|The Buccaneer players were a big hit with the residents and the staff of the Covington Care Center.
AUGUST 15, 2013 - COVINGTON
Since its inception in 1946, Covington football has become an important part of the Covington community because it spans generations of locals who have some ties to the program.
To gain a better understanding of how much Covington football means to the community - and how much impact the kids who play can have on the community - Buccaneer coach Dave Miller schedules a visit with the Covington Care Center for a team meal with the residents.
Thursday, in the mist of two-a-days, Miller and the Buccs took time away from the field to do just that - enjoy a lunch with the gracious hosts of the Covington Care Center.
"This is a neat thing Coach Miller does," said Booster President, Glen Hollopeter, who helped set up the event. "I think this benefits the kids as much, if not more than the residents who live here. They always seem to come away with a better understanding of what this community is all about - giving to each other."
The kids on the football team received more than they gave - coming away with a history lesson on Covington football. On hand was former player and Hall of Fame member Tom Finfrock, who is one of the Care Center residents.
Finfrock was one of the members of Covington's first football team in 1947.
"When I was a freshman I played on the first team we had here in 1946," said Finfrock, who paints his fingernails in Buccaneer colors in tribute to his alma mater. "That year we didn't play a varsity schedule, so it wasn't an official season. Our first official season was in 1947."
Finfrock started as a freshman and sophomore at center, but moved to the backfield in his junior and senior seasons of 1948 and 1949.
"I was a four-year starter," he said. "I played on the line and my brother (Dean Finfrock) was in the backfield. After he graduated they moved me to the backfield."
And Finfrock was part of one of the premier backfields in the history of Buccaneer football with Dave Beard (right halfback), Don Via (fullback) and Dick Supinger (fullback).
"Most of the schools we played against were much bigger than us back then," Finfrock said. "Trotwood was a lot bigger school, Eaton, Brookville. We only played eight games our first year."
After winning just two games in 1947, Finfrock and his teammates finished 5-2-2 in 1948 and 6-2 in 1949.
"I played for Burr Simpson and he was the one who got it started," Finfrock explained. "After I graduated in 1950, Paul Devine came in and they had very good teams in '51 and '52."
Finfrock has seen a lot of Covington football over the years with his son, Roger playing on arguably the best team in school history in 1973.
But he was hesitant to say who was actually the best Covington team ever.
"Oh, I don't know," he chuckled when asked the question. "There was a lot of good teams over the years. That 1952 team was really good. The '73 team was good too, but I don't know who was better. Two different eras."
After enjoying lunch, the current Buccaneer players had some fun watching Finfrock take down senior standout A.J. Ouellette in an arm wrestling contest.
Which was just another lesson learned for the Covington Buccaneers at the Covington Care Center.