1966 Celina Sr High school FB

Celina’s 1965 football season is always mentioned when Bulldog fans talk about the green and white and great gridiron moments. Future Ohio State Buckeye and NFL star Jim Otis led as talented of team that has ever played at Celina Stadium.

1966 Celina Sr High school FB scores

Otis (RB) grounded out 1,680 yards rushing and QB Dick Quilling (544 yds rushing) ran one of the best offenses in the Western Buckeye League to win the league title. Coach Norm Decker had built a powerful team on both sides of the line.

1966 Celina Sr High school FB stats

Head Coach Norm Decker beloved in Celina after the 1965 season.

1966 Celina Sr High school FB coaches

1966 Celina Sr High school FB players 1

1966 Celina Sr High school FB players 2

The 1965 Van Wert Cougarsturned a Bulldog dream season into a nightmare….

1965 VW team

On a rainy, cold, dreary night the Bulldogs would take the long trip home from Van Wert after tying the Cougars 6-6 in the final game of the season (there were no playoffs in 1965). The loss for Celina was devastating, while Van Wert, who finished the season at 2-7-1…it was a game to remember.

From Van Wert 1965-66 Yearbook….

1965 VW story

Below is the Daily Standard game article of the Van Wert game written by long-time Sports Editor Bob Shraluka. – (special thanks to Elizabeth Muether, Mercer County District Library for forward article)

The story shares the Bulldogs night of frustration due to the weather, a Van Wert team that took advantage of those conditions…and a couple of heart-breaking opportunities missed during the game.

With the tie the Bulldogs finished the season at 9-0-1.

VW loss 1965

You can view this article as well at the Mercer County Library in Celina