Only players who hold their school's record are listed above.
(9-28-16) Over the years of high school football in Mercer County many top
players have had an impact on the local scene. The players who hold those records
are know well for what they did during their time in high school.
St. Henry's Doug Speck left his mark on the all-time rushing leader in Mercer County.
He holds the single game rushing record (381 yards vs Coldwater, 1993), second all-time for a season and
was the all-time career leading rusher, just 10 yards short of having 5,000 for his career. Speck who
was just 5-foot-7 and 165 pounds, didn't letthat stop him from being the 1993 Midwest Athletic Conference
Offensive Player of the Year. Speckwas a winner, he was a part of two State Championship teams and three
MAC football titles.
His totals may have been higher, but as a freshman he was on the same team that featured some of the
greatest players to be a part of St. Henry football, Bobby Hoying, Kevin Niekamp, Greg Gels, Scott Brunswick
and Jeff Hartings.
One of the most high profile runners on the all-time Mercer County rushing list is Celina's Jim Otis, the only back
from the 1960's on the list. Otis during his career as a Bulldog never played in a play-off, due to Ohio
not having them in the 1960's, yet he had a season of 1.690 yards. Otis went on to play at Ohio State and than on
to the NFL, in 1975, he rushed for an NFC-leading 1,076 yards for the St. Louis Cardinals.
Career highlights of Jim Otis as shown at the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame 2015 Enshrinement Dinner.
SSN's Dave Schmidt with the call...
1991 Ohio High School Regional Championship basketball game. Last second shot by Jill Froning for unranked Celina wins the game over Ohio's #1 rated Pickerington (were also rated in USA Today Top 5)...Celina went on to win the Ohio D1 State Championsip game. Game was played at Bellefontaine HS, Dave Schmidt doing the play-by-by for Celina Cable TV.