November 29, 2006 COVINGTON
|After a record-breaking season, Seth Mohler was named 2nd team All-Ohio.
To say the 2006 Covington Buccaneers had a successful and memorable season would be an understatement. After all, prior to the season conventional wisdom indicated a 7-3 or 8-2 record would be very respectable.
"Outside the locker room, people felt if we finished 7-3 or 8-2 it would be a good year for us," said Covington coach Kevin Finfrock at the awards banquet recently. "Everyone thought we lost too much talent from last year (2005) to be successful. But these kids believed in themselves and work hard. That's why we had a great season."
The Buccaneers exceeded expectations by rolling to a 10-0 regular season record and capturing the Cross County Conference title.
Covington then gave Marion Local, a team who will be playing for the state championship of Friday, all it could handle before falling in the playoffs.
Because of the performance throughout the season, numerous players earned post-season recognition.
Gene Studebaker (Senior)...
The Buccaneer quarterback earned 1st team All-Ohio honors after rushing for 1447 yards and passing for 1408 more. He also was named Southwest District Offensive Player of the Year and Back of the Year in the Cross County Conference. The 6'3", 210 pound quarterback rand for 18 touchdowns and threw for 16 scores and finished his high school career with 7,197 all-purpose yards as well as the schools all-time leading rusher with 4,150 yards. Studebaker also scored an amazing 88 touchdowns in 38 career games.
The 6'5", 208 pound wide receiver and outside linebacker earned 2nd team All-Ohio recognition after a record-breaking season. He set two school records in receptions (51) and receiving touchdowns (15) and recorded the second best total in receiving yards (940). Mohler was a 1st team Southwest District and named to the Cross County Conference team. Defensively, Mohler recorded 83 tackles, 3 fumble recoveries, 6 caused fumbles, 8 sacks, 3 interceptions and 11 tackles for a loss.
Bryant Hale (Senior)...
Bryant Hale had a breakout year in the trenches for the Buccs, earning Special Mention All-Ohio honors. The 5'10", 245 pound offensive and defensive lineman was also earned 1st team Southwest District and Cross County Conference recognition. Hale recorded 42 total tackles, 3 sacks, and 4 tackles for a loss and helped spearhead one of the most potent offensive attacks in school history.
Drew Craft (Senior)...
The 6'2", 192 pound senior was a Special Mention All-Ohio selection after recording 17 catches for 249 yards and 4 touchdowns from the tight end position. Craft was also a 1st team Southwest District and Cross County Conference selection as well. The senior also had a significant impact on the defensive side of the ball as a defensive end. He recorded 68 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries (1 for a touchdown), 2 sacks, 1 interception, 4 pass break-ups, and 11 tackles for a loss.
Jordy Burelison (Junior)...
The Buccaneers' leading tackler from the linebacker position led to a Special Mention All-Ohio selection. Jordy also earned 1st team Southwest District and Cross County Conference recognition after recording 111.5 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries (1 for a touchdown), 1 sack, 8 bass break-ups, 2 caused fumbles and 6 tackles for a loss.
Corey Patty (Seniors)...
The 6'0", 195 pound running back and linebacker rushed for 1062 yards and 16 touchdowns, which led to a 2nd team selection by the Southwest District and Special Mention in the Cross County Conference. Defensively, Patty recorded 62.5 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, 3 sacks, 1 interception, 1 pass break-up and 5 tackles for a loss.
Tyler Kanet (Senior)...
The 5'6", 242 pound center and defensive lineman earned Honorable Mention recognition in the Cross County Conference. Defensively, Kanet recorded 20 tackles, 1 sack, 1 interception and 3 pass break-ups.
Andy Sparks (Sophomore)...
In his first year as a starter, Sparks earned Honorable Mention recognition the Cross County Conference. The 6'3", 170 pound receiver and defensive back recorded 3 catches for 36 yards and 1 touchdown. Defensively he recorded 51 tackles, 2 fumble recoveries, 2 interceptions, 2 pass break-ups, 1 caused fumble and 3 tackles for a loss.
Head Coach Kevin Finfrock...
The Buccaneer coach was selected as "Coach of the Year" in the Cross County Conference after recording his third conference title in four years. By leading the Buccs to a 10-0 record and a playoff birth, Finfrock improved his career coaching record to 34-9.