By Monty Campbell
Killeen Daily Herald
COPPERAS COVE "Waco is a much better team than their record shows," warned Bulldawg head coach Jack Welch, before his team went on to win in triple-overtime last week in Waco ISD Stadium.
The 29-21 victory proved to his team that in any given contest another team could knock them from the undefeated ranks and challenge the confidence level of the team.
The Dawgs will be in for another barn-burner Friday evening as the Shoemaker Grey Wolves come into Bulldawg Stadium with the same "must-win" dilemma that the Lions were facing last week. Couple the incentive of wanting to prolong the season with the playmaking capabilities of Shoemaker's offense and Friday's game should entertain.
"Shoemaker has some of the best skill position players in the state," Welch said. "Their offense is explosive and we will have our work cut out for us."
Explosive is exactly what Shoemaker is, led by quarterback Keith Smith, Killeen Daily Herald Preseason Player of the Year. Smith is joined by Chris Poullard in the backfield with Contrevious Parks leading the wide receivers, catching 25 passes this year.
An offense that scores an average of 33 points per game and averages 364 yards per game will test the Bulldawg defense that allows only 14 points and 256 yards per game.
The Dawgs will be looking forward to the challenge and hope that they will be able to step up just like last week against Waco.
"Last week, was a character builder for our guys," Welch said. "Hopefully, that win will carry through the season for us."
Volleyball team playing out the season
The Lady Dawgs continue to battle through what has become a difficult second year for head coach Cari Lowery. They suffered a tough road trip to Waco and Harker Heights losing to the Lady Lions in four games 16-25, 12-25, 25-23, 13-25 and the Lady Knights in three games 17-25, 16-25, 23-25.
They conclude the season with home games against Shoemaker on Friday and against Bryan on Tuesday.
Even though the Lady Dawgs appear headed for another losing season, Lowery is very upbeat about the team with the majority of players coming back next year.
"We just made some mental mistakes, but they're learning," Cove coach Cari Lowery said of her squad. "They're getting better all the time."
The Lady Dawgs still have the outside possibilities of finishing above .500 on the year. Cove (15-16, 3-9) will attempt to defeat Shoemaker Friday night and then rely on an upset of Bryan to finish above the coveted mark.
Bulldawg tennis team prepares for spring season
The Copperas Cove team has finished its fall district season but continues to pick up non-district matches in preparation for the spring season.
The Bulldawgs (13-15) switched to playing different doubles teams for some of the doubles matches in their last match against Cedar Park and will do so again against Robinson on Tuesday.
They conclude the fall season in the Georgetown Invitational Nov.18.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Trey Henderson, senior, linebacker. Henderson completed his 11 tackle evening with a crucial stop on fourth-and-three from the seven yard line, to seal the victory for Cove.
STATISTIC OF THE WEEK: 3, The number of overtimes that Copperas Cove and Waco played last week in the 29-21 Bulldawg victory.