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Winfield’s Covert named boys Gamer of the Week

September 29, 2018

Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc. and the Putnam Herald are pleased to present this week’s male Gamer of the Week to sophomore John Covert of Winfield High School.

The Winfield Generals (2-3) bounced back in a big way last week as they beat the Logan Wildcats 64-32. The Generals cruised to victory, opening running lanes wide enough for tractor-trailers to drive through. The Generals tallied up over 434 yards on the ground and 71 yards through the air. One standout player that helped lead the charge to victory was sophomore tailback John Covert. Covert accounted for an astounding seven touchdowns and 286 rushing yards. Covert has amassed over 800 yards rushing on the year with 11 touchdowns. The Generals were a force to be reckoned with against the Wildcats as they gained 505 yards on offense while only allowing 268 yards on defense.

When asked about what motivates him Covert said, “To win the rest of our games. If we go win our next five games we control our own destiny and will make the playoffs. Every team in our conference can beat anyone. Going forward we have to treat every opponent with the same respect and take it one game at a time.″

When Covert was asked about who has inspired him throughout his life he replied,

“My brother who played here before me has always been an inspiration to me. I looked up to him when I was younger and I want to follow in his footsteps and play college ball.”

Head coach Craig Snyder is sticking to a heavy rushing attack that was very successful in last year’s campaign. Coach Snyder said, “Our defense is continuing to play with a blue-collar attitude and challenge their opponents to be more physical than they are.”

When asked about his team’s play this year he replied, ″We lost quite a few upper classman who were big contributors on both sides of ball. We have a younger crop of returning players that are growing every game.″

When asked about his star running back’s play this year coach Snyder replied, “He’s a big, physical, and smart kid. He is a very unselfish player and has been a great asset for our squad.″

John currently has a 4.0 GPA and is the son of Sharon Rodenberry and Don Covert. John says he plans to compete on the boy’s track team this spring. John says he would like to continue playing football on the collegiate level and study engineering.

Look for more Gamers of the Week, presented by the Putnam Herald and Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc., every Friday. If you would like to nominate a Gamer of the Week, have a coach or athletic director contact Amy Widdifield, director of fitness operations at Teays Physical Therapy Center Inc., at 304-757-7293.

Marcus Reynolds PT, DPT, CSCS is a doctor of physical therapy at the Teays Physical Therapy Center and assists with the Potential Plus Program.

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