COVINGTON – It’s been a trying week for everyone at Covington High School, and even more so for the Buccaneer football team.
Junior lineman, John Starry tragically lost his life on August 26th after battling injuries sustained in an unfortunate automobile accident a week before.
On the back of the Buccs bench for the rest of the season will be a number 65 jersey with John Starry’s name on the back. The Buccs will also wear a sticker of number 65 on their helmets and they have dedicated their season to him.
Prior to the game the Buccs gathered at midfield, held hands and released a single balloon with number 65 towards the sky. As it slowly floated away the players walked slowly to the sideline with tears in their eyes.
As the Buccs poured it on a hapless National Trail team the Buccs seemed to draw inspiration from each other.
Each touchdown they scored they stopped in the end zone and pointed to the sky. After each salute they celebrated with each other in the end zone and you could hear them shout out John Starry’s name.
National Trail never stood a chance. They were playing a team that was playing above their capabilities.
The Buccs were playing for something other than a typical win.
They were playing for John.
The Buccs jumped all over National Trail in the first quarter as Clint Mohler hauled in a perfect Dusty Blythe pass from 33 yards out.
Mike Cope then broke loose from 55 yards out and there was no looking back for the Buccs.
Junior running back, Josh Burelison scored three touchdowns on runs of 14, 56 and 65 yards as the Buccs demolished National Trail, 45-0.
Covington improves to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the CCC with the win. The Buccs travel to face unbeaten Tri-County North next Friday.