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Countdown: 80 Days Until Ohio State Football

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Matt Gutridge's picture
June 12, 2019 at 4:15pm
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For those of you that have been following this countdown, you know that Mike Scannell and Toledo Central Catholic threw a monkey wrench in the rankings.

So, today, let's take a moment to get everything squared away. The first table will show the published rankings for 100-90 and the correct rankings for 100-90. The second table will breakdown 89-80.

Unless there is another "Mike Scannell" situation lurking out there, we should be on track with the rankings for teams ranked 79 through No. 1.

Comparing The Rankings
RANK CORRECT TEAM     PUBLISHED
100 DAYTON PATTERSON     LOUISVILLE
99 LOUISVILLE     URBANA
98 URBANA     CAMBRIDGE
97 CAMBRIDGE     WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS
96 WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS     TIFFIN COLUMBIAN
95 TIFFIN COLUMBIAN     NEWARK CATHOLIC
94 NEWARK CATHOLIC     VILLA ANGELA-ST. JOSEPH
93 VILLA ANGELA-ST. JOSEPH     AVON LAKE
92 TOLEDO ST. FRANCIS     DAYTON DUNBAR
91 STRONGSVILLE     STRONGSVILLE
90 AVON LAKE     PORTSMOUTH *

*The Ohio State Team Guide has Portsmouth listed as John Doll's hometown and high school. Alert 11W member NorthBerg remembered that Doll played for Portsmouth Clay and through some digging, that fact was confirmed. Due to Doll's removal, Portsmouth fell out of the top 100.

Comparing The Rankings
RANK CORRECT TEAM     PUBLISHED TEAM
89 MASSILLON PERRY     MASSILLON PERRY
88 LAKEWOOD     LAKEWOOD
87 DAYTON DUNBAR     AMHERST STEELE
86 AMHERST STEELE     WAPAKONETA
85 WAPAKONETA     ROGER BACON
84 ROGER BACON     BEREA
83 BEREA     WESTLAKE
82 WESTLAKE     COLDWATER
81 COLDWATER     HOOVER
80 HOOVER      

Hoover is No. 80 on the countdown, but their story was published yesterday. Since No. 100 Dayton Patterson was skipped, let's give them their due today.

Patterson

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. 100, Dayton Patterson

Qualification

Patterson produced two Ohio State players that appeared on 9 Ohio State rosters. Chris Ward was the first Beaver to play in Columbus. The impressive offensive tackle had an incredible Buckeye career. He was a captain of the 1977 team, named an All-American in 1976 and 1977, earned All-Big Ten honors three times and was on the Academic All-Big Ten team in 1975. In 2000, Ward was named to the Ohio State All-Century team. 

With Ward on the team, Ohio State won four Big Ten titles, had a record of 39–8–1 and defeated Colorado 27-10 in the 1977 Orange  Bowl. He was selected by the Jets with the 4th pick of the 1st round in the 1978 NFL Draft. Ward played six seasons with the Jets and one season with the Saints.

At Patterson, Ward won the state title in the discus and won a total of nine varsity letters. He continued his track career at Ohio State and lettered.

What makes Mr. Ward's story even more incredible is that when he was born, his parents left him in a Cleveland dumpster to die. An elderly couple adopted him and the family soon moved to Dayton. To read more about Chris Ward, and other Ohio State players to wear No. 79, go here.

Derrick Foster was the second, and last, Patterson player to make an Ohio State roster. He spent his first three seasons as a reserve linebacker and defensive end for the Buckeyes. Various injuries, an arthritic hip and Alonzo Spellman limited Foster's playing time.

Back To School

Patterson High School was located in Montgomery County and was a member of the Dayton City League. The team competed in Division II, Region 8.  2000 is the last season I can find a football schedule for the Beavers, they went 3–7. 

Notable

The Beavers won a state title in boys' track in 1985. It was the schools only state championship.

The school closed in 2009 and was turned into Ponitz Career Technology Center.

Famous Alumni

Famous names you may know: Other than the Buckeyes listed above, nobody of note.

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 roster 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

2,753 days since Ohio State has not defeated That Team.
172 days until The Game.

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