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Quarterback Christopher Covington broke out in a big way Saturday, leading Raby to a 42-18 victory over Julian at Gately Stadium.
The Raiders (5-1, 3-0 Land of Lincoln) started out shaky, fumbling the opening kickoff that turned into a 24-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jalen Miller to Deonte Champion for Julian. From that point on, it was the Covington show. He connected with receiver Ladarious Goodlow for a 30-yard touchdown pass before scoring on a two-yard dive to put Raby up 14-6.
Julian (1-5, 1-2) cut the lead to 14-12 on a 35-yard touchdown pass from Miller to Joshua Owens. Then Covington engineered a nine-play, 62-yard drive which resulted in another of his rushing touchdowns to push the lead to 22-12. Miller connected with Tower on a touchdown pass of 70 yards as Julian scored its last touchdown to close within 22-18. But a five-yard run by DeVonte Thompson, a 37-yard interception return by Keshaun Robinson and a 62-yard run by Covington closed out the scoring for the Raiders and buried the Jaguars.
"I have been telling people all along that he is the best quarterback in this city and he his just a junior," Raby coach D'Angelo Dareef said of Covington.
Covington had 16 carries for 187 yards and three touchdowns and was 6-of-15 for 122 yards with a touchdown pass.
"We can see the maturity and the confidence that they play with now that was not there before," Dareef said of his young team. "We are the only west side team in this conference and we had to earn our respect." Dereef also had high praise for his quarterback.
Miller finished 16-of-26 for 300 yards and three touchdowns with four interceptions.
"We couldn't run the ball and their quarterback was just too athletic,'' Julian coach Jason Alexander said. ''You make one mistake and it's over.''