The Copperas Cove Bulldawgs were in a position to win their Homecoming game in Bulldawg Stadium against Ellison Sept. 27, but one play ended it all in the final minute and a half of the game causing Ellison to come out with a 21-16 win.

Though the stats show that Copperas Cove played consistently the best throughout the game, Ellison showed just how game-changing big plays can be.

“It was a tough, hard-fought battle,” Copperas Cove Head Coach Jack Alvarez, said. “The quarterback took it on his shoulders down there in the fourth quarter and they got back ahead.

With 1:21 left in the game, after fighting to make it to the Eagle’s 10-yard line, the Bulldawgs were in a great position to score, but couldn’t make it past Ellison’s defense.

“We got in the same situation we were in last week. Last week, I went for a home run to win the game and I second-guessed myself that I should have went for the first down,” Alvarez said. “So tonight, instead of going for the home run on 4th and 5 or whatever, I decided to try to get the first down. We’ve been getting the yards on the same play all night long and we don’t get it. So, I’m like, man, I should have thrown it in the end zone. I put that on me, not the kids.”

The Bulldawgs struggled to get going in the first half, only managing to get up on the board with a field goal kick, by senior kicker Cameron Ryan in the final moments of the first half.

“I thought we started a little slow – we got to keep working on starting a little bit faster,” Alvarez said.

They left for the locker room at halftime with a score of 3-15, Ellison, but they came out stronger in the second half with senior running back Micah Cox scoring two touchdowns in the third quarter, giving Copperas Cove it’s only lead of the game, 16-15. Unfortunately, these would be the only two touchdowns the Bulldawgs would score in the entire game.

“We came out very explosive, we knew what we had to do to come back,” Cox said. “This was pretty much a playoff game for us because we pretty much have to win out for us to go to the playoffs so that was our mentality.”

Though the scoreboard said they lost, the Bulldawg’s defense held Ellison to 307 yards on offense versus the Bulldawg’s 367 offensive yards.

“I thought our defense was much improved and I thought we played a good second half,” Alvarez said.

Alvarez was proud of his team’s performance and grit, but knows that there is always room for improvement.

“We need to get better at everything, but we played hard and I’m proud of my guys,” Alvarez said.

Cox, who had 139 rushing yards, said that they need to play the whole game with the same tempo, they had in the second half of this game. If they do that they will undoubtedly do well for the rest of the season.

This week Copperas Cove will take on the Waco Lions in Waco Friday and kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.