1957 Covington Buccaneers: Row 1 - Bill Bitner, manager, Georger Bitner, Gary Carder, Bob Hartley, Doug Sotzing, Rodney Sampson, Tom Carder, Jerry Shields, manager, Coach Blair Irvin. Row 2 - Coach Frank Dunn, Bob Jacquemin, Hugh Alexander, Charlie Yingst, Bill Bentz, Rex Thompson, Keith Thomspon, Ralph Marshall, Jim Sampson, Mike Cotrell, Jerry Sutton, Dana Moreland, Coach Bob Wion. Row 3 - Randy Higgins, Doug Murray, Danny Cotrell, Mike Hart, Jim Cassel, Paul Perrine, Fritz Bader, George Yingst, Doug McCoy, Paul Althoff, Wayne Yarian, David Murray, John Mutzner.
Regaining their winning ways, the Covington Buccaneers captured the Little Buckeye League title this year for the second time in three years. The Buccs had a 4 and 0 league record and an 8-1 season record.
Rodney Sampson, halfback; Doug Sotzing, fullback; Gary Carder, halfback; and Bill Bentz, center; were placed on the offensive Little Buckey League All-Star team; while Mike Cotrell, end; Charlie Yingst, tackle; and Rex Thompson, end; made the defensive team. Receiving honorable mention were Jim Sampson and Bob Hartley.
Fine line play enabled the fleety backs to break away on touchdown jaunts. Rodney Sampson, senior halfback, scored 77 points for the year; Doug Sotzing, senior fullback, scored a total of 50 points. Gary Carder, junior halfback, scored 110 points for a season's total, which made him the high scorer in the league. Bob Hartley, freshman quarterback, scored 19 points; Rex Thompson, senior end, scored one touchdown, and Bob Jacquemin scored one-point-after as touchdown on a pass play.
The Buccs, offensively, scored 264 points in nine games to their opponents' 110 points. In league play the Buccs scored 112 points to their opponents' 71 points.
Concluding a very successful season the coaches, team, and cheerleaders were honored by appearing on television. The seven boys selected for the all-star team attended a Little Buckeye League Banquet, held in Germantown. At this banguet all of the boys were given gold-plated footballs as mementos.
(Images obtained from the 1958 Covington High School Yearbook.)