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Brave goes from track to gridiron

Brownstown Central’s Reece Covert personifies the term “multi-sport athlete.”

In his four years at Brownstown, Covert has played a part of as many teams.

This fall, the senior decided to give football a try after running cross-country for three years.

“I was really skinny my freshman and sophomore years,” Covert said. “I started gaining weight through weightlifting. My times started getting slower and slower. Football, you need a big body, so I thought I would go out. I’m an aggressive person, so I thought it would be good for me. I want to get out there and try new things. I want to be a multi-sport athlete.”

Covert is playing as a slot receiver and safety for the Braves and said he had a lot of help learning the Braves’ playbook.

“At the beginning, it was kind of hard,” he said. “My teammates and coaches helped me out.”

Covert has rushed for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 17 attempts so far this season.

On defense, Covert has amassed 22 tackles (11 solo) while also grabbing an interception and recovering a fumble.

“I like playing defense because on offense, you don’t get big hits as a slot,” Covert said. “I like hitting people. It gives me a rush of adrenaline.”

In the spring, Covert will return to the Braves’ track and field team for a fourth season.

“Coach (Derrick) Koch told me about track and cross-country. I went out sixth-grade year,” Covert said. “I loved it and have done it since.”

Covert qualified for the regional in the 400-meter dash and was All-Mid-Southern Conference honorable mention last year.

“I have a lot of stamina,” Covert said. “Most people can’t sprint a whole lap. I have really long strides, so I can go full out the whole way.”

On top of the 400, Covert will run the 200 and 4×400 relay and compete in long jump for the Braves.

After high school, Covert plans on going to college for engineering technology.

“I want to go into the engineering technology field because I like being more hands-on. I might go into mechanical technology or electrical engineering technology,” he said. “Out of school, my dad is on the electric board for Fort Vallonia Days. We go around and hook people up with electricity and that kind of stuff.”

Covert file

Name: Reece Covert

School: Brownstown Central

Parents: Brian and Tammi Covert

Sibling: Cayleb

Sports: Football, one year; basketball, two years; cross-country three years; track and field, four years

Athletic highlights: Track and field-regional qualifier (400), All-MSC honorable mention (400), Salem Invitational champions

Organizations: Booster Club, B.A.D. Club, Lettermen’s Club, FFA

Plans after high school: Attend college

Favorite food: Fettuccine Alfredo

Favorite TV show: “CSI Miami”

Favorite musician: Willie Nelson

Favorite movie: “War Horse”

Favorite team: Indiana Hoosiers

Coaches' awards

The Brownstown Central High School varsity football coaches have announced awards for Friday’s 45-14 win at Scottsburg.

Earning honors are Caleb Bollinger, Offensive Back MVP; Lendon Underwood, Offensive Line MVP; Luke Shelton, Defensive Line/Inside Linebacker MVP; Braden Neal, Defensive Back/Dime MVP; Ethan Sevakis, Special Teams MVP; Lucas Hines, Scout Team MVP; Brendan Patman, Matthew Bell, Underwood, Neal, black jersey winners.

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Jordan Morey is sports editor at The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at jmorey@tribtown.com or 812-523-7069.