The expectations for the 1987 Buccaneers were high considering twelve seniors and three juniors who lettered returned to the squad from a year ago.
The expectations were even higher after a 7-0 win over Bradford to open the season. The Buccs earned a spot in the state rankings and appeared to be well on their way to a successful season.
Unfortunately for the Buccs the wheels fell off the following week. Covington blew a halftime lead to Twin Valley South and fell 22-20. Arcanum then handed the Buccs an embarrasing 29-3 defeat.
Covington rebounded the following week with a thrilling 10-7 victory over Milton Union.
Looking to maintain their momentum, Covington ran into a powerful Tipp City team and was trounced 48-8.
This loss sent the Buccs into a tailspin as they scored only 14 points in dropping their next four games to Marion Local 27-7, Miami East 21-7, Springfield Catholicx 28-0, and Versailles 41-0.
Showing character, the Buccaneers closed out the season with a 6-2 win over Lehman to finish at 3-7 on the season.
Lost to graduation are twelve seniors; Heath Finfrock, Randy Hartmen, David White, Tony Iddings, Brian Looker, Ray Burton, Steve Sink, Mike Reed, Shawn Lear, Tim Fitzpatrick, Jarrod Boehringer, and Tab Brinkman.
1987 Covington Buccaneers:
Ray Burton, Heath Finfrock, Tab Brinkman, Jarrod Boehringer, David White, Shawn Lear, Mike Reed, Tony Iddings, Tim Fitzpatrick, Brian Looker, Randy Hartman, Steve Sink, Gary Kesler, Hans Stocker, Mark Hagan, Andy Angle, Doug Dilley, David Glenn, Scott Robbins, Rob Anspaugh, Jeff gariety, Josh Burns, Doug Hartman, Rob Baker, Scott Ponchillia, Andy Whiteman, Shawn Baker, Chris Dilley, Dan White, Chris Clark, Chad Robinson, Jamie Rose, Jason lyle, Xan Reck, Chris Lambert, Bob Sellman, Dusty Stump, Craig Childs, Eric Brumbaugh.
Coaches: Charlie Burgbacher, Tom Barbee, Jerry Shaw, and Jack Schwamberger.
(Images obtained from the 1988 Covington High School Yearbook.)