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Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013 4:30 am | Updated: 10:56 am, Thu Aug 21, 2014.

FORT HOOD — Copperas Cove had to win, and Jack Welch believes the Bulldawgs did so on their first drive.

After forcing Harker Heights to punt away the game’s opening possession, Copperas Cove drove 87 yards for a touchdown. While the score was important, it was not nearly as important as how the Bulldawgs accomplished it.

Copperas Cove converted two fourth downs by using fake punts to extend the possession and set up Shaq Fluelen’s short touchdown run.

It was not the only score of the night, but it was the most important, according to Welch.

“I thought the first series, the very first drive was crucial and very key,” he said. “Even though the game continues on for 48 minutes, I thought that was a big drive.”

It did not prove to be the difference, but it set the tone for Copperas Cove’s 45-23 victory over Harker Heights at Hood Stadium.

Facing fourth-and-11 from their own 23-yard line, Bulldawgs punter Hunter McVeigh caught the Knights sleeping and was able to run 21 yards for a first down. Three snaps later, Copperas Cove was in a similar position, facing fourth-and-6 at their own 48-yard line, and Trent Canion ran turned another fake punt into a first down, breaking free for an 11-yard run.

Moments later, Fluelen scored to give Copperas Cove (6-4, 4-3 District 8-5A) a lead it would not relinquish as it clinched a 10th consecutive playoff berth thanks in part to 63-45 victory against Killeen.

The Bulldawgs’ reward for surviving an up-and-down showing in district is drawing No. 2 DeSoto in the opening round, but Copperas Cove quarterback Manny Harris would not want it any other way.

“To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best,” said the junior, who threw for 298 yards and three touchdowns said. “Everybody wants to upset the best team, and we want to be the one to do it this year.”

The bi-district game will be played at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Waco ISD Stadium.

Copperas Cove’s opening drive, proved to be the only touchdown of the first quarter, but Harker Heights got on the scoreboard thanks to Austin Roden’s 24-yard field goal with 31 seconds remaining. The Bulldawgs answered early in the second quarter as Jayson Stanley connected on a 26-yard field goal to give Copperas Cove a 10-3 lead.

The score held for a majority of the second quarter until the teams combined to score 17 points in the final 1:13.

The outburst began with Roden’s 43-yard field goal, which was erased on the ensuing kickoff as Bulldawgs’ senior Phillip Baptiste returned the ball 92 yards for a touchdown to put Copperas Cove ahead 17-6.

Harker Heights (2-8, 2-5) responded 22 seconds later, however, as Tony Barnes caught a 56-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Troy Smith, and the Knights went into halftime trailing 17-13, but could not get any closer.

Copperas Cove scored on its first drive of the second half and exploded for 21 points in the fourth quarter to secure the win while ending the Knights’ season.

“These seniors got dealt a tough hand with a new coach coming in,” Harker Heights first-year head coach Jerry Edwards said, “but they accepted me, and they came in and played hard tonight.”

Led by Smith, who completed 14 of 29 passes for 265 yards and two touchdowns, including five to Damaria Moon for 110 yards, the Knights finished with 330 yards of offense. Harker Heights’ defense, however, could not slow down the Bulldawgs.

Copperas Cove had 429 total yards as Harris and Baptiste connected 12 times for 124 yards and two touchdowns while McVeigh caught six passes for 108 yards.

Welch would like to see his team run the ball more, though. The Bulldawgs produced 131 rushing yards on 33 attempts against the Knights.

“This is a high-powered offense,” he said. “There is no question about it, but when you’ve got a real run game that can ground it out and grind it out and wear people down, that is real potency. ... We need to get better at being able to run the ball and throw the ball.”

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12 comments:

  • MAJAG89 posted at 12:24 pm on Tue, Nov 12, 2013.

    MAJAG89 Posts: 54

    I agree. Worst job of coaching ever. The kids on the Heights team deserved so much better.

     
  • MAJAG89 posted at 12:22 pm on Tue, Nov 12, 2013.

    MAJAG89 Posts: 54

    Nurse: so let me "encourage you" to read the rules of conduct. Capitalizing every word doesn't make you right. It just tells people you refuse to follow accepted rules for decurom.
    Much like Mr. Welch refusal to abide by genrally accepted rules of good sportsmanship. Throwing for a meaningless TD against a beaten opponent made up of 16-17 and 18 year-old boys is the real act of classlessness here. Not me calling the Cove out on it.
    If KDH had any sort of a spine or reporting integrity, they would call Welch out on it too.
    But trust me, karma is coming right back at Cove this week. DeSoto is going to light the Dawgs' Ole defense up like a Christmas tree.

     
  • PolynesianNurse67 posted at 8:19 am on Tue, Nov 12, 2013.

    PolynesianNurse67 Posts: 4

    majg89, CAN YOU PLEASE CLOSE YOUR MOUTH. YOU TALK SO MUCH NONSENSE. WHY DON'T YOU SHOW SOME CLASS, ESPECIALLY TO YOUR CHILDREN, YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR COMMUNITY. YOU THINK YOU CAN DO BETTER HOW ABOUT YOU GO AND COACH THEM BOYS. PROBABLY BECAUSE YOU CAN'T. STOP BEING A LOSER, BE A WINNER BY ENCOURAGING OTHERS. SHAME ON YOU. SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!

     
  • PolynesianNurse67 posted at 8:14 am on Tue, Nov 12, 2013.

    PolynesianNurse67 Posts: 4

    DawgDave and you call yourself a Copperas Cove fan, shame on you. A fan is one who supports a team no matter what, whether they are losing or winning. Obviously you have no clue. Shame on you. If you think you can coach better then why are you not on that field helping them boys, I will tell you why? Because you can't. GO GET A TEACHING AND COACHING DEGREE, EXPERIENCE AND THEN TALK. OTHERWISE KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT!!!!!!!

