By Monty Campbell
Killeen Daily Herald
COPPERAS COVE The past week was business as usual for the Copperas Cove Bulldawg football team. Even though they just defeated the Temple Wildcats 49-14 last week and are facing a 1-5 Waco club, head coach Jack Welch will not allow his team to look past the Lions.
"Make no bones about it, Waco is a much better team than their record shows. They played a difficult preseason schedule," Welch said. "Coach (Johnny) Tusa will play anybody, anywhere, anytime to prepare his team for the season."
This season was no different for the Lions as they played Tyler Lee, Corpus Christi Calallen and Schertz Clemens which have a combined record of 14-4. All three of the teams have spent time in the top-ten of their respective classes.
Combine that early season schedule with a young team that was still building in the early season and a team that is playing for its playoff lives and many can see why this is a dangerous game for Cove.
The Dawgs offense continues to roll along as both Jerrard Milsap and Brent Garner eclipsed the century mark in yardage last week against Temple. Donald Buckram almost made it a trifecta, gaining 90 yards, for the Dawgs but was pulled from the game midway through the third quarter.
"Last week, I was surprised on how easily we moved the ball against the bigger defense," Welch said. "Our defense played well too, bending but not breaking with their big backs."
The Bulldawg defense will have to come up big again Friday night, as the Lions like to run the ball and chew up large amounts of time off the clock as well, if they are to push their district winning streak to 11 games.
Cove travels to Waco ISD for the District 13-5A showdown Friday evening at 7:30 p.m.
Volleyball team continues to mature
After trudging through a difficult stretch in the schedule where they lost six out of seven matches, the Lady Dawgs came through with a victory over Belton 20-25, 25-15, 25-23, 27-25 Tuesday evening.
The win exacted some revenge to the Lady Tigers for their defeat of Cove earlier in the season when the Lady Dawgs had playoff aspirations. Head coach Cari Lowery believes that the program will turn around but adds that it will take some time.
"This is a young team that is still learning how to win," Lowery said. "We'll get there."
Cove (15-14, 3-7) will look to continue building momentum for next season as the travel to Waco on Friday night
Bulldawg Cross Country team endures technical difficulties in Georgetown
The Copperas Cove cross country teams traveled to Georgetown on Saturday to participate in the meet. They participated in the meet but the results have somehow been lost in cyberspace with no one knowing officially how they did.
"Our kids liked the course and ran very well in the race," head coach Sue Wagner said. "We would just like to know how we finished"
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jerrard Milsap, junior, running back Milsap finished the evening with 137 yards rushing on seven carries, scoring on runs from 82 and 25 yards out in the Dawgs 49-14 victory over Temple.
STATISTIC OF THE WEEK: .588, The overall winning percentage of Cove boys tennis player Chris Niswonger. He is 30-21 on the fall season, leading all regulars in wins and percentage.
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