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MAKING THE BEST OF THE SITUATION...
The Covington Buccaneers traveled to Northmont for five seven-on-seven scrimmages against larger schools, but didn't get the experience they expected as they were forced to compete against primarily junior varsity competition.
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Zach Parrett hauls in a pass over a Troy defender.

JULY 16, 2016 - UNION
After two successful seven-on-seven scrimmages, the Covington Buccaneers were looking forward to testing themselves against larger varsity programs in the final seven-on-seven scrimmage of the summer at Northmont High School on Saturday.

Unfortunately, that never materialized as Covington's varsity players were forced to play mostly junior varsity squads from Trotwood, Troy, Beavercreek, Vandalia-Butler and Northmont.

"I'm extremely disappointed," said Covington coach Ty Cates. "We thought we were coming over here to play varsity competition and we get here and they had us playing mostly JV teams or some who had only a few of their varsity players. We wanted to see the best competition possible and that didn't happen."

Still, the day wasn't a total loss for Covington as it found some adverse situations it had to fight through.

"We wanted our kids to face some adversity to see how they would react and we knew we would face plenty of adversity playing against varsity squads from much bigger schools," Cates explained. "Fortunately some of the teams had some very good players who put us in adverse situations and I felt our kids responded well. We gave up some plays, but were able to learn from it and come back stronger."

The biggest test for Covington's varsity unit came against Vandalia-Butler and Northmont.

"Vandalia had some varsity players mixed in with JV kids and that was a very good seven-on-seven for us," Cates explained. "Northmont also had some very good players and ran some short, crisp timing routes we haven't seen so far. Both teams gave us some things we need to work on and that's what we wanted - to learn where our deficiencies are."

Another positive Covington can take away from the day was the fact that the younger kids saw significant playing time.

"We brought our younger kids, but I told them they probably wouldn't get to play very much," said Cates. "But the fact that we saw a lot of other team's JV's our younger kids saw plenty of action."

And the younger kids thrived.

"This was great for our younger kids because the competition was really good for them," Cates continued. "And our kids didn't back down or shy away from the challenge. They competed, made plays and that's what you like to see."

At the end of the day, Cates couldn't look past the fact his varsity team didn't get to see the level of competition it had hoped for.

"When you have Piqua, Troy, Bethel, Northmont, Beavercreek, Trotwood and Vandalia-Butler all there, there's no reason we shouldn't have been able to see at least two varsity scrimmages out of the five we played," he said. "A.J. Ouellette came to watch us and he said we looked fast, and I feel we are fast. But I wanted to see how fast we would look at the varsity level against a Troy, Piqua or a Northmont. I wanted to see how we would compete against that level of competition and I know our kids were excited about it too. Unfortunately, it didn't happen."

Which put a huge damper on the day for the Covington Buccaneers.

Joey Schmelzer re-routes a receiver during a seven-on-seven scrimmage at Northmont.
Nathan Blei delivers a touchown pass during a seven-on-seven scrimmage at Northmont on Saturday.