ANSONIA – The Buccs have had a bitter taste in their mouths for over a year. Whenever someone mentioned Ansonia, one though came to mind…two yards short.
That’s how close the Buccs came to sending last year’s playoff game against the Tigers into overtime as time expired. Ansonia was able to stop the Buccs short of a touchdown and knock the Buccs out of the playoffs with a 14-7 defeat on their home field.
One year later, Covington didn’t forget.
The two top teams in the CCC played on of all days, “Friday the 13th”. There wasn’t any bloodshed but there was a massacre and Ansonia was on the receiving end 31-7.
For the exception of one big return on special teams, the Buccs totally dominated Ansonia in all phases of the game.
On offense, the Buccs gained 262 yards rushing, more than doubling Ansonia’s output of 105 yards on the ground.
The Buccs defense also outscored the Ansonia offense 7 to 0 on Mike Cope’s 54-yard third quarter interception return for a touchdown.
The victory was a sense of revenge for the Buccs considering Ansonia knocked the Buccs out of the playoffs in last year’s dramatic 14-7 victory in Covington when the Buccs failed to score from inside Ansonia’s two with seconds left in the game.
Next for the 8-0 Buccaneers is a third straight road game at Cedarville and the season grudge match in Covington against Bradford.
A win over Bradford will lock up the CCC title for good and should send the Buccs to the playoffs for the second straight year.
Maybe Ansonia will be waiting.