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ST. IGNATIUS WILDCATS FOOTBALL RECORDS

(As compiled by Timothy L. Hudak, ’64)

             The following records were collected while researching and writing Wildcats! A History of St. Ignatius High School Football.  Also contributing to this effort were the official season stats for the Wildcats from the years 1997-2002, very generously provided by Athletic Director Dale Gabor.  Most categories have been selected because there is enough information available to treat all eras fairly.  Some categories have been used because of their significance beyond St. Ignatius, and these should be fairly obvious.  

            As I mentioned, these records are by no means complete, although darn close.  If anyone has information they would like to share, feel free to send it to me or to Assistant Athletic Director Rory Fitzpatrick.  Please include documentation to verify your claim (newspaper article, yearbook info, official school stats sheet). 

            Note: Figure in parenthesis indicates current Ohio High School Athletic Assoc.  all-time ranking.

Football

Team Records

State Champions

1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2001

State Runner-up

1996

National Champions

1989, 1993, 1995

Best Record

14-0 in 1988, 1992, 1993 & 1995

Most Points Scored in a Season

420 points in 1964 (based on 10 game season)

Least Points Allowed in a Season

38 points in 1976 (10 game season)
25 points in 1925 (9 game season)

Longest Winning Streak

39 games 10/31/87 - 11/3/90

Individual Records

Passing

Most Yards Passing – Season Most TD Passes Thrown - Season
3,643 – Nate Szep, 2001(7) 37 – Nate Szep, 2001(9)
2,827 – Dave Ragone, 1997(26) 28 – Bryan Panteck, 2000
2,570 – Brian Hoyer, 2003 25 – Dave Ragone, 1997
2,398 – Bryan Panteck, 2000 23 – Sean Grady, 1994
2,379 – Sean Grady, 1994 22 – Brian Dowling, 1964
2,240 – Joe Pickens, 1989 21 – Scott Mutryn, 1992, 1993
2,181 – Tom Arth,1998 21 – Brian Hoyer, 2003
2,180 – Joe Pickens, 1988 20 – Joe Pickens, 1989
2,130 – Brian Hoyer, 2002 20 – Jon Blevins, 1996
2,016 – Scott Mutryn, 1992 18 – Brian Hoyer, 2002
TD Passes Thrown – Game TD passes Thrown - Career
6 – Bryan Panteck, 2000 vs. Tol. St. John Jesuit 43 – Bryan Panteck, 1999,2000
  5 – Several Players Tied. 42 – Rudy Kirbus, 2004 - 2005
  42 – Scott Mutryn, 1992 - 1993
41 – Nate Szep, 1999 - 2001
Pass Completions - Game 39 – Brian Dowling, 1963 - 1964
26 – Dave Ragone, 1997 vs. Canton McKinley 39 – Brian Hoyer, 2002 - 2003
25 – Dave Ragone, 1998 35 – Joe Pickens, 1987 - 1989
24 – Joe Pickens, 1989 29 – Jon Blevins, 1995 - 1996

Rushing

Most Yards Rushing - Season Most Yards Rushing – Game
1,903 – Eric Haddad, 1993 341 – Matt Bunsey, 1996 vs. Strongsville
1,703 – Dan Murphy, 1999 284 – Ken Yantek, 1970
1,535 – Ramadii Parker, 1994 276 – Ramadii Parker, 1994 
1,267 – Tim Culver, 1973 269 – John Van der Oord, 2001 vs. Tol. St. John
1,264 – John Van der Oord, 2001 222 – Dan Murphy, 1999 vs. Canton McKinley
1,196 – Ramadii Parker, 1995 222 – Andrew Stankus, 2004 vs. St. Edward
  1,178 – Peter Fitzpatrick, 1989 221 – Matt Merletti, 2006 vs. Massillon Washington
  1,149 – Peter Fitzpatrick, 1988 220 – Andrew Stankus, 2004 vs. Strongsville
    214 – Dan Murphy, 1999
    212 – Matt Merletti, 2006 vs. Penn
    212 – Eric Haddad, 1993 vs. Strongsville
    212 – Eric Haddad 1993 vs. Padua
    205 – Jim Callinan, 1977
    201 – Fred Oblak, 1957
    201 – Eric Haddad, 1993 vs. Strongsville (Playoffs)
 

