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2008 BUCCS SCHEDULE
DATE OPP H/A W/L
8/9 Eaton (S) A 10am
8/15 Versailles (S) H 7:00
8/22 New Bremen H 10-32
8/29 Bradford A 35-6
9/5 TC North A 49-20
9/12 Miami East H 7-28
9/19 TV South A 32-26
9/26 National Trail H 41-28
10/3 Ansonia A 35-27
10/10 Arcanum H 21-14
10/17 Miss. Valley A 14-6
10/24 Bethel H 42-19
10/31 Lockland H 56-12
11/7 Mechanicsburg A 14-40
2008 CCC STANDINGS
TEAM CCC ALL
MIAMI EAST 9-0 9-1
COVINGTON 8-1 8-2
ANSONIA 7-2 7-3
ARCANUM 6-3 6-4
TV SOUTH 5-4 5-5
TC NORTH 4-5 4-6
BETHEL 3-6 3-7
MISSISSINAWA 3-6 3-7
BRADFORD 1-8 1-9
NATIONAL TRAIL 0-9 0-10
2008 BUCCANEER LINKS
2008 SEASON RECAP...

2008 BUCCANEERS..
2008 CHEERLEADERS...

BUCCS HAVE NEW LOOK...
MILTON SCRIMMAGE...
MIDNIGHT HIT...
EATON SCRIMMAGE...
VERSAILLES SCRIMMAGE...

BUCCANEER STATS...

COREY PATTY INSPIRES OTHERS...

Dave Miller (86-20-0)
YEAR WIN LOSS TIE
2007 11 1 0
2008 9 3 0
2009 8 4 0
2010 11 1 0
2011 10 1 0
2012 12 1 0
2013 11 1 0
2014 6 5 0
2015 8 3 0
2008 BUCCS OVERCOME IN A SEASON OF ADVERSITY...
The 2008 Covington Buccaneers overcame more adversity than any other team in recent memory and qualified for the state play-offs for the ninth time in the past ten years.
ADVERSITY...hit Covington hard in 2008, but the Buccs were able to overcome and utlimately reach the regional semi-final.
BIG PLAYS...helped the Buccs rebound from a 2-2 start to qualify for the state play-offs.

If you follow sports, you've likely seen it hundreds of times where teams go into the tank in the face of adversity. Whether it's injuries, suspensions or even bad apples in the locker room, even professional football teams have folded when faced with adversity.

Those who have folded can look at the 2008 Covington Buccaneers as an example of what a team can accomplish by overcoming unfortunate circumstances.

Over the course of the year the Buccs lost seven players for the remainder of the season (two prior to the season), suffered fourteen more injuries where players missed at least one game and battled through suspensions to four players earlier in the year.

With a roster of just over 40 players at the beginning of the season, these circumstances would appear to be too much to overcome - especially for a team with just six seniors on the roster.

Initially, the bad karma did take a toll as the Buccs lost two of their first four games. The two losses came to New Bremen 32-10 and Miami East 28-7, while the two wins came against Bradford 35-6 and Tri-County North 49-20.

After the loss to Miami East in week four, mention of a play-off birth was out of the question as word around town was a 6-4 or 7-3 season was in the cards for such a young team suffering so many setbacks.

Buccaneer coach Dave Miller addressed the injuries, but wasn't willing to use the misfortunes as an excuse for any defeat his team faced.

"I can't remember ever seeing as many injuries like we've had this year, but we won't use that as an excuse," said Miller said at the time. "It is tough (the injuries) because every time you turn around it seems like someone is injured. But you have to persevere and overcome because the teams we play aren't going to feel sorry for us."

Covington did persevere and ran off six straight wins over the remainder of the regular season to finish at 8-2.

It wasn't easy, however, as it took defensive stands against Twin Valley South and Mississinawa Valley and two come-from-behind victories over Ansonia and Arcanum to claim victory.

A week ten 42-19 victory over Bethel locked up a home play-off game for the Buccs - something that seemed impossible just six weeks earlier.

"With all the adversity we've faced and for as young as we are, this (making the play-offs) is a great position for us to be in," said Covington coach Dave Miller after the Bethel game. "I'm so proud of how these kids responded to adversity this season."

The Buccs then rolled big over Lockland 56-12 in the first round of the play-offs, but lost to unbeaten Mechanicsburg 40-14 in the regional semi-final.

The fact that the Buccs made it as far as they did under the circumstances makes for higher expectations in 2009.

"We have the potential next year to be as good as we want to be," Miller said after the Mechinicsburg game. "Notice I said potential. The kids have to have an attitude that they'll do what it takes to get there. That means committing themselves to getting stronger and doing the things we ask. The kids have to hold themselves accountable - as a team and as individuals. If we do that, the sky is the limit."

Miller set the stage for 2009 by challenging the kids to take advantage of their potential by doing what it takes in the off-season - primarily utilizing the weight room.

In the three games Covington lost, it was obvious who the physically stronger teams were. Sure, the Buccs were young on the line with as many as three freshman starting at various times during the year. But excuses won't get you to Massillon, and that's the ultimate goal for Miller and the Buccs.

"A great year is when you get to Massillon," said Miller. "That's the goal every team should shoot for and we need to shoot for that. This was a good year, but not a great year because we didn't get to that level."

And Miller knows what it takes to get there.

"It takes 100% commitment to the team," he continued. "Doing the little things like being coachable. Doing the extra things in the off-season to get better, giving maximum effort on every play - not only in games but in practice - and finishing, as in finishing blocks, finishing runs, finishing tackles, finishing plays and finishing drives. Those are the things championship teams do and what we'll need to do to get to that level. We're definitely not there yet."

What is there is the talent, but that only gets you so far. Coach Miller has laid out the road map for the Buccs and what the kids choose to do over the next nine months will determine just how far that road takes Covington in 2009.

Hopefully the kids choose to take the road that leads all the way to Massillon.

The impressive all-around effort in a play-off win over Lockland may be a sign of things to come for the Buccaneers.