You voted, you decided…who had Ohio’s best team performance in 2015? Over 176,500 votes were cast and the winner of the 2015 Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Ohio Football Team of the Year is Milan Edison. The Chargers outlasted a deep and talented field of nominees.
This year we’re proud to again present the Ohio National Guard JJHuddle Ohio High School Football Team Of the Year Award.
Over 176,500 votes were cast and the winner is Milan Edison. The Chargers generated 76,434 votes to outdistance runner-up Coldwater (65,231 votes). Perrysburg came in third (32,973 votes).
Milan Edison will receive a personalized award from the National Guard and JJHuddle.
Congrats to all nominees.
The Chargers entered this season with two playoff appearances and zero postseason wins. All they did was finish 12-2 and advance to the Division V state semifinals. Edison, which hosted the school’s first playoff game after finishing No. 1 in Region 16, won three postseason games, its first regional title and its first Sandusky Bay Conference championship. The club also set multiple school records including points in a season and wins.
Prior to this season the Indians, which started their program in 1992, had one winning season (6-4 in 1994) before 2014. Last year Fort Recovery made the playoffs for the first time ever and this season they won their first state title with a 33-14 victory over Mogadore in D-VII. Fort Recovery finished third in the MAC this season (best place ever) and is the seventh school from the conference to win a state football title. The Indians set numerous school records including wins (13), MAC wins (six), points per game and points allowed per game.
The Cavaliers advanced to their seventh straight state final and became the fourth team in state history to win four straight state titles with a 33-18 win over Canton Central Catholic in D-V. Coldwater leads the state in consecutive playoff trips (19) and wins (20). Head Coach Chip Otten is 28-2 in the playoffs in six years.
The Hornets had their 56-game regular season win streak snapped in Week 2 but rallied to make the program’s fifth straight state final and win the school’s third state title. The Hornets rallied from a 13-0 halftime deficit to beat Marion Local 22-20 in the D-VI state final. That ended the four-time defending state champion Flyers’ state record 24-game postseason win streak. Kirtland is 72-3 in its last 75 games (since start of 2011).
The Indians finished the regular season 10-0 and advanced to the Division VI regional finals before losing 9-7 to Marion Local. The Indians averaged 47.7 points per game and allowed 4.2. Junior QB Kaleb Romero threw for 1,700 yards and 18 TDs and ran for 1,700 yards and 25 TDs. Senior Phillip Cook added 1,013 yards rushing and 29 total TDs.
The Yellow Jackets finished the regular season 10-0 for the second straight season and were named champions of both state polls (National Guard JJHuddle and AP). Perrysburg has won 27 straight regular season games and 23 straight Northern Lakes League games. The Yellow jackets have three straight NLL titles.
The Cardinals had a historic season as they recorded a school record for wins and finished 10-2. SV made the playoffs for the first time ever, hosted its first playoff game and won the program’s first playoff game with a win over East Palestine in D-V.