Covington led visiting Haywoood 4-0 in the opening minutes of their boys District 15-AA game Thursday night and it appeared for a moment that the two teams were going to be involved in another tight affair like most recent meetings between the rivals.
That ended up not being the case.
The Tomcats, who are the state's second-ranked team in Class AA, answered with a 13-0 run, built the lead to 26 midway through the second period and cruised to a 73-43 win to remain undefeated at 17-0 (3-0 district).
Covington (12-7, 1-2) called two timeouts during the first quarter in an attempt to stop Haywood's momentum, but nothing could slow down the Tomcats.
Jeff Starks, James Davidson and Montravious Currie each hit 3-pointers for Haywood in the first half to spark the surge.
Haywood led 25-8 after one quarter and stretched the lead to 30 points in the opening moments of the third quarter.
Patrick Cephus led a balanced Tomcat attack with 11 points and Detarion Boyd and Xavier Delk each scored 10.
Bobby Shanks led the Chargers with 13 points and Malcolm Taylor added eight.
In girls action, the Lady Chargers led big early, held off a mid-game Haywood surge and pulled away late for a 76-42 win.
Covington (12-5, 3-0) jumped out to a 15-1 lead, but Haywood (6-11, 1-2) trimmed the lead to five points midway through the second quarter.
The Lady Chargers finished the game on a 31-9 run.
Janeika Mason, who led all scorers with 24, scored 12 points in each half to pace the Lady Chargers. Treasury Poindexter hit three 3-pointers for Covington to finish with 18 and LeShaundra Somerville added 10 points.
Summer Cunningham led Haywood with 12 points and Idalis Flagg and Kayla Shaw each scored nine.
In the opening seconds of the fourth quarter, Somerville and Haywood's Wandaryku Young collided chasing a loose ball.
Somerville was knocked unconscious and taken to the hospital with an apparent concussion.