COVINGTON – It was Hall of Fame night at Covington, and the host Buccaneers were fired up, making it a long night for the visiting Blackhawks from Mississinawa Valley.
The Hawks received the ball to start the game and after three plays punted the ball away to Covington.
The Buccs put together a methodical drive and found pay-dirt at the 7:00 minute mark on a 9-yard run from Deron White, and a Nathan Blei extra point would make it 7-0.
That would be the only points on the night the Buccs would need to win the game … but Covington wasn’t finished as the Buccs rushed for 376 yards on the night.
Mississinawa Valley showed signs of offense on its second possession. A nice toss from Andrew Johns to Nathan Rammel for 20 yards moved the chains.
Moments later good blocking by Zac Dirmeyer on the linebacker and Trent Perkins on the safety sprung Rammel for an 11-yard gain, moving the ball into Covington territory to the 40-yard line.
Offensively this would be the highlight of the night for Mississinawa, who at the end of the game netted just 7 total yards on offense.
MV was forced to punt and Covington took over on the 21-yard line.
One play was all it took for the Buccs to answer with Lance Miller busting it up the middle and racing 79 yard for the touchdown.
From there it was all Covington as the Buccs went on to a 35-0 lead at the half.
The second half was played with a running clock … but the clock hadn’t even started when lighting struck as Ethan Herron took the kickoff and returned it 79 yards to score.
The Buccs added two more scores to record a 49-0 Cross County Conference win over the Hawks.
For Mississinawa it was almost it was déjà vu all over again, giving up 21 points quickly and playing from behind unable to get any rhythm on offense.
“Our kids keep playing hard and keep fighting … but when we get down like have it’s tough to control things and hard to call plays when you play from behind,” Mississinawa Valley head coach Pat Baker said.
If its any consolation Covington coach Dave Miller was complimentary of the effort by Mississinawa.
“They hit as hard as any Mississinawa team we have played since I’ve been here … their kids came to play, and the score wasn’t an indication of how hard they played,” Miller said.
That’s something for Baker to take as a positive sign as the Blackhawks are moving forward, despite the 49-0 score.
“We tell our kids to take it one play at a time, win that play and get better. It’s a process. We have a lot of work to do, and our kids have bought in. It’s going to pay off somewhere down the line. That payday will come. I’m not sure when it will come … but hopefully it’s sooner rather than later.”
There is no time to rest for the Blackhawks as they play host Friday night to Tri-County North, last year’s CCC champion.
COV: Deron White 9-yard run (Nathan Blei kick)
COV: Lance Miller 79-yard run (Nathan Blei kick)
COV: Deron White 4-yard run (Nathan Blei kick)
COV: Deron White 1-yard run (Nathan Blei kick)
COV: Lance Miller 2 -yard run (Nathan Blei kick)
COV: Ethan Herron 79-yard kick return (Nathan Blei kick)
COV: Garrett Warner 3-yard run (Nathan Blei kick)