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at quarterback is Isaiah Winston, who filled in for Jake Bitner and led the Buccs to two nice drives.
AUGUST 13, 2010 - EATON
It was hot Friday...Real Hot!
But Covington coach Dave Miller won't allow his football team to use that as an excuse for a lackluster performance in a scrimmage at Eaton.
"We didn't show up," said Miller with displeasure in his voice. "We played lethargic. I know it was hot, but it was hot for them (Eaton) too."
It wasn't as though Covington got steamrolled on the scoreboard. Eaton scored once in three ten-play series and won the one half of game situation 14-7, but the scoreboard isn't of concern to Miller in a scrimmage where kids are moved in and out of the lineup like a revolving door and the playbook is scaled down more than a regular season game.
What Miller wanted to see was how well his kids competed and what type of effort they gave.
"I don't care about the score in a scrimmage," Miller said. "I look at how we compete and we didn't come in here and compete today."
Despite the struggles, Covington did showcase some positive signs at times throughout the scrimmage, but not on a consistent basis.
One positive was holding Eaton on four plays inside the red zone to prevent a score in one of the Eagles' ten-play series.
Another positive was the fact that the Buccs did move the ball during the one half of live game situation, one drive resulting in a 65-yard touchdown run by senior fullback Cory Ely.
Backup quarterback Isaiah Winston also had a solid showing executing the offense.
"We did move the football, but we didn't put together any consistency on offense," Miller said. "This wasn't what we were looking for in regards to effort and intensity. We moved way too slow."
Which surprised Miller after a decent showing on Tuesday against Milton.
"I thought we'd pick it up after Tuesday," continued Miller. "We had a very good practice yesterday, but it didn't carry over into today. We have a lot to work on."
Covington's junior varsity squad, consisting of a majority of freshman, competed very well.
"Now our JVs competed," Miller said. "They seemed much more enthusiastic (than the varsity)."
Fortunately for the Buccs they do have two weeks and one more scrimmage (next Friday against Versailles) to right the ship before the season opener against New Bremen.
"That's the good thing," agreed Miller. "We can get back to work and put this one behind us. Versailles will be another good test for us next Friday. That's why we scrimmage teams like this, so we get a really good look."
Hopefully things look better next week for the Buccs.