Cove takes on Pflugerville Weiss
By SEAN HANEY
Tonight, the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs take on the Weiss Wolves on the road in Pflugerville.
The Bulldawgs are 2-3 (0-1 in district) and are coming off a disappointing loss to Bryan last week.
Weiss is 2-4 (0-2 in district) they are also coming off a loss to Temple.
This year has not been kind to Weiss, as last year they went 10-2 (7-0 in district).
Some of their players to keep an eye on are, QB Jax Brown, QB Tate Reiland, RB Daelen Alexander, WR/DB Micah Gifford, WR/DB Tory Simmons, WR Adrian Wilson, OL Isaiah Mworia, OL Wesley Trevillion, DL Chad Otutu, DL Lorenzo Diggs, LB Chase Edwards, DB Peyton Morgan.
Between both quarterbacks Brown (829 yards, 9 touchdowns, and three interceptions) and Reiland (560 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions) the Wolves have accumulated 1389 yards passing along with 16 touchdowns and six interceptions.
The Wolves’ rushing attack shows that they favor RB Alexander, who has 111 carries for 541 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 4.9 yards per carry and 90.2 yards a game.
Another attack to watch for while playing against the Wolves would be connected to their passing game, the receivers. The Wolves have five players who have over 100 yards in six games. The top receiver is Gifford who has 460 yards on 26 receptions and four touchdowns, averaging 17.7 yards a reception and 92 yards a game.
Going down the list is Simmons who has 28 receptions, 358 yards and five touchdowns, Wilson with 12 receptions for 254 yards and four touchdowns, RB Alexander who has 19 receptions with 102 yards and a single touchdown, and lastly there is Brown who has 9 receptions for 101 yards with a single touchdown as well. There is just one more receiver who has at least one touchdown and that is McQueen, who has 9 receptions and 96 yards.
Now, for the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs.
Last week, the Dawgs lost to Bryan and during that game Coach Johnson made a big decision, to bench starting QB Gabriel Rodriguez for Blaine Butler. Many people were probably scratching their heads as to why, and Johnson shared his reasons.
“Rodriguez dropped the ball, made wrong reads. So, I got tired of that, and we just needed to change, and it helped. Butler sparked us a little bit and pieces,” Johnson stated.
Last week, Craig Brown was shut down all game and had little to no impact to the game so there’s no doubt that he’s looking to bounce back tonight.
On the season, Brown has 86 rushing attempts for 567 yards and five touchdowns rushing, along with 102 yards receiving and a single touchdown.
The top receivers for the Dawgs are Demetrius Pearce who has 18 receptions for 255 yards and three touchdowns, and Trishstin Glass who has 17 receptions for 251 yards for three touchdowns as well.
While Butler was just put in the game last week to take the reins, on his senior season he is 17-35 with 255 yards, one touchdown and one interception, sitting at a 48.6% completion rate.
Rodriguez so far is 46-103 for 530 yards with seven touchdowns and one interception, sitting at a 44.7% completion rate.
Still at the top of the defensive side of the ball is tackling machine LB Kevin Pontious who has 45.5 total tackles (36 solo).