By Jon Garrett

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE Following the Bulldawgs 56-24 win over Klein Collins on Friday at Bobcat Stadium in San Marcos, Copperas Cove head coach Jack Welch spread the praise around, giving kudos to running backs Jonathan Woods and Donald Buckram as well as to the offensive line and the defensive unit.

His praise, however, did not stop with the players.

Welch, credited the Cove fans who made the two-hour drive (make that three or four for those stuck in Austin traffic) to cheer on the Dawgs with helping win the game for the "visiting" team.

"Did you see our crowd? If you wanted to rob a bank you should have probably hit Copperas Cove tonight because everybody is gone." Welch said after the game, noting that the Bulldawgs fans in attendance nearly doubled those on hand rooting for "home" team Klein Collins.

"Our whole town was out here at the stadium. I'm proud of our fans. We've got a full package.

I told them at the quarterback club this morning, "How could anyone have a better program than Copperas Cove? You might have better head coaches around the state, but we got a great assistant coaching staff, we've got great players, great administration and our town just loves the Bulldawgs and not just football. I'm talking about everything we do in town."

Cedar Park up next for Cove

While the Bulldawgs were ranked No. 10 in Class 5A in the AP poll preceding the playoffs and Cedar Park was not on the list, at least one prominent Austin publication has had the Timberwolves ahead of the Bulldawgs for area supremacy for much of the season.

Friday night in Round Rock at Dragon Stadium, the teams will settle the matter on the field in a 7:30 game in the area round of the Division II-5A playoffs.

Cedar Park is coming off a 31-7 victory over Hays in bi-district, and set a new single-season record at the school for wins this year with nine. The Timberwolves held opposing offenses to less than 10 points a game during District 15-5A play. Hays managed just 55 yards in the second half against Cedar Park.

Players of the Week

Donald Buckram and Jonathan Woods, running backs Buckram, a junior, rushed for 149 yards on 21 carries and three touchdowns, and Woods (17-131) scored four first half touchdown, three rushing and one on a 25-yard reception to lead Cove against Klein Collins.

Statistic of the Week

65 The total number of yards that Donald Buckram and Jonathan Woods did not account for, of the 370 total yards the Bulldawgs tallied against Klein Collins.

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