In rebuild mode in 1956, the Covington Buccaneers suffered their first losing season in the modern era since the inaugural 1947 campaign.

1956 Covington Buccaneers – Front Row: Doug Sotzing, Julius Moreland, Melvin Longendelpher, Henry Brumbaugh, macscot, Bob Jacquemin, Rodney Sampson, Hugh Alexander. Second Row: Gary Carder, Tony Crowl, Doug Gragg, Charles Yingst, Jim Sampson, Gene Laughman. Third Row: Coach Dunn, Coach Irvin, Bill Bentz, Rex Thompson, Fritz Bader, John Beener, Carl Spillers, Keith Thompson, Terry Longendelpher, Bob Thompson, Coach Wion.
Coach Bob Wion

With graduation taking its toll, the 1956 season opened with the defending champions struggling to rebuild their squad. The season, a poor one from the won-lost column, can be considered a successful one from a rebuilding standpoint.

With a young nucleus of players, the Buccs’ biggest win of the season came at the expense of the league champion, Germantown. Winless in four games coming into the contest, Covington shocked Germantown 13-6 for its first win of the season.

Covington couldn’t use its first victory as a springboard to more success as only one more game reached the win column over the remainder of the season. In that contest, the Buccs shut out Centerville 32-0.

The closest the Buccs came to gaining their third win came in a 14-14 tie to Enon.

Of the six losses on the record, none was worse then a 7-0 defeat at the hands of neighboring Bradford. It was the first loss ever suffered at the hands of our friendly rivals. Covington had won the previous nine meetings.

Henry Brumbaugh, the team’s pert little mascot.

At season’s end the Buccs held a 2-6-1 record, their first losing season since the 1947 season, the beginning of the modern era of Covington football.

The Buccs lose nine seniors from this years team in Tony Chrowl, Julius Moreland, Bruce Drees, John Beener, Jerry Catterlin, Joe Shipley, Bill Weldy, Terry Longendelpher, and Doug Gragg .

Despite the frustration of a losing season, the Buccs return many key performers for next season. Covington should come back next year to return some of the bumps they absorbed this season, and once more challenge for the Little Buckeye League Title.

(Images obtained from the 1957 Covington High School Yearbook.)

1956 Covington Reserves – Front Row: Bill Bitner, Tony Hand, Tom Carder, Freddy Davis, Jim Davis, James Holsinger. Second Row: Jerry Shields, Joe Shipley, George Bitner, Bruce Drees, Bill Weldy, Jerry Catterlin, Ronnie Ruhl, Robert D. Thompson, Manager. Third Row: Frank Dunn, Assistant Coach, Blair Irvin, Assistant Coach, Wayne Yarian, Don Creager, Paul Althoff, Bob Livingston, Doug McRoy, Malcome Perrine, Dana Moreland, Paul Perrine, Phil Iddings, Jerry Sutton, Bob Wion, Head Coach.

1956 BUCCS - 2-6-1



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Seniors: Tony Chrowl, Julius Moreland, Bruce Drees, John Beener, Jerry Catterlin, Joe Shipley, Bill Weldy, Terry Longendelpher, Doug Gragg.
Left Photo: Captains Doug Gragg and Tony Chrowl. Right Photo: Melvin Longendelpher defies the opposition.
Rodney Sampson makes a tackle.