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Top OHC Teams of All-Time

This list is computed using a formula designed by our expert. There are 5 categories each team is given points based upon. The first is regular season wins (max 10 pts, one for each win), secondly is playoff wins (3 pts per playoff win, max 15 pts), thirdly is strength of schedule (total combined wins of opponents beaten, multiplied by .15), fourthly is the offensive category (based upon pts scored) and finally is the defensive category (based upon pts allowed).

This list was initially completed on 11/21/12. It will be revised each season if applicable.

#1 - 2007 Catholic Central 13-1 (7-0)
2007 Catholic Central Schedule/Results

Backstory: Making it out of the Region in High School football is a rarity for most teams. As a matter of fact, it has only happened once in OHC history. The #1 team in our countdown of Top OHC Teams of All-Time made league history in 2007 with their trip to the State Semifinals. Our #1 team of all-time is the 2007 Catholic Central Irish. The 2007 Irish obliterated their opponents all season long in 2007 en route a perfect 10-0 regular season. The offense, led by running back Brian Wagner, scored 436 points in the regular season (43.6 per game). In 7 of Catholic Central's 10 regular season games, the Irish scored at least 40 points. The defense pitched 4 shutouts and allowed just 49 points (4.9 per game) in the regular season. 2007 Catholic Central had the highest point differential of all-time in OHC history, outscoring opponents by an average of 38.7 points per game in the regular season. All together, the 2007 Irish defeated 5 playoff teams. Come playoff time, the Irish continued to peak. They knocked off Waynesfield-Goshen in Round 1, Mechanicsburg in Round 2 and drilled Lehman in the Regional Finals 48-14. Up next for the 2007 Irish was the eventual State Champion, Newark Catholic. Despite an epic battle, the 2007 Irish fell in the State Semifinals to the Greenwave by a mere touchdown, 21-14. It's easy to see how good the 2007 Irish were on paper, but if you watched them in person, you already know how good they were. Despite having the 2nd lowest strength of schedule out of any team on our list, 2007 Catholic Central scored a perfect score on offense, a perfect score on defense and had the highest points total in the playoff wins category with the deepest trip in league history. The best team in OHC History is a clear winner, the 2007 Catholic Central Irish made league history and fully deserve the title. 

Team Scoring
Wins: 10 pts
Playoff Wins: 9 pts
Strength of Schedule: 5.7 pts
Offense: 10 pts
Defense: 10 pts
Total Average: 8.94


#2 - 2015 Mechanicsburg 12-1 (7-0)
2015 Mechanicsburg Schedule/Results

Backstory: The 2015 Mechanicsburg Indians were a special team that did things no other Mechanicsburg team has ever done, despite the Indians' tradition as a football powerhouse.  The 2015 Indians will go down as having the greatest defense in the history of the conference.  In 2015, the Indians pitched 4 shutouts and allowed an OHC record 42 points total.  In their other 6 regular season games, Mechanicsburg did not allow any more than one touchdown.  In all 10 games, the Indians gave up no more than 10 points (and many of the 42 points that were scored that season were when the starters had been pulled, or weren't offensive touchdowns at all).  The playoffs in 2015 saw little change, the Indians gave up 14, 12 and 9 points in their 3 games.  Led by quarterback Kaleb Romero (a junior at the time), the Indians offense also flourished.  It could also be argued that the offense for the Indians in 2015 was the greatest of all-time, putting up an astounding 473 points.  The Indians scored 40+ points in 8 of their 10 games and 60+ points in 2 of their games.  In the playoffs, the Indians scored 40+ in the first 2 rounds.  The Indians season ended at the hands of the eventual state runners-up, Marion Local.  An OHC team has never beaten a MAC team; however, the Indians were winning the regional championship against the Flyers until late in the game when Marion Local kicked a go-ahead field goal to win 9-7.  Had the 2015 Indians won that game, they would have been #1 on our list, no matter what happened the remainder of the way.  The 2015 Indians also had the 3rd lowest strength-of-schedule of any of our top 10 teams, but that doesn't make this Mechanicsburg team any less special.  Many would argue that their #2 spot is one spot too low.

