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Countdown: 85 Days Until Ohio State Football

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June 7, 2019 at 8:35am
Roger Bacon

Recruiting is said to be the lifeblood of college football. This series will countdown the top 100 high schools in Ohio that have provided the Buckeyes with football players. The rankings are based on how many times a player from each high school has been listed on Ohio State's roster between 1970 and 2018.

No. 85, Roger Bacon


Three players from Roger Bacon have been listed on 11 Ohio State rosters. The first Spartan to make it on the roster was guard Tim Wersel (1970-72). He was a reserve guard as a senior in Columbus and earned nine varsity letters during his time at Roger Bacon. 

Ten years later, Jeff Cargile (1982-84) became the second Spartan to earn a spot on Ohio State's roster. Cargile was listed at running back his first two seasons, but was moved to linebacker during his final year as a redshirt sophomore. He earned a varsity letter for the Buckeyes as a special teams player in 1983. At Roger Bacon, Cargile rushed for 2,715 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Punter BJ Sander (1999-2003) was a member of the 2002 national championship team. The lefty took over as the starting punter in 2003. Sander's patience to play paid off as he downed 39 of his 82 punts inside the opponent's 20-yard line. That was best in the nation and earned him All-Big Ten honors. Sander also became the first Ohio State punter to win the Ray Guy Award. Sander was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third-round of the 2004 NFL Draft.

Back To School

Roger Bacon is located in St. Benard, Ohio (Hamilton County) and is a member of the Greater Catholic League. The team currently competes in Division IV, Region 16.  The last time the Spartans made the playoffs was 2010. They defeated Wyoming, 26-21, in round one, but were bounced the next week by Archishop McNicholas. In the eight seasons since then, Roger Bacon has not had a winning season and went 0-10 in 2012.


The school has nine state championships. Girls' volleyball leads the way with three (2005, 2004, 2001) followed by boys' basketball (2002, 1982), boys' soccer (1990, 1989), girls' basketball (1995) and boys' baseball (1935).

Famous Alumni

NFL players Adrian Breen and Milt Stegall, MLB players Moe Burtschy and Tom Kramer and movie geek from the Comedy Central game show Beat the Geeks, Marc Edward Heuck.

Explanation of the Rankings
School "A" had 14 players appear 16 times on Ohio State's roster. School "B" had 11 players appear 20 times on Ohio State's roster. School "B" will have the higher ranking. Why? Even though school "B" has less players, those players played for more years. 

If two or more schools have the same number of appearances, the tie will be broken by the school with the highest average of roster appearances per player. If there is a tie in the average, the tie breaker will be the school with the most prominent Ohio State player. 

Top 100 Ohio High Schools
100 99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91
90 89 88 87 86 85 84 83 82 81
80 79 78 77 76 75 74 73 72 71
70 69 68 67 66 65 64 63 62 61
60 59 58 57 56 55 54 53 52 51
50 49 48 47 46 45 44 43 42 41
40 39 38 37 36 35 34 33 32 31
30 29 28 27 26 25 24 23 22 21
20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 11
10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

2,750 days since Ohio State has not defeated That Team.
175 days until The Game.

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