The 1976 Fighting Lions football team accomplished what all coaches and players dream of and something which only a small elite ever achieve. The ultimate dream in 1976 high school football, of course, was the AAAA state football championship.

The dream game between the unbeaten Fighting Lions and the undefeated Indians of Istrouma was played in the famous "Cow Dome," home of the Lions. The stadium was sold out the Wednesday before the game, and fans began to line up at the stadium as early as 8:00 a.m. on the day of the game. When the game was over and the Lions had won, 14-7, Covington was, indeed, the king of Louisiana high school football. The Lions also became the greatest team in CHS history.

After finishing as the AAAA state runners-up in 1975 and losing some 28 seniors, the never-say-die Lions roared to their third consecutive District 7-AAAA championship with a perfect 10-0 record and extended their regular season unbeaten string to 33 straight games, the longest in Louisiana.


Once again the intangibles of togetherness, mental attitude and total teamwork by a group of dedicated young men and coaches were the reason the Fighting Lions were the #1 football power in the state. The Lions went through much tragedy and adversity, but the character of these young men only brought them closer together.

The 21 seniors once again displayed the leadership qualities which are necessary to be a champion. Led by captains Kyle Bruhl, Arno Wallace, and Elroy Nixon, this group of young men had the distinction of having never lost a regular season game in their three-year playing career. The only losing games they played in were both state playoff games-to Hahnville in 1974 and to St. Augustine in the state finals in 1975.

The Lion coaches were an outstanding group. Many hours were spent away from their families seven days a week. Their dedication and interest in these young men was tremendous. Not only were these coaches interested in football victories, but they were also interested in what each could contribute to make these young men successful in life itself.


The Fighting Lion fans played an important role in the Lions' climb to be King of Football in Louisiana. For sixteen long weeks these loyal fans followed their team. From Covington's Cow Dome to Baton Rouge, on to Houma and then the long trip to Shreveport. The coaches and team thanked all of those people for helping to make Covington the Football Capital of Louisiana.A special thanks from the AAAA STate Champions went to the faculty, student body, varsity cheerleaders, JV cheerleaders, Band, Flag Team, Drill Team, and the Lionbackers for helping them climb the "Highest Mountain in prep sports." "We would never have made it without you." was spoken by the coaching team.

No matter what the Chinese proclaimed, 1976 was, indeed, the year of the Lion!



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