Classroom Champions: Copperas Cove's Bryce Ranes

They say it's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog. And Copperas Cove's Bryce Ranes may be the perfect example of that.

"If you look at him, and look at the size of him, and look at the stature, and you're saying that Bryce Ranes is ferocious? I'm saying he sure is," said Cove's head football coach Jack Welch.

Copperas Cove geography teacher and football coach Todd Ritchie agrees.

"He's tough, very. There's a couple of plays where you think he's going down, and he ain't going down."

The 5'9" senior has excelled as a wide receiver and returner for the Bulldawgs. He was even named special teams player of the year and wide receiver of the year in 2017.

"Considering my size, I knew that i was going to have to outwork everyone in order to compete with them since everyone was bigger. And so I just took that into consideration, and started working harder," said Ranes.

And he's clearly left an impression on Coach Welch.

"There's a lot of kids that we have come through our program, and you like to talk about each and every one of them. But Bryce is one of those kids that makes your heart jump out of your body whenever you get ready to talk about him."

It should be no surprise that the all-district wideout and returner is a hard worker in the classroom as well. He's got a 4.38 G.P.A. and is ranked eleventh in his class.

"With my dad being the academic athletic coordinator he's always told me that academics are the most important thing about high school," said Ranes

Once he's done at cove, Bryce plans to head to either A&M or North Texas and then wants to pursue a career in engineering. But no matter what he decides to do, he'll look back on his time as a Bulldawg with a sense of pride.

"It's been an honor to play in our football program for four years and be able to make it out. It's taught me a lot of good lessons in life."