1991 COVINGTON BUCCANEERS
The Covington Buccaneers have now recorded three straight 1-9 seasons, making supporters wonder when things will turn around.
The past three season have been, without a doubt, the most frustrating era of Covington football. Only three wins in 30 games has drastically affected the attendance and left the Buccaneer faithful wondering when things will be turned around.
Covington dropped its first six games of the season by the combined score of 27 to 110, including three shutout losses at the hands of Bradford, 12-0; Tri-County North, 35-0; and Arcanum, 21-0.
But, the Buccs did have a chance to win three of those games as they held tough against National Trail, 15-13; Bethel, 7-6; and Mississinawa Valley, 21-8.
In the loss to Mississinawa Valley, Covington led the Blackhawks in every statistical category, but couldn’t convert enough points for the win.
The Buccs’ lone win came in week seven against Lakeside Danbury, 12-8.
Unfortunately, the 12 points Covington scored against Lakeside was the last points they would score over the remainder of the season as the last three games were shutout losses.
Second year coach Dave Tobias has been stressing tradition, leadership, and cohesiveness as indicated by his comments in the 1992 yearbook:
“The 1991 football campaign is hard to summarize. The Buccs were faced with many problems, namely injuries, this season. During the season the defense played well, getting recognition in newspapers with their statistical marks. Pass defense was ranked either first or second most of the season allowing 74 yards per game. Rushing defense finished tenth in the area allowing 175 yards per game. However, the Buccs defense yielded a respectable 134 yards per game throughout the first seven contests.
Offensively, the Buccs didn’t fare well. Their biggest game did occur against a then undefeated Mississinawa Valley team. The Buccs rolled up impressive stats, beating the Blackhawks in all but one category – scoring.
So what lies in the future for Buccaneer football? Team speed was missed dearly on offense, but I believe that “Team” concept and leadership are ingredients lacking even more. The players that pal around tggether, play well together, and you don’t see football players in the off-season playing pick-up games or even throwing the football back-and-forth. Yes, it does take eleven players working together, not five or seven, but eleven athletes working cohesively as a unit toward one goal – re-establishing Buccaneer Pride and Tradition. Hey, football players…What have you done lately?”
– Coach Tobias
For the Buccs to turn things around, the players have to buy into Tobias’ philosophy of working together toward one goal. Tobias knows. He’s been there.
A TRAGIC LOSS
Winning or losing sporting competitions is one thing, but losing a classmate, teammate, brother and son is way more heartbreaking. Covington lost Pat Kittle, a senior on the 1991 football team, in an automobile accident caused by a drunk driver in another vehicle. The accident also took the lives of three other Covington students who will never be forgotten by those who were blessed to know them.
DR. GIROUARD TRIBUTE
The Covington community lost long-time supporter Dr. Robert L. Girouard,. A tow doctor, Dr. Girouard often volunteered his time to help Covington athletes by given them physicals and spent much of his free time attending sporting events. Not only did he help student/athletes with his time, Dr. Girouard was always very giving in regards to donating money to help Covington athletics excel.