By Mark Maxwell
Often overlooked and under-appreciated, Chris Covington is leading the Raby Raiders to an impressive 4-1 season.
The talented and versatile Covington takes snaps under center while also playing strong safety or linebacker on defense. His performance against Westinghouse College Prep earned him statewide recognition and the Allstate Athlete of the Week award. Covington scored 6 offensive touchdowns, and found the endzone once more while on defense with a 70-yard interception return.
“Heart. That's what coach called it. Heart,” Covington said of his performance. He also added that they still have a long way to go. “Our team wasn't up-tempo that game. We count that game as a loss,” he said. “We really weren't proud of that game. That didn't satisfy our head coach. We started off slow. At halftime it was 18-3. We made a lot of mental mistakes so he wasn't proud at the end of the day.”
Coach Dangelo Dereef may have found room for improvement after the last game, but he was certainly proud of his quarterback after the dominant performance. Dereef had high praise for Covington as an athlete and as a man.
“Not only is it a blessing to our program and what we've accomplished here, it's just great to see how he as a young man has progressed our program and himself with a great family and a great school,” Dereef said. “When he came in as a freshman, he was a stone cold leader from the beginning. Some kids are just born leaders and he is a born leader.”
Covington is not only versatile on the football field, he also plays baseball and basketball at a high level. He joined his first basketball team as a junior and was named a starting forward before the season ended. He also plays catcher for the baseball team.
Covington has hopes of playing college football in the Big Ten.