on a 6-yard pass to Hunter McVeigh.

“One thing that has really helped Vondareaz is that he played a lot last year as a sophomore,” Welch said. “He’s got a lot of potential. If he keeps this up and has a great offseason and a great senior year, the sky is the limit for a person like that.”

King received 46 percent of the total votes, registering 609 of the 1,324 votes cast, to beat a trio of strong candidates.

King narrowly edged out Killeen running back Daniel McCants, who received 43 percent of the vote by receiving 571 votes on the heels of his showing against Harker Heights.

The junior carried the ball 26 times for 192 yards and a touchdown, leading the Kangaroos to a 28-7 victory.

Gatesville outside hitter Lauren Nichols finished third in the poll after averaging 15 kills and a dozen digs in a pair of District 8-3A victories against Brownwood and Llano last week.

Florence senior quarterback Kaleb Hardy rounded out the nominees, finishing fourth following a 269-yard, two-touchdown performance in a 37-36 win versus Troy.

King marks the third consecutive player from Copperas Cove to receive the award. Two weeks ago, Lady Bulldawgs senior outside hitter Carlie Tuiasosopo claimed the honor for her output (16 kills, 7 blocks) in an upset of state-ranked Harker Heights.

Last week, King’s teammate Rashaun Gibson won a highly-contested poll over Gatesville quarterback Cole Edmiston.

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