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Many great players have passed through Covington, but only a few made our All-Time Football Team.
What would happen if you took every Covington football player from 1947 to today, put them on the practice field, and had them battle it out for starting positions? It's impossible to be totally accurate, but, with the help of others, did some research to determine who would be the all-time Covington football team.

What we did was go back through the years and compile a list of players at the following positions; quarterback, running back, fullback, tight end, wide receiver, offensive line, defensive line, linebacker, defensive back, return specialist, kicker, and punter. We didn't get specific as to the exact position each player played (like Center or Guard) as numerous players from past years played various positions.

Once we had a list we solicited the input of numerous individuals who have followed the Buccaneers over the years; some former coaches, former players, supporters, etc. Over the past year this list gradually got narrowed down until we had compiled our all-time Covington football team.

We would like to stress that this team was compiled for fun and is the result of opinions. This was not done to hurt anyones feelings or minimize the contributions of the great players not on the list.

(Note: We didn't take into consideration the players who played at the college level. Our requirements were picking the best players while they were in high school.)

Gene Laughman - 1963
Laughman quarterbacked the Buccs under coach Howard Allman in 1961 and 1962, and then under coach Tom Steele in 1963. During his career from 1960 to 1963 the Buccaneers compiled a 34-7 record. Laughman played college football at Wittenburg and was an all-american quarterback.
Leonard Wood - 1952
Wood was the Buccaneers' leading ground gainer during the 1951 and 1952 seasons. Over those two years Covington compiled a 16-0-2 record. It's the only time in school history the Buccaneers finished unbeaten in two straight seasons. Wood was not only a dominating back, he was an outstanding defensive player as well.
Denny Cain - 1971
Denny Cain set the single season rushing record of 1354 yards in 1971 and this record stood for 32 years. Cain accumulated his yards against tough competition in Tipp City, Graham, Greenon, Springfield Shawnee, Tecumseh, Miami East, and Urbana. He was a freshman on the 1968 unbeaten team and over his high school career the Buccs compiled a record of 33-7.
Bob Hartley - 1960
Many have said he is the best high school athlete to ever come out of Covington. A rare four-year starter, Hartley also played quarterback, halfback, and linebacker, but fullback is where he led the Buccs to a 10-0 season in 1960. During his four years at Covington the Buccs compiled a 32-4 record. Hartley played college football for Ohio State University and the University of Dayton.
Whitey Forsythe - 1973
Whitey was a member of the 1973 football team. The Buccs didn't go to the air often, but when they did Forsythe was a favorite weapon of quarterback Dave Dull. Had big games against Bethel (3 TDs), Northwestern (46-yard touchdown), Lehman (38-yard score), Versailles (65-yard TD reception), all on a 10-0 season for the Buccs.
Jordan Shafer - 2002
A three-year starter for the Buccs at wide receiver and defensive back. Jordan shattered the school receiving records by catching 45 passes for 766 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2002 until Ross Mohler broke them a year later. Shafer moved on to play college football at Morehead State University where he is the starting Safety.
Tom Kimmel - 1963
Tom was known for his heart and strength. Wasn't particularly fast, but made up for his deficiencies with determination. A solid tenacious blocker. Kimmel also excelled on the defensive side of the ball.
Terry Vogler - 1974
The first half of the legendary Vogler Brothers. Terry was a dominating blocker and large receiving target on the 1973 State Champions, and the 1974 squad who only lost one contest. Vogler played college football at Ohio State University.
Dick Via - 1953
A key contributor on the 1951 and 1952 unbeaten football teams. Earned all-ohio honors in 1952. Described by some who have seen him play as the top one or two offensive lineman Covington has had over the years.
Jim Sampson - 1959
Was the team captain on the 1959 Buccaneers who finished with an 8-1 record. Known to be big, strong, and fast, which allowed him to open large holes for running backs. Sampson also dominated in the trenches on the defensive side of the ball.
Danny Cotrell - 1960
A dominating lineman on the 1960 state championship team. Cotrell was a three-year starter for the Buccs and during his career the Buccs compiled a 32-4 record. Described as one of the most tenacious players in Covington history.
Bill Apple - 1969
A member of the 1968 unbeaten team, Apple helped lead one of the most potent ground attacks in school history. The Buccs compiled an 18-2 record over Apple's junior and senior seasons. Earned all-league as a senior. Legend has it Bill was as big and as fast as they come on the offensive line.
Dave Doseck - 1973
