ThisWeek tackling the all-time high school football team
For our fifth-annual summer series, ThisWeek Community News’ sports department is keeping the focus on football.
It begins with a simple question: Who would be named to the all-time high school football team in the ThisWeek Community News era (since 1990)?
Over the course of the next two months, ThisWeek will compile names, stats and opinions from area coaches, fans and media with the goal to present what can be considered the all-time greatest central Ohio team high team of the last 23 seasons.
But first, we’re looking for feedback from fans.
We’re asking you to vote on who you think is the greatest quarterback, running back and wide receiver since 1990. The polls on the right allow you to vote and vote more than once, just refresh the page. You can also leave a comment below. Any and all feedback will help us determine the all-time team.
This feature continues ThisWeek’s summer tradition of an in-depth series and follows "20 Years of Upsets" in 2009, the "Most Dominating Teams" in 2010, the "Top Individual Performances" in 2011 and the “Most Dramatic State Tournament Events” last year.
Before you vote, take a minute to read through these “mini-bios” to help you form your opinion.
Jeremy Ebert, Hilliard Darby — The 2007 Super 25 Captain, Ebert was 114-181 passing for 1,576 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for 1,358 yards and 16 touchdowns on 184 carries as Darby finished 11-2. He also made the Super 25 team as a junior, completing 89 of 200 for 1,182 yards with seven touchdowns and rushing for 1,013 yards and seven touchdowns on 149 caries as the Panthers went 4-6.
Scott McMullen, Granville — In 1998, he led Granville to a 10-0 record, passing for 2,577 yards with 25 touchdowns and five interceptions. As a sophomore, McMullen passed for 2,081 yards and made second-team all-state. Despite missing two full games and parts of others with injuries as a junior, he threw for 1,442 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Rocco Pentello, Westerville South — A four-year all-state selection, Pentello rushed for 994 yards and 13 touchdowns and was 78-for-120 passing for 1,186 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior despite playing only six games before getting hurt. As a junior, Pentello was 106-for-167 for 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He was 344-for-554 passing for 5,042 yards and 58 touchdowns and rushed for 1,937 yards and 25 touchdowns through his first three high school seasons. He made Super 25 as sophomore, junior and senior from 2004-06.
Rocky Pentello, Ready and Westerville South — Pentello was 215-for-385 passing for 3,245 yards with 35 touchdowns and 13 interceptions as a senior at South in 2000. He passed for 1,958 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior in 1999, helping Ready improved from 2-8 to 9-1. He passed for 1,351 yards as a sophomore.
Nathan Poole, Grove City — The 1999 Super 25 Captain, he was 128-213 passing for 2,272 yards with 29 touchdowns and five interceptions. He threw for nearly 6,000 yards with 64 touchdowns in three years as a starter. Grove City advanced to a Division I regional final that season. As a junior, he passed for 1,708 yards and 19 touchdowns as the Dawgs went 9-2. As a sophomore, Poole threw for 1,756 yards and 16 touchdowns and the Dawgs went 5-5.
Brady Quinn, Dublin Coffman — The 2002 Super 25 Captain, he completed 143 of 258 yards for 2,146 with 25 touchdowns and four interceptions as a senior. Quinn was named the Central District’s Offensive Player of the Year. He played the final two games of his senior season on an injured left foot, and the Shamrocks lost to Gahanna 28-26 in the first round of the playoffs to go 8-3. As a junior, Quinn passed for 2,183 yards and 21 touchdowns as Coffman went 9-4 and lost in a state semifinal.
Jack Rafferty, Dublin Coffman and St. Charles — The 2003 Super 25 Captain was 215-for-366 passing for 3,227 yards and 27 touchdowns with just four interceptions.
Kyle Slager, Upper Arlington — The 1998 Super 25 Captain, he passed for 2,560 yards with 29 touchdowns and six interceptions, as the Bears went 12-1 after losing in a state semifinal. Slager was the Central District’s Offensive Player of the Year. Slager also started for the Bears in 1997 and again led them to a 12-1 record.
Zach Stoudt, Dublin Coffman — He was 237 of 362 passing for 3,547 yards and 34 touchdowns as a senior at Coffman. The Shamrocks finished 13-1 and made it to a state semifinal that season.
Kasey Wendal, Westland — The 2006 Super 25 Captain, he rushed for 1,943 yards and 23 touchdowns and was 118-for-213 passing for 1,571 yards with 17 touchdowns. Wendal helped the Cougars make their first and only playoff appearance, going 7-4 (losing 28-21 to UA in first round of playoffs). Westland was 1-9 his junior season, but scored more than 20 points in six of 10 games.
Jeff Backes, Upper Arlington — He missed all of his junior year with a shoulder injury, but rushed for more than 3,000 yards and 42 Touchdowns as a senior when UA won the Division I state title in 2000. He rushed for more than 700 yards as a sophomore.
Derek Combs, Grove City — The Super 25 Captain and Mr. Football in 1996, he rushed for 2,149 yards and 24 Touchdowns that season. He also rushed for more than 1,500 yards as a junior.
Ross Franklin, Johnstown — The 2011 Super 25 captain, he rushed for 3,416 yards and 51 touchdowns as a senior. As a junior, he rushed for 2,183 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Nick Goings, Dublin and Dublin Scioto — The Super 25 captain in 1994 when he rushed for more than 1,500 yards and 29 Touchdowns, he was also Super 25 co-captain in 1995 when he rushed for 2,438 yards and 35 Touchdowns.
Maurice Hall, Brookhaven — The Super 25 Captain in 2000, he rushed for 3,057 yards and 51 Touchdowns on 291 carries as the Bearcats lost in a regional semifinal. He finished his prep career with 84 touchdowns.
Erik Haw, Independence — He rushed for 3,038 yards and 29 touchdowns as a senior in 2003 when the 76ers were regional runners-up.
Marcus Hendren, Johnstown — He rushed for 2,900 yards and 36 Touchdowns on 347 carries as a senior in 2007.
Jayshon Jackson, Westerville South — The 2010 Super 25 captain as a senior, he rushed for 2,583 yards and 25 touchdowns. As a junior, he rushed for 2,037 yards and 26 touchdowns for the Wildcats while making first-team all-state.
Noah Key, Hartley — He rushed for 2,755 yards and 39 touchdowns as a senior in 2010, helping lead Hartley to a Division IV state title.
Storm Klein, Licking Valley — He rushed for 1,804 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior, finished with 27 Touchdowns as a junior and was a four-year starter at running back for Licking Valley.
Jesse Kline, Upper Arlington — The Super 25 captain as a junior in 1997 when he rushed for 2,315 yards and 33 touchdowns on 296 carries.
Lerron Moore, Watterson — He rushed for 2,183 yards and 22 Touchdowns as a senior and is the all-time leading rusher at Watterson.
Erick Phillips, Hilliard Davidson — The Super 25 captain in 2001, the senior rushed for 1,845 yards and 21 Touchdowns. He rushed for 1,923 yards and 20 Touchdowns as a junior.
Gary Russell, Walnut Ridge — He rushed for 2,084 yards and 28 Touchdowns as a senior and 1,600 yards and 22 Touchdowns as a junior.
Adam Alderman, Granville — As a senior in 2008, he had 90 catches for 1,328 yards and 16 Touchdowns. He ranks third in career receptions (243) in state history.
Drew Anderson, Granville — He had 102 catches for 1,590 yards — both fourth all-time in the state at the time — and 18 Touchdowns as a senior in 2003 when Granville made playoffs for first time.
Marcus Davis, Dublin Coffman — He finished with 64 catches for 907 yards and eight TOUCHDOWNS as a senior in 2011 when Coffman was 8-3. As a junior, he had 53 catches for 680 yards and five Touchdowns and Coffman also finished 8-3.
Matt Hardy, Newark — As a junior in 2001, Hardy had 82 catches for 1,220 yards and 11 Touchdowns while making first-team all-state. As a senior, he had 44 catches for 698 yards and eight Touchdowns.
Lance Moore, Westerville South — As a senior in 2000, had 103 catches for a state-record 1,585 yards and 24 Touchdowns. He had one game where he set a state-record with 18 catches.
Mark Philmore, Reynoldsburg — He had 81 catches for 1,000 yards and 11 Touchdowns in 2001 as the Raiders made playoffs for only time in program history. As a junior, Philmore had 35 catches for 736 yards and six Touchdowns.
Tim Shadoan, Dublin Scioto -- As a senior in 2012, Shadoan had a program-record 81 receptions for 1,007 yards and nine touchdowns and rushed for 237 yards and nine scores on 44 attempts while making first-team all-district and the ThisWeek Super 25. He helped the Irish reach the Division I playoffs as a senior and holds the program record for career receptions with 121.
Jake Stoneburner, Dublin Coffman — Although he played tight at Ohio State, he was a standout at wide receiver for the Shamrocks. He had 67 catches for 1,131 yards and 13 Touchdowns as a senior. As a junior, he had 63 catches for 946 yards and eight Touchdowns. Coffman went 9-4 in 2006 and 13-1 in 2007.
Chris Strayer, Granville — As a senior in 1996, he had 76 catches for 1,434 yards and 15 Touchdowns, helping team go 8-2. As a junior, he had 40 catches for 570 yards and eight Touchdowns under first-year coach Mike Hensley. The team went 6-4 that season.
Ernie Wheelwright, Walnut Ridge — He averaged 25 yards per catch as the team went to Division II, Region 6 final. During the regular season, Wheelwright had 25 catches for 600 yards and 11 Touchdowns. His junior year in 2001 he made first-team all-district.