|Kyler Deeter breaks loose on a touchdown in the third quarter.
AUGUST 17, 2012 - COVINGTON
It was a case of "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" for the Covington Buccaneers on Friday in the final scrimmage against Versailles - but not necessarily in that order.
First, "The Ugly" was the scoreboard at halftime as Versailles thoroughly dominated a first half en route to a 26-0 halftime advantage.
"Versailles came in with some fire and we didn't," said a very displeased Covington coach, Dave Miller. "How you can come in not ready to play against a team like Versailles is beyond me. I just don't get it."
Second, "The Bad".
Covington didn't execute on either side of the ball in the first half other than one drive that was stalled inside the Versailles ten due to a penalty and a mishandled pitch.
Meanwhile, Versailles moved the ball virtually at will, killing Covington on the outside with running plays and through the air. Missed tackles by Covington were also a benefactor to the Tiger offensive onslaught.
"The first half couldn't have went any worse for us," Miller said. "It was a lack of effort, a lack of discipline and a lack of leadership across the board."
And Miller had an idea his team was in for a rude awakening prior to the game.
"Maybe we were too full of ourselves because of the way we played against Milton and Eaton, but for whatever reason we were flat in practice at times this week and it carried over to tonight," continued Miller. "We looked sluggish in pre-game and didn't have any fire at all."
Which led to stunned faces at the half while the Buccs leaned up against the fence waiting on coach Miller's halftime speech.
And whatever Miller said at the half hit home as Covington looked like a totally different team in the third and final quarter of the varsity portion of the scrimmage.
Which brings us to "The Good".
"The good thing that we can take away from this scrimmage is we responded to the adversity there in the second half," Miller said. "We came out with more intensity, more effort and executed much better. That's something we can build on."
Covington took the first possession of the third quarter and methodically marched down the field to cut the margin to 26-7 on a short touchdown run by Justin Williams.
A few played later Trent Tobias picked off a Tiger pass and returned it into the Versailles side of the field, which resulted in a touchdown run by Bobby Alexander from eight yards out.
The Covington defense then held Versailles to a three-and-out to give the ball back to the Buccaneer offense at its own 30.
Eight plays later the Buccs hit pay dirt as Kyler Deeter scooted around right end from 25 yards away to make the score 26-21with just 20 second left in the varsity scrimmage.
From there, Versailles ran two running plays to kill the clock and preserve the victory for the visiting Tigers.
"I don't care about the score in a scrimmage because we are always trying different things in different situations, but the one thing we look at wasn't there on a consistent basis," said Miller. "And that's effort. We didn't give a consistent effort, so we can't come away feeling good about ourselves."
Still, it gives Covington something it can utilize in the final week of practice before opening with New Bremen at home next Friday.
"Oh yes, we have a ways to go," Miller agreed. "We have some really good film showing how mediocre we can be and how great we can be. Hopefully the kids do some sole searching and respond to this, because what they will see on film from the first half won't be good. Hopefully we respond from this."
And Miller will be looking to his seniors to lead the way.
"It comes down to our leadership," he concluded. "Will the seniors accept being mediocre or do they want to be great? Hopefully they want to be great."
If not, Buccaneer fans will see a season of "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" for the black and white - and not necessarily in that order.