"Dave Doseck was just flat out mean on the football field," described one gentalman who contributed to our research. Was the enforcer on the 1973 state championship team that finished 10-0. He not only was a dominating offensive lineman, but a destructive force in the trenches on the defensive side of the ball as well.
Rodney Sampson - 1957
Considered, along with Bob Hartley, as one of the top all-around athletes in Covington history. Starred for the Buccs from 1954 to 1957 as a halfback, fullback, and defensive lineman. Helped lead the Buccs to an 8-1 record in 1957 with their only loss coming to Versailles. Was the second leading vote getter at fullback.
John Weikert – 1968
In 1968, John Weikert had arguably the best defensive season in school history. Weikert was a key contributor on a defense that recorded 4 shutouts and only surrendering 64 points in 10 games. Said to be explosive and powerful for his size at the defensive end position.
Doug Swartz - 1974
Described as one of the most intelligent players in school history by more than one contributor to our research. A dominating offensive and defensive lineman on the 1973 state championship team and the 1974 team that finished 9-1.
Butch Boehringer - 1985
Key figure on the 1985 regional qualifiers who finished with an 11-2 record. Possessed excellent quickness off the ball and range as he could track down runners who ran away from his side of the field. Described by one former coach as impossible to block from the defensive end position.
Brian Olson – 1986
Two-time all-state selection in 1985 and 1986. A key figure on the offensive and defensive lines on the 1985 regional qualifiers. Played college football for the University of Dayton.
Tim Vogler - 1974
The most celebrated athlete in school history. Tim dominated on both sides of the ball as a fullback and linebacker from 1971 to 1974. Vogler went on to play college football at Ohio State and enjoyed a professional football career with the Buffalo Bills, which lasted for nearly a decade.
Randy Kimmel - 1978
Described by many as an animal on the field. Despite being undersized at about 165 pounds, Kimmel used his speed and quickness to find his way to the ball. Was a member of the 1978 team that recorded seven shutouts on its way to a 9-1 record. It's been said he even played nose guard at some points in his high school career.
Joe Schmidt – 1979
Another rare four-year starter for the Buccs. Joe was a tough, tenacious player who helped lead the Buccs to the state championship game in 1979. Also an outstanding halfback, Schmidt still owns the state record for the longest touchdown run in a state title game, 91 yards.
Matt Weikert - 1996
Weikert was a three-year starter for the Buccs and helped lead the 1996 team to an unbeaten regular season and a playoff spot. Starred on both sides of the ball as a quarterback and linebacker. Went on to play college football for Ohio University.
Kent Thompson - 1965
Said to be one of the fastest players to ever come out of Covington. Described as a terrific athlete who started as a freshman as a defensive back. Was very close to being selected as an offensive back, but had more votes on the defensive team. Thompson was a key performer on the 1965 team that went 9-1.
Brad Barker - 1968
Arguably the best defensive back in school history. Was also mentioned as a possible selection at quarterback, but the secondary was where the majority felt he was better suited. Helped lead the Buccs to a perfect 10-0 season in 1968 and had one of the most dominating defensive games in school history with 4 interceptions in a 42-0 win over Northeastern, who was unbeaten at the time.
Dave Tobias - 1979
Earned a reputation as one of the top quarterbacks in school history and actually finished second to Laughman in the voting. Chosen at defensive back as he tied another player for the most votes at defensive back. Was a member of the 1979 State Runner-Ups and played college football at Wittenburg.
Matt Pond - 1985
Was selected as one of the best defensive backs in school history due to his hard-hitting style of play. Described as one of the hardest hitters to ever play in the secondary for the Buccaneers. Was a key component of the 1985 Buccaneers' regional runner-up team that finished with an 11-2 record.
Kevin Finfrock - 1980
Described as one of the quickest players Covington has ever had. Small in size (145 lbs.), but was a tenacious hitter when he ran the ball. Narrowly missed being chosen at running back, but made the team as the top vote getter as a return specialist. Finfrock was a member of the 1980 state playoff team as a senior. Played college football at Defiance where he earned NAIA All-American honors for three straight years.
Matt Fulks - 2004
Set virtually all kicking records at Covington including the longest field goal (40 yards), and most field goals in a season (6). Fulks was also selected by many as a punter, but a landslide selection at kicker. Moved on to play college football at Ohio Northern University.
Bob Tobias - 1953
One of the earliest players to make the team. Legend has it he launched booming kicks as a member of the 1952 unbeaten Buccaners, also known as the "Thundering Herd". Tobias was also a quarterback and defensive back on that team.