Charger head coach J. R. Kirby had little to complain about after Friday’s 41-0 drubbing of the North Side Indians (0-2) in Jackson.
“We stepped up and played our game,” he said. “The offensive line was better. Senior Jaylen Hall’s return was a big boost. (Gabe) Wellentin’s offseason work is paying dividends in the kicking game. The defense shut them down completely and Gover handled the offense well, particularly in the one-minute scoring drive that ended the first half.”
The Indians offered little resistance. Covington (1-1) scored on 6 of 7 possessions and the defense held North Side to just 48 yards passing and 18 rushing on 17 attempts.
CHS looked like themselves, amassing 351 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 42 attempts.
Sophomore fullback Skylan Smith racked up 188 yards on 20 carries, scoring a pair of TDs. Senior Jamarion Dowell added 114 yards on 14 tries with three TDs. Junior Azarion Harris closed the scoring with a 10-yard run in the fourth period. Braden Gover completed 2 of 5 passing attempts for 17 yards.
The Millington Trojans come to George Pinner Stadium for the opening contest of region play on Friday.
“We did not play Millington last year because of COVID issues”, said Kirby. “I have not seen them except for a little film. They have a QB who is good but has yet to play. Their lines are big and they have some skilled players.”