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Jaheim Covington: The Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week Video

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Jaheim Covington has been named the Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week following his career performance against Hough. Jaheim Covington has been named the Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week following his career performance against Hough. Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

ROCKINGHAM — For the second time this football season, senior running back Jaheim Covington has been named the Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week presented by Moss Brothers Tires & Service.


Covington is coming off a career night during Richmond’s second-round playoff win over Hough High School. The tailback not only set a new personal high in rushing yards in a game, but he also broke the program’s all-time record for a rushing touchdown. This is Covington’s third career selection. 

Athletic Profile

Age: 18

Birthday: Aug. 15, 2001

Year: Senior

Fall Sport: Football

Position: Running Back

Years on Varsity: 3 Years

Height & Weight: 5-9, 190 pounds

Experience: 8 Years

“SETTING RECORDS” WITH JAHEIM COVINGTON

The No. 1 seeded Raiders saw the No. 8 Huskies hang around for a majority of Friday’s second-round playoff game. It wasn’t until the third quarter Richmond broke the game open for good, starting with a red zone interception from senior safety Xavion Lindsey in the final 90 seconds of the period.

Two plays later at his own one-yard line, Covington took a handoff from junior quarterback Caleb Hood and split right. He was immediately met by defender Isaiah Brown-Murray, but shrugged him off. Two more would-be tacklers converged on Covington, but he spun out of that before stepping out of one last tackle attempt inside the 10-yard line.

Then the rest was history -- literally. Covington broke loose down the home sideline and raced 99 yards for a score, the longest rushing touchdown in Richmond’s 47-year history.

On top of the highlight reel touchdown run, Covington finished the game with a career-high 204 yards on 11 carries (18.55 yards per attempt). He had a game-high three rushing touchdowns, the other two being of four and two yards, respectively.

Just prior to his long touchdown run, Covington dazzled fans with another powerful performance on a 55-yard burst. For the final handful of yards on the carry, Covington dragged a defender with him who had grabbed his facemask.

As he and the Raiders prepare to face No. 4 Myers Park High School in the quarterfinals this Friday, Covington is sitting on 22 rushing scores this season.

Raider Video Chats: Jaheim Covington, Official Richmond County Male Athlete of the Week

In his video, Covington talks about his career night and record-breaking run, Richmond’s win over Hough in the second round and what fans can expect against Myers Park.

Click photo for video.

Kyle Pillar

Sports Editor. IUP communications media and journalism alumni. English teacher, Ninth Grade Academy.

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