The Covington Buccaneers, defending Tri-County League champions, opened the 1952 football season with a flurry of touchdowns as the Buccs walloped Maria Stein, 58-6 Friday night on the loser’s home lot.
Doug Diltz, Covington’s halfback, ran the opening kickoff back 65 yards to score and the Buccaneers followed through at almost a point-a-minute pace.
Leonard Woods scored on Covington’s second play from scrimmage minutes later and before the quarter ended, Don Zimmerman fell on the ball in the endzone as a Maria Stein punt formation pass from center went over the kicker’s head. Woods converted to give the Buccs a 19-0 lead.
Diltz again scored on a 20-yard run early in the second period and Bob Tobias passed to Bill Knick for the conversion. Minutes later, Larry Via was in the endzone with the fifth Covington tally.
Before the half ended, Kenny Shefbuch rambled 30 yards on a quick opener to score and Woods kicked the extra point to give Covington a 39-0 lead.
In the third quarter, Woods broke loose on a 50-yard jaunt to a touchdown and Via plunged over from the one for the conversion.
Covington’s final tally came in the fourth period when Bob Tobias, after being trapped behind the line, broke loose and scampered 60 yards through a broken field in one of the most dazzling displays of swivel-hipping and dodging ever seen in Class B football.
Maria Stein’s lone touchdown came in the final period as Mescher finally crossed the Covington goal line.
The Buccaneers’ biggest nemisis last night was the eagerness of freshmen and “first game” men, resulting in many yards of penalties, particularly offsides.
Despite continual substitution, with virtually every man on the Covington squad seeing action, the outclassed St. John eleven could not hold up under the terrific battering of Coach Paul Devine’s juggernaut, which is three deep at every position and boasts one of the heaviest and most effective lines in Covington pigskin history.
Accompanying this powerhouse is a set of fast, hard-running backs tutored to almost perfection under the guiding eye of Coach Paul Devine.
Scoring By Quarters:
Covington …….19….20….13…..6 – 58
St. Johns ……….0……0…..0……6 – 6