OHC History

The Ohio Heritage Conference was founded as an eight team conference in 2001.  The charter members of the conference were Catholic Central, Cedarville, Greeneview, Mechanicsburg, Northeastern, Southeastern, Triad and West Liberty-Salem.  In 2016 it was announced that the OHC would expand it's footprint as Fairbanks, Greenon, Madison Plains and West Jefferson were approved to join the conference.  Those four teams were officially added to the football conference in the 2017 season, changing the face and outline of the OHC for the first time in 16 seasons.  With the additions, the OHC split into a North Division (Fairbanks, Mechanicsburg, Northeastern, Triad, West Jefferson and West Liberty-Salem) and a South Division (Catholic Central, Cedarville, Greeneview, Greenon, Madison Plains and Southeastern).  Each year, a conference champion will be declared in each division.  The OHC plays a maximum of 2 non-conference games, 3 crossover games and then each team's league schedule begins in Week 6.

The OHC schools represent the three smallest divisions in Ohio High School football. Currently, Greenon (the largest school in the OHC), West Jefferson, West Liberty-Salem and Madison Plains are in Division 5. Fairbanks, Greeneview, Northeastern, Mechanicsburg and Triad are in Division 6. Catholic Central (the smallest school in the OHC), Cedarville and Southeastern are all in Division 7.

The OHC was created with and maintained the reputation for some of the highest quality small school football in the state of Ohio. Through the 2016 season, the OHC is an impressive 198-178-1 (.527 winning percentage) all-time against non-conference opponents in regular season games.

Nine of the twelve OHC teams have won or shared conference championships in the OHC since 2001. Mechanicsburg has won seven OHC titles (2002 shared, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2014 shared, 2015, 2016), West Liberty-Salem has five (2004, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014 shared), Greeneview has three (2014 shared, 2017 and 2018) Catholic Central has two (2007 and 2010), Northeastern has two (2002 shared and 2003 shared), Triad has two (2003 shared and 2013), West Jefferson has two (2017 and 2018 shared), Fairbanks has one (2018 shared) and Southeastern has one (2001).

Since the inaugural season in 2001, the OHC has sent 52 teams to the OHSAA playoffs. Verifying the high quality of OHC football, in the Regional Quarterfinals, OHC teams are an impressive 31-21 all-time (.596 winning %).

In 2007, Catholic Central made history in the OHC for traveling to the State Semifinals; the first time an OHC team had ever gone this far in the playoffs. The Irish lost in the state semifinals by a mere 7 points to the eventual State Champion, Newark Catholic.  Mechanicsburg matched the feat in 2013 when they advanced to the State Semifinals as well for the first time in schools history, before falling to Wayne Trace.  The OHC has played in 11 Regional Finals, winning 2 Regional Championships.

Mechanicsburg has made the most playoff appearances since the inauguration of the OHC with 13.  West Liberty-Salem has made the playoffs 11 times.  Catholic Central has made the playoffs 8 times, Triad and Greeneview have each made the playoffs 5 times, Southeastern has made the playoffs 3 times. West Jefferson, Cedarville and Northeastern each have 2 playoff appearances.  Fairbanks has made the playoffs once.

 

*Updated 10/1/19