Thanks to a self-imposed sabbatical, “Team Unity” and an offense modeled after Hilliard Davidson’s, small school power Covington is tearing up the opposition and record books. The Buccs have set new school records for total yards, rushing yards and points in a season – and they aren’t done.
COVINGTON — The
Covington football team made a vow of silence during preseason
conditioning that it’s since shattered with a raucous regular season.
Football is important in this part of Miami County and the Buccs current roster ranks right around rock-star status.
recently completed its third straight undefeated high school regular
season, which led to the program’s 17th playoff berth and 27th league
title. The Buccs, who won the Cross County Conference, beat Dixie 55-18
last week in the opening round of the Division V, Region 20 playoffs. At
7 p.m. on Saturday, Covington (11-0) plays Cincinnati Summit Country
Day (11-0) at Centerville.
Expect a light show (on the scoreboard)
and fireworks (on the field) from Covington.The Buccs set school
records for total yards (5,249), rushing yards (5,035) and points (598)
in a season, the latter of which had been in place since 1960.
More? There’s plenty:
- In Week 2, Covington rushed for a school record 556 yards vs. Mississinawa Valley.
- In Week 3, senior receiver Troy Cron returned a kickoff a school-record 99 yards vs. Bethel.
- In Week 8, Covington’s 84 points vs. National Trail tied the 1965 team for the second most in school history.
Week 9, junior running back A.J. Ouellette broke the school’s
single-season rushing record. He’s also set single-season records for
rushing touchdowns (38), total TDs (43) and points in a season. A
starter as a freshman, Ouellette broke his collarbone in Week 2 last
year and missed the rest of the season.
“We’ve got a
great group of kids who have bought into the team mentality and that’s
not something that necessarily always happens,” Covington head coach
David Miller Jr. said. “You look at A.J.’s success and it would be easy
for him to have an inflated ego but he’s one of the most team-oriented
players I’ve ever been around and that’s what defines this team.”
Buccs are on a self-imposed sabbatical. No players are allowed to talk
to the media. No individual statistics are being released. No access is
being granted beyond the head coach.
The theme is “Team Unity.” The quirk has worked.