As the 1984 football season began, the Buccaneer faithful was cautiously optimistic of their chances for a shot at the SRC title. But, the realization of only six seniors was enough to convince those with such high expectations that the Buccs are likely a year away.
Despite playing with a fairly young team, the Buccs managed to accumulate a 4-4-2 record.
The overall record, although modest, saw many close games. Of Covington's four losses, none were by more than 7 points.
As a matter of fact, the Buccs lost all four games by a combined 14 points.
The young Buccs opened the season with a 0-0 tie to rival Bradford. The tie was more of a win for Covington as Bradford has taken the last two meetings via shutout.
In week two Covington gained its first win, 26-14 over Twin Valley South.
After a 6-0 loss to Arcanum, the Buccs ran off three straight wins to improve to 4-1-1 on the season. The wins came over Milton Union, 14-7; Tipp City 14-0; and Graham, 28-6.
Three of the final four games were losses, but each contest was a dog fight to the end.
First, Miami East handed Covington a 7-6 loss. Then Springfield Catholic Central snatch a victory from the Buccs with a 25-21 win.
Against Versailles, a perennial league power, the Buccs held more than their own and tied the game 7-7 on a halfback pass to quarterback Matt Pond.
In the season finale Covington had a potential victory taken from them as Lehman escaped with a 3-point win, 17-14.
Despite the record, the 1984 Buccaneers showed they have what it takes to challenge the upper echelon of the league. Will that translate into more wins in 1985? Only time will tell.
The Buccs lose the service of six seniors: Dennis Ingle, Bill Wise, Rick looker, Nate Etter, and Scott McDade.
(Images obtained from the 1985 Covington High School Yearbook.)