|A.J. Ouellette breaks loose for a touchdown in a scrimmage against Eaton.
AUGUST 16, 2013 - COVINGTON
Friday's scrimmage against Eaton was a case of the great and the not very good at all.
One play the Covington Buccaneers looked like world beaters - a team set out to do what is written on the back of their team shirts - "Max Out" in their potential. The next play, the Buccaneers looked like a team in search of an identity - a team unsure of themselves.
The result was an up-and-down effort across the board in the Buccs' second full contact scrimmage of the season against Eaton.
After mixing it up with the Eagles in special teams segments, Covington held Eaton scoreless on its first ten-play series of the live scrimmage.
The Buccs then scored twice on their first ten plays, once on a touchdown pass from Jared Williams to Justin Williams and then on an A.J. Ouellette run.
Covington scored again in it's second ten-play sequence on another Ouellette run, but Eaton bounced back with a touchdown on its own.
After the junior varsity squads battled through two ten-play series with a touchdown each, the varsity went back to the field for a quarter of down and distance.
After surrendering a first down on Eaton's opening possession, Covington forced the Eagles to punt and took the ball over at its own ten.
On the first play from scrimmage Ouellette brook free for a 90-yard score as it appeared as though Covington was in full control of the action between the two teams.
But complacency set in for Covington as Eaton marched right down the field to tie the score with a touchdown run of its own.
Covington fumbled on the first play of the ensuing possession and Eaton responded with a ten-yard score to take a 2-1 lead.
After exchanging punts, Ouellette broke loose on back-to-back Covington possessions for long touchdown runs to give the Buccs a 3-2 lead.
Eaton responded once again with a scoring drive of its won, passing the ball with methodical precision against the Buccaneer defense. The drive was capped with a one-yard touchdown run on fourth down.
With the sun settling behind Covington High School, Covington closed out the scrimmage with one more Ouellette run from 70 yards away.
In all, Covington's scores came on big plays as the Buccs failed to move the ball with consistency against the Eaton defense.
Defensively, Covington failed to get a consistent pass rush and struggled to contain the Eagle receivers and their elusive back out of the backfield. The Buccs were hurt defensively by missed tackles and missed assignments.
With two weeks and one scrimmage left before the season opener at St. Henry, the Covington Buccaneers have a lot of work to do if they want to start the 2013 season on a positive note.
And yes, St. Henry was watching.