Team Scoring
Wins: 10 pts
Playoff Wins: 6 pts
Strength of Schedule: 6.15 pts
Offense: 10 pts
Defense: 10 pts
Total Average: 8.43


#3 - 2006 Mechanicsburg 11-2 (7-0)
2006 Mechanicsburg Schedule/Results

Backstory: It's hard to be recognized in a list of "top teams of all-time." It's especially hard in small school Ohio football to make the top 10 in two consecutive years. Coming in at #3 on our countdown of Top OHC Football Teams of All-Time is a team that exceeded expectations from the year prior, 2006 Mechanicsburg. And doing that was no easy task as 2005 Mechanicsburg locked up the #10 spot on our countdown. Coming into the 2006 season, Mechanicsburg returned a plethora of talent, and it showed as the Indians finished 9-1 (7-0) that year. After suffering a 13-10 opening game loss at the hands Division 5 Regional Finalist West Jefferson, the 2006 Indians rattled off 11 consecutive "dominating" wins. Until the Division 6 Regional Finals, no one came within 2 scores of the 2006 Indians. Mechanicsburg scored 40.5 points per game in the regular season (405 total) which gave them a perfect score in the offensive category. The Indians defense allowed just 5.2 points per game (52 points total) which also gave them a perfect score in the defensive category. The 2006 Indians pitched 5 shutouts in the regular season, and more impressively pitched 2 more in the opening 2 rounds of the playoffs. In Round 1, the Indians dismantled fellow OHC rival Triad 61-0, before drilling Hardin Northern 34-0 in Round 2. Led by 7 All OHC players in 2006, the Indians stormed in the Regional Semifinals to meet a familiar foe, Marion Local. The Flyers went on to win the State Championship that season, no one in the playoffs came as close as Mechanicsburg did to beating them. It was a valiant effort by the Indians; many still consider Mechanicsburg the 2nd best team in the state in Division 6 that season. A perfect offensive score, a perfect defensive score, a trip to the Regional Finals and the 4th strongest schedule in league history notches 2006 Mechanicsburg the #3 spot on our countdown. 

Team Scoring
Wins: 9 pts
Playoff Wins: 6 pts
Strength of Schedule: 6.9 pts
Offense: 10 pts
Defense: 10 pts
Total Average: 8.38


#4 - 2016 Mechanicsburg 12-1 (7-0)
2016 Mechanicsburg Schedule/Results

Backstory: After falling short of making it to the state semifinals in 2015, the 2016 Mechanicsburg Indians their eyes set on a State Championship in 2016.  The Indians returned much of their team from 2015, including all-state quarterback Kaleb Romero.  The regular season didn't disappoint as the Indians scored 43.6 points per game and allowed just 5.7.  The 2016 Indians pitched 3 shutouts on defense and only allowed more than 1 touchdown once in the regular season (in Week 1 they beat West Jefferson 49-18).  The Indians did not score less than 30 points all the way up to the Region Finals in 2016, a game that was a rematch of the previous year's Region Final against Marion Local.  Unfortunately for the Indians, history repeated itself and Mechanicsburg fell to Marion Local 26-15 in that game - Marion Local would go on to win a second consecutive state championship.  While it was a disappointing finish for a team that many feel is indeed the best OHC team of all time, it's hard to argue that the 2016 Indians are one of the greatest OHC teams of all time.  A low strength of schedule in the regular season is what cost the 2016 Indians a higher spot as they played 7 of 10 games against teams who finished .500 or lower.  Nonetheless, the 2016 Mechanicsburg Indians are worthy of their #4 spot.

