By Monty Campbell
Killeen Daily Herald
The Copperas Cove Bulldawg football team is in the midst of its open week but the casual observer would not be able to tell by watching from their practices.
Head coach Jack Welch and his staff continue to teach and administer new techniques to the players and not relax during the off week.
"There are no off weeks in Texas 5A football," he told his team Monday at the workout, and he added the surprises that occurred in the first half of the season. "The offensive line is starting to come together, the defense has surprised me the most but the think that has surprised me the most is kickoffs."
There have been several kickoff returns that has left Welch puzzled as to how they happened, after putting so much emphasis on special teams.
The Dawgs have yet to be lose a game because of poor special teams play. The Dawgs enter the bye week undefeated at 3-0 and averaging 310 yards of total offense. The newly formed offensive line has started to come around and the results were witnessed in the 419 yards on the ground against Waco University it the win.
On the other side of the ball, the defense is giving up only 190 yards and 11 points per game. Both Donald Buckram and Jerrard Milsap enjoyed 100-yard rushing performance in the win. Buckram rushed for 149 yards on 11 carries and Milsap gained 173 yards on 14 carries.
Cross-Country team continues to better results
The Bulldawg cross-country team continued its start to the season with a fourth place finish in the Shoemaker meet at Dana Peak Park in Harker Heights on Saturday. The boys improved their finish despite having to run 100-meters further this year than last with Chris Dunagan leading his team with a ninth place overall finish.
The boys and girls will travel to Waco on Saturday for the Baylor University Bear Run. The meet is going to be run on a brand new course, which Baylor University uses during its cross country meets, and everyone is excited to see it.
"We are real excited about having the opportunity to go to this meet and the new course," head coach Sue Wagner said. "This will be good for the kids because with over 25 teams in the meet, it will be the biggest they will see before the regional meet."
Lady Dawg volleyball team wins first district match
The Lady Dawg volleyball team battled little adversity this past week as they were humbled in the first match of district play by A&M Consolidated 25-9, 25-9, 25-12 on Friday but bounced back to defeat Temple in five games 25-21, 25-23, 12-25, 19-25, 22-20 on Tuesday.
They managed to accomplish this feat despite losing their senior setter, Sasha Dock, on Monday after she walked off the team. Jennifer Sandifer stepped right in to fill her shoes having only practiced with the varsity squad for two hours in the week before the match.
Player of the Week
Tim Atchison, , safety, football
The returning senior intercepted a University pass on the first possession of the game and raced 39 yards for a touchdown and recovered a fumble in the 55-14 mauling of University.
Statistic of the Week
The number of digs that Lady Dawg volleyball player Chani Wilson collected in Coppers Cove's victory over Temple .
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