By Monty Campbell
Killeen Daily Herald
COPPERAS COVE The Copperas Cove Bulldawgs finished their third undefeated season in six years on Friday night as they closed out the regular season with a 34-7 victory over visiting Belton.
They now turn their attention to District 14-5A third-place finisher Klein Forest for a bi-district playoff game at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos.
It marks the second time in as many years that the Bulldawgs are opening the playoffs at Texas State University. Last year, Cove defeated Klein Collins 56-24, but head coach Jack Welch insisted that the team did not agree to the location based on the familiarity aspect.
"We didn't pick Bobcat Stadium because we were familiar with it, we have only played one game here," he said. "Both teams liked the surface (astroplay) rather than settling to play on a grass field."
Both teams will need to have their track shoes on for this affair as both boast 1,000-yard rushers in Cove's Donald Buckram and Klein Forest's Ty Robinson.
The two teams will face off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Bulldawg Cagers play final exhibition Saturday
It is basketball season again and the Bulldawgs are attempting to erase the taste of last season's five win season.
This year will be no easy task due to graduation and the loss of team MVP
Quenton Kirby who transferred to a Houston area school. Fello senior, Jeff Russell, will be asked to provide the leadership and scoring touch while out on the court.
The boys play their final scrimmage of the year against Waco La Vega at 10 a.m. on Saturday and then open the regular season on the road at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Cedar Park.
Record setting Aqua Dawgs
The Copperas Cove swim team enjoyed a successful meet, in terms of personal accomplishments, by breaking three school records in the Spooktacular Swim Meet at Midway Oct. 29.
B.J. Wardlow broke the school record in the 50-yard freestyle swim, the team of Kevin Eikenberg, Carl Jones, Anthony Lyons and Wardlow set a new school record in the 200-yard medley and the team of Eikenberg, Jones, Wardlow and Madison Godfrey broke the school record in the 400-yard freestyle relay by three seconds.
The Aqua Dawgs return to the pool Nov. 18 in Killeen for a tri-meet against Shoemaker and A&M Consolidated.
Varsity Blue returns from Pflugerville with hardware
Gearing up for the spring season, Copperas Cove sent 15 players to the Pflugerville Invitational last week.
Justin Mitchell, spending much of the fall season as the No. 6 boys singles player, stepped up and competed against other team's top players advancing to the consolation championship.
Ashley Freel was victorious against teammate Heather Pergande in the consolation championship. Freel won the hard-fought battle 6-4, 5-7, 10-8.
Copperas Cove Gold and Blue varsity teams will return to the net Nov. 18 at the Georgetown Invitational Tournament.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kim Baker, junior, forward. Baker scored 16 points in the Lady Dawgs season opening victory over Vista Ridge 39-35.
STATISTIC OF THE WEEK: 105, The number of miles that the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs must travel for their bi-district playoff game in San Marcos.