Fumbles Hurt Bath Chargers Again In Loss At Home Against Covington
Warm Springs, VA – The Bath County Chargers football team played hard but lost to the Covington Cougars, 22-19, Friday night – a game in which the lead changed three times. The Chargers played tough defensively and had success running the ball, but could not overcome four lost fumbles. Coach Will Fields said his defense played well, but was on the field too much.
“I think we played pretty good defense, we just played too much of it,” he said. “A small school like this, we don’t have a lot of depth and it’s the same kids going both ways and you just expend more energy playing defense. When you turn the ball over as much as we have, it’s playing defense and you’re expending energy and the other team is doing what they need to do to move the ball. It’s just – we got to learn to hang onto the football.”
The coach said the Chargers have been working hard to overcome injuries and bad luck.
“We’ve just got the injury bug,” he said. “I just hate it for our kids. They’re just trying so hard and not getting it done. It’s just a bitter one to swallow. You know, all the kids are working hard. That’s why I feel so bad for them. I told the guys, ‘we’re not trying to turn the ball over and make mistakes. We can’t get the ball to bounce our way.'”
Fields says the Chargers can still make the playoffs, if the team wins its remaining four games.
“I mean we win them,” he said. “We got to win them. We have a chance to go five and five, which is an even season. That certainly wasn’t our goal, but it’s where we are now and I think that will probably give us a playoff berth, you know, with the new system. I mean, that’s just what there is left now, is five and five, so that’s what we’re shooting for.”
Sophomore Michael Wolfe rushed for 73 yards on five carries and scored. Senior running back James McCully carried 10 times for 60 yards and a touchdown, and sacked the QB on defense. Sophomore QB Tyler Robinson scampered for 42 yards and a score.
The Chargers play game 7 at Buena Vista against the McCluer Panthers on October 14 at 7 p.m.