The 1985 Buccaneers brought back winning football to the days on the dominant teams of the ’60s and ’70s.

1985 COVINGTON BUCCANEERS: Front Row (Left to Right): Bart Weer, Todd Albright, Andy Kenworthy, Mike Hagen, John Boehringer, Matt Pond, Butch Boehringer, Bill Besecker, Scott (Scooter) Williams, Rodney Kimmel, Jim Stickley, Ty Owens. Second Row (Left to Right): Danny Girouard, Chip Brandt, Rich Phillis, Nick Bitner, Dana Taylor, Doug Kihm, Scott Tayler, Brian Olson, Andy Ingle, Rich Seman, Doug Sotzing, Ray Burton, Tim Fitzpatrick, Shawn Lear. Third Row (Left to Right): Mr. Barbee, Jared Boehringer, Brian Looker, Tab Brinkman, Tony Iddings, Steve Sink, Mike Reed, Randy hartman, Hans Stocker, Gary Kessler. Fourth Row (Left to Right): Mr. Huelsman, Ernie Elliott, Doug Dilley, David Glenn, Rob Anspach, Jeff Gariety, Mark Hagen, Scott Robbins, Mr. Burgbacher, Mr. Fisher.
Charlie Burgbacher

Coming into the 1985 season, Buccaneer fans knew the 1985 team would be something special. After all, this senior class dominated since their Little Bucc days. After four mediocre seasons which consisted of 6-3, 3-7, 6-4 and 4-5-1 seasons, the program needed a boost. Third year coach Charlie Burgbacher finally had the talent to make it happen.

Led by a kamikaze group of seniors, the Buccs won their first 8 games. They recorded shutout wins over Bradford, Tipp City, and Mechanicsburg before squeaking by Miami East 19-14. After a 42-6 win over Springfield Catholic, the Buccs suffered a minor setback to Versailles 13-3. They rebounded to close out the regular season with a 55-6 victory over Lehman to qualify for the state playoffs.

The Buccs destroyed Southeastern in the opening round of the playoffs 35-0 to set up a defensive battle with Middletown Fenwick. Played at Welcome Stadium at the University of Dayton, Covington and Middletown Fenwick wasted each other in a defensive battle for the ages. The Buccs won the battle of field position and took home a 3-0 win thanks to the kicking leg of Bill Besecker.

The win over Fenwick came at a cost as the Buccs played battered and bruised in the state semi-finals against Delphos Jefferson. The result was a 32-14 exit from the playoffs and it would be eleven years before the Buccs would get back to the tournament again.

The 1985 team set a Buccaneer record with 11 wins that would stand until the 2000 team broke the record with 12 wins. Coached by Charlie Burgbacher and led by a group of talented seniors the ’85 Buccs claimed the Region 20 Championship and took their place among the best teams in Buccaneer history.

The players who contributed to the 1985 team were: Scott “Scooter” Williams, Butch Boehringer, Bill Besecker, John Boehringer, Matt Pond, Andy Ingle, Brian Olsen, Ty Owens, Jim Stickley, Andy Kenworthy, Rich Phillis, Mike Hagen, Rodney Kimmel, Scott Tyler and Heath Finfrock.

Mr. Intensity…
Charlie Burgbacher had a stare that would intimidate the most arrogant of players. He had an aura about him that made kids believe in his teachings. The results were phenomenal in 1985.

Burgbacher was the braintrust of the 1985 team that won a school record 11 games. Coach Burgbacher walked the Covington sidelines for six seasons and although none of his other teams ever match the success of the 1985 teams, he always got the best he could out of the players he had. He just never had the talent to work with that previous Covington coaches enjoyed.

Coach Burgbacher stepped down as Buccs’ coach after the 1989 season. His career coaching record at Covington stands at 34 wins, 28 losses and 1 tie. Coach Burgbacher currently coaches football at Tipp City.

Senior Butch Boehringer heads the group of four Covington Buccaneers named to post-season All-State honors. Boehringer, a 6-2, 190-pound defensive end,  was selected First-Team Class A All-Ohio on defense by the Associated Press and the United Press International. Senior Matt Pond was name to UPI’s special mention list for backs, while senior Ty Owens and junior Brian Olson made the special mention lists. Pond was a Second-Team selection at defensive back by the Associated Press.

Matt Pond was a standout quarterback and defensive back for the Covington Buccaneers where he helped lead his team to the state semi-finals in 1985. Pond went on to play football collegiately at the United States Naval Academy and the University of Dayton after graduating from Covington High School in 1986. Eventually, Matt returned to Covington to coach varsity basketball from 2012 to 2019.

John Boehringer was the leader of the Covington Buccaneers both emotionally and physically. At center, he spearheaded an offensive ground attack by leading the way for a backfield that ran by committee with quarterback Matt Pond, fullback Ty Owens and the running back duo of Jim Stickley and Rich Phillis. Defensively from his nose guard position, Boehringer wreaked havoc on opposing offenses with his relentless aggression and football ‘nastiness’. Boehringer played the game with intensity and enthusiasm on every snap, which made him a media darling in his playing days as evident by a story published to communicate his passion for the game. | READ THE FULL STORY |






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Middletown Fenwick


Delphos Jefferson

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Coaches: Steve Fisher, Bob Huelsman, Charlie Burgbacher, Tom Barbee.
SENIORS AND COACHES: (Kneeling (L-R) - Tom Barbee, Matt Pond, Butch Boehringer, Bill Besecker, Scott “Scooter” Williams, John Boehringer, Steve Fisher. (Standing (L-R) - Bob Huelsman, Mike Hagan, Ty Owens, Jim Stickley, Andy Kenworthy, (Manager) Boomer Longendelpher. Head Coach Charlie Burgbacher. (Not Pictured: Rodney Kimmel)
Head coach Charlie Burgbacher is congratulated after a win.
RETURNING LETTERMEN: Front Row (Left to Right): Ty Owens, Jim Stickley, Andy Kenworthy, Rich Phillis, Mike Hagen, Scott Tayler. Second Row (Left to Right): Scott (Scooter) Williams, Butch Boehringer, Bill Besecker, John Boehringer, Matt Pond, Andy Ingle, Brian Olson.
The Buccaneer Backfield: Quarterback Matt Pond #13, Fullback Ty Owens #37, Halfback Rich Phillis #33 and Halfback Jim Stickley #28.
Buccaneer Defensive: Mike Hagan (55), Brian Olson (66), Andy Kenworthy (74), John Boehringer (50), Andy Ingle (67), Butch Boehringer (81) along with inside linebackers Scot Taylor (45) and Ty Owens (37).
Covington front wall consists of Mike Hagan (55), Scott Taylor (45), Brian Olson (66), Andy Kenworthy (74), John Boehringer (50), Andy Ingle (67) and Butch Boehringer (81).
Quarterback Matt Pond does a juggling act.
Juniors Rich Phillis (33) and Scott Taylor (45) are key components of Covington’s ballhawking defense.