|Freshman Branden Robinson throws a pass during the annual "Midnight Hit".
AUGUST 10, 2013 - COVINGTON
After several months of lifting, conditioning, camps and film study, it's understandable why the kids on the Covington football team look forward to the annual Midnight Hit.
It's a chance for the players to release all of the built up energy from the months of hard work - a chance for them to have some fun.
"It's good," said Covington coach Dave Miller of the Midnight Hit. "The kids got after each other a little bit."
The Buccaneers started the day with a practice at 3:00pm and then went home to rest before returning at 9:30pm for a team photo and the Midnight Hit festivities.
After going through a team warmup, the Buccs went through non-contact team drills for 90 minutes until the clock struck midnight. That's when the first full contact hit took place as seniors Justin Williams and A.J. Ouellette set the tone with a fierce battle that ended in a stalemate.
From there, each player got a turn to take on a teammate in head-to-head action.
"Our practice this afternoon wasn't up to par, but the kids came back tonight and looked much better," said Miller.
Maybe it's because the lights were on and there were fans in the stands, but it was apparent the kids were ready to shine under the lights.
Now, it's a matter of getting that consistency in practice - consistency during the grind of two-a-days when there are no fans in the stands or lights shining down on the field.
"I like where were are at with our mindset and effort, but we can get much, much better," Miller said. "If we want to max out, it starts in practice. Overall, our practices haven't been bad, but we've had some here and there that could be much better."
Maxing out means reaching the potential this team has - and this team is loaded with potential.