AUGUST 15, 2008 - COVINGTON
|Logan Woloch hauls in a touchdown pass in the first quarter.
The Covington Buccaneers and the Versailles Tigers battled each other in each teams final scrimmage in preparation for their respective season openers next week.
After three quarters of action the visiting Tigers held a 46-28 advantage on the scoreboard after scoring 26 points in the third quarter alone.
"One quarter," said Covington coach Dave Miller in regards to how good his team played. "We played well for one quarter."
That quarter was the first as Covington outscored the Tigers 21-7 with three Logan Woloch touchdowns.
"We did some nice things offensively and defensively in the first quarter and for part of the second quarter," Miller continued. "I saw some kids playing with emotion and intensity."
But things quickly unraveled for the Buccs in the final 2:00 of the half.
Covington had a nice defensive stand and took over the ball with just under 2:00 to go in the half with a 28-14 lead.
But a bad snap led to a turnover, giving the high-powered Tiger offense a chance to get some momentum before the ten minute intermission.
Uncharacteristic of traditional Tiger Ball, Versailles primarily used the spread offense the entire evening and began clicking on all cylinders. The result as a touchdown with 30 seconds left in the half to cut the margin to 28-20.
"We missed a lot of tackles," explained Miller. "That's something we struggled with last week in the Eaton scrimmage and it plagued us again tonight."
The third quarter was all Versailles as Covington's offense turned the ball over on three straight possessions, two via fumble and one an interception that was returned for the score.
"We had them in a third-and-long situation there early in the third and they got a big play down the right sideline," Miller explained. "I saw some heads start hanging at that point and things just snowballed from there."
Overcoming the big play is something the Buccs have been able to do in the past.
"We don't deal well with adversity right now," continued Miller. "When things get tough we have to learn to dig in and go. We didn't do that tonight."
Along with a solid first quarter, another bright spot for Covington was the play of the reserve unit in the final quarter.
Buccaneer back-up quarterback Jake Stewart led the charge with two touchdown strikes to Ben Wilson and Sam Earick.
"Our JV played pretty well tonight," praised Miller. "I saw some spark from the freshman group and Jake did a good job hitting Ben and Sam for touchdowns."
With the final scrimmage in the books, the Buccs have a week to correct the mistakes in preparation for a dangerous New Bremen team.
"New Bremen will be a good test for us right out of the gate," said Miller. "They are fast and athletic."
For Covington to capture a win over the Cardinals, it will have to learn to overcome adversity in a hurry.
"In the past our kids have responded," Miller said. "We've been able to come back from adversity and work harder to get better. We'll have to do that this week and be ready to play hard and with emotion all four quarters against New Bremen."
As Miller knows one quarter won't do it.