Congratulations to the Covington Little Buccs program for bringing home two league championships of Sunday at Tri-Village High School in New Madison.
The third and fourth graders battled Miami East in a very exciting game that took five overtimes to decide the outcome - with the Buccs intercepting a Viking pass on the final play to seal a 40-33 win.
Miami East scored on the first play of the game and converted the two-point conversion for an 8-0 lead. Covington responded with a touchdown run and two-point conversion of its own in the second half and the game eventually went into overtime with the score deadlocked at 8-8.
Overtime rules result in both teams getting equal offensive possessions from the 20. Both teams traded touchdowns for four overtime sessions and the Buccaneers started the fifth overtime with a touchdown and a one-point conversion to take a 40-33 lead.
Miami East got the ball and had a nice run inside the five that was called back due to a penalty. On the very next play Covington intercepted a Viking pass to claim a thrilling victory.
In the championship game for the fifth and sixth graders, Covington opened the scoring with a long run by Deacon Shields in the first quarter and then extended the lead to 12-0 with another long run by Trent Alexander.
Houston cut the deficit to 12-6 late in the third quarter with a short touchdown run, but the Covington defense held the rest of the way for the win.
What's impressive about the fifth and sixth grade, Covington has two teams due to the number of kids - around 40 kids. The two Covington teams played each other in the semifinal with Covington Two claiming the win and the privilege to represent the two classes in the championship game.
Hopefully all the kids in the fifth and sixth grade classes stick together and continue to play through junior high and high school because it's not very often that much talent comes along in back-to-back classes.
Once again, congratulations to all of the kids in the Little Buccs program for your efforts this year and hopefully each and every one of you will be back on the football field next year.