Sports/News Producer
WJW-TV FOX-8 News
Cleveland, Ohio
Email: Nick.Kovach@FOX8.com


Recent Articles
  • 2018 FNTD Player of the Year: Gilmour’s C.J. Charleston

    He wasn’t a household name when the season started. But, he’s already run for more than 2,300 yards and scored a school record 48 touchdowns, helping lead Gilmour to an undefeated regular season and the Lancers’ first playoff win in five years. That’s why the 2018 Friday Night Touchdown Player of the Year is Gilmour running back C.J. Charleston. **Watch the video, above, for more; CLICK HERE for more Friday Night Touchdown coverage**

  • 2018 FNTD Player of the Year Finalists

    CLEVELAND – It has been another exciting season of high school football across Northeast Ohio. The regular season is now complete, and more than 60 local schools qualified for the OHSAA Playoffs. So now it is time to select the 2018 FOX 8 ‘Friday Night Touchdown’ Player of the Year. The ‘Friday Night Touchdown’ crew of Sports Director John Telich, Sports Anchor P.J. Ziegler, the Commissioner Dan Coughlin and Producer Nick Kovach have compiled a list of eight finalists. Now […]

  • FNTD Game of the Week #10: Maple Heights at Cleveland Heights

    CLEVELAND — FOX 8’s award-winning ‘Friday Night Touchdown’ is back for its 22nd season and better than ever. Week #10 of ‘Friday Night Touchdown’, fueled by Conrad’s, kicks off this Friday, October 26 at 11:00 p.m. OHSAA Playoff points and conference championships will be on the line on this final Friday of the 2018 regular season. Join John Telich, P.J. Ziegler, and the Commissioner Dan Coughlin for highlights and analysis from more than 20 high school football games across Northeast […]

  • FNTD Game of the Week #9: Kirtland shuts out Independence

    CLEVELAND — Our Friday Night Touchdown Game of the Week featured the Kirtland Hornets shutting out the Independence Blue Devils. The Hornets and Blue Devils battled in the CVC Valley Friday night. Kirtland started on offense with Jake Neibecker breaking knees and ankles, scoring a 55-yard touchdown for the Hornets. Then Independence took over as Robert Artrip calls his own number, setting up a 4th down. Atrip passed to Braden Sears who made a juggling catch for first down. But in the next play Artrip […]

  • FNTD Game of the Week #9 winner is Kirtland at Independence

    CLEVELAND — FOX 8’s award-winning ‘Friday Night Touchdown’ is back for its 22nd season and better than ever. Week #9 of ‘Friday Night Touchdown’, fueled by Conrad’s, kicks off this Friday, October 19 at 11:00 p.m. Join John Telich, P.J. Ziegler, Dan Coughlin, and special guest host Natalie Herbick for highlights and analysis from more than 20 high school football games across Northeast Ohio. Each week during the 2018 high school football regular season we will nominate four great match-ups. […]

  • FNTD Game of the Week #8: Mogadore tops Garrettsville Garfield on home turf

    MOGADORE, Ohio — Our Friday Night Touchdown Game of the Week featured the Mogadore Wildcats beating the Garrettsville Garfield G-Men 49-26. The Wildcats were hungry to defend their home turf against the G-Men. The G-Men were first to strike as Joey Ewell found Jared Simon for 25-yards and a big first down.  Then, Jared Peters finished it off with the touchdown run to put the G-Men on the board first But the Wildcats started climbing their way back as Luke […]

  • FNTD Game of the Week #7: Norton at Ravenna

    CLEVELAND — FOX 8’s award-winning ‘Friday Night Touchdown’ is back for its 22nd season and better than ever. Week #7 of ‘Friday Night Touchdown’, fueled by Conrad’s, kicks off this Friday, October 5 at 11:00 p.m. Join John Telich, P.J. Ziegler, and Dan Coughlin for highlights and analysis from more than 20 high school football games across Northeast Ohio. Each week during the 2018 high school football regular season we will nominate four great match-ups. Students, staff, players, coaches, fans […]

  • Former Cleveland Police Chief Ed Kovacic dies at 88-years-old

    CLEVELAND — Local law enforcement agencies are mourning the loss of former Cleveland Police Chief Edward Kovacic who passed away Sunday. Kovacic first joined the force in 1959 and spent nearly 40 years with the Division of Police. Kovacic’s nephew shared this photo from the day Ed was sworn in with FOX 8.  Ed stands alongside his father, former Cleveland Councilman John Kovacic. He was promoted several times until he was named Chief of Police in 1990.  He held this […]

  • FNTD Game of the Week #6: Orrville at CVCA

    CLEVELAND — FOX 8’s award-winning ‘Friday Night Touchdown’ is back for its 22nd season and better than ever. Week #6 of ‘Friday Night Touchdown’, fueled by Conrad’s, kicks off this Friday, September 28 at 11:00 p.m. Join John Telich, P.J. Ziegler, Dan Coughlin and special guest host Ken Carman for highlights and analysis from more than 20 high school football games across Northeast Ohio. Each week during the 2018 high school football regular season we will nominate four great match-ups. […]

  • FNTD Game of the Week #5: Garrettsville Garfield at Windham

    CLEVELAND — FOX 8’s award-winning ‘Friday Night Touchdown’ is back for its 22nd season and better than ever. Week #5 of ‘Friday Night Touchdown’, fueled by Conrad’s, kicks off this Friday, September 21 at 11:00 p.m. Join John Telich, P.J. Ziegler, Dan Coughlin and special guest host Gabe Spiegel for highlights and analysis from more than 20 high school football games across Northeast Ohio. Each week during the 2018 high school football regular season we will nominate four great match-ups. […]

  • FNTD Game of the Week #4: Barberton at Revere

    CLEVELAND — FOX 8’s award-winning ‘Friday Night Touchdown’ is back for its 22nd season and better than ever. Week #4 of ‘Friday Night Touchdown’, fueled by Conrad’s, kicks off this Friday, September 14 at 11:00 p.m. Join John Telich, P.J. Ziegler, Dan Coughlin and special guest host Andy Baskin for highlights and analysis from more than 20 high school football games across Northeast Ohio. Each week during the 2018 high school football regular season, we will nominate four great match-ups. […]

  • FNTD Game of the Week #3: Bedford at Garfield Heights

    CLEVELAND — FOX 8’s award-winning ‘Friday Night Touchdown’ is back for its 22nd season and better than ever. Week #3 of ‘Friday Night Touchdown’, fueled by Conrad’s, kicks off this Friday, September 7 at 11:00 p.m. Join John Telich, P.J. Ziegler, Dan Coughlin and special guest host Tracy McCool for highlights and analysis from more than 20 high school football games across Northeast Ohio. Each week during the 2018 high school football regular season, we will nominate four great match-ups. […]