In a final opportunity for Covington coach Kevin Finfrock and Versailles coach Jason Schondelmyer to see their respective teams against an opponent in a different colored helmet, the Buccs and Tigers hooked up Friday at Hole Field in Versailles.
In three quarters of game-type action, the Tigers held the edge on the scoreboard by the score of 34-26.
"We have some work to do before next week (the season opener)," said Covington coach Kevin Finfrock. "I saw some good things and some bad things, but we'll work on those and be ready to play against New Bremen."
Versailles hit pay dirt on its first two possessions on long, clock consuming drives. It was typical Tiger football, a powerful running game inside the tackles that got the job done.
Meanwhile, the Versailles defense was just as potent as it held the high-powered Buccaneer offense to two straight three and outs.
"We didn't play very well up front in the early going," said Finfrock.
On it's third possession the Buccaneers used the big play to get untracked.
Senior quarterback Gene Studebaker found senior wideout Seth Mohler down the left sideline for an 80-yard touchdown strike on it's second play of the series.
After shutting the Tigers down on their next possession, Covington then tied the score at 13-13 on an 18-yard touchdown pass from Studebaker to senior tight end Drew Craft.
Versailles didn't take long to respond with two more touchdowns by half time to make the score 27-13 at the half. Both drives were once again via the running game as the Tiger offensive line opened up holes at will.
On the final play of the half, Studebaker nearly pulled a rabbit out of the hat. Pinned deep in his own territory, Studebaker was flushed out by the Versailles pass rush. He evaded numerous defenders only to find Seth Mohler streaking down the middle of the field. Studebaker's pass was on the mark, but Mohler was caught from behind inside the ten as time expired.
"That was an amazing play," Finfrock said. "He (Studebaker) has a way of making something happen."
The Buccaneer defense stiffened in the third quarter as they forced Versailles to punt on its opening possession.
Moments later Studebaker found Mohler over the middle for another touchdown strike to close to gap to 27-19.
Versailles then used a big play of its own to increase its margin once again. Senior quarterback Tony McNeillan found Jordan Liette down field as Liette made a terrific catch and outran the Covington defense into the end zone. The extra point was true to push the Tiger lead to 34-19.
The Buccs were not done as Studebaker led Covington on a 75-yard scoring drive.
After a critical third down run by Studebaker for 20 yards, the Buccaneer quarterback connected with sophomore Logan Wolock over the middle for the final score of the evening.
"I'm please with the way we played in the third quarter," Finfrock said. "We got pushed around a little bit in the first half, but we played much better in the third. We made some nice plays offensively as well. This is something we can build on."
Which is what you want from a scrimmage.