(7-7-17) The 1990 St. Henry Redskin football team was the ‘greatest’ team to come out of Mercer County. They won the DV State Championship beating Sandusky St. Mary Central Catholic 20-17 to finish a 14-0 undefeated season. They breezed through the Midwest Athletic Conference undefeated.
On the season the defense had five shut outs of its 14-0 wins and never allowed an opponent to score 20 points. During the regular season they put up 30 or more points in nine games and would score 40 or more in six of them.
The Redskins had their hands full in the final two play-off games, beating Newak Catholic 21-19 and in the title game a 20-17 win over Sandusky SMCC
The Redskins roster featured, QB Bobby Hoying, Offensive Lineman Jeff Hartings, Wide Receiver Scott Brunswick and TE Kevin Neikamp.
Hoying was named Ohio’s Mr. Football, was a 1st Team All State selection, along with Brunswick and Hartings, while Niekamp was on the 2nd team.
Two of the key Redskins Kevin Niekamp and Scott Brunswick, would both go to D1 schools for football. For Niekamp, a career ending injury, never gave him a true opportunity at Ohio State, while Brunswick would go on to play at Toledo and have an outstanding career, signed with the Cowboys but ankle injury forced him out of football.
For Hoying and Hartings it was on to major DI programs and later the NFL.
Hoying would go on to be the starting QB for Ohio State and would and a member of Ohio State’s All Century Team, besides the football side he was an All Big 10 Scholar Athlete. Hoying would be a 3rd Round draft choice by the Philadelphia Eagles where he would start several games, later he would be traded to Oakland where he would start several games before an injury ended his career.
Hartings, who went to Penn State and played for Joe Paterno, would be a two-time All-American (1994, 1995) for the Nittany Lions,like Hoying academics played a big part in his career as he was named a two time academic All-American.
In 1996 Hartings would be a 1st round draft choice of the Detroit Lions (#23 overall), after several years in the Lions organization, he would sign as a free agent and play with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he was a Pro Bowler (2004, 2005) and a member of the 2006 Super Bowl champions.
Marion Local grad Tim Boeckman (195-57-3) would lead the Redskins to that first title in 1990, five more would follow over the years for St. Henry. Boeckman was the 1990 MAC Coach of the Year and also coached in the 1990 North-South All-Star game in which Hoying was named the MVP.
It was a season that will be longed remembered by St. Henry and Mercer County football fans.
1990 St. Henry Football Team