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DATE OPP H/A W/L
8/7 Milton (S) H 6:00
8/11 Eaton (S) A 10:00
8/17 Anna (S) H 7:00
8/24 St. Henry H 0-22
8/31 Minster A 26-39
9/7 Ft. Loramie A 14-33
9/14 TC North H 45-8
9/21 Arcanum A 24-6
9/28 Miami East H 19-17
10/5 Bethel A 54-7
10/12 Bradford H 53-2
10/19 TV South A 7:00
10/26 National Trail H 7:00
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FT. LORAMIE 6-0 7-1
ANSONIA 5-1 6-2
TC NORTH 5-1 6-2
COVINGTON 5-1 5-3
MIAMI EAST 4-2 6-2
TV SOUTH 3-3 4-4
BETHEL 2-4 4-4
NATIONAL TRAIL 2-4 4-4
MISSISSINAWA 2-4 3-5
TRI-VILLAGE 1-5 3-5
ARCANUM 1-5 1-7
BRADFORD 0-6 0-8
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Ty Cates (16-6-0)
YEAR WIN LOSS TIE
2016 11 1 0
2017 5 5 0
BUCCS TAKE ANOTHER STEP FORWARD...
The Covington Buccaneers put on a display of relentless, physical football in a full contact, Saturday morning scrimmage against Eaton.
The Covingtojn defense swarms an Eaton runner at the goal line during the red zone portion of the scrimmage.
Andrew Cates is off to the races on a huge fourth-and-eight conversion.

AUGUST 11, 2018 - EATON
Each opportunity to strap up the helmets and shoulder pads against another team is a welcomed chance to see improvement in preparation for the upcoming season.

And Covington coach Tyler Cates had to like the improvement his team made since Tuesday's scrimmage against Milton as his Buccaneers thoroughly dominated Eaton on Saturday - outscoring the Eagles 6-0 overall in varsity action and 2-0 in jv action of a full contact scrimmage.

After a series of special teams sequences for both teams consisting of field goals and punts, the Eagles received the ball first for 10 offensive plays inside the Buccaneer 20. And Covington's defense was swarming and relentless, preventing Eaton from reaching the end zone on any of its ten offensive plays inside the red zone.

This set a physical tone for the Buccaneer offense, which had 10 offensive plays of their own inside the red zone.

And Covington scored three times in those ten plays, two on Cade Schmelzer passes to Andrew Cates and Kleyton Maschino and another on a Gage Kerrigan run.

After the junior varsity squads traded turns on 10 plays each from inside the red zone with Covington scoring twice and Eaton held scoreless, the starting units took to the field again for two timed quarters of football.

Covington received the ball first and drove to the Eaton ten before a holding penalty stalled the drive, which forced the Buccs to settle for a field goal attempt. The kick was off the mark as Eaton took over deep in Covington territory.

But the defense, which had been stellar all morning, held the Eagles to a three-and-out and a punt to give the ball back to the offense.

And the offense struck quick as Schmelzer connected with Andrew Cates on a 40-yard scoring strike to put Covington up 7-0 midway through the first quarter of timed game action.

Eaton was able to get some offense going on the ensuing drive thanks to a pair of facemask penalties on Covington and then a nice run into Buccaneer territory. But the defense stiffened thanks to a strip-sack by Parker Dysinger, which gave Covington the ball back near midfield.

Mixing the run and the pass, Covington once again moved the ball deep into Eaton territory and then picked up a huge fourth-and-eight conversion on a pass from Schmelzer to Cates. Gage Kerrigan then made a great one-handed catch in the end zone to push the margin to 14-0 as the first twelve minutes of live game action came to a close.

The defense then stepped up with a big play once again as Garrett Warner picked off of an Eaton pass attempt to give the Buccaneers the ball inside Eagle territory. Moments later Trentin Alexander scored the final touchdown of the day.

Overall, it was the Covington defense that stood out most as it forced four turnovers - three fumbles and one interception.

The showing also was an improvement for the offensive line, which was consistently praised by the Buccaneer coaches for blocking to the whistle.

If there is one thing Covington will look to address, it is the penalties. The Buccaneers were flagged several times for facemark penalties, roughing the passer and also had a couple of holding calls. Fortunately, those mistakes were from physical play and not the mental miscues of lining up off sides or false starts.

With two full contact scrimmages in the books, Covington looks to fine tune its game before a huge test against Anna next Friday in the Jamboree.

The offensive line gave quarterback Cade Schmelzer plenty of time to find open targets.
The Buccaneer ground game was potent thanks to the physical play of Eli Gerling and the rest of the offensive line.