The Warriors came into Friday night’s rainy and sloppy game, facing one of the bigger challenges that they have faced so far this season. CCHS was facing Emmerich Manual HS (2-2) and their Senior running back Deangelo Dean, who was averaging 152 yards/game in the Redskins first three games. Covenant battled the wet weather as well as a much bigger Manual team, coming out with a 19-6 win.
CCHS caused a fumble by the Redskins in their first possession, which the Warriors recovered at the Manual 37 yard line. The Warriors drove down the field, ending with a 2 yard touchdown run by Senior Jonah Bronger on fourth and goal, diving and extending the ball just inside the pylon. CCHS failed on the 2-point conversion.
The scored remained 6-0 throughout the rest of the half, as neither team was able to put together a complete drive to score. Covenant came out and started to exert dominance up front, as the Warriors drove right down the field on their first possession of the second half. But EMHS Freshman safety Mehki Cook made a great read and broke on a screen pass from Sophomore Austin Frazier to Bronger at the Redskins 12 yard line and raced it back for Manual’s lone score of the game to tie the game at 6-6. The Redskins’ 2-point conversion also failed.
Bronger put the Warriors on his back offensively at that point, picking up some critical yardage and helping to move the ball down the field. Bronger ended the night with 180 yards rushing on 30 carries and found pay dirt in the end zone three times for touchdowns. Frazier managed the game well from the quarterback position, going 7-for-11 for 52 yards and an interception to help keep the Redskins off balance and open up space for Bronger and the running game, as CCHS rushed for 204 yards total.
The Covenant defense was also very stout throughout the night, limiting Dean to just 36 yards on 19 rushes on the night. The Warriors also applied good pressure to Manual Freshman quarterback D’fayebeon Pittman, who was 3-for-16 for 58 yards, one interception, and was sacked twice.
Covenant Head Coach Larry McWhorter picked up his 175th career win as a head coach in his 23rd season. He owns a 23-9 mark in four and a half seasons as the helm of the Warriors.
The Warriors will host Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School on Friday, September 14 at Zionsville West MS at 7:00 pm. The game will be broadcast on Indiana Sports Radio Network (SRN). Login to listen to Conner Hoke and Curt Brough on Friday, beginning with the “Football Friday Night” pregame show at 6:00 pm.