By Kevin Eickman
Fans that have had the opportunity to attend a Milford football game or a wrestling match over the last few seasons, have had the opportunity to watch Dominyc Hovington perform. Perform is exactly what he does too; no matter the sport, no matter the occasion. A bruiser at linebacker, Hovington also has the ability to carry the ball on offense as well, providing Milford with versatility in the running game. In addition to football, Hovington excels on the mat, as he earned the Henlopen Conference title at 220 pounds last year, along with being a key member of the Buccaneer squad which won their third consecutive D-II title.
While his skill is obvious on the field and on the mat, Hovington carries that level of commitment in the weight room and practice field as well. “He is such a hard worker, I can’t begin to describe the effort he puts in, his motor never stops,” Milford football coach Shaun Strickland stated. “Sometimes we just have to get him out of there for his own good, just to make sure he takes a break now and then.”
That “motor” Strickland referred to is evident in every snap Hovington takes on the football field. Whether he is on offense or defense, he seems to find a way to make plays. “Whatever I am needed to do, I do. It’s not about yards or tackles, it’s just about winning,” said Hovington.
The next step in Hovington’s football development is on the chalk board, where he has been learning the finer points of the game. “Everything has been becoming clearer to him as time has gone by. He is putting in the work at film study and really beginning to excel at the mental side of the game as well,” Strickland commented. “With each passing day, he is becoming more of a student of the game.”
Hovington may not be the most vocal of players on the field, but Strickland believes this trait actually lends itself to leadership in this case. “He just lines up and gets it done all game long, there is no quit. While he may not say much, when he does speak he has everyone’s attention because they understand that he knows what he is saying.”
Looking forward to the upcoming season, Hovington is hoping that Milford will take the next step after the Buccaneers posted a 6-4 record last year. “You could see it, we were getting better each and every time we took the field. We may not have gotten all the wins we wanted, but we got better,” Hovington said. “This year it’s time to take the next step, we need to continue to improve and get to where we want to be.”
Hovington does well academically in the classroom as his favorite subject is math and his best subject is reading. Following high school, Hovington plans on attending college with an eye towards fitness management or coaching.