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Cove’s Tayt Duby rushed for 27 yards and a touchdown in the Leopards’ 62-0 victory over Joseph Friday. Observer file photo
JOSEPH — Cove picked up its third straight win of the season on Friday.
The Leopards continued their high-scoring attack with a 62-0 victory over Joseph.
But for as much as the offense was on display, it was the defense that really shined.
The Leopards held their opponent scoreless for the first time in more than 10 seasons, according to coach Shawn Parker.
The Leopards are now 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Special District 4.
“Our young group got a lot of playing time. We started all four of our freshmen and all of our sophomores in the first quarter,” Parker said.
“We had a good mix of upper and lower classmen, which makes a lot of sense to me in games like this, because those young ones learn so much from the older ones.
“They learn that we aren’t just putting them out there to fill a uniform, but to get a job done. It doesn’t matter if they are small, big, young or old, when they step on the field, they are a varsity player and varsity play is what is expected.”
Cove came out firing on all cylinders in the first half, jumping out to a 56-0 lead by halftime.
The Leopards rushed for 434 yards and finished with 61 yards through the air.
Luke Bundren had 130 yards rushing on six carries with three touchdowns.
Beau Knight had 99 yards and three scores on 13 attempts, while Chad Witty had 72 yards and a TD on 12 rushes.
Sam Gekeler had a big day for Cove as well. Gekeler had seven total tackles, three sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
“Sam had a great game, from kicking a touchback to sacking the QB, causing a fumble, recovering a fumble and a couple pass deflections,” Parker said.
Jayden Moore had two interceptions for CHS, making it three straight games for Moore to come up with a pick.
“We are very proud of the defense as a unit. Our ends did a good job staying at home and our linebackers stayed disciplined as well.”
Cove has recovered nicely after a 54-42 loss to Echo in the second week of the season. The Leopards then had a game cancelled in
But since then, the Leopards have won three consecutive games by an average of 58 points per game.
Parker was quick to give credit to his staff of coaches for the team’s success.
“Assistant coach Ross Hubbard is a great asset to this team as well as Matt McCowan, Ron Rees and Ryan Paiglrilo. These coaches put in a lot of time and effort and really care about these players,” Parker said.
Cove travels to play Powder Valley Friday at 7 p.m.