In its fifth season of 11-man football, Covenant adamantly proved it belongs with the big boys.
The Knights posted their first winning record, earned their first playoff berth, and scored their first postseason victory. They hope to continue that momentum this season with a mix of new and familiar faces.
Standout two-way players Alec Scully and Cole Sellers are gone — part of the school’s first senior class to play all four years at the 11-man level. So is former coach Jesse Olvera, who stepped down to concentrate on his roles as Covenant’s athletic director and baseball coach.
Jacob Zinn takes on his first head coaching job after spending the past two years as an assistant under Olvera. He knows the foundation is in place for long-term success.
“Last year was a big step forward for our program. We’re just trying to keep that momentum going,” Zinn said. “It allows us to take steps not just to be competitive, but to grow to the point where we can win district championships.”
“Success just brings more guys.” -Coach Jacob Zinn
After two years mostly in a reserve role, junior Ben Spangler takes over as the starting quarterback. Fellow juniors Hayden Anderson, Garrett Graham, and Jacob Scott likewise will transition to more prominent roles both on offense and defense.
Participation at all levels has reached an all-time high for the Knights. Despite the increased depth and experience, Covenant won’t field any sub-varsity squads just yet.
“Success just brings more guys,” Zinn said. “We’ve got a great group this year.”