“Those three guys really compliment each other,” said Covington head coach Travis Brown. “Hegg is our fullback. Newlin has speed and Coffing has some of both speed and power.”
Down nine points, the Panthers went to the air but it backfired as Noble picked off a pass and ran it back for a touchdown. The extra point was wide, but Covington lead 27-14 late in the third quarter.
Riverton Parke did not give up and they drove to the Covington 16 from where they tried a fourth-down throw into the end zone. Wyatt Kinderman broke up the pass and the Trojans took over possession.
As the fourth quarter, it became obvious that the Panthers' limited squad size was beginning to become a problem as the team tired. Coaches on their sideline began asking who could go in and often it was someone who had just come out who went back in.
Covington took advantage to add another two scores to get the 48-14 win.
It was not just the offense that pleased Brown.
“We got some stops on fourth down and in the red zone and that was great,” he said. “Our line played well. Our outside linebackers Hegg and Kinderman did well and even Quentin Andrews, a freshman safety is learning how to do things well.”
Perhaps most noticeable on the defense were Jake Shields, Tanner Jumps and Nate Ratcliff whose line play often forced Panther quarterback Myers to scramble and run wide.
“Shields is a sophomore and he started after the South Vermillion game,” said Brown. “And Tanner [Jumps] is a leader with a great work ethic as a senior.”
Brown now gets a week to prepare for a rematch at Attica as his team opens sectional play next Friday on the road.
Greg Flint is a freelance writer/photographer for the Commercial-News. He can be reached at email@example.com