By Nick Talbot
The Cove Herald
William Randolph burst through the crease and exploded down the sideline.
No one was going to catch him.
The Copperas Cove senior running back, who set the school-record in the 200-meter dash, was simply too darn fast.
Randolph caught the ball at the 2-yard line and returned it 98 yards for a touchdown, putting the Bulldawgs up 46-14, sealing a blowout win over Ellison on Oct. 8.
It was returns like this that made Randolph dangerous and was a big reason why no one wanted to kick to him. And a big reason Texas A&M took notice and signed him last week.
His explosiveness also caught the attention of the Texas Sports Writer's Association, which named Randolph as its first-team kick returner last Friday.
"He helped us by not even returning the ball," said Copperas Cove coach Jack Welch. "Teams would try to kick it away from him and pooch kick and when they did that it gave us good field position.
"But when they did kick it to him he made some real big plays happen."
He also earned an honorable mention at running back. Randolph ran for 1,129 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Offensive lineman Cody Elenz, who signed with Idaho, was named to the third team.
"He was powerful," Welch said. "He gave that confidence that you need. Our whole line was good, but Cody was the anchor. At 6-foot-5, 290 pounds he was a force to be reckoned with."
Defensive linemen and Baylor signee, Trevor Valdez earned an honorable mention. Valdez was the Killeen Daily Herald Defensive MVP as well as the 12-5A defensive MVP.
"He is one of the finest defensive linemen I have ever coached," Welch said. "He went hard every play and he was always chasing the ball down. He was tremendous at making things happen."
Like Randolph, Belton's David Ash made the team twice, earning second team honors at quarterback and punter. His top target, Adrian Henderson, garnered an honorable mention.
Cibolo Steele athletes grabbed both the Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year honors on the TWSA team. Texas signee Malcolm Brown picked up the offensive honor. The 220-pound running back rushed for 2,596 yards on 272 carries with 31 touchdowns. Cibolo Steele's Ryan Simmons was the Defensive Player of the Year. The linebacker had 179 tackles, four fumble recoveries and five interceptions.