Receiving

Pass Receptions - Season Pass Receptions - Game
72 – Jeff Lerner, 1997 12 - Jeff Lerner, 1997
57 – Matt Miller, 2001 9 - Josiah Kedzior - 2003
52 – Jon Volosin, 1998
46 – Dan O’Leary, 1994, 1995
45 – Mike Buddie, 1988
42 – Mike Foran (1999), Tom Christy  (2001), Tony Gonzalez (2001)
TD Pass Receptions – Season
14 – Matt Miller, 2001(3)
13 – Jon Gannon, 2000(4)
  13 – Jeff Lerner, 1997 (4)  
  12 – Robby Parris, 2005 (5)  
11 – Mike Gaul, 1963(6)
11 – Jim Grace, 1964
11 – John Jaeckin, 1989
11 – Matt Miller, 2000

Kicking

Longest Field Goal Most Field Goals - Season
  50 yds. – Nick Yako, 2005 15 – Jesse Milligan, 1997
48 yds. – Adam Danko, 2004 vs. St. Edward 14 – Adam Danko, 2004
47 yds. – Mike McLaughlin, 1984 11 – Justin Archer, 1992
46 yds. – Phil Mohr, 1988 vs. Tol. Whitmer 8 – Brett Sterba, 1995
44 yds. – Adam Danko, 2004 7 – Bryan Andrassy, 1994
42 yds. – Miro Kesic, 1999 6 – Joe Zombek, 1996
  42 yds. – Joe Zombek, 1996  
  41 yds. – Miro Lovric, 1977  
Most PAT Kicks – Game Most PAT Kicks - Season
8 – Rick Rose, 1964 59 – Nick Paez, 1993
8 – Phil Mohr, 1988 vs. JFK 51 – Bryan Andrassy, 1994
8 – Adam Danko, 2004 vs. Warren Harding 49 – Justin Archer, 1992
8 – Adam Danko, 2004 vs.Friendship Edison Academy 48 – Rick Rose, 1964
7 – Chuck Baloga, 1957 47 – Joe Zombek, 1996
6 – 6 players tied. 45 – Matt Fordyce, 1998
    44 – Phil Mohr, 1988
 

Scoring

TD Scored – Game TD Scored Season
6 – Eric Haddad, 1993 vs. Holy Name 33 – Eric Haddad, 1993
5 - O’Donnell, 1917 24 – Fred Oblak, 1957
5 – Fred Oblak, 1957 (Two times) 22 – Jim Grace, 1964
5 – Bob Petrus, 1975 22 – Dan Murphy, 1999
4 – Several Players Tied 21 – Ramadii Parker, 1994
TD Scored – Career Most Points - Game
51 – Eric Haddad, 1991-93 36 – Eric Haddad, 1993 vs. Holy Name
39 – Ramadii Parker, 1994-95 30 – O’Donnell, 1917
35 – Dan Murphy, 1997-99 30 – Fred Oblak, 1957 (2 Times)
35 – John van der Oord, 1999-2001 30 – Bob Petrus, 1975
34 – Peter Fitzpatrick, 1987-89 30 – Eric Haddad, 1993
34 – Dean Lamirand, 1990-92
Most Points - Season Most Points - Career
178 – Eric Haddad, 1993 308 – Eric Haddad, 1991-93
144 – Fred Oblak, 1957 234 – Ramadii Parker, 1993-95
132 – Jim Grace, 1964 216 – Dan Murphy, 1997-99
114 – Paul Brubeck, 1950 210 – John van der Oord, 1999-2001
114 – Peter Fitzpatrick, 1989 206 – Dean Lamirand, 1990-92
114 – John van der Oord, 2001 204 – Peter Fitzpatrick, 1987-89
185 – Kevin Ginley, 1982-84
180 – Fred Oblak, 1956-57

Defense

Tackles - Season Tackles - Career
198 - John Kerr, 2001 419 - John Kerr, 1999-01
Interceptions - Season Interceptions Career
16 - Brian Dowling, 1964 33 - Brian Dowling, 1962-64
**Both Interception marks are the current Ohio state record.

