It’s Covington vs. Coldwater in regional final

A 58-14 win over Cincinnati Summit Country Day in the Division V, Region 20, semifinals puts the Buccs in the regional championship game on Saturday at a site to be announced today by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

The opponent will familiar to Covington: No. 1 ranked Coldwater stopped the Buccs in the first round of the playoffs last season, 31-7. Both teams will bring 12-0 records into the game. Covington was No. 7 in the final state ratings. Coldwater advanced with a 41-22 win over West Liberty-Salem on Saturday.

Over the years Covington is 0-7 against teams from the Midwest Athletic Conference (of which Coldwater is a member) in post-season play.

“Getting to the regional finals is what counts right now,” said Covington coach Dave Miller. “We’ll enjoy this win for a while and then go to work on Coldwater. You figure if you go far enough in the playoffs you’ll see someone from the MAC.

“That game will be a huge test for us. Coldwater is supposed to win the state. So we’ll have to be ready.”

Covington’s domination vs. Summit may have been a bit surprising to some because Summit came into the game 11-0 and ranked No. 9 in the state. But Covington was far too quick and physical.

The Buccs were up 27-0 at the end of the first quarter and scored on their first nine possessions. At halftime Summit had minus one yard of total offense and ended up unofficially with 102 yards for the game.

Covington, which is averaging 53.8 points per game, ran for 343 yards. A.J. Quellette led 10 backs who carried the ball with 134 yards in 18 carries. He also accounted for 30 points with three touchdowns, a field goal and six PAT kicks.

The game was halted for 25 minutes in the third quarter when Summit’s Armand Walker was knocked out on a tackle. He was taken to Kettering Medical Center, where he was held overnight for observation for head trauma.

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