Team Scoring
Wins: 10 pts
Playoff Wins: 6 pts
Strength of Schedule: 5.85 pts
Offense: 10 pts
Defense: 10 pts
Total Average: 8.37



#5 - 2004 West Liberty-Salem 11-1 (7-0)
2004 West Liberty-Salem Schedule/Results

Backstory: There is always something special about making the playoffs for the first time. What makes it even more special is when on paper, the team that makes it is rated as the best team in school history. Coming in at #4 on our countdown of Top OHC Football Teams of All-Time is the team that clinched West Liberty-Salem's first ever playoff berth and playoff victory, the 2004 Tigers. Led by one of the most athletic players in OHC history, quarterback Lee Yoder, the Tigers dominated on both sides of the ball in the 2004 season. On offense, WLS averaged 33.7 points per game. Defensively the 2004 Tigers shined even brighter, allowing just 6.2 points per game in the regular season (62 points total), which is the 4th lowest in league history. After a 24-14 victory over Bethel in Week 1, the Tigers allowed no more than 7 points in Weeks 2-10. Anchored by a solid defensive core of 1st team all OHC players including Yoder, Nate Lowe and Josh Lewis; the Tigers only game allowing more than 2 scores was in their 21-10 Regional Semifinal loss to East Clinton. In 2004, the Tigers placed a total of 7 players on the All OHC Team. The dominance that season wasn't against weak opponents either. The 2004 Tigers beat 5 teams with at least 7 wins, including 4 playoff teams; which notched them a perfect score in the Strength of Schedule category (2nd highest overall all-time). The Tigers also notched a perfect score in the defensive category, which all added up to the #5 spot on our countdown. 

Team Scoring
Wins: 10 pts
Playoff Wins: 3 pts
Strength of Schedule: 7.2 pts
Offense: 7 pts
Defense: 10 pts
Total Average: 7.44

 

#6 - 2013 Triad 12-1 (7-0)
2013 Triad Schedule/Results

Backstory: Triad entered the 2013 season as one of the favorites after going 8-2 and making the playoffs the year before.  The Cardinals had more offensive fire power than anyone in the conference.  Little did the Cardinals know that they would complete their first (and only) undefeated regular season in school history, in what would end up being a historic year in the OHC for football.  Four teams made the playoffs in 2013, Triad beat them all.  3 teams reached the regional finals for the first time ever in OHC history, Triad was one and had already beaten the other 2.  The Cardinals high flying offense scored four or more touchdowns in 8 of their 10 regular season games and their defense allowed only one touchdown or less in 6 of those games.  In their 10 regular season games, the Cardinals outscored their opponents by a margin of 34.2 - 12.6, the second highest points scored per game average in the OHC that year and the top defensive points allowed average in the league.  The scary thought is, we will never know the Cardinals full potential.  The Cardinals were battered by injuries in 2013, losing star senior running back Tre McIntyre early-mid season and then star quarterback Trent McIntyre right before  the playoffs.  In the end, the Cardinals fell in the Regional Finals to the eventual state champions, Marion Local.  A perfect season in dominating fashion and a trip to the regional finals, both in a historic OHC season puts the Cardinals at #5 on our list, but Cardinal fans can't help but wonder if that COULD be higher. 

Team Scoring
Wins: 10 pts
Playoff Wins: 6 pts
Strength of Schedule: 6.9 pts
Offense: 7 pts
Defense: 7 pts
Total Average: 7.38

 

