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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
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10/6 Arcanum H 35-7
10/13 Miss. Valley A 39-13
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10/27 Bradford A 43-0
11/3 Marion Local H 20-41
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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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'06 COVINGTON BUCCANEERS
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Versailles Scrimmage
Gene Studebaker
It's Time To Perform
We'll Never See Another Gene...
Coach Swartz...Hall of Fame
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
A WHOLE NEW FOCUS...
After a lifetime of adversity, Gene Studebaker has something to shoot for...an opportunity at the college level.
Studebaker has amazed Covington fans over the past three years with his speed and athletic ability.
After each touchdown, Studebaker points to the sky in honor of his mother.
Gene wears an this arm band on his arm during every game.
Gene Studebaker had a season for the ages in 2005 by breaking all sorts of records and leading the Covington Buccaneers back to the state playoffs after a one-year absence. His performance from a year ago fulfilled the high expectations of those who labeled him a star since he was knee high to a grasshopper.

Due to his performance, he has received numerous letters from colleges for his talents as a football player.

The attention he has received is well deserved and hopefully it leads to a future opportunity for a unique young man who has overcome more adversity in 17 years than many people overcome in a lifetime.

As a young elementary student, Gene was your typical small town kid playing baseball and being introduced to the game of football in the Little Buccs program. Even then, he displayed God-given athletic ability, which led to the high expectations from those who saw him play.

"Gene was a phenom," said Jay Meyer recently. "You could tell he was a gifted athlete when he was younger. I saw him play as a little kid and he was just head and shoulders above everyone else. I knew people would put high expectations on him because, let's face it, he was amazing."

Yes, life was good for the youngster whose future was a bright as ever.

But, unfortunately Gene's world came crashing down in no time. He was faced with the most devastating blow that could ever happen to a nine-year-old kid as his mother came down with cancer and was taken from him before he even understood the meaning of life.

"I was nine and I didn't understand anything," said Gene in reflection to his memories of his mother. "My mom was everything and I didn't know what to do. Everything happened so fast."

Fortunately Gene and his younger brother, Brandon, had strong family support of many aunts, uncles, cousins and his father, Wally.

"The family sort of kept me going," said Gene. "I was young, so I guess I was more resilient. But, the loss of mom has always stuck with me."

Over the years Gene has managed to cope as he was forced to grow up more quickly than other kids in his own neighborhood. As much as he loved to go hang out with friends and do the things normal kids do, he always put his younger brother's priorities ahead of his own.

"I guess I've helped raise my brother," continued Gene. "My older brother (Jason) was already out on his own, so I had to watch out for Brandon. I always wanted to make sure my brother was taken care of and making the right decisions."

All the while, Gene continued to excel on the athletic field, whether it was football, basketball or baseball. But, suddenly things took a turn for the worse while he was in the eighth grade.

Gene suffered a broken collarbone during summer baseball and the injury forced him to miss most of his football season.

Things got even worse as he suffered nagging injuries in his freshman and sophomore seasons of football and again in his sophomore season of basketball.

Even though he flashed his athletic brilliance when he did play, many of the same folks who labeled Gene a shooting star had suddenly turned on him by questioning his toughness.

"I heard the comments," described Gene. "Yes, it hurt hearing that stuff."

It almost broke Gene as he nearly gave up, especially after he lost a close friend in Dan Rindler prior to last season.

"Everything was getting to be too much," Studebaker continued. "The comments people were making about me, losing Dan, the expectations, everything just became tough to deal with. It affected me a lot. Not only in sports, but in school. I didn't focus on my school work like I should have and I started to not care about sports anymore."

Fortunately Gene had positive influences around him that encouraged him to press forward and focus on the positive things he had to look forward too.

"My close friends and the coaches really helped me out," said Gene. "They just encouraged me and made me believe in myself. Logan Brown was always there to encourage me. Coach Finfrock, Coach Craft, Coach Hirsch, they helped me stay positive. It's nice to know that I can go in and talk to my coaches about anything and they will listen. They have helped me so much that there is no way I can possibly pay them back."

With the support of friends and the coaching staff, Gene put together perhaps the most dominating individual performance in school history on the football field in 2005.

Studebaker moved to quarterback from running back and managed to earn first-team all-state recognition after rushing for a school-record 1,726 yards and scoring 25 touchdowns. On each of his 1,726 yards he wore an arm band inscribed "Mom" and after each score he knelt for a little prayer and then pointed to the sky...in honor of his mother.

"That (the arm band and pointing to the sky) is something I have done for a long time," said Gene. "That's a little something between me and mom that I keep to myself. She's definitely looking down on me and inspiring me to do my best."

The way Gene has grown and matured over the past few years has left an impression on Covington football coach, Kevin Finfrock.

"Gene is a special young man," said Finfrock. "He has faced so much adversity in his life, but the way he has dealt with it is truly remarkable. Not many kids could overcome the things he has and make themselves into what he has become. He could have taken the easy way out, but he didn't. I admire him for that."

Now that colleges are sending letters, Studebaker can see the light at the end of the tunnel and looks forward to a bright future, whether it is in football or baseball.

He has refocused himself to increasing his GPA and raising his ACT score in order to make himself a more attractive college prospect.

"I have something to shoot for now (college)," said Gene. "I'm totally focused on making myself the best student I can be. I feel I'm good enough as an athlete to compete anywhere. My GPA isn't that great because of my freshman and sophomore years, but my scores are getting much higher now because I have rededicated myself. I have to make myself a better student and everything will work out fine."

With everything Gene Studebaker has overcome in his life so far, don't be surprised if he makes the grade.

After all, he has two guardian angels watching over him.