1998 COVINGTON BUCCANEERS
After recording a modest 6-4 recorded, the Buccs are looking to get back on track next season with plenty of talent coming back.
After the first two game of the 1998 season one would have thought the Buccs were world beaters. They destroyed Miami East 45-0 and National Trail 22-8 and appeared to be well on their way to getting back to the playoffs after falling short last season.
But, two weeks doesn’t make a season and reality sunk in after the Buccs fell to Tri-County North 18-0. Covington’s youth and inexperience showed as the Panthers thoroughly dominated on both sides of the ball for a shutout victory.
Covington showed resilience and determination as the won their next three games by the combined score of 127-10.
First, Covington destroyed Bethel 48-0. Then came a 55-0 trouncing over Mississinawa Valley. Arcanum managed to score 10 points on the Buccs, but still fell 28-10.
After the three-game winning streak, expectations were high once again. Especially considering they were 5-1 and three of those wins were shutouts.
Unfortunately the Buccs struggled over their last four games the same way they did last season. Three losses in a row put Covington in a hole.
The Buccs began their losing skid with a 24-14 loss to Twin Valley South.
The next week, Covington missed out on some golden opportunities and came up short to Ansonia, 8-7.
The most painful loss came to Cedarville as the Indians recorded a 28-0 shutout over the Buccs to drop their record to 5-4 with one game to play.
The Buccs could have folded up the tent and packed it in but they bounced back to finish the season strong with a 31-17 win over Bradford.
Coach Riley’s Buccs finished with 6 wins and 4 losses.