By Jon Garrett
Killeen Daily Herald
COPPERAS COVE No coach expects his team to lose, but the way the Bulldawgs dominated Killeen in Friday's 54-6 victory over the Roos was a bit of a shock for Bulldawgs coach Jack Welch.
"It was a little surprising, simply because we didn't get in a good enough scrimmage at Abilene," said Welch, following the win. "since we had to shorten things up because of the lightning."
And, while the Dawgs offense was serviceable in the scrimmage against the Eagles, nothing in the preseason hinted at the kind of offensive explosion it would unleash on Killeen, rushing for 380 yards on 40 carries and adding 64 yards through the air. Toss in Cove's 86 return yards, and the team's 530-yard total for the night was more than a bit impressive.
"I just want to praise God, first of all, that we had such an opportunity," said Welch, clearly moved by the performance, after the game. "We stayed focused throughout the ball game and forgot about the scoreboard."
Friday's win marked the seventh consecutive win over the Roos by Cove. The last time the two teams met in 2001, the then No. 2 in state ranked Dawgs barely escaped with a 21-14 win over the Ross, thanks in part to a 77-yard kickoff return by defensive back Leon Johnson, on the opening kick off, and another interception by Johnson with 31 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Athlete of the Week Jonathan Woods, senior, running back
Woods racked up 194 yards on 11 carries and scored a touchdown, to lead the Dawgs prolific rushing attack against the Roos.
Statistic of the Week 3, The number of take-aways by the Cove defense against Killeen. The Dawgs also held the Roos to negative-1 rushing yards in the first half of the game , most of Killeen's 299 yards coming in "garbage time," long after the game had been decided.
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