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The scoreboard said Georgetown won…but…

by "Big" Joe Lombardi 

Cup 'O Joe 


Sure, last Friday’s Bulldawg football game goes into the book as a 38-14 visitor’s victory, but I see it another way.

Copperas Cove hasn’t lost a game in 44-plus years. The stadium clock just ran out of time while the other team had more points. Of course, that’s the fan in me talking.

Rationally thinking, it wasn’t in the cards for a Dawg  in over our visitors, thanks to some errors and the continuing learning process that goes with a coaching change, the third in five years. But, no matter the score, we saw positives as well.

Our Bulldawg Radio broadcast crew was impressed by the offensive line which showed flashes of what it can become. Those trenchmen made things go a lot better for the running game led by Craig Brown, who more than once gashed the defense for good yardage. Quarterback Gabriel Rodriguez, after missing all of 2021 with an injury, looks to be rounding into form. There were a few issues with pass protection, but that will come with practice reps.

Defensively, Cove’s Blue Wall stymied Georgetown’s run game in the first half, but what impressed me was the hard hitting and pursuit to the ball. Those guys never quit, never gave up, all game long, which was refreshing when compared to the past.

Improvement every day is what each team member is striving for and given time, they’ll get there. That’s why they practice after school and why we play these non-district games. There’s three left, starting tonight against Georgetown East View. They’ll be tough, like all opponents when you’re righting a ship that had almost sunk, like Dawg head coach Tony Johnson is doing. He’s working hard and so are the players.

Props are in order too for Lady Dawg head volleyball coach Christy Thompson, who led her team to the Irving tournament team championship last week. Way to go, y’all!

Whether you choose Copperas Cove football or volleyball, since both teams are home standing  tonight, get out and support them. They’ll appreciate it. Go Dawgs!

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