Longest

Longest TD – Kickoff Return Longest TD - Rushing
  98 yds. – Pat Kennedy, 1986(6) vs. St. Edward 98 yds. – Nick Shurtlerff, 2006 vs. Canisius
95 yds. – Jim Oliphant, 1961(10) 92 yds. – Ken Yantek, 1970
94 yds. – Pete Landino, 1984 (11) 90 yds. – Greg O’Brien, 1960
94 yds. – Ramadii Parker, 1994(11) 84 yds. – Oliver Luck, 1977
94 yds. – Greg Baitt, 2004(11) 82 yds. – Matt Merletti, 2006 vs. Penn
91 yds. – Scott Di Loreto, 1988 80 yds. – Ted Vande Motter, 1926
91 yds. – Tom Rini, 1993 80 yds. – R. Stanton, 1932
    80 yds. – Mike Hegan, 1959
Longest TD Pass Play
99 yds. – Tom Arth to Jon Volosin, 1998(2) vs. Glen Mills
98 yds. – Brian Hoyer to Chris Rigo 2003 vs. Westerville North
94 yds. – Don Pfiel to Jim Roberts, 1968
84 yds. – Jim Kubacki to Rick Kray, 1972
83 yds. – Bryan Pantek to Peter Koch, 1999
80 yds. – Joe Pickens to Mark Ruddy 1989 vs. Moeller
  80 yds. – Nathan Szep to Anthony Gonzalez, 2001  
  80 yds. – James J. Riley, 1934  
Longest TD – Interception Return
97 yds. – Tony Arth, 1929(8)
91 yds. – James J. Riley, 1935
88 yds. – Tom Faber, 1964 vs. 
86 yds. – Larry Dolan, 1947 vs. West High
Longest TD – Fumble Recovery Longest TD – Punt Return
93 yds. – Mike Hegan, 1958(6) vs. South High 88 yds. – Jonathan Gannon, 2000
90 yds. – Paul Jacobson, 1922(13) 85 yds. – Billy McGinty, 1930(13)
75 yds. – Charles Gallagher, 1921 85 yds. – Rich Mihalus, 1954(13)
65 yds. – John Haneline, 2003 vs. Glenville 79 yds. – Eric Haddad, 1993 vs. Walsh Jesuit
63 yds. – Jim Coughlin, 1978 75 yds. – Mike Hegan, 1958
53 yds. – Neil Hart, 1959 vs. Lincoln High  75 yds. – John Moroney, 1969 
    75 yds. – Jeff Congeni, 1983
  Longest Punt  
  95 yds. - Tom Cleary, 1940  
  84 yds. - Tom Brookover, 1981  
  78 yds. - Bill O'Malley, 2004  
  69 yds. - Tom Mott, 1953  
  67 yds. - Bill O'Malley, 2005  
  64 yds. - Bill Goodrich, 2002  
  63 yds. - Miroslav Kesic, 1999  
  59 yds. - Tom Christy, 2001  
  55 yds. - Matt Fordyce, 1998  

Longest Losing Streak – 15 games, 9-28-46 to 11-7-47

Only Year Without a Victory – 1934, 0-7-0

 Fewest Points Allowed – Regular Season Only

25 – 1925, 9 games

30 – 1976, 10 games

36 – 1926, 9 games

40 – 1988, 10 games

45 – 1924, 9 games 

Undefeated-Untied Seasons

1962 – 10-0-0 (Cleveland Champion, 9th in Ohio)

1964 – 10-0-0 (Cleveland Champion, 9th in Ohio)

1988 – 14-0-0 (State Champs, 4th   in the Nation)

1989 – 13-0-0 (State and National Champion)

1992 – 14-0-0 (State Champion)

1993 – 14-0-0 (State and National Champion)

1995 – 14-0-0 (State and National Champion) 

Cleveland Champions (12)

1925, 1949, 1950 (Co-champ), 1962, 1964,1967, 1968 (Co-champ), 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977 – St. Ignatius left the Senate after the 1978 season. 

State Champions (9 – most of any school during playoff era)

1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2001

 National Champions (3)

1989, 1993, 1995 

St. Ignatius Wildcats named “High School Team of the 90s” by Student Sport Magazine.

 Chuck Kyle has guided the Wildcats to 9 Division I State championships since 1988.  That is more state titles than any other coach in Ohio high school history, in any division, playoff and pre-playoff eras combined, since champions were first designated in 1895.   

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To read the complete story of St. Ignatius High School football, get “Wildcats, A History of St. Ignatius Football”, Vol. I & Vol. II, by Timothy L. Hudak, ’64.  Volume I is $20.00, Vol. II is $35.00, or you can get the 2-volume set for $45.00.  10% of each purchase will be donated to the St. Ignatius Athletic Department.  Please include $4.00 shipping for each single book or set, and an additional $2.00 for each additional book/set.   Ohio residents please include 7% sales tax.  Send you order to:

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