Covington looking to take next step after three straight regional semi exits

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Covington Buccaneers

With 11 playoff trips in the last 15 years, including five straight,
Covington has advanced to the second round of the postseason three years
straight. This year the Buccs aim to make a push for the regional final and
beyond. And they have the talent to do it.


Covington
Division VI
Region 24

2009 Record: 8-4

* Players to Watch – QB/DB Jake Bitner (5-11, 175, Sr.); OL/DL Josh Boehringer (6-2, 205, Sr.); LB/FB Cory Ely (5-10, 175, Sr.); HB/DB Tyler Noffsinger (5-9, 150, Sr.); DL/OL Darren Clark (6-0, 210, Jr.); OL/DL Sam Christian (6-0, 250, Jr.); DB/WR Sam Earick (5-9, 150, Jr.); OL/DL Brandon Powell (5-11, 250, Jr.)

* Outlook –
With 11 playoff trips in the last 15 years, including five straight, Covington has advanced to the second round of the postseason three years straight.

This year the Buccs aim to make a push for the regional final and beyond. And they have the talent to do it.

Covington returns a ton of skill and experience from last year’s team that fell 21-17 to Marion Local in the regional semifinals.

“Our success this season will depend heavily on senior leadership and our ability to replace the group of five seniors that just graduated,” head coach David Miller (28-8 in three years) said. “We lost a talented but small group of seniors (5 total) from last season but return a number of players who have played significant roles over the past couple of seasons. They will hopefully not only fill the shoes of the group that just left us but should also provide substantial depth for this year’s team as well.”

The offense starts with Bitner, who returns for his third-season as the starting quarterback after missing weeks 4-10 last season with an injury.

Noffsinger is Covington’s leading returning rusher (1,363 yards and 11 TDs).

Defensively, Boehringer is a beast. The All-Cross County Confernece and District performer had 62.5 tackles and six sacks last year. His most impressive stat, though, was the 10 fumbles he forced.

Covington is looking for its 11th CCC title in 16 years and should get it.

The future is bright as well. Adding an influx of talent and depth to this year’s roster is a freshman class that has yet to lose a football game at any grade level.

* Schedule –
The opener with Midwest Athletic Conference member New Bremen is always big – especially for computer points. After that, potential stumbling blocks could be Miami East (Week 5) and Ansonia (Week 8). When the Buccs and Tigers meet in Week 8, expect the CCC title – and an undefeated season – to be on the line.

8/27    NEW BREMEN
9/3      BETHEL (TIPP CITY)        
9/10    @ BRADFORD
9/17    @ TRI-COUNTY NORTH (LEWISBURG)    
9/24    MIAMI EAST (CASSTOWN)    
10/1    @ TWIN VALLEY SOUTH (WEST ALEXANDRIA)            
10/8    NATIONAL TRAIL (NEW PARIS)        
10/15  @ ANSONIA
10/22  ARCANUM
10/29  @ MISSISSINAWA VALLEY (UNION CITY)

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