By Jon Garrett

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE The defending District 13-5A champion Copperas Cove boys golf team is off to a solid start with its first two fall tournaments of the season.

The team followed up a third-place finish at the Temple Invitational with another bronze medal effort, finishing third to Westwood (612) and Georgetown (620) with a two-day team total of 621 in a tourney held Nov. 19-21.

Tied for the lead with both teams after shooting a round of 312 on Friday, Cove shot 309 on Saturday at Meadowlakes Golf Course in Marble Falls, led by a round of 76 from Davis Dewald. But the Bulldawgs were just edged by the Warriors (300) and Georgetown (308).

"Things are going OK. We have two third-place finishes so far and we've gotten off to a pretty good start," Bulldawgs' head coach Justin Schulze of the effort.

In addition to Dewald, who finished with a two-day total of 151, the team benefited from solid performances by Marc Cleverly (155), Derek Gonzalez (157), Jerred Miller (159) and Erick Hanby (167).

Schulze, who is hoping his team will regain the form that made it a champion in 2003, praised the play of Gonzalez and Miller.

"Derek played No. 5 all last year. He stepped up and shot a 75 at a hard golf course," he said. "Miller, a sophomore, stepped up and shot 77 in just his second varsity tournament. We have some guys stepping up and starting to play well."

Athlete of the week: Lauren Flood, junior guard, scored 16 points Saturday to lead Lady Dawgs' basketball team in a 57-22 win over Lampasas

Statistic of the week: 3, the number of touchdown passes tossed by former Cove QB Josh Welch, making his first career start because of a leg injury to starter Andy Padron, in Mary Hardin-Baylor's 42-28 second-round playoff win over Hardin-Simmons on Saturday.

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