#7 - 2001 Southeastern 12-1 (7-0)
2001 Southeastern Schedule/Results

Backstory: There are always some uncertainties when a new league forms. There was one thing certain when the OHC formed in 2001, there was a newcomer to the league that was a force to be reckoned with. Coming in at #7 in our countdown of the Top OHC Teams of All-Time is the 2001 Southeastern Trojans. While the offense wasn't the most stellar in our countdown (the 2001 Trojans scored a countdown low 27.8 points per game and had the lowest score in the offensive category), the defense was arguably the best in OHC history. The defense pitched 5 shutouts in the regular season (6 if you count a 44-2 win over Greeneview where the Rams' only score was a safety) and gave up just 43 points in the regular season (merely 4.3 points per game, good for second lowest of all-time). The only loss in 2001 for the Trojans came at the hands of the eventual state champions, Marion Local in the Regional Finals. Making the 2001 Trojans team even more remarkable is the fact that 2001 is the only year two teams made it into our countdown, and the Trojans took down #9 rated Cedarville that season, 13-12. While the Trojans have had some up and down success since 2001, one fact remains; this was the best Southeastern team in OHC history. A stellar defense, a deep trip into the playoffs and a strong strength of schedule notches the 2001 Southeastern Trojans the #7 spot in our countdown of the Top OHC Teams of All-Time. 

Team Scoring
Wins: 10 pts
Playoff Wins: 6 pts
Strength of Schedule: 6.6 pts
Offense: 4 pts
Defense: 10 pts
Total Average: 7.32


#8 - 2009 West Liberty-Salem 11-1 (7-0)
2009 West Liberty-Salem Schedule/Results

Backstory: If you ask most coaches or football fanatics, the key to success on the gridiron starts with a solid defense. The 2009 OHC Champions had that covered in dominating fashion. The 2009 West Liberty-Salem Tigers allowed 7 points or less in 8 of their 10 regular season games, which explains why they come in at #8 on our countdown of the Top OHC Teams of All-Time. Not only did the team go on to finish a perfect 10-0 in the regular season, they stormed into the playoffs and flexed their muscles, shutting out a West Jefferson team that was averaging 33.3 points per game (3-0 final score) that many thought were a favorite to win. The 2009 Tiger offense averaged 33.4 points per game, but the defense allowed just 70 points total (7.0 per game); giving them a perfect score in our defensive category. Colin Link, the 2009 OHC Football Website Player of the Year, anchored a defense that is unarguably one of the greatest in OHC History. In 2009, WL-S placed 11 players on the All-Conference team. In the end, West Liberty-Salem ran into St. Henry in the Regional Quarterfinals and uncharacteristically gave up 42 points (more than half of what they had given up all season). Even with that loss, a strong regular season schedule and an iron clad defense notches the 2009 West Liberty-Salem Tigers the #8 spot on our countdown. 

Team Scoring
Wins: 10 pts
Playoff Wins: 3 pts
Strength of Schedule: 6.45 pts
Offense: 7 pts
Defense: 10 pts
Total Average: 7.29


#9 - 2008 Mechanicsburg 12-1 (7-0)
2008 Mechanicsburg Schedule/Results

Backstory: The offense wasn't nearly as dominate as the other teams on our list, and the defense gave up more points than anyone on our list, but making their way in at #8 on our countdown of the Top OHC Teams of All-Time is the 2008 Mechanicsburg Indians. Led by a talented senior class which included Andy Huffman, Ethan Price and David Bethel, and the 2008 OHC Website Player of the Year, Junior, Joe Webb, the Indians went a perfect 10-0 in the regular season. In 2008, the Indians' opponents combined for a record of 57-49. While that doesn't seem "remarkable," the fact that Mechanicsburg played and beat 3 playoff teams and 5 teams with at least 7 wins in the regular season is nothing but remarkable. The 2008 Indians had by far the toughest schedule, giving them the highest score of any team in the strength of schedule category, and they went unbeaten. The Indians continued to roll, right into the playoffs and made it to Regional Finals. In the 1st round the Indians pitched a 42-0 shutout of New Miami and then advanced to drill Covington 40-14. The Indians were edged in the Regional Finals by Lehman 28-13, but the legacy of that team lives on as it was also the last time Mechanicsburg made the playoffs. In all, the 2008 Mechanicsburg Indians beat 5 playoff teams and 8 teams who finished with winning records and that brutal schedule accessorized by their success is why the 2008 Mechanicsburg Indians come in at #9 of our Top OHC Teams of All-Time. 

