|Freshman Zach Parrett made some great catches for the Buccs during the 7-on-7 scrimmages on Thursday.
JULY 24, 2014 - COVINGTON
The Covington Buccaneers concluded their summer program with five seven-on-seven scrimmages and found plenty of areas to work on once they come back from a week of rest.
With two-a-days just around the corner, Covington coach Dave Miller put his football team to the test on Thursday by bringing in Tipp City, Belmont, Stebbins, Beavercreek and Valley View for seven-on-seven scrimmages.
As always, Miller is never concerned with the scores in passing scrimmages. He is more interested in finding out how hard his kids compete under adverse conditions against kids wearing different colors.
And what Miller found out is his team has plenty of things to work on after an inconsistent performance in which the Buccs competed very well at times and then fell victim to inexperience at other times.
"Overall, our kids competed pretty well," said Miller. "We were a step behind here and there, but I think that's due to our inexperience and the fact that our kids are thinking of what their assignments are instead of reacting. I'm not too concerned with that because that stuff will come with more repetitions."
Miller's primary focus was on what type of effort his kids gave across the board.
"Our kids give effort, that's apparent," he said. "We had a lot of mistakes, but the kids still played with effort."
There were ups and downs throughout the afternoon, but Miller was pleased with how his team responded to adversity.
"I liked the way the kids finished," he said. "We were up and down against Belmont, Beavercreek and Stebbins and then Tipp City handed it to us pretty good. Now we've worked these kids hard all summer and really put them through a lot mentally and physically this week, so I know their legs are tired - but they came back after getting it handed to them by Tipp City and responded very well in the final scrimmage against Valley View. That shows me the type of character this group has."
The character rising to the surface was a fitting way to cap a summer program that ranks up there with some of the best Miller has had since he's been coaching at Covington.
"Our summer has been great, so much so that I give our kids and A," Miller said. "Accountability wise, it's been off the charts. We only have four seniors, but a lot of our younger kids are emerging as leaders - maybe not from a focal aspect, but by the way they do things."
As the Buccs head into the week off, they'll need to focus on resting their tired legs and come back refreshed for two-a-days on August 1st.
Because a lot will be thrown at them in order to get them prepared for the season opener against St. Henry.
"We have a lot of work to do, that's for sure," said Miller. "All the kids need to worry about is maxing out in their effort. If they do that and us coaches do our job in helping them understand their assignments, we'll be fine."