Long-time Buccaneer coach Larrie Tisdale closed out a memorable career with a 3-7 record in 1982.

1982 Buccaneers - FRONT ROW: Jim Stickley, Rich Lauber, Butch Boehringer, Kent Musgrave, Chris Stephan, Glen Mullennix, Jeff Shields, John Boehringer, Rick looker, Eric Sotzing, Pat Kaiser, Ty Owens, Jerrod Miller. SECOND ROW: Jeff Longendelpher, Bob Gold, Robert Harrison, Bob Hagie, Andy Kenworthy, Mark Barnhart, Brian Reames, Jason Kingrey, Jeff Frock, Kelly Deeter, Brian Bitner, Bill Wise, Mark Jacobs. THIRD ROW: Coach Huelsman, Dennis Ingle, Marc Bayse, Steve Dunn, Brian Garber Dave Kaiser, Dave Daniels, Dave Sampson, Nate Whiteman, Nate Etter, Ben Turner, Steve Iddings, Matt Pond, Steve Barga, Coach Tisdale, Coach Fisher. FOURTH ROW: Pat Lavey, Pat Thomas, Joe Christian, Todd Owens, Chris Graves, Tony Perrine, Marc Cain, Scott McDade, Bill Besecker, Bill Sowers, Rick Sowers, Glen Hollopeter, Dan Kilm.
Larrie Tisdale

Ten winning seasons in twelve seasons. Two unbeaten seasons. Two trips to the state playoffs. One state championship. One state runner-up trophy. Eighty-nine career wins.

After building a football powerhouse Larrie Tisdale has coached his last football game. He’ll likely go down as the most successful coach in the history of Covington football.

Coach Tisdale’s farewell season wasn’t what he had in mind, however. A season full of frustration and a losing record wasn’t the way to go out. But, he takes with him some of the greatest memories in Covington football history.

Tisdale’s final group of Buccaneers finished the season with a 3-7 record. Expectations were high in the first season of the Southwest Rivers Conference, but inconsistency was a key factor in some frustrating losses.

Covington opened the 1982 season with a narrow 19-14 loss to a powerful Coldwater team. Despite the loss, expectations continued to be high since the Buccs played Coldwater close throughout.

The Buccs showed signs of promise the following week with a 21-8 victory over Twin Valley South.

Looking to keep the momentum from its first victory, the Buccs lost by a disappointing 27-0 score to rival Bradford. The Railroaders, who had their best team in year, advanced to the regional finals in 1982. But, the shutout score had a lasting affect on the Buccs as they only won one contest in their next five games.

That win came at the expense of Graham, 31-6.

The only other victory the Buccaneers would capture throughout the remainder of the season came in week nine against Lehman. Covington played its best football of the season and the result was a 20-0 shellacking of the Cavaliers for Tisdale’s final win of his career.

Covington closed out the season with a 35-20 loss at the hands of Milton Union to finish 3-7.

1982 BUCCS - 3-7





Twin Valley South




Tipp City




Miami East


Springfield Catholic






Milton Union


Steve Dunn tosses a pass while Dave Sampson blocks.
Todd Owens tries breaking the grasp of a Miami East defender.
The Buccaneer line gets set for a play.