     
  • PolynesianNurse67 posted at 8:01 am on Tue, Nov 12, 2013.

    PolynesianNurse67 Posts: 4

    DUDE, WHAT IS UP WITH YOU? WHY ARE YOU SO CLASSLESS. BOO ON YOU!!!!!!
    SHOW YOUR CHILDREN SOME CLASS AND DIGNITY AND ESPECIALLY YOUR COMMUNITY. SHAME ON YOU. YOU ARE DEFINITELY ONE CLASSLESS ACT AND AGAIN I SAY GROW UP!!!!

     
  • Wolfdawg posted at 1:48 pm on Sun, Nov 10, 2013.

    Wolfdawg Posts: 3

    So, where's the article about the SHS vs. EHS Game???

     
  • cz14 posted at 12:53 pm on Sun, Nov 10, 2013.

    cz14 Posts: 25

    WELL THE GAME IS OVER AND COPPERAS COVE IS CREDITED WITH THE WIN.--HARKER HIGHTS BEAT THEMSELVES.ON THE FIRST DRIVE HIGHTS DEFENSE STOPPED COVES RUNNING GAME. THAN A FAKE PUNT GAVE THEM A FIRST DOWN.--THAN THE DEFENCE STOPPED THEM AGAIN. ----AND THE FORMER DEFENSIVE COACH NOW OUR HEAD COACH WATCHED AS COVE DID IT AGAIN,ANOTHER FIRST DOWN AND LED TO COVES FIRST TOUCHDOWN ---.GOING OUTSIDE OUR OWN (KISD COACHES FROM FORE SCHOOLS) WAS A STUPID MOVE. EDWARDS SHOULD BE LET GO .IF YOU CANT FIND A COACH WITHIN OUR OWN DISTRICT THAT COULD BE PROMOTED THAN WE NEED TO GET RID OF ALL THE ASSISTANT COACHES.

     
  • TPTS posted at 9:54 am on Sun, Nov 10, 2013.

    TPTS Posts: 6

    UNDERSTANDING NOW THAT A HURRY UP SPREAD OFFENSE IS VERY NECESSARY!! 40 points will be the standard next year. Run the no huddle during non district games to start the season so kids are prepared during district play to use it as needed. This will put you at an advantage the first district game, they will not have seen our traditional offense, 1-0 to start the season. College and pro teams run 4-3 defense because they have athletes that can bring pressure up the middle and on the ends. In high school you are lucky to have one that can pressure the QB, so you run a 3-4, gap filling linemen and a every down blitzing LB from either side, he will run into something, QB, RB and at least disrupt the play. He will pressure the QB, block the screen from his side and trail all plays going away, disrupt motion handoffs and hit the QB on read options. LB are at the top of the sack list for teams who have to run a 3-4.

     
  • TPTS posted at 9:23 am on Sun, Nov 10, 2013.

    TPTS Posts: 6

    Worst coaching at any level, so unfair to the kids. The excuse is adjusting to a new system. Special teams on kick off and kickoff return, worst in the district. Calling time outs on defense and at non critical times of the game, leaving no time outs when desperately needed end game situations, worst in district. Running up the middle to the strength of every defense on critical 3rd downs and wasting 1-2 downs doing the same, horrible. Inexcusable lack of a hurry-up offense, which would have salvaged at least 2 horribly coached game, giving the impression to the kids and the whole crowd of giving up, this guys is inexcusable!!! The coaching staff has great guys and an asset to the community, however, the worst coaching display at any level that has ever been seen. You all should be moved to other sports and teaching only, you don't know football. There is a bright spot however. The seniors won't have to endure the abomination next year! Thank you for all that you do for the kids off the football field.

     
  • MAJAG89 posted at 3:14 pm on Sat, Nov 9, 2013.

    MAJAG89 Posts: 54

    Make any excuse you want. But the fact remains he was wrong.
    Cove had just picked up a first down on three very well executed runs.
    The clock was running down. Even after throwing deep and getting set up first and goal, Welch still threw for the TD.
    The smart play at midfield and on first and goal was to run the ball.
    Three runs at a minimum run 1:15 off the clock. More like 2 minutes the way officials lazily spot the ball.
    Last TD completely unnecessary. Heights coaching staff had already given up after missed onside kick.
    Staff was breaking down trainers table and packing balls away.
    Up 15 no need to throw for score. Arrogance on Welch's part.

     
  • DawgDave posted at 11:30 am on Sat, Nov 9, 2013.

    DawgDave Posts: 159

    I'm sure DeSoto will demolish Cove. Cove's defense is not at all good this year; probably the worst defense in the past 15 years.
    However, you need to realize it ain't over til it's over. You saw how fast Heights scored near the end of the first half. If Cove doesn't pick up a first down or score, Heights could easily have put up 6 or 7, then an on-sides kick and they could score again.
    Not everyone in Cove thinks Welch is a god as some do, but in this case I think he was correct.

     
  • MAJAG89 posted at 10:55 am on Sat, Nov 9, 2013.

    MAJAG89 Posts: 54

    Jack Welch is a jerk and classless wonder.
    He's quoted as saying he wanted to run the ball more, but with less than 5 minutes left in the game and at midfield, instead of running the clock out, he threw the ball three times including a gutless deep pass that served no purpose other than to humiliate the Harker Heights kids.
    No worries though. What goes around comes around.
    DeSoto will light up Welch's Ole Defense for 60 points easy.
    If CCISD had any integrity at all they would apology for Welch's action.
    It's one thing to win a hard fought game (which they did), it's another to be rude and classless about it.
    Typical Cove.

     

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