This was the second year in a row that Covington lost in the regional opener, but this was a totally different type of game from the one they played last season.
In that one, the Trojans were beaten by a bigger, stronger George Washington team, while this year Covington could hold their own body-to-body, but not when it came to finesse — the Tri-West passing was constantly on target.
“There’s really nothing they don’t do well,” said Sowers. “They didn’t do anything really outstanding, but they didn’t do anything wrong.”
One measure of a team is how it faces adversity and here Sowers was very satisfied with his squad.
“The work effort we showed all game was great,” he explained. “But when we were down 5-0 with five minutes to go in the game, we were running all over the field fighting for the ball.
“Look at [midfielder] Travis [Coleman]. At the end, he was back in the box, playing defense to make sure that they didn’t score again. That’s a great lesson for the younger players to see.
“With their ability, the outcome could have been much worse, but we played hard and did what we practiced and really only had that one bad six minutes in the first half. Otherwise, we played hard and as well as we could. I’m really proud of this team.”
Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at email@example.com