COVINGTON — Covington and Milton-Union went head-to-head in a scrimmage on Tuesday, and in spite of keeping the activities rather short, the two coaches got what they wanted out of the scrimmage.
“We went about 60 plays total, and that was by design,” Covington coach Dave Miller said. “We had some guys out and so did they, so both of us (coaches) wanted to get out of this as healthy as possible.”
After a series of special teams situations, both varsity offenses received two series of 10 offensive plays and then both reserve units received one 10-play series.
And even though neither team reached the end zone, Miller saw plenty of positives his young team can build on — beginning on the defensive side of the ball.
“They (Milton) had a nice series there in their first possession, but our kids stepped up there and shut it down in the red zone,” he said. “That (Milton’s) offense can give you fits when you are not keyed in on it, and we didn’t really prepare for defending it like we would a regular season game. But I felt our kids competed, and that’s what you want to see in a scrimmage.”
Offensively, the Buccaneers moved the ball on both possessions as all but three plays resulted in more than three yards.
“We moved the ball on offense, even with some assignment mistakes we were making,” Miller said. “We started out a little slow, had a couple of miscues that cost us what would have been a first down in a down-and-distance situation and we probably would have had to punt on our first possession. But after that, we were getting chunks of yardage.”
Covington’s first two plays resulted in no gain and the only other time the Buccs failed to get at least three yards came on a missed block that resulted into a five-yard loss in the backfield. Other than that, the offense recorded positive plays - the second possession ultimately ending at the Milton five.
“Would it have been nice to score?,” Miller asked. “Yes, but what we look at is positive plays, three yards or more. Other than our first few plays, both of our possessions ended in first downs, which would move the chains in a real game. I like what we did offensively.”
There were several areas where Covington needs improvement, which showed up on film.
“First of all, we were reactive at the beginning and that’s something we have to get corrected in a hurry,” Miller stressed. “We have to learn to start faster. Second, we’re still not executing our assignments. We had some missed assignments on both sides of the ball that we can’t have. Still, everything is correctable and I know the kids will work hard to correct their mistakes.”
Which is the biggest positive for the Buccs — the kids work hard.
“We are young, that’s for sure, but this is a great group of kids who are dialed in on accepting the coaching we are giving them,” praised Miller. “I look forward to coming in tomorrow, correcting our mistakes and getting ready for a huge test on Friday.”
Covington travels to scrimmage Eaton on Friday.
Miami East 3
CASSTOWN — Miami East fell behind 3-0 early, but battled back to make it a competitive scrimmage Tuesday.
“They scored two touchdowns in their first 10 plays and were up 3-0 before we knew what hit us,” Miami East coach Max Current said. “But our kids battled back and tied it 3-3 before they scored their final touchdown, which I thought showed some grit. I think we saw some good things and some things we need to work on, which is what you expect out of your first scrimmage.”
Colton McKinney scored a pair of touchdowns for East, one on a long touchdown run. Quarterback Conner Hellyer also added a touchdown on a quarterback sneak.