|Sophomore James Grilliot hauls in a tiouchdown pass against Stebbins.
JULY 25, 2013 - COVINGTON
The Covington Buccaneers concluded the summer schedule with seven-on-seven scrimmages with Stebbins and Thurgood Marshall on Thursday at Covington High School.
And after making the drive home to Centerville, Covington coach Dave Miller had an hour to reflect on his team's off-season performance and where it stands heading into the week off before two-a-days begin in August.
"I give us a very high grade from our off-season program," said Miller. "Overall, from top to bottom, this is the hardest we've worked over a summer. Accountability wise, I thought we were pretty darn good two years ago, but this year was the best since I've been here. I feel very good right now with where we are at and with this group of kids I'm not afraid to say that."
As good as the Buccs have been, Miller also isn't afraid to challenge his kids to improve on some of the deficiencies he sees in his team.
"Keep in mind, it's early and there is a lot of work to do," he continued. "We've made a lot of mental mistakes - mistakes with assignments. We can't expect to compete against the better teams when we are making the type of mistakes we've made in camp. We are missing a lot of assignments and that's something we need to shore up before week one."
Those mistakes showed up throughout the two seven-on-seven scrimmages on Thursday, even though Covington more than held its own against both teams.
"I don't know the scores (of the scrimmages) and I really don't care," Miller said. "People get too caught up in scores of seven-on-seven scrimmages, but what we look at is effort and how well we compete. Overall, we competed pretty well and we were able to get a lot of kids some reps. We made a some mistakes, but they are the type of mistakes we can correct."
Some of those mistakes can be attributed to the youth that's on the Covington roster - youth that is expected to replace a talented senior class from a year ago.
"After the Coldwater game, it was hard because I knew we were losing a good senior class," Miller explained. "But it didn't take long to realize we had a good group of kids coming back and I still feel that way. We've got a lot more work to do, but we are on a good course here with what we have back from last year and with the freshman who are new to the program. I feel we are headed in the right direction."
And it's due to a senior class that has taken the leadership role to another level.
"This is a special group of seniors," Miller said. "They set the bar very high and our younger kids are following suit. The expectation is high."
Thanks to the leadership of the senior class, the Buccs excelled in the first quarter of the season - the summer program.
Now the team looks to come back strong for the second quarter of the season, two-a-days and three full contact scrimmages.