Covington Catholic football has a lot of new elements to it this year. Most prominent among the recent changes is new head coach Eddie Eviston who replaced last year’s coach Dave Wirth in the offseason. Eviston comes most recently from Georgetown College and has already dug into his new roster.
“These players have been very open-minded about new staff coming in and seeing them in a different way than they have been seen,” Eviston said. “We might move some guys to new places and we do that so that we can be successful, and they’re buying into that. They’re open-minded to moving to help the team, so that’s been good.”
Another big change for the Colonels in 2015 is a new district, as KHSAA has bumped them up from Class 4A to Class 5A. Joining them in that district is last year’s 6A State Champion Dixie, as well as Grant County, and CovCath’s old rival and defending 4A State Champion Highlands.
“It’s a great district with two schools coming off of a state run. We’re excited about it to be able to be in the 5A,” Eviston said.
Last season, the Colonels’ offensive philosophy was based on spread formations designed to get the ball quickly out to their speedy receivers on the outside to let them operate in the open field. Eviston’s scheme, though, will have some run-and-shoot elements that will be incorporated into the spread formations of the past.
“We are kind of a run-and-shoot offense. There has always been these hybrid-type of offenses, so we have some spread, but we also have a lot of run-and-shoot concepts as well so it’s kind of a marriage between the two,” he said. “We do have that philosophy that we want to get the ball in the hands of our fast guys as quickly as possible and have them do things, but we also need to be able to run the ball. That element of our offense is key and something we will do and not just say.”