1988 COVINGTON BUCCANEERS
Led by twelve seniors, the 1988 Buccaneers started the season with three straight wins, but couldn’t maintain the momentum and finished at 5-5.
Through three games of the 1988 season the Buccaneers had outscored their opponents 56-6 and appeared well on their way to a memorable season. Unfortunately, Covington only managed to win two of the final seven games of the season and finished with a modest record of 5-5.
The season was an improvement over last year, however.
The Buccs had to replace twelve seniors from a year ago and expectations from those not close to the program were not high entering the season.
The Buccaneers opened the season with a 7-0 win over rival Bradford, who came in with high expectations for a successful season.
Covington the recorded its second straight shutout with a 21-0 win over Twin Valley South. Another win took place over Arcanum, 28-6, and suddenly the Buccs were 3-0.
Seniors Hans Stocker and Corey Smith were the spark plug that got the Buccs off to a quick start. Stocker moved from playing quarterback a year ago to halfback. Teaming with Smith in the backfield, Covington’s running game appeared to be unstoppable in the first three games of the season.
But, the SRC schedule shortly arrived and Covington couldn’t match the level of play they established early on.
The Buccs lost five of six games and only managed 3 points in those losses. Four of the defeats were shutouts.
The lone win in the losing skid was a thrilling 17-14 win over Tipp City.
With the threat of a second straight losing season a strong possibility heading into the final week of the season, the Buccs put it all together and shocked Sidney Lehman, 14-13.
Despite the 5-5 record, Covington had significant talent on its roster. It (the record) may be a sign of the times as most of the schools in the SRC are becoming larger in terms of enrollment, while Covington has maintained the status quo.
Next season appears to be another challenge as the Buccs’ coaching staff will have to find a way to improve while replacing twelve seniors.
It may be a task too large for any staff.
The Buccaneers lost long-time fan and supporter, Dick Minnich. Dick was an outstanding member of the Bucc Boosters and the cameraman for football and basketball for many, many years. He was also a very dedicated volunteer within the Covington community, which led to a street being names after him within the city limited – a street called DICK MINNICH DRIVE.