OCTOBER 12, 2012 – COVINGTON
Anticipation was high Friday night in Covington as National Trail came to town riding high from four straight wins and a 6-1 record, but a hoped-for legitimate test for the Buccs quickly turned into an 84-6 mismatch.
“We played well,” said Covington coach Dave Miller after his team’s impressive victory. “Our effort was good from top to bottom and that’s what we needed to see.”
Covington’s defense started things off with an interception by Kyler Deeter on the second offensive play. The senior returned the ball inside the Blazer 30, but Covington immediately turned the ball over with a fumble.
But on the very next play, Trent Tobias got the ball right back for Covington with another interception to put the Buccaneer offense back in business.
A.J. Ouellette then plowed in from three yards out to give Covington a 7-0 lead.
Covington’s defense, which held the Blazers minus-45 yards rushing on the game and continually harassed quarterback Garrett Griffin, forced National Trail to punt on its next possession. Ouellette then broke loose for a 66-yard touchdown run to push the Covington lead to 14-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Trent Tobias then got into the act by connecting with Kyler Deeter from 37 yards out early in the second quarter.
From there, Ouellette scored on runs from 35 and 37 yards and then capped his short evening with a 51-yard punt return for the score.
It all led to a 48-0 Covington lead at the break.
The Covington starting offense spent the rest of the evening on the sideline, but the Buccs continued to score at will in the second half as freshman Brandon Magee torched the Blazers for three long touchdown runs, junior Justin Williams scored on a 24-yard run and his freshman brother, Jared, broke several tackles on his way to a 10-yard scoring plunge.
National Trail’s only highlight of the night came in the fourth quarter as Garrett Griffin found Corey Harmon over the middle for a 30-yard scoring strike.
But in the end it was a complete performance by Covington as the Buccs put up 553 yards on the ground – good for second in school history as it is three yards short of the 556-yard performance earlier this year against Mississinawa Valley.
The negative 45 yards rushing allowed by the Covington defense ties for third in school history for rushing yards allowed in a game.
To top it off, the 84 points scored ties the 1965 Buccaneer team for second for most points scored in a game.
And what makes it special is the fact that every player in a Covington uniform contributed to the effort.
“All of the kids contributed tonight,” smiled Miller. “Our younger kids stepped in there against their ones and we didn’t miss a beat. That’s pretty impressive.”
After the game a Blazer fan yelled across the field that Covington had no class due to the lopsided score. Obviously, that fan didn’t realize Covington pulled its starters at the half and turned the game over to the younger kids where every player in uniform say the field.
Covington, who improves to 8-0 overall and 7-0 in the CCC, travels to Ansonia next week.
SCORE BY QUARTERS:
BUCCS – 14 – 35 – 30 – 6 = 84
BLAZERS – 0 – 0 – 0 – 6 = 6
COV: A.J. Ouellette 3yd run., Bobby Alexander PAT.
COV: Ouellette 66yd run, Alexander PAT
COV: Trent Tobias to Deeter 37yd. pass,Alexander PAT
COV: Ouellette 37yd. run, Alexander PAT
COV: Ouellette 35yd. punt return, Alexander PAT
COV: Ouellette 51yd. run, Alexander PAT failed
COV: Tobias 2yd. run, Alexander PAT
COV: Justin Williams 24yd. run, Alexander PAT
COV: Brandon Magee 15 yd. run , Alexander PAT
COV: Jared Williams 10Yd. run, Alexander PAT
COV: Magee 44yd. run, Alexander PAT
NT. Garrett Griffin to Corey Harmon 30 yd. pass, PAT failed
COV: Magee 63 yd. run, Barnes PAT failed