Elks Football Philosophy
Football is a tremendous educational opportunity for any young man as he prepares to embark on today’s world.It is a vehicle which teaches the values of hard work, self-discipline, perseverance, mental toughness, and the importance of believing in one’s self. Our program strives to provide for all young men the opportunity to develop these qualities and maintain them as permanent parts of their makeup. Expectations for those involved with Centerville Football are high, as we realize that it is human nature for competitive people to rise up or live down to stated expectations. As a result we feel that all young men within our program will learn to set goals for themselves well above the ordinary. By expecting themselves to perform well above the norm, consequently reaching goals which previously seemed unattainable, we feel a great deal of self-confidence will be developed by our players. This acquired attitude of expecting excellence of themselves at all times will assist them greatly as they go on to achieve their dreams beyond high school.
“TRADITION IN WINNING”Centerville Football has long been recognized as one of the premier high school football programs in the state of Ohio. Over the past 37 years, the program has built a tradition of winning matched by few Centerville has won 314 games (77% winning percentage) in the past 38 years, while winning 22 Conference Championships. In this same time span, the team has reached the state playoffs 13 times, reaching the regional level every time, and were state runners-up in 1991. In 1986, the Elks finished the season ranked Number One in the state of Ohio. Centerville football players have received many honors over the years. Included in these awards have been 47 All-Ohio Players and the 1986 Gatorade Midwest player of the Year in Kirk Herbstreit. Numerous Elk players have gone on to very successful college football careers at all levels, including 88 NCAA Division 1 players. 7 former Elks reached the ultimate level of football: the National Football League.
- John Mahon played for the Detroit Lions
- Dave Preston played with the Denver Broncos
- Dave Morrill played with the Cleveland Browns
- Andy Harmon had an outstanding career with the Philadelphia Eagles
- Mike Nugent (2004 Lou Groza Award) is currently kicking for the Cincinnati Bengals
- Packer LB A.J. Hawk (2005 Lombardi)
- FB/HB Will Johnson (Steelers).
OVERALL RECORD (Since 1974)