Mike Kovich driving high-powered Woodgrove H.S. offense

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In the first game of the season, Woodgrove High School in Purcellville, Virgina lost to Champe H.S. 20-17 in overtime.
“That game was tough,” said Mike Kovich, Woodgrove’s starting quarterback. “We knew they were going to be pretty good coming into it. But I don’t know what happened; we just came out flat. I think if we see them again, we’re going to take care of it.”
The rematch would come in the playoffs, and there is little doubt Kovich and the Wolverines are going to be a dangerous draw for any team.
With Kovich improving every week as a junior, Woodgrove has rattled off five straight wins while averaging a staggering 44 points per game.
“As a team, I’m just happy to be as close as we are, honestly,” Kovich said. “We’re all just a big group of friends. The way that we’ve come together and the way that we’re going to come together when we start getting into the playoffs, it’s really going to be special.”

Dual threat

It hasn’t taken Kovich long to show he is a special QB. After getting some limited varsity snaps as sophmore, the 6-foot, 175-pounder won the starting job heading into his junior season.
While helping the Wolverines get off to a 5-1 start, Kovich has passed for 664 yards and 6 touchdowns while rushing for 450 yards and 4 TDs.
“Heading into this season, I knew we were going to have a prettty good team so I just wanted to be able to control the offense and pick up the tempo a little bit and make plays,” Kovich said.
He has made big plays throwing the ball and running it as well.
“So far, I’m happiest with my rushing,” Kovich said. “I love running the ball. This offense gives me the ball a good amount and I think I make the most of my opportunities. I don’t think I’m the fastest guy (4.8 in the 40), but I love to hit, honestly. When I run, I’m not going to try to run away from guys. I’m going to try to run them over.”

Potent offense

Kovich’s ability to run and pass are big reasons why Woodgrove’s offense is so potent.
“We run a spread offense, a high tempo kind of Oregon/Auburn type,” Kovich said. “We actually have a bunch of different offenses. I think they found out I have the ability to run and they put some stuff in for me. I love the balance we have, and I think it really adds a dynamic quality to our offense because we can line up in six different formations and they never know who is going to get the ball. They don’t know what’s coming.”
Around the halfway point of his first varsity season, Kovich said he is not surprised by his high level of play.
“Not at all,” Kovich said. “I actually expected to play a little better. I think I’m making some pretty good decisions, but I also think I can make them a little faster. Each game I’ve progressed in getting a little more comfortable with the offense and with how I’ve been controlling things. I think by the time we get to the playofffs I’ll have complete control and I’ll be incredibly comfortable and I’ll be able to make split-second decisions.”
Kovich has been training with NFA since he was 9 years old. “Without NFA, I wouldn’t be half of what I am right now,” he said. “With all of the accelerators and all the mechanic work, they’ve been a tremendous help.”

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Scot Gregor is an award-winning sportswriter for the Chicago Daily Herald. In addition to writing about Big 10 and Notre Dame football, Gregor has also covered the White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls and college basketball. He grew up in Pittsburgh and watched the Steelers rise to prominence in the 1970s. Gregor has a B.S. degree in Journalism from Ohio University

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