|Alex Baskerville breaks a tackle for a long gain.
AUGUST 7, 2012 - COVINGTON
There's a lot of positive things the Covington Buccaneers can take away from it's first full contact scrimmage, but the biggest positive was that the Buccs competed very hard.
"Overall, I was pretty happy with our effort," said Covington coach Dave Miller. "I thought the kids came out fast and played hard."
And the result was two touchdowns in Covington's first ten-play series, one in the second series and another in the third series - all the while holding Milton to one score after surrendering a big play.
That play, the big play by Milton, will be something that Miller will address with his team as the Buccs missed five tackles on a fullback dive up the middle that netted 55 yards. It also came after Covington had scored three times and appeared to find complacency in its play.
"That's something we have to overcome," said Miller in regards to complacency. "We were playing well and got too comfortable, stopped doing the things we were doing and they busted a big one on us. That tackling effort there wasn't very good at all."
Still, Covington responded and put together one final score on its last ten-play series.
"That's the good thing," Miller said. "We put the bad sequence there behind us and focused on the next play. That's something we can build on."
The two teams then went into a two-minute offense in down and distance an Covington started by holding the Bulldogs to a three-and-out.
The Buccs then recorded a pair of first downs before a huge penalty moved them back fifteen yards to kill the drive.
"Having the penalty is one thing, you'll have situations like that, but what bothers me is we didn't do anything after that," Miller explained. "We gave up a sack and then had the interception there that killed the drive, all because we didn't put the one bad play behind us."
Which is why a scrimmage against a quality team like Milton is beneficial to a Covington team looking to take the next step.
"Milton is a good football team and that's why we like playing them," Miller said. "It gives us an idea of where we are and what we need to work on over the next few weeks to get ready for the season."
Covington is a team full of potential, but also one that definitely needs to be fine tuned.
"There's some technique issues we need to work on," Miller continued. "A lot of little things that will make us better."
Covington has a few days to refine some things before traveling to Eaton of Friday for its second of three full contact scrimmages.