WACO — Copperas Cove turned the ball over seven times and had no answer for Waco Midway running back James Fullbright, and the combination was costly Friday.

The Bulldawgs threw a pair of interceptions, turned the ball over on downs three times and lost two fumbles, while Fullbright ran for a game-high 205 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries, guiding the Panthers to a 52-28 victory.

Midway (4-1, 4-0 District 12-6A) claimed an early lead by scoring 14 unanswered points in the first quarter as Fullbright ran for touchdowns measuring 27 and 19 yards.

The Bulldawgs (4-3, 2-3) finally responded with 8 minutes, 30 seconds remaining in the second quarter as Easton Simpson found Jahmeel Rice for a 64-yard touchdown, but the Panthers answered with another 14-0 outburst.

With less than a minute remaining in the half, however, Simpson connected with Quinton Lewis for a 7-yard score, trimming Copperas Cove’s deficit to 28-14 going into halftime.

But there was little answer for Fullbright — who accounted for 171 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries in the half — or the Panthers after the break.

Simpson completed 23 of 38 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bulldawgs’ offense.

Copperas Cove has a bye next week.

Contact Clay Whittington at clayw@kdhnews.com

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