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Chance Setters returns an interception.

The Covington football team continued to raise the bar on Friday with a 70-0 victory over Ansonia, which improves the Buccaneers’ record to 9-0 overall and 8-0 Cross County Conference action.

This sets up a home finale next week as the Buccs look for their third consecutive unbeaten regular season against Arcanum.

“This was an outstanding effort from start to finish,” praised Covington coach Dave Miller. “And I don’t say that lightly. A lot of times in games like this you can easily get sloppy, but our kids kept their focus from start to finish.”

And it was a defensive stand late in the fourth quarter that was the icing on the cake for the Buccaneers.

“They got a nice play on us that got them down inside our ten, but our kids stepped up to the challenge,” Miller said. “And the good thing about that is we had a lot of younger kids in the game. This was a complete team effort from top to bottom.”

An effort that came in all phases of the game as Covington scored on offense, defense and special teams.

And it came against an Ansonia team that is very well coached with kids who have a ton of pride.

“I don’t think we’ve done that all year,” said Miller in regards to scoring in all three phases of the game in one contest. “I’m really pleased with our special teams because we met every one of our team goals.”

After shutting down Ansonia on the opening possession of the game, things got a little interesting on the Buccs’ first offensive snap as an illegal procedure penalty was called on the Buccaneer line for going to a knee on easy, easy. This forced a delay as the rule book was brought out to determine that what Covington was doing was actually within the rules.

Once play resumed, Covington waisted little time to take its opening possession in for the score on a four-yard run by A.J. Ouellette.

In the process, Ouellette broke the school’s single season rushing record, surpassing Gene Studebaker’s 1726 rushing mark set back in 2005.

And Ouellette wasn’t done as he followed a 58-yard touchdown run by Trent Tobias by scoring on a 54-yard punt return to push the Covington lead to 21-0 at the end of one quarter of play.

The Buccaneers then pushed the lead to 42-0 at the break on an 11-yard run by Ouellette, a 24-yard run by Tobias and then a 36-yard interception return by Dylan Owens.

“Defensively, we met a lot of our goals too,” Miller said. “We forced a couple of turnovers and got the touchdown there on the interception return. We had a nice game defensively.”

And while the defense made stops, the offense kept churning out yardage and points as freshman Brandon Magee torched the Tigers for three second half touchdowns on a pair of five-yard runs and an 88-yarder.

Plus, the special teams unit scored as Kyler Deeter blocked a Tiger punt and raced 49 yards for the touchdown.

“Overall, a great win,” Miller closed. “Attitude wise, effort, focus, execution – this was a well rounded performance for us.”

Which raises the bar for next week.

BUCCS – 21 – 21 – 21 – 7 = 70
TIGERS – 0 – 0 – 0 – 0 = 0

COV: AJ Ouellette 4 yard run (Bobby Alexander kick good)
COV: Trent Tobias 58 yard run (Alexander kick good)
COV: AJ Ouellette 54 yard punt return (Alexander kick good:
COV: AJ Ouellette 11 yard run (Alexander kick good)
COV: Trent Tobias 24 yard run (Alexander kick good)
COV: Dylan Owens 36 yard Int return (Alexander kick good)
COV: Brandon Magee 5 yard run (Alexander kick good)
COV: Kyler Deeter 49 yard punt block return (Alexander kick good)
COV: Brandon Magee 5 yard run (Alexander kick good)
COV: Brandon Magee 88 yard run (Alexander kick good)

POINTED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION…is where Covington coach Dave Miller has his Buccaneers headed with one game left in the regular season.
A.J. Ouellette used a crushing block by Brian Olson (in background) on a 54-yard punt return.