Covington begins Year 2 under Miller with high expectations

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Covington Buccaneers

Head coach Dave Miller begins his second season at Covington with high
expectations for his encore. Last fall, in what was supposed to be a
questionable year for the Buccs, Miller won 11 games (the best for any
Covington coach in their first year). The Buccs regional quarterfinal
win over Portsmouth Notre Dame was the program’s first playoff victory
since 2001 as well.


PLAYERS TO WATCH

DB/RB Chris Long (5-9, 155, Sr.); LB/RB Garrett Clark (5-10, 165, Jr.); DB/WR Logan Woloch (5-11, 159, Sr.); DB/WR Quentin Layman (5-11, 150, Sr.); DE/WR Jordy Meyer (6-2, 170, Jr.); DB/WR Andy Sparks (6-3, 172, Sr.); DE/OL Ted Hale (6-2, 186, Jr.); DL/OL Josh Boehringer (6-1, 185, So.); LB/OL Ben Christian (6-2, 205, Sr.)

SEASON OUTLOOK

2007 Record: 11-1, Regional Semifinalist

Head coach Dave Miller begins his second season at Covington with high expectations for his encore. Last fall, in what was supposed to be a questionable year for the Buccs, Miller won 11 games (the best for any Covington coach in their first year). The Buccs regional quarterfinal win over Portsmouth Notre Dame was the program’s first playoff victory since 2001 as well.

Covington has been to playoffs eight of the last nine years and 12 times overall. This year the Buccs should challenge for another trip to the postseason and the Cross County Conference title (something they’ve dominated the last decade-plus).

Offensively the Buccs return some weapons from an offense that averaged 33.8 points per game. DB/RB Chris Long (5-9, 155, Sr.) is a seasoned back (45 carries, 317 yards, five TDs), as is LB/RB Garrett Clark (5-10, 165, Jr.; 36 carries, 168 yards).

The key will be finding a quarterback. Only DB/WR Andy Sparks (6-3, 172, Sr.; one attempt) and Long (three attempts) have thrown passes in a varsity game.

Defensively, Covington should be stout. The Buccs return quite a bit from a unit that allowed 9.1 points per game and had three shutouts. Sparks (two interceptions, three fumble recoveries) is a takeaway specialist, while DL/OL Josh Boehringer (6-1, 185, So.) is the top returning tackler (77). DE/OL Ted Hale (6-2, 186, Jr.) registered a team-high five sacks last season, while Boehringer had four. Hale had 56 tackles overall.

LB/OL Ben Christian (6-2, 205, Sr.; three fumble recoveries, 54 tackles) and DB/WR Logan Woloch (5-11, 159, Sr.; 62 tackles, team-high five interceptions) are defenders of note.

Also keep an eye on DB/WR Quentin Layman (5-11, 150, Sr.) and DE/WR Jordy Meyer (6-2, 170, Jr.).

SCHEDULE

8/22 NEW BREMEN
8/29 @ BRADFORD
9/5 @ TRI-COUNTY NORTH (LEWISBURG)
9/12 MIAMI EAST (CASSTOWN)
9/19 @ TWIN VALLEY SOUTH (WEST ALEXANDRIA)
9/26 NATIONAL TRAIL (NEW PARIS)
10/3 @ ANSONIA
10/10 ARCANUM
10/17 @ MISSISSINAWA VALLEY (UNION CITY)
10/24 BETHEL (TIPP CITY)

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