By Jon Garrett
Killeen Daily Herald
COPPERAS COVE Often, much like offensive and defensive lineman, coordinators aren't given very much attention in football. Win or lose, it's usually the head coach who acts as de facto quarterback of the club, receiving the glory or the blame.
Most fans couldn't name the coordinators of their favorite teams to save their lives.
That is not the case in Copperas Cove.
Varsity offensive coordinator Tracy Welch has long been hailed for the part he has played in making the Bulldawgs offense, year after year, one of the best in the state. Among other things, Welch is a quarterback mechanic who has a knack for helping whoever is at the helm of the Dawgs scoring machine excel to the best of their ability.
And this year, varsity defensive coordinator, Howard McMahan is making his push for the top of Cove fans' Christmas lists, supervising one of the most dominant Dawg "D" units in recent memory.
Coming off consecutive shutouts going into Friday's 19-14 victory over Waco, McMahan's unit gave up 14 points in the first quarter, but was otherwise dominant in the game.
The Bulldawgs held Waco to just 213 total yards, 58 of those coming on a Carl Sims pass to running back Troy Harbert, and managed to sack the elusive Sims twice on momentum-breaking plays by John Reeves and Roberto Davis, respectively. Defensive back Tim Atchison made his second interception in as many games, and Jeremy McDonald and Joseph Leary came thisclose to picking off some ducks of their own.
After the game head coach Jack Welch attributed the performance to his team's continued development.
"I really feel there is something special about this team. They're molding, they're growing," Welch said. "This was a very inexperienced team when we started off and we're just continuing to get better."
No touchdown controversy here
Late in the fourth quarter of Friday night's win, it appeared Copperas Cove quarterback Brent Garner connected with Mario Goins on a 6-yard touchdown pass. One official immediately ruled the pass a touchdown, but, much to the chagrin of the rabid Bulldawg crowd in attendance, a second official waved it off after saying the ball hit the ground.
The Dawgs settled for a 23-yard field goal by Kyle Mathews for a 19-14 lead with 3:20 left in the game, giving the Lions another shot to change their fortunes. Cove's defense managed to stop Waco's next drive, though, and after the game Bulldawgs head coach Jack Welch had no hard feelings over what could have been a key call in the game.
"I thought we had the touchdown in the end zone to be frank. I thought his arms were under the ball," Welch said. "But, I really believe with all my heart that the official who said it was not a catch believes in his heart that it wasn't a catch. ... I respect that man for doing what he did. It would have been easy to just let that be a touchdown."
Lady Dawgs almost ready to bark
It's just about that time of year again. And the Copperas Cove basketball team is gearing up for another playoff run in District 13-5A.
The girls will kick things off Nov. 1 by giving fans a chance to meet the Lady Dawgs at the Copperas Cove High School gym. The event kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and will feature Cove legend and current WNBA player Shereka Wright as guest speaker. The band, cheerleaders and Copperettes will also perform.
Athletes of the Week Donald Buckram, 151 yards on 19 carries, and a touchdown
Statistic of the Week 3, The number of second-half first downs by the Lions in their loss to Cove two of those coming on penalties.
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