The Belton Tigers Freshman White looked to improve their 2-0 with a home game against the Copperas Cove Bulldawgs at Tiger Field on Thursday evening.
After the Tigers allowed a touchdown on the game’s opening drive, Belton scored four touchdowns over the game’s final 20 minutes to defeat the Dawgs, 28-6.
Cove took the opening drive the length of the field and scored from 13 yards out to get the Dawgs on the board. The extra-point was no good, as the Dawgs trailed 6-0.
Jose Ramirez, Jr. helped lead the first scoring drive of the game which bridged the first and second quarters. Ramirez hit Amarion Whithrow with a 33-yard pass and Tanner Conroy with a 10-yard pass, prior to hitting Conroy for a four-yard touchdown. Zachary White’s point-after kick gave the Tigers a 7-6 lead.
Parker Allman’s stop on third down helped set a up Cove punt. Cooper Fix rushed the punter and Ritchie Willess dropped the punted at the Cove 32.
An offensive lineman’s dream happened right before the halftime break. Ramirez hit Chance Baladez with a 32-yard pass down to the Cove 15. Ramirez’s pass was intercepted on the goal line. During the return, center Scotty Butler jarred ball loose and recovered it in the end zone for a Belton touchdown. White’s extra-point gave Belton a 14-6 lead at the half.
Myles Byars helped force a fumble that was recovered by the Tigers at the Cove 21. Caleb Huff to the left for a 21-yard pass to help take advantage of the turnover. White’s point-after try was good, to put Belton up 21-6 with 5:47 to play in the third quarter.
A 54-yard coffin-corner punt by White went out of bounds at the Cove 8 to set up the Dawgs next drive. After Fix dumped the Cove quarterback for no gain, and the trio of Willess, Riyan Moore and John Ortiz-Riera III sacked the quarterback for a five-yard loss, Willess recovered a fumble in the end zone for a score. White’s extra-point made the score 28-6 with 5:26 to play in the game.
Belton travels to Harker Heights to take on the Knights on Thursday (September 20) at 5:30 p.m.