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YEAR WIN LOSS TIE
2003 10 1 0
2004 5 5 0
2005 9 2 0
2006 10 1 0
SENIORS SET UNBREAKABLE RECORD...
The senior class finished their high school careers with an unbeaten regular season record, 40-0.
Senior, TJ Warner was a three-year starter for the Buccs.
2003 BUCCS – 10-1
DATE
OPPONENT
W/L
8/22
@Miami East
8/29
@Anna
9/5
TV South
9/12
@Nat. Trail
9/19
Ansonia
9/26
@ Arcanum
10/3
Miss. Valley
10/10
@ Bethel
10/17
Bradford
10/24
TC North
11/1
Marion Local
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2003 CCC STANDINGS
TEAM
CCC
ALL
COVINGTON
9-0
10-0
ANNA
8-1
9-1
ARCANUM
7-2
8-2
TC NORTH
5-4
6-4
BETHEL
5-4
5-5
ANSONIA
4-5
4-6
MISSISSINAWA
3-6
4-6
NATIONAL TRAIL
2-7
2-8
BRADFORD
2-7
2-8
TV SOUTH
0-9
0-10
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After last years 39-1 senior class moved on with their lives, the immediate question that came up was..."could this senior class go 40-0?".

Although everyone's heart said "yes", conventional wisdom said, "probably not".

After all, the loss of nine seniors (two who went on to play college football) seemed to be too much to overcome. Many thought this was the year the Buccs could be taken. Numerous positions were in the hands of unproven players and to top it off, a switch at the head coaching position also took place, a transition that was anything but smooth.

In early April the Covington school board turned down Finfrock in his quest to take over the Buccs' head coaching job. The decision caused a stir in the community and among the returning football players. A few weeks later the board called an emergency meeting to revisit the issue. Thanks to the persuasion of the team and the community, the board voted 5-0 for Finfrock.

"The support I received there tonight will stay with me as long as I'm coaching at Covington," said Finfrock at the time. "It means a lot to me to know that the kids and the parents are behind me. This is a great day for me and I owe it all to them."

Although nobody probably thought about it at the time, that event probably set the tone for the 2003 season. Almost the entire team showed up in support of their coach and the results not only persuaded the board, but it brought the team closer together.

As the team prepared for the 2003 season it was clear this team was a close group. Although they may not have appeared to be as talented individually as in years past, they were making up for it with hard work and pushing each other to get better. Through July and August this team worked harder than in years past and the results were soon to be seen by those who doubted whether this team could become the first Buccaneer team to go 10-0 in four straight years.

After two scrimmages against Eaton and Versailles, the Buccs were primed to make their run at history. Miami East was first on the hit list and the Buccs didn't disappoint. Matt McCord returned the opening kick-off 80 yards as the Buccs routed the Vikings 34-0. McCord also put to sleep the doubts about the running back position by gaining 127 yards and scoring 4 times.

In the minds of many people, week two was suppose to be the game where the Buccs would fall. Anna awaited after winning their first game over New Bremen. In a downpour, the Buccs racked up 304 yards of offense and received big games from McCord and Dusty Rhoades. The result was a 38-6 destruction of the Rockets and a new sense of optimism from doubters.

The next three weeks was easy going for the Buccs as they outscored Twin Valley South, National Trail and Ansonia by a combined score of 160-6. Brady Reck broke a school record with 257 yards passing against Ansonia and the Buccaneer offense was on a roll. Five games into the season the Buccs stood at 5-0 and questions about their defense were answered after only surrendering 12 points through the halfway point of the season.

Arcanum was next for the Buccs as both teams entered week six unbeaten. The winner had the inside track on the conference title and the loser fell to the rest of the pack. In a two-day affair, the Buccs dominated the Trojans for a 21-0 victory. Brady Reck threw for 256 yards and 2 touchdowns. To top it off, all doubts of whether the Buccs' senior class could pull off the unthinkable of a 40-0 record became the thinkable.

The Buccs kept rolling through week seven and eight with big wins over Mississinawa Valley (48-8) and Bethel (48-14). McCord also continued his record-breaking season with a 286 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Bees.

Bradford came to town in week nine as the Buccs honored the 1973 state championship team. In front of the past Buccaneer greats, Brady Reck and Ross Mohler had a field day. Reck threw for 243 yards and connected with Mohler on a 52-yard scoring strike to push the Buccs within one game of their goal.

The final hurdle for a 40-0 career for the senior class came on October 24 on Covington's Smith Field. Tri-County North came to town and with them was a 2,000-yard rusher in Eric Wright. In their most memorable game of the season, the Buccaneer defense held Wright to a season low 124 yards, while Matt McCord broke the single game rushing record with 334 yards. McCord also scored his 28th touchdown, another school record. When the dust settled from the 2003 season, the scoreboard read 40-18 in favor of the Buccs and a 40-0 regular season record for the senior class.

As the seniors from the 2003 Covington Buccaneers look back on their careers at Covington, they will always see the 40-0 record, which can never be topped, and know they did it together despite the odds.

School Individual Records from 2003:
Most rushing yards in a season
Matt McCord – 1630
Most rushing yards in a game
Matt McCord – 334 vs Tri-County North
Most touchdowns scored in a season
Matt McCord – 28
Most 200-yards rushing games in a season
Matt McCord – 3
Most passing yards in a season
Brady Reck – 1883
Most passing attempts in a season
Brady Reck – 236
Most passing completions in a season
Brady Reck – 107
Most passing yards in a game
Brady Reck – 257 vs Ansonia
Most passing attempts in a game
Brady Reck – 34 vs Marion Local
Most 250-yard passing games in a season
Brady Reck – 2
Most receptions in a season
Ross Mohler – 49
Most receiving yards in a season
Ross Mohler – 948
Most touchdown receptions in a season
Ross Mohler – 12
Most receptions in a game
Ross Mohler – 9 vs Marion Local
Most field goals in a season
Matt Fulks – 6
Longest field goal
Matt Fulks – 40 yards vs Tri-County North
Most Interceptions in a season
Ross Mohler – 7 (Tied Brad Boothe '98)
Most touchdown passes in a season
Brady Reck – 22

School Team Records in 2003:
Most passing yards in a season
1883
Most passing attempts in a season
237
Most passing yards in a game
257 vs Ansonia
Fewest rushing yards allowed in a game
-7 vs Miami East