The 1989 Buccaneers ended the decade on the 1980s with a frustrating 1-9 record.

1989 Covington Buccaneers: Row 1 - Manager, Joe Boyer, Shawn Baker, Jason Lyle, Joe Layman, Alexander Reck, Chris Clark, Jamie Rose, Andy Whiteman, Bob Sellman, Dusty Stump, Manager Scott Ponchilla. Row 2 - Eric Vanderhorst, Jason Sommer, Todd Burkett, Mike Kesler, Matt Locke, Matt Good, Jeff Keller, Brad Cecil, Dan White, Chris Dilley, Craig Childs, Gary Smith, Josh Long, Mike Gray, Assistant Coach Doug Swartz. Row 3 - Assistant Coach Steve Dunn, Assistant Coach Dave Tobis, Jon Wagner, Greg VanDeGrift, Corey Turner, Brad Weer, Chris Saunders, Darrell Hite, Pat Kittle, Rob Jacquemin, John Schilling, Jeremy Laughman, Chad Westfall, Assistant Coach Tom Barbee, Head Coach John Graher.
John Graher

The 1989 Covington Buccaneers, under new head coach John Graher, found themselves in an unfamiliar position…last place in the league standings.

For the first time in school history the Buccaneers finished with a dismal 1-9 record. Never before has a Covington team struggled as much throughout the season.

The Buccaneer faithful has to go back as far as 1956 when Covington recorded a 2-6-1 record to find a season with as much frustration.

Covington began the season with an 8-6 loss to rival Bradford. It was only the sixth time in school history the Buccaneers have lost to the Railroaders.

The Buccs’ only victory of the season came the following week as they shut out Twin Valley South 19-0.

The rest of the season found the Buccs struggling with consistency as they dropped eight straight games, including seven to conference opponents.

In the streak Covington failed to score in three of those contests and allowed 30 or more points in five contests.

The Buccaneers fielded nine seniors: Joe Layman, Jason Lyle, Chris Clark, Jamie Rose, Dusty Stump, Bob Sellman, Andy Whiteman, Alexander Reck, and Shawn Baker.

Receiving post-season awards were: Chris Clark, Mr. Football; Bob Sellman, Offensive Back; Jamie Rose, Lineman of the Year; and Jason Lyle, Coaches Award. Chris Clark was named 1st Team Defensive Line in the SRC, while Jamie Rose, Jason Lyle, and Bob Sellman were named Honorable Mention All League.

1989 BUCCS - 1-9





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Seniors: Top Row - Joe Layman, Jason Lyle, Chris Clark, Jamie Rose, Dusty Stump. Bottom Row: Bob Sellman, Andy Whiteman, Alexander Reck, and Shawn Baker.
Letterman: Row 1 - Bob Sellman, Andy Whiteman, Alexander Reck, Dan White. Row 2 - Jason Lyle, Chris Dilley, Chris Clark, Jamie Rose, Dusty Stump.
Coaches: Steve Dunn, Dave Tobias, Head Coach John Graher, Tom Barbee, Doug Swartz.
The Buccaneers practice in the snow.
Covington's Chris Dilley #81 runs in the open field against Lehman.
John Graher talks to the players during a timeout.