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