Turnovers doom Covenant on the road

Some losses sting more than others. Although the team managed 456 yards of offense distributed almost evenly between the ground and air, turnovers marred Covenant’s chances to win on the road against Flint Hill as the Huskies capitalized on the six mistakes to win, 40-27.

“It was a very frustrating loss,” said Covenant coach Dandridge Payne. “You expect to do well when you have that much offense but we kept turnover of the ball in critical times. That’s what happened and we did it against a good team.”

The two teams went into the second quarter tied at six but Flint Hill scored a pair of touchdowns to go up by 13 at the half. The Eagles cut it to a six point deficit in the third quarter, but the turnover bug bit hardest in the fourth and the Huskies were able to hold on for the win by outscoring Covenant 21-14 in the final frame.

Despite the loss, the Eagles head into their bye week feeling better about themselves than they did in their previous to games, as the game was still up for grabs inspite of the miscues.

“I feel like we made a lot of progress this week,” Payne said. “The good thing is that nothing that happened was because we didn’t work hard enough. The players gave everything they had. We just need to cut down on the mental mistakes.”

Eagles Lee Coppock was 18 for 33 with a touchdown and 235 yards. Filling in for an injured Chris Shifflett, Jesse Getchel ran for 114 yards on 25 attempts. Fullback Fred O’Connor piled up 60 yards on his 10 rushes. Sam Patterson led Covenant receivers with seven catches for 114 yards and also had two carries for 10 yards and a rushing score.

With three starters missing because of injuries, Covenant welcomes its bye week. The team will resume play on September 24 against Potomac at home.