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YEAR WIN LOSS TIE
2007 11 1 0
2008 9 3 0
2009 8 4 0
2010 11 1 0
2011 10 1 0
2012 12 1 0
2013 11 1 0
2014 6 5 0
2015 8 3 0
Ty Cates (33-13-0)
YEAR WIN LOSS TIE
2016 11 1 0
2017 5 5 0
2018 7 4 0
2019 10 3 0
RECORD BY DECADE
YEAR WIN LOSS TIE
1940's 13 10 2
1950's 64 23 3
1960's 73 20 0
1970's 71 27 4
1980's 54 47 4
1990's 57 45 0
2000's 95 20 0
2010's 91 25 0
TOTAL 518 217 13
OUELLETTE IN COLLEGE

Ouellette Headed to OU...
Ouellette Earns His Scolarship...

083014 Kent State...
091914 Idaho...
092714 Eastern Illinois...
110514 Buffalo...
020715 Ouellette Earns Award...
121915 Camellia Bowl...
102117 Kent State...
122217 Bahamas Bowl...
Ouellette Ready For Senior Season...
Ouellette Earns All-MAC...
MVP of Frisco Bowl...

A.J. Interview - What's Next?...

OUELLETTE IN THE PROS

A.J. Shines At Gridiron Showcase...
A.J. Impresses NFL Scouts During Pro Day...
A.J. To Try Out For Saints...
A.J. Signs With The Saints...
A.J. Heads To Cleveland...
A.J. Gets It...
A.J. Shines In First Pro Start...

THE BEST OF 2010-2019...
The 2010s were yet another memorable decade for Covington football as the Buccaneers accumulated a 91-25 record with six league titles and nine state playoff appearances.
Isaiah Winston helped start off the decade with a bang as he led the Buccs to state playoff appearances in 2010 and 2011.
Dalton Bordelon and the 2013-14 seniors won 40 regular season games from 2010-2013.

The Covington football program continued its winning tradition in the 2010s by winning 84 of 100 regular season games (84%) and accumulating 91-25 overall record.

The Buccaneers started off the decade with four straight 10-0 regular season in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 - which was only the second time in school history. The Buccaneers also reached the state playoffs the first seven seasons of the decade (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016) before and uncharacteristic 5-5 record in 2017 ended the steak of 12 consecutive playoff appearances for the Buccs.

Dave Miller, who began his tenure as head coach at Covington in 2007, continued coaching the Buccaneers through the 2015 season. He amassed an 86-20 record in his nine seasons at the helm with nine state playoff appearances and seven conference titles.

Coach Tyler Cates took over the helm in 2016 and led the Buccaneers to an unbeaten 10-0 regular season record and was awarded the Poll Championship by the Associated Press - just the fourth such championship in school history (1960 UPI, 1973 Coaches Poll, 2006 AP). Cates has also led the Buccaneers to three state playoff appearances in four seasons (2016, 2018, 2019) and the regional final in 2019.

The Buccaneers had several players continue on at the collegiate level. Those who had stints in college were: Jake Stewart (Otterbein), Darren Clark (Wilmington), Trent Tobias (Otterbein), Jordan Wolfe (Bluffton), A.J. Ouellette (Ohio University), Dalton Bordelon (Mount St. Joseph), Brandon Magee (Heidelberg), Seth Thomas (Muskingum), Branden Robinson (Ball State University), Joey Schmelzer (Ohio Northern) and Ty Freeman (Heidelberg). Andrew Cates and Cade Schmelzer, who were seniors on the 2019 football team, have had several collegiate offers and are yet to determine their destination.

A.J. Ouellette, a 2014 graduate, also became just the second Buccaneer alumnus to play professionally as he joined the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football league after spending time in camp with the New Orleans Saints and the Cleveland Browns of the NFL.

2010s AT A GLANCE:
Overall Record: 91-25
Regular Season Record: 84-16
Playoff Record: 7-9
Winning Seasons: 9 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019)
Playoff Appearances: 9 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019)
Conference Championships: 6 (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016)

