• Skylan Smith scores a TD during Covington's win over Bolton Friday night at home. Photo by Phil Ramsey

Efficiency on offense described the Chargers’ 63-6 beat down of the Bolton Wildcats last Friday at George Pinner Stadium in the regular season finale.

Covington (8-2 overall, 5-0 Region 7-3A) scored on 90 percent of its possessions, with touchdowns the first nine times it touched the ball.

The entire offense was on display, amassing a season-high 487 yards. Braden Gover had a career night passing, completing 7 of 8 attempts for 163 yards and twi touchdowns.


Covington’s running backs had a collective 22 touches (resulting in 324 yards) and were involved in the passing game as well. Jamarion Dowell scored three touchdowns, gaining 171 yards on seven carries.

Two of those carries were remarkable. After the Charger defense stopped Bolton (2-8, 1-4) at the one-yard line, Dowell took the first down handoff 58 yards to the Wildcat 41. On the next play, he took it to the house (99 yards in two plays!).  He added a 50-yard pass reception for good measure.

Skylan Smith accounted for 46 yards on five carries with a touchdown and he caught a 30-yard scoring pass. Ryan Mize scored on a 28-yard run. Drake Anderson had three carries for 15 yards and Azarion Harris got into the act with four rushes for 57 yards and a pair of punishing touchdown runs. Blake Travis was a primary target. He caught 4 passes for 63 yards and a touchdown. Dorian Robinson had one reception for 20 yards.

Bolton had some success passing with 169 yards with a touchdown and an interception on 7 of 19 attempts. They had just 46 yards on 27 rushes.

“We played well overall,” said Covington head coach J.R. Kirby. “I wasn’t happy with the penalty situation (10 for 80 yards). A couple were questionable, but we can’t be that sloppy against a good team going forward.”

The Chargers, who will enjoy home field advantage throughout the Class 3A state playoffs, will host the Hamilton High Wildcats in the opening round of the playoffs Friday at 7 p.m.

Steve Holt
Author: Steve Holt