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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Good Cause in NC-CovCath FB Scrimmage

Two Schools to Raise Support for Brian Eviston. 

PHOTO: Bob Jackson. Covington Catholic Head Football Coach Eddie Eviston makes a call to the box during a game last year. Newport Central Catholic and CovCath will scrimmage each other Friday at CovCath to raise funds to help his older brother Brian, who is battling ALS.
It will not just be a regular football scrimmage Friday at Covington Catholic at 7 p.m.

The Covington Catholic Colonels and Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds will come together to support Brian Eviston, the older brother of current CovCath Head Eddie Eviston. Brian Eviston, a 1996 NewCath graduate, received a diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis better known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease after the former New York Yankee great, back in November. Coach Eviston led the Thoroughbreds to two state championships in three years as head coach in 2010 and 2012 before taking over the CovCath job in 2015.

RELATED: Visit the Team "B"elieve GoFundMe Page here. 

A Team "B"elieve committee came together after the diagnosis. All proceeds from the gate and "Split the Pot" will go to that cause. The admission will be $6 for adults and $4 for students. CovCath Director of Athletics Tony Bacigalupo is also a NewCath alum and helped put tings together.

"I got a lot of family members that went to NewCath. Fortunately enough, myself and (NewCath Head) Coach (Dan) Wagner had scheduled the scrimmage last summer for this season without even knowing my brother was going through this battle," Coach Eviston said.

"Knowing what he's going through, we wanted to do something for him. Obviously, this is the perfect opportunity because my brother played at Newport (Central) Catholic. Now with me at CovCath, it was almost like a perfect fit getting both communities together to try to rally and support his family. It was kind of a no-brainer for us. We talked about it right away."

Wikipedia defines ALS as "a specific disease that causes the death of neurons which control voluntary muscles. ALS is characterized by stiff muscles, muscle twitching and gradually worsening weakness due to muscles decreasing in size. This results in difficulty speaking, swallowing and eventually breathing." Coach Eviston said his brother is raising four small children.

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"It just changes your every day living. I think that's the biggest thing," Coach Eviston said. "I don't experience it so I don't want to put words in anybody's mouth that's ever gone through it. It's almost like your trapped in your own body. You want to do things, but your body isn't responding the way you're thinking. Obviously as a brother to Brian, it's hard to watch. But at the same time, I know he's going to battle it. His family is going to battle it. He's a guy who was very athletic, involved and active. It's one of those unfortunate events in life that he's dealing with."

Coach Eviston said the committee came together not only to help Brian Eviston financially but also give the family support spiritually and mentally. Like Coach Eviston, Brian Eviston played football at NewCath.

"The whole team believe," Coach Eviston said. "We just appreciate the support of both communities. That's one thing I'd like to get across."

Both teams are coming off trips to the region finals last year. CovCath (9-4 last year) lost 35-28 at Louisville Fern Creek in the Class 5A, Region 2 title game and NewCath (7-6) lost 26-21 to Covington Holy Cross in the Class 2A, Region 3 championship game.

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