1996 Football

Division-III State Runner-up
Record:  11 - 3 

Head Coach:  Bob Jacoby

Assistants:  DOug Antle, Chad williams, Tony PRatt, Tyler gantz, Brian white, mike eberhart, billy vasil

1996 Team Picture (Click on to make larger)


  • The Stallions appeared in their third State Championship game

  • DeSales finished as the top seed in Region 12, Division-III

  • The Purple and White won its third straight CCL title and 14th overall

  • The Stallions were ranked 6th in the final Division-III AP Poll

  • Matt Stewart and John Kelley were named Division-III Co-Defensive Players of the Year in the Central District

  • Stewart (LB), Kelley (DL) and Scott Smith (OL) were named Division-III First Team All-Ohio

  • Placekicker Adam Foust led the area in kick scoring with 11 field goals and was named Special Mention All-Ohio

  • Defensive Back Mike Mayhew was named First Team All-District and Special Mention All-Ohio after tying the area lead in interceptions (8)

  • Stewart led the team with nearly 1,600 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns

  • Stewart was recognized as the Dispatch Agonis Lineman of the Year

  • Stewart and Grant Bowman (Honorable Mention all-District) each made NFL rosters

  • 6 letterwinners on the '96 team committed to play Division-I college football - Stewart (Vanderbilt), Tom Weilbacher (Ohio), Kelley (Army), Smith (Akron), Mayhew (Miami OH) and Bowman (Michigan)

  • Smith and Kelley were each four-year letterwinners

(8 - 2)

Toledo St. John's, (L) 0 - 10
Northland, (W) 34 - 18
Beechcroft, (W) 30 - 10
Cincinnati Mt. Healthy, (W) 52 - 12
Zanesville, (W) 23 - 6
Lancaster, (W) 20 - 19
Bishop Watterson, (W) 7 - 3
Kettering Alter, W 23 - 20
Cincinnati Moeller, (L) 9 - 20
St. Charles, (W) 48 - 0


Division-III Region 12 Semifinal
DeSales (8 - 2) vs. Kettering Alter

Date:  November 8, 1996
Location:  Springfield North High School
Result:  DeSales 25, Kettering Alter 7.

Division-III Region 12 Final
DeSales (9 - 2) vs. Jackson (11 - 0)

Date:  November 15, 1996
Location:  Fulton Field (Lancaster)
Result:  DeSales 21, jackson 7

Key Stat:

The DeSales defense limited Jackson, who came in averaging 40.8 points per game, to only 4 total first downs and all of them came in the first half.

Division-III State Semifinal
DeSales (10 - 2) vs. Thornville Sheridan (11 - 1)

Date:  November 23, 1996
Location:  Fulton Field (Lancaster)
Result:  DeSales 26, Sheridan 7

Key Stat:

For the 3rd time in as many playoff games, the Stallions dominated the total yards category, out-gaining Sheridan 362-165.  

Division-III State Final
DeSales (11 - 2) vs. Cleveland Benedictine (11 - 1)

Date:  November 30, 1996
Location:  Paul Brown Stadium (Massillon)
Result:  Benedictine 14, DeSales 3


First Team All-Ohio

John Kelley (left) - Defensive Lineman
Scott Smith (middle) - Offensive Lineman
Matt Stewart (right) - Linebacker
(click on