BEST GAME: Covington 28, Marion Local 35 - November 16, 2013
Even though the Covington Buccaneers came up short on the scoreboard, the epic regional semifinal contest with state power Marion Local was one for the ages. Facing a Flyer team that many Marion Local supporters proclaimed as the best team in their program history, Covington battled toe-to-toe with the eventual state champions - only to fall short 35-28 when Marion Local scored the game-winning touchdown with 19 seconds left in the game. Buccaneer running back A.J. Ouellette was unstoppable in the contest, rushing for 225 yards and scoring on runs of 41 and 51 yards. Covington jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a 41-yard score by Ouellette and a 2-yard run by sophomore quarterback Jared Williams. Marion Local cut the advantage to 14-7 at the break - taking advantage of a pass interference call on Covington where it appeared as though the Buccaneers had a clean interception that was returned to near midfield. The Flyer then opened the third quarter with a pair of scores to take a 21-14 lead, but Covington responded with a long scoring drive of its own to tie the score once again. After Marion reclaimed the lead with a short touchdown pass, Ouellette busted loose from 51 yards out early in the fourth quarter to tie the score. Covington then reclaimed the ball near midfield with 5:00 left, but a holding penalty forced the Buccs to punt for the only time in the game. This proved disastrous as Marion Local converted a long fourth down to keep the ensuing drive alive and then capitalized with a 4-yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds left to hand the Buccs a heartbreaking defeat.
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BEST COMEBACK WIN: Covington 21, Miami East 20 - October 9, 2015
In a contest between two evenly matched football teams, the Buccaneers came back from a 14-0 fourth quarter deficit to defeat Miami East 21-20 in overtime which ultimately forced a tie for the CCC Championship between the two programs. What made this game even more emotional was the fact that Buccaneer coach Dave Miller was coaching with a heavy heart as his mother-in-law passed away earlier that same morning. Covington fell behind 14-0 as Miami East scored two touchdowns in the final 30 seconds of the first half. The score remained 14-0 until Covington scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 7:00 to send the game into overtime. In the extra period, Covington scored first on a 12-yard pass from Nathan Blei to Shane Straw and then Blei kicked the point-after to give the Buccs a 21-14 lead. Miami East then scored on its first overtime possession on a one-yard run by Braxton Donaldson, but Covington received a huge break as the ball slipped off the kicking tee to force a low kick that was blocked on the point-after - giving the Buccs a thrilling come-from-behind win.
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BEST DEFENSIVE EFFORT: Covington 34, Miami East 0 - October 11, 2013
It was an epic defensive performance in week seven of the 2013 season as the Buccaneers took on Miami East in a battle between two unbeaten teams. The Covington defense shut down a very potent Miami East offense, which was critical as Covington could only manage two field goals in the first half for a 6-0 lead at the break. The defense continued its dominance in the second half, while the Buccaneer offense got things rolling with three scoring runs by A.J. Ouellette and another touchdown run by Bobby Alexander. In all, the Buccaneer defense allowed just six first downs throughout the entire game and held Miami East to 109 yards of total offense. Granted, there have been more impressive statistical defensive performances over the past decade, but the defensive effort the Buccs gave against the competition it faced on this night ranks up there with the best in program history.
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BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE: A.J. Ouellette (November 16, 2013)
Yes, you could find several games where A.J. Ouellette just flat out dominated over his legendary four years at Covington High School, but one game stands out due to the level of competition he faced on this particular night. It was in the regional semifinal at Piqua High School and the Buccaneers faced state power Marion Local. The Flyer would defeat Covington this night 35-28 and go on to finish 15-0 and win the state championship, but Ouellette’s performance was magical. He rushed for 225 yards and scored two touchdowns against what many Marion Local fans feel was their best team in school history. A.J. was so dominant that Marion Local coach Tim Goodwin elected to roll the dice on fourth-and-15 from inside their own territory because he feared punting the ball to Ouellette.
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2010-2019 ALL DECADE TEAM
QUARTERBACK
Nathan Blei
2016
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  Cade Schmelzer
2019
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RUNNING BACK
A.J. Ouellette
2013
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  Lance Miller
2016
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SLOT BACK/RECEIVER
Kyler Deeter
2012
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  Austin Angle
2012
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Zach Parrett
2017
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Andrew Cates
2019
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TIGHT END
Jake Stewart
2010
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  Zane Barnes
2016
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OFFENSIVE LINE
Sam Christian
2011
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  Darren Clark
2011
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Jordan Wolfe
2013
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Logan Perkins
2014
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  Seth Thomas
2016
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DEFENSIVE LINE
 
Josh Boehringer
2010
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  Brian Olson Jr.
2012
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Dalton Bordelon
2013
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Bobby Alexander
2013
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Robert Gengler
2014
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Jesse Fisher
2019
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OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS
Brandon Magee
2015
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  Joey Schmelzer
2017
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Parker Dysinger
2018
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INSIDE LINEBACKERS
Dylan Owens
2012
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  Justin Williams
2013
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Deron White
2016
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DEFENSIVE BACKS
 
Isaiah Winston
2011
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  Troy Cron
2012
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Trent Tobias
2012
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Chance Setters
2013
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Branden Robinson
2016
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Ty Freeman
2017
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SPECIAL TEAMS
Tyler Noffsinger
2010
(Returner)
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  Steven Blei
2011
(Kicker)
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Gavin McReynolds
2018
(Punter)
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Note: Those who were seniors from 2010-2019 and who received conference recognition were eligible to be selected for the All Decade Team. District and All-Ohio recognition carried no significance because those who make those selections didn’t see all of the players play in person.
PLAYER OF THE DECADE: A.J. OUELLETTE
PLAYER OF THE DECADE: A.J. Ouellette (2010-2013)
This is a no-brainer. A.J. Ouellette was hands down the best Buccaneer football player over the past decade and ranks up there with the top two or three players in school history along with Tim Vogler and Bob Hartley. Over his four-year career Ouellette shattered nearly every rushing record imaginable at Covington - despite missing nine games his sophomore year due to a severe shoulder injury. In all, Ouellette tallied 7498 all-purpose yards and 5475 rushing yards, scored 672 career points and 99 career touchdowns. He owns the top two single-season rushing performances with 2533 yards as a senior and 2434 yards as a junior. He also has three of the top four top rushing performances in a game with 359 yards against National Trail and 335 yards against Arcanum in his senior year and then a 324-yard performance against Bradford as a junior. What makes Ouellette’s number even more impressive is the fact that he was pulled from several games due to lopsided scores. In his senior season he ran the ball in a total of 30 quarters, which is 7.5 games. If you count only the quarters where Ouellette carried the ball, he averaged 84.4 rushing yards per quarter and 337.7 yards per game in his senior year.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE DECADE: DYLAN OWENS
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE DECADE: Dylan Owens (2009-2012)
Determining the best defensive player of the decade was challenging considering several Buccaneer players are worthy of the recognition, but Dylan Owens stands out due to his longevity and the numbers he put up on the defensive side of the ball. Owens was a standout in the middle of the Buccaneer defense from his sophomore season through his senior year and led Covington in tackles in each of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 seasons. He amassed 379 career tackles and was one of the hardest hitting players in the history of the program.