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is what Coach Miller expressed to his team after a successful showing in the Northmont Passing Scrimmage.
JULY 17, 2010 - ENGLEWOOD
Covington coach Dave Miller gave his team a passing grade after participating in six scrimmages under a grueling, 95-degree heat at Northmont High School on Saturday.
"We played pretty well, probably the best we've played down there since I've been here," said Miller. "We're definitely ahead of where we were last year at this time."
Covington got off to a sluggish start in the opening scrimmage against Carlisle, throwing an interception on the very first play and falling by a slim 20-18 score. Each team scored three times, but Carlisle managed to convert on two conversions to squeak out the win over the Buccs.
"We didn't start out too well, and that's something we'll address," Miller explained. "We weren't playing with intensity and emotion and the kids did a good job of recognizing that and correcting it."
The Buccs put it together over the remainder of the day, beating Stebbins, Thurgood Marshall, Brookville and Tecumseh, while falling to Richmond, Indiana by one score - a team that defeated Northmont by two scores.
But it wasn't the wins and losses that Miller was focused on - it was the effort and conditioning of his team.
"You want to come down here and compete, which we did very well," said Miller. "It's still a scrimmage and we were trying some things we haven't worked on a whole lot, but the thing that stood out was our conditioning and depth. We were playing just as hard, if not harder in the last scrimmage against Tecumseh as we were in the second scrimmage against Stebbins."
Which Miller hopes will give his team confidence that the hard work they put in over the summer is paying dividends.
"The kids have to sense it," Miller said of the benefits of the hard work. "They noticed we were getting stronger, while some of the other teams were struggling with the heat. I felt we actually had our best effort in the afternoon, which just shows the benefits of our conditioned."
Not only did the skill kids have a solid effort in the passing scrimmages, the Buccaneer lineman made an impression in lineman drills against much bigger schools.
"Our kids went head-to-head with some big teams, even Northmont, which is a very good Division I school," Miller explained. "And we had a lot of coaches who went out of their way to complement our kids with how hard they got after it. Our lineman really performed well today."
As well as Covington performed as a whole, there were plenty of things that Miller sees his team needs to improve on.
"Start faster and do a better job of focusing on the ball," emphasized Miller. "We got off to a sluggish start and dropped some balls that should have been caught. That's a lack of focus and it can cost you close games."
Still, it was a good day for Miller and his Buccaneers as they found out where they stand as the summer winds down before two-a-days begin in August.
"I like where we are at as far as our conditioning and effort," said Miller. "Yes, we still have a lot to work on and a long, long way to go before the season starts. But, we are headed in the right direction."
And that direction is up.