Team Scoring
Wins: 10 pts
Playoff Wins: 6 pts
Strength of Schedule: 8.55 pts
Offense: 7 pts
Defense: 4 pts
Total Average: 7.11


#10 - 2012 West Liberty-Salem 11-1 (7-0)
2012 West Liberty-Salem Schedule/Results

Backstory: A stellar squad on both sides of the ball makes their way in at #9, with a big asterisk by their ranking because the 2012 Tigers true potential may never be known. Completing their second undefeated regular season in a row (the only team in league history to do so), this Senior laden team fell in the Regional Semifinals to the #1 ranked team in the state, Coldwater. The Tigers dominated games in 2012 on both sides of the ball, and even put up more points (22) and yards (328) than any other team that season against the MAC champions (who played in the state championship in 2009, 2010 and 2011). Led by arguably one of the most athletic quarterbacks in league history, Riley Sims (over 1,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing in the regular season) , the Tigers scored an average of 48.2 points per game in the regular season. 2012 WL-S scored a perfect score in the offensive category. The defense was stout as well, giving up just 12.5 points per game in the regular season. The 2012 Tigers fell in the playoffs with a valiant effort, but you can't help ask "what if..." Coldwater wasn't in the Region that year. Despite having the lowest "strength of schedule" rating in the Top 10, the 2012 Tigers have earned our #10 spot on the countdown. 

Team Scoring
Wins: 10 pts
Playoff Wins: 3 pts
Strength of Schedule: 5.25 pts
Offense: 10 pts
Defense: 7 pts
Total Average: 7.05


Best of the Rest
2003 Triad - 7.00 average.  Many regard the 2003 Triad team as the best in the school's history, they certainly were one of the best in the league's history. Triad finished the regular season 9-1 (6-1) and used a balanced team attack to outscore opponents 40.4 to 10.2 during the regular season.
2001 Cedarville - 6.94 average.  Few teams have been feared as much as the 2001 Cedarville Indians and their stifling defense. It was the first year of the conference and these guys simply did NOT give up many points. After completing a 9-1 (6-1) regular season, Cedarville went on to fall in the Regional Semifinals to the eventual state champions, Marion Local. Cedarville started off the 2001 season pitching 4 shutouts in their first 4 games. In Week 5, their only loss occurred with a 13-12 defeat at the hands of the OHC Champion Southeastern Trojans. Cedarville went on to pitch 2 more shutouts that season (6 total on the year), and in the regular season never gave up more than 2 scores.
2014 Greeneview - 6.88 average.  Greeneview's most successful team in school history just missed the cut with their historic run in 2014.  The Rams' only loss of the season came in Week 10, had they won that game they would have been #5 on the list.
2005 Mechanicsburg - 6.87 average.  The 2005 Indians were a great team, but not winning a playoff game cost them a spot in our Top 10. 1 playoff win would have propelled them to #3 all-time.
2014 West Liberty-Salem - 6.82 average.  Had the 2014 given up just 2 less points in the regular season, their defensive score would have been higher and they would have ranked #4 on the all-time list.
2002 Mechanicsburg - 6.73 average. The 2002 Indians low strength of schedule kept them off the list. 5 more opponent wins would have helped them crack the Top 10.
2011 West Liberty-Salem - 6.66 average. The Tigers failure to win a playoff game cost them the #6 spot and ultimately a Top 10 finish.
2013 Mechancisburg - 6.53 average.  The 2013 Indians had one of the lowest strength of schedules, despite being on of the greatest OHC teams of all-time.  The defense gave up some big points on the season, but the offense was stellar.  The 2013 Indians are only the 2nd team to advance to the state semi-finals, knocking off OHC rival WL-S in the regional championship.
2010 Catholic Central - 6.49 average. A playoff win would have notched the 2010 Irish the #8 spot.
2006 Catholic Central - 6.43 average. Had the 2006 Irish scored 4 more touchdowns (or 29 pts), they would have been ranked #9 all-time.

*Updated 9/21/17