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DATE OPP H/A W/L
8/10 Milton (S) A 10:00
8/17 Eaton (S) H 10:00
8/23 Anna (S) A 7:00
8/30 St. Henry A 35-6
9/6 Minster H 25-35
9/13 TV South H 48-0
9/20 Fort Loramie A 14-19
9/27 Ansonia A 48-6
10/4 Miami East H 35-13
10/11 National Trail H 75-0
10/18 Arcanum A 57-0
10/25 TC North H 74-6
11/1 Bethel A 47-6
11/8 Worthington Ch. H 33-27
11/15 Southeastern A 36-20
11/22 Mechanicsburg A 26-42
2019 CCC STANDINGS
TEAM CCC ALL
FORT LORAMIE 8-0 9-1
COVINGTON 7-1 8-2
MISSISSINAWA 6-2 7-3
ARCANUM 5-3 7-3
MIAMI EAST 5-3 6-4
ANSONIA 5-3 6-4
TRI-VILLAGE 4-4 5-5
NATIONAL TRAIL 4-4 5-5
TV SOUTH 2-6 2-8
BETHEL 2-6 2-8
TC NORTH 1-7 1-9
BRADFORD 0-8 0-10
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YEAR WIN LOSS TIE
2016 11 1 0
2017 5 5 0
2018 7 4 0
2019 10 3 0
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The Covington Buccaneers have the talent, experience and numbers to achieve lofty goals in 2019.
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Senior Brayden Wiggins returns to lead the Buccaneer rushing attack in 2019.
Senior Dalton Weer is back to provided Covington leadership on both sides of the ball.

AUGUST 19, 2019 - COVINGTON
The Covington Buccaneers have high aspirations in 2019 and with good reason. After all, 28 of the 48 players on the roster are upperclassmen with 16 being seniors.

“Any coach would be excited to say that they have sixteen seniors,” said Buccaneer coach Tyler Cates, who returns for his fourth season with a 23-10 record at Covington. “This group is extra special for me as they are the first group I have coached for four years, so they only know our program.”

Which has shown in the offseason conditioning and lifting program over the past four years.

“Much of this senior group has been dedicated into our weight room program for four years,” Cates continued. “Six of them have started since they were sophomores and you can't teach experience.”

Leading the way will be senior quarterback Cade Schmelzer (6-2, 195), who threw for 1557 yards and 17 touchdowns a year ago and senior receiver Andrew Cates (6-1, 185), who caught 39 passes for 664 yards and nine scores last season.

Covington also has plenty of other receiving targets for Schmelzer in seniors Kleyton Maschino (6-1, 155) Kadin Presser (6-2, 160), Josh Latimer (5-11, 150) and Alex Shaffer (5-10, 150), along with juniors Tyler Owens (5-10, 165) and Jakob Hamilton (6-3, 145). Senior Austin Flick (5-9, 155) also gives Covington a weapon at Tight End.

Up front the Buccaneers have experience with seniors Jesse Fisher (6-0, 215) and Teague Deaton (5-11, 225) leading the way. Both have been key contributors to the Buccaneers’ success since their freshmen campaigns. Seniors Nate Alexander (5-11, 300), Dylan Staudt (5-10, 210) and Seth Iddings (6-1, 195), along with junior Grant Babylon (5-11, 310) round out the offensive front for the Buccaneers with several other players pushing for varsity action.

Leading the ground attack for the Buccs are seniors Brayden Wiggins (5-7, 170), Dalton Weer (5-11, 165), Bryce Weer (5-9, 150) and juniors Trentin Alexander (5-9, 175), Duncan Cooper (6-0, 175) and Deacon Shields (5-9, 160).

Defensively, Covington is stout up front with Jesse Fisher and Teague Deaton once again leading the way. Grant Babylon, Nate Alexander and junior Logan Lowe (5-8, 145) are also in the rotation up front.

The Buccaneer linebackers are a mobile unit with Brayden Wiggins, Trentin Alexander and junior Gavin Swank (5-9, 165) manning the middle and Duncan Cooper, Kadin Presser and Tyler Owens controlling the edge. Owens also is adaptable enough to contribute in the defensive backfield.

Covington has depth in the secondary with Cade Schmelzer, Andrew Cates and the Weer brothers (Dalton and Bryce) at safety and Kleyton Maschino, Josh Latimer and Alex Shaffer in the rotation at corner.

Covington is coming off of a 7-4 playoff season a year ago, but are looking for bigger things in 2019.

“I expect this group to contend for a CCC championship and earn their way into the playoffs to make a run,” Cates said.

And it begins with taking care of business in the Cross County Conference. The last league title Covington claimed was in Cates’ first year at the helm in 2016.

For Covington to achieve that objective, it will need a fast start to the season against the likes of St. Henry and Minster in the first two weeks.

The Buccaneers begin league play at home against Twin Valley South in week three before traveling to face Fort Loramie, the defending conference champions, in week four.

“We have to strive to get better every day. Take it one day, one rep, one snap at a time,” Cates emphasized. “That's why we play the game.”

Things don’t get much easier from there as Covington travels to Ansonia in week five to face a Tiger team who is coming off of a state playoff birth a year ago. Then, a home tussle against long-time rival Miami East awaits in week six.

Covington rounds out its schedule with a home game against National Trail, a road contest at Arcanum, at home against Tri-County North and then at Bethel.

“I think the talent is there to do some great things,” Cates said. “But, we have to give consistent, relentless effort, stay together as brothers, and stay healthy. The schedule is tough and we are excited for the challenge.”

Senior Jesse Fisher returns to lead an oppportunistic Covington defense.
Senior Andrew Cates returns as a dual threat on offense.