Frank Covey leads Prospect in MSL crossover win against Fremd

MOUNT PROSPECT — Prospect is not missing a beat.

Frank Covey has made it a smooth transition running the high-octane Prospect offense. The junior showed how easy it has become for him as the Knights rolled past Fremd, 41-13, Friday in a Mid-Suburban League crossover football game before 3,500 fans.

Covey, who played wide receiver last season, said that he was ready for the new challenge running the Knights’ offense this year. Last week he got off to a slow start but still led the Knights to a convincing win.

Against Fremd, Covey got off to a fast start. He led the Knights to a 34-7 halftime lead with Prospect piling up 318 yards in the first half.

Covey threw for 171 yards and a touchdown in the half. He also would rush for a pair of touchdowns.

“The first game, first half was real rough,” said Covey, who is taking an unofficial visit to Illinois on Saturday.

“Just getting more reps in games and in practice has helped me. After last game, I got my legs underneath me. The game has started to slow down for me.”

Prospect coach Dan DeBoeuf said he has seen great progress in Covey’s play.

“No slow start for him tonight,” DeBoeuf. “He played as well a you could have. And the receivers around him made some real nice plays.”

Owen Walter, who had eight receptions for 103 yards, said Covey has fit into his new role quite nicely.

“Covey is doing a great job’” Walter said. “I knew he would. I wasn’t afraid of it. He is a quarterback on the inside. He just likes to play receiver.”

Prospect (2-0) got off to a sensational start as a team when Jacob Parisi took the opening kickoff back 82 yards for a touchdown.

Fremd (0-2) would answer late in the first quarter when Caiden Suchy connected with Archie Cox (5 receptions, 100 yards) on a 57-yard touchdown pass to make it 7-7.

It was all Prospect from there, as the Knights scored 34 unanswered points.

Gavin Flanagan scored on a 3-yard touchdown run. Covey threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Parisi. Covey would score on a 2-yard run and Matt Raitano would add the conversion run to make it 28-7. Covey would then score on a 17-yard run just before the end of the half.

Covey, who was 15 of 19 for 196 yards, ended his night with a 25-yard touchdown pass to Brad Vierneisel on a crossing pattern on a fourth-and-goal play. Vierneisel made a couple of nifty moves before racing just inside the pylon for the touchdown.

“I was really happy with our kids’ energy,” DeBoeuf said. “Even when our second groups were in, they were playing super hard.”

Fremd got a late 63-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Plizga from Suchy (12 of 26, 221 yards).

“We are just going to keep getting to work and getting better,” Fremd coach Lou Sponsel said. “We challenged our kids and at times they responded. Our youth and inexperience showed, but we’re going to keep sticking together.”