Like usual, the Midwest Athletic Conference ends up on top

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Ohio High School Leagues and Conferences

No question about it – the MAC stands alone as Ohio’s greatest high
school football conference. Step up and argue if you want to, but no one else has big enough gloves to win this fight. Here’s what you need to know: 19
years…19 state champions.


1. MIDWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE

THE GUTS: No question about it – the MAC stands alone as Ohio’s greatest high school football conference. Step up and argue if you want to, but no one else has big enough gloves to win this fight. Here’s what you need to know: 19 years…19 state champions (no conference has more). Since 1989, when Minster won the MAC’s first state championship (Division V), the conference has become the epitome of excellence. To be fair the MAC hasn’t won a state title every year. They have however won TWO titles in a year THREE times…from 2005-07. Enough said.

HISTORY:
The conference was created in 1973, but it wasn’t until 1981 that a MAC school made the OHSAA playoffs. Fittingly, Marion Local beat Waynesville 20-12 in the conference’s postseason debut.

TURNING POINT:
2002…that’s the last year the MAC didn’t win at least one state title. Since then the conference has gone 9-2 in state championship games and is 7-0 in the last four years. Over that same period (2002) the MAC has gone 70-12 in playoff games and 67-9 in playoff games that didn’t involve MAC vs MAC. That’s a winning percentage of 88-percent. Chew on that.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS (19):
Coldwater (2005, 2007), Delphos St. John’s (97-99, 05, 08), Marion Local (2000-01, 06-07), St. Henry (1990, 1992, 1994-95, 2004, 2006) Versailles (2003), Minster (1993)

CLOSING ARGUMENTS:
So you think the GCL is better based on shear NCAA Division I/NFL prowess? Think again. The MAC might be small but it’s mighty. On the collegiate level, only one high school has ever had TWO alumni start quarterback at Ohio State – St. Henry (Bobby Hoying and Todd Boeckman). As for the NFL, Hoying had a standout career with Philadelphia and Oakland. Jeff Hartings, Hoying’s teammate on the 1990 state title team, was an NFL Pro Bowler (Pittsburgh) and two-time All-American at Penn State. Boeckman participated in camp with Cincinnati and Jacksonville. Want icing? Try Jim Lachey. The former Ohio State All-American was a three-time NFL Pro-Bowl selection for Washington and helped the Redskins win Super Bowl XXVI. Did we mention Coldwater brothers Ross (junior) and Adam (freshman) Homan are penciled in as starters at linebacker and fullback, respectively, this season at Ohio State.

LAST WORD:
Among the Top 10 teams all-time in total state championships, FIVE are from the MAC: DSJ, Coldwater, Marion Local, St. Henry and Versailles. It should be noted, though, that five of Versailles’ six state titles came while it was a member of another conference/league. It should also be noted that 60-percent of the teams in the MAC own a state football title (St. Henry, Coldwater, Marion Local, Versailles, St. John’s and Minster).

BOTTOM LINE:
The MAC is the BEST. In 2007, the conference only got two teams in the playoffs, and both went 5-0 and won state titles (Coldwater in D-IV and Marion Local in D-VI). Now the conference implements a revolving schedule to try to get more teams to the postseason. Memo to Ohio: Step it up. Or get out of the way…

Best of the Rest

Honorable Mention

The First 5 Out

Nos. 6-10

No. 5: Central Catholic League

No. 4: Mid-State League

No. 3: Greater Miami Conference

No. 2: Greater Catholic League

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