July 19, 2007 WEST MILTON
|Garrett Clark heads to the end zone for the Buccs.
For the second time this summer the Covington Buccaneers got to test themselves against quality opposition in a seven-on-seven passing scrimmage.
Earlier this month the Buccs traveled to Centerville to face the likes of Colonel White, Chaminade-Julianne and yes, Centerville. That experience was an eye-opener as Covington witnessed first hand the level of intensity the bigger schools bring to the field - even in a non-contact scrimmage.
Much was the same on Thursday at West Milton as the Buccs scrimmaged the host Bulldogs, Carlisle and Greenon. The intensity level was high, which is what Buccaneer coach Dave Miller wants.
"We want tough competition in these scrimmages," said Miller after the scrimmage. "This is what will make us better."
Much as it was at Centerville earlier this month, the Buccaneers made some big plays and also made mistakes. It was an excellent learning experience for a team still looking to capture an identity - an identity built on hustle and effort, which is something coach Miller has preached to his team since day one.
"I know some of the things we are teaching is new to you," Miller told his team after the scrimmage. "You are going to make mistakes and we can correct that. But we are looking for maximum effort on every play. That's what we are looking for."
One example of effort came on a touchdown reception by Bill Dickey, who split time at quarterback and wide receiver. Dickey hauled in a pass from Chris "Cookie" Long and juked out three defenders on his way to the end zone.
Dickey also threw for three more scores, two into the hands of Garrett Clark and one to Brock Iddings.
Clark's second touchdown catch was one of beauty - and speed. The sophomore to be found an opening in the defense down the left sideline and outran two defenders to the end zone.
Iddings' catch was just as impressive. The senior snuck behind the Carlisle defense as Dickey hit him in stride for a 35-yard score.
A number of younger players had an impact as well.
Freshman quarterback Jake Bitner had a number of nice completions, while Josh Boehringer saw significant time at linebacker and Kellen Woloch stepped in on a number of series at fullback.
At the end of the day the Buccaneers got a good look at where they stand with two-a-days around the corner.
There is a ton of talent on the roster, but plenty of work that needs to be done before the season opener at New Bremen.
And you can bet the intensity level will increase with each passing day.