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YEAR WIN LOSS TIE
1967 3 6 0
1968 10 0 0
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1967 COVINGTON BUCCANEERS
Despite their 3-6 record under new coach Larrie Tisdale, the Buccaneers showed promise for the future.
1967 BUCCS – 3-6
OPPONENT
W/L
Tipp City
12-28
Bradford
22-8
Northwestern
0-14
Greenon
6-12
Shawnee
0-16
Tecumseh
12-16
Miami East
14-8
Northeastern
22-16
Graham
6-12

Losing football seasons are a rarity in Covington. As a matter of fact, since the opening season of the modern era of Covington football in 1947, a Buccaneer team failed to record a winning season just twice.

The first was in 1947 when the Buccs recorded a 2-6 record. The second time Covington finished below .500 was in 1956 with a 2-6-1 record.

The 1967 Buccaneers are just the third team to finish without a winning record at 3-6.

But, their are some contributing factors which directly relate to the win/loss column.

The Buccaneers had to reload after four successful seasons under Tom Steele. The majority of the players contributing to those wins are gone and new faces emerged this season. Another factor was a new system was established under new coach Larrie Tisdale.

Considering the turnover in players, a new system to learn, and the brutal Mad River Valley League schedule, the season was more of a success then the record indicates.

Of the six defeats, Covington was competitive in each contest. The largest margin of defeat was 16 points; to Tipp City, 28-12 and Springfield Shawnee, 16-0. Also, in three of the losses the Buccs were within one score of gaining victory.

The Buccs did record some big wins as they defeated Miami East 14-8, and Northeastern, 22-16. Perhaps the biggest win of the season came against rival Bradford as Covington cruised to a 22-8 win.

Considering how competitive the Buccaneers were throughout the season and the way they improved as the season progressed, the outlook for 1968 looks bright. Gone will be nine seniors, but a solid nucleus of talented players return. Plus, there will be some familiarity with the new system implemented by coach Tisdale.

(Images obtained from the 1968 Covington High School Yearbook.)

1967 Covington Buccaneers: Row 1- Tim Stambaugh, Fred Kenworthy, Allan Forsythe, Buddy Clark, Dwight Garber, Dave Sweigart, Bill Zimmerman, Jack Whitman, Mike Lavey, Mike Manson, Rex Huffman, Steve Sampson, Ed Hartley, Rick Sirch, Allan Wills, Rick Frantz. Row 2 - Head Coach Larrie Tisdale, Keith Warner, Steve Dull, Bill Rudy, Paul Kenworthy, Terry Hecker, Brad Barker, Jim Stengel, Chuck Winkle, Mike Robinett, Ron Lamb, Tim Feeser, Rick Iddings, Steve Hudson, Ron Apwisch, Coach Stockland. Row 3 - Coach Bollenbacher, Bob Craves, Dave Longenecker, Ed Shilt, Chuck Deal, Jerry Longendelpher, Mark Smith, Gary Meyer, Joe Rudy, LeLand Carney, Herb Stevenson, Bob Homan, Bill Apple, John Weikert, Manager Ken Stambaugh.
1967 Covington Seniors: Kneeling: Rick Iddings, Jim Stengel, Steve Hudson, Chuck Winkle. Standing: Paul Kenworthy, Joe Rudy, Bob Homan, Chuck Deal, Tim Feeser.
Chuck Deal fights for extra yardage while Joe Rudy prepares to block.
The Buccaneer defense swarms a Greenon runner.