|Gabe Mohler heads up field after hauling in a pass.
AUGUST 12, 2011 - COVINGTON
You can bet that Covington coach Dave Miller will address three major issues after Friday's performance in a scrimmage against Eaton - start faster, protect the football and consistency in effort.
A failure in those three areas put a damper on what was an overall solid performance by the Buccaneers in their second scrimmage of the season.
The Buccs began the scrimmage on their heals as Eaton drove the length of the field in seven plays in the first ten-play possession, reaching pay dirt on a short pass in the flat where the receiver broke two tackles to score.
Covington responded on its first possession by scoring on a long run by A.J. Ouellette and then followed with a short touchdown run by Bobby Alexander. Unfortunately, Covington fumbled on four of the last five plays, something that drew the wrath of Coach Miller, and for good reason.
In the meantime, the defense solved the Eagle aerial assault, picking off a pass down the sideline. This, after Eaton had its way with Covington on its opening drive of the scrimmage.
This led to all of the momentum being on Covington's side heading into the first possession of the down-and-distance portion of the scrimmage.
But again the Buccs started slow and Eaton took advantage on a long touchdown pass on the third play of the session.
After a three-and-out for the Buccs, Eaton struck again through the air on the first play of its next possession.
The Buccs finally came alive on their second possession in down-and-distance as A.J. Ouellette connected with Gabe Mohler for a 60-yard touchdown strike.
The defense also came alive as Bobby Alexander put the heat on the Eaton quarterback and forced a poor throw that Troy Cron picked off at mid field.
Moments later quarterback Isaiah Winston broke loose up the middle through the heart of the Eaton defense for a 30-yard touchdown run.
After stopping Eaton on its next possession, Covington moved the ball to midfield, but fell short on fourth down.
The Eagles then concluded the scrimmage with one final touchdown strike.
The scrimmage proved the Buccs can compete with anyone when they are mentally focused and eliminate mistakes. At times Covington looked very impressive and at other times very lethargic.
The Buccs are still looking for consistency with one scrimmage left at Versailles next Friday.