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2016 11 1 0
FOUR BUCCS EARN ALL-OHIO HONORS...
In what is a reflection of the success the Covington Buccaneers had as a team in 2016, four players were rewarded with All-Ohio honors in Division VII.

DECEMBER 1, 2016 - COVINGTON
Football is the ultimate team game and the 2016 Covington Buccaneers are the epitome of the word "Team" by the way the kids were able to stick together through adversity to accomplish lofty goals.

But with team success comes individual success and four Buccaneers were the benefactors of the team's success by being recognized as individuals by the media in the All-Ohio selections for Division VII football with two first-team selections and two second-team selections.

The two first-team All-Ohio selections for the Buccs were senior quarterback Nathan Blei and senior linebacker Deron White.

The two players who earned second-team All-Ohio were seniors Branden Robinson and Seth Thomas.

All four Buccaneer players were much deserving of their recognition by the media for All-Ohio, but it wouldn't have been possible without the other 46 kids in uniform and the coaches who put them in position to be successful. So these All-Ohio selections represent the success of the entire Buccaneer family of 2016.

Nathan Blei was selected to first-team All-Ohio at quarterback.

Nathan Blei, who was also chosen as the Southwest District Offensive Player of the Year and first-team All-CCC, was named first-team All-Ohio as a quarterback after throwing for 2042 yards and 28 touchdowns on 113 of 185 passing. Blei set three school records for passing yards in a season (2042), passing touchdowns (28) and passing yards in a game (293).

What made Blei's performance so impressive was the fact he went from running the triple-option in his sophomore and junior years - where passing was at a minimum - to running a spread offense as a senior.

Which is even more impressive, Blei also kicked field goals and extra points - plus he was the starting safety and punter for the Buccs.

Defensively, Blei had 58 tackles, four tackles-for-loss, 2 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles and 1 recovered fumble.

He was an amazing 50-for-52 on converting PATs and made the only field goal he attempted.

Nathan was a four-year letter winner for Covington throughout his high school football career.

Deron White was selected first-team All-Ohio as a linebacker.

Deron White earned first-team All-Ohio at linebacker after being chosen as the Southwest District Defensive Player of the Year and being a first-team selection in the CCC. Undersized at 5-8, 160 - White made up for his lack of size with unbelievable effort and intensity. He led the Buccs with 119 tackles on the season, 3 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, 1 interception, 4 forced fumbles and 1 recovered fumble.

But it wasn't just defense where Deron excelled as he contributed greatly on the offensive side of the ball - primarily as a devastating blocker. When he did run the ball he had great success as evident by his 256 yards rushing and three touchdowns on just 38 carries - with no fumbles.

Coach Cates said White is the toughest player he's ever coached and with good reason. Deron White never, ever took a play off and that's why he was a four-year letterman and a All-Ohio selection as a senior.

Anyone wanting proof as to Deron White's toughness and competitive drive can look no further than the final play of the Troy Christian game where he fought through two blockers to make a game-saving tackle just one-yard short of the goal line. Or, they can look at the Hillcrest game where White "BLASTED" the Rams' quarterback, who eluded defenders on the edge - only to find Deron White laying him out with one of the most crushing hits seen in a long, long time.

Branden Robinson was selected second-team All-Ohio as a defensive back.

Branden Robinson earned his recognition as a defensive back after being Covington's "shut-down" corner for its defense. With offenses rarely throwing his way, Robinson still recorded 48 tackles, 3 pass break ups, 1 interception and 2 recovered fumbles. He didn't allow a reception to a receiver until week five and surrendered just four receptions all season - only one going for more than 20 yards.

Offensively, Robinson was just as potent as he rushed for 308 yards and one touchdown on 35 carries and caught 22 passes for 486 yards and seven touchdowns - all without dropping a single pass that hit his hands.

Robinson rarely came off the field as he conducted the kickoff duties, returned punts and returned kicks. Through ten games (prior the the playoffs) Robinson returned 10 kickoffs for 225 yards for a 22.5 average and returned 17 punts for 266 yards and a score.

Branden was also selected as first-team All-Southwest District and first-team All-Conference - as well as being a four-year letter winner for the Buccs.

Seth Thomas was chosen second-team All-Ohio as an offensive lineman.

Seth Thomas earned second-team All-Ohio as a lineman after being named Lineman of the Year in the Cross County Conference and first-team All-Southwest District.

But the fact that Thomas was even able to play was anything short of amazing considering he tore his ACL in June during a conditioning drill. Yet, he slapped on a brace and played through his injury - overwhelmingly becoming Covington's best lineman through all 12 games and exiting his senior year as arguably one of the top linemen in Buccaneer history.

Unfortunately stats are not at a premium for offensive lineman, but Seth Thomas took the "pancake block" to an entirely different level by not only planting single players on their backs on a regular bases, but at times plating two or more players flat on their backs during a single play.

As impressive as his run blocking was for the Buccs, Seth never surrender a quarterback sack while pass blocking through his entire senior year.

It's a shame Thomas couldn't play defense due to his knee injury or he very well could have been first-team All-Ohio or even the Defensive Player of the Year. But the fact that Seth Thomas was able to accomplish what he did basically on one leg is a credit to his toughness and desire to compete in the black and white.