NOVEMBER 1, 2013 – COVINGTON
It was an emotional night in every way for the Covington Buccaneers and a special senior class.
First, the seniors honored classmate Austin Miller, who was taken from them far too young in fifth grade, by escorting his parents across the field for senior night.
Then the seniors led the way in a 49-6 victory over Ansonia, a win that capped a career record of 40-0 in the regular season – only the second group of senior to accomplish that mark in school history.
“The seniors went out the right way,” said an emotional Covington coach, Dave Miller. “That’s a great group of kids. We’ve had some great classes since I’ve been here, but this group is special. It’s so much fun coaching these kids.”
Prior to the game Miller invited the seniors from the 2003 football team into the locker room, which was the first class to finish 40-0 in the regular season.
“A lot of emotion,” Miller explained. “Having the 2003 group in there was special and I think our kids felt that.”
And Covington took the motion to the football field, scoring on its first two possessions for a 14-0 first quarter lead.
After turning the ball over via fumble on its third possession inside the Tiger 20, Covington’s defense held and then A.J. Ouellette pushed the lead to 21-0 with a 38-yard scoring run.
Ansonia then took advantage of four Buccaneer penalties on its next drive and capped the effort with a five-yard run by Jordan Newman to cut the deficit to 21-6.
“We did some nice things tonight, but we also made a lot of mistakes,” Miller said. “The penalties and putting the ball on the ground are two things we definitely have to address.”
After a much deserved tongue lashing on the sideline the Buccs waisted little time gaining the momentum back as Ouellette took the first play from scrimmage 45 yards to the end zone on a run up the middle.
The seniors followed with a three-yard scoring plunge with 12 seconds left in the half to give the Buccs a comfortable 35-6 lead into the locker room.
From there Covington rotated players in and out of the lineup throughout the second half.
The results were the same as senior Bobby Alexander capped two time consuming drives with scoring runs from four yards and one yard out to make the final score 49-6.
The Buccaneers finish the regular season unbeaten at 10-0 for the fourth straight season and look forward to their ninth straight state playoff birth.
“We accomplished our first goal,” said Miller of going 10-0 on the season and capping a 40-0 regular season record for the seniors. “That’s hard to do. Hopefully it leads to a good post season.”
The Buccs will host the first round of the state playoff next Saturday.
SCORE BY QUARTERS:
BUCCS – 14 – 21 – 7 – 7 = 49
TIGERS – 0 – 6 – 0 – 0 = 6
COV: Jared Williams 30-yd run (Ouellette Kick)
COV: A.J. Ouellette 10-yd run (Ouellette Kick
COV: A.J. Ouellette 38-yd run (Ouellette Kick)
ANS: Jordan Newman 5-yd run (Run Failed)
COV: A.J. Ouellette 45-yd run (Ouellette Kick)
COV: A.J. Ouellette 3-yd run (Alexander Kick)
COV: Bobby Alexander 3-yd run (Alexander Kick)
COV: Bobby Alexander 1-yd run (Alexander Kick)