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2006 BUCCS SCHEDULE
DATE OPP H/A W/L
8/12 Eaton (S) A --
8/18 Versailles (S) A --
8/25 New Bremen H 35-22
9/1 TC North A 36-32
9/8 Miami East H 42-7
9/15 TV South A 42-21
9/22 Nat. Trail H 49-0
9/29 Ansonia A 22-6
10/6 Arcanum H 35-7
10/13 Miss. Valley A 39-13
10/20 Bethel (PN) H 41-20
10/27 Bradford A 43-0
11/3 Marion Local H 20-41
2006 CCC STANDINGS
TEAM CCC ALL
COVINGTON 9-0 10-0
TRI-COUNTY NORTH 8-1 9-1
BETHEL 6-3 7-3
ARCANUM 6-3 6-4
ANSONIA 6-3 6-4
BRADFORD 3-6 4-6
MIAMI EAST 3-6 3-7
MISSISSINAWA 2-7 2-8
TV SOUTH 2-7 2-8
NATIONAL TRAIL 0-9 0-10
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We'll Never See Another Gene...
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Five Buccs Earn All-Ohio honors...
RECAP OF 2006 SEASON...
Kevin Finfrock (34-9-0)
YEAR WIN LOSS TIE
2003 10 1 0
2004 5 5 0
2005 9 2 0
2006 10 1 0
2006 SEASON IN REVIEW...
Led by a talented senior class, the 2006 Buccaneers claimed an AP Poll Championship after a perfect 10-0 regular season.
Gene Studebaker was a 1st team All-Ohio selection for the second straight year.
After a record-breaking season, Seth Mohler was named 2nd team All-Ohio.
After the Covington's season ended in the first round of the state playoffs, a Buccaneer fan stated, "It seems like the road to the state championship always goes through Covington".

Well, at least three out of the last four years it has.

The Covington Buccaneers have had the misfortune of facing the eventual state champion or state runner-up in the opening round of the state playoffs in three out of the last four seasons...all three times at Smith Field.

After last season's loss to Delphos St. John's, who ultimately shut out its opponent in the state championship game, the Buccs were excited when they found out Marion Local was the first round opponent this year.

That may sound odd considering the reputation of the MAC, who has won state title after state title, but the Buccs knew if they could beat the Flyers they would have a solid chance of reaching the ultimate goal...winning a state championship.

The Buccaneers gave Marion Local all it could handle, only to fall short in a game that was much closer than the 41-20 score indicated. Covington only trailed 15-14 at the half and 27-20 after three quarters before two late touchdowns by Marion Local put the game out of reach.

A few plays here and there that didn't go the Buccs' way may have made the difference, in particular two apparent fumbles recoveries and a controversial interception.

Marion Local breezed through the remaining competition, defeating Springfield Central Catholic 49-20, Mechanicsburg 14-0, Norwalk St. Paul 47-6 and Shadyside 17-0 for the state championship. The fact Covington gave Marion Local perhaps its toughest game in the playoffs only validates the Buccaneers' status as one of the top teams in Division 6 football.

The Buccaneers reached the state playoffs after recording an unbeaten 10-0 regular season, an accomplishment considered virtually impossible prior to the season.

Conventional wisdom indicated a 7-3 or 8-2 record would be a solid season for the Buccs considering the significant losses to graduation from a year ago.

Although the Buccs returned a talented group of skill players, they had to fill holes on both the offensive and defensive lines.

Through hard work and a belief in themselves, the Buccaneer offense and defensive lines consisting of Bryant Hale, Jordy Burelison, Tom Sampson, Tyler Kanet, J.J. Thompson, Logan Hall and Jake Wise gelled as the season progressed.

This made for numerous highlights, but none bigger than the 19-point second half comeback against Tri-County North.

Trailing 26-7 midway through the fourth quarter, All-State quarterback Gene Studebaker led the Buccs back with a 58-yard touchdown run and three touchdown passes to Seth Mohler, a second-team All-State selection. The final touchdown came with just 8 second left on the clock as the Buccs pulled out a 36-32 win.

It was the closest game Covington had throughout the regular season as the remaining opponents never came within 13 points of the Buccs.

Covington's potent offense scored over 40 points in five games and were held to under 30 points just once during the regular season.

For their efforts throughout the regular season, the Buccs were chosen as Associated Press Poll Champions in Division VI. The only two other Covington teams to earn such recognition came in 1960 and 1973.

The success the 2006 Buccaneers had on the field also resulted in five players earning All-Ohio recognition as Gene Studebaker was a first-team selection for the second straight season.

Seth Mohler was named to the second-team, while Bryant Hale, Drew Craft and Jordy Burelison all made Honorable Mention.

The awards and recognition the Buccaneer players received was richly deserved due to the work they put in to achieve them.

The saying in the weight room..."Hard Work is Always Rewarded"...is what describes the 2006 Buccaneers.

Hopefully, it will lead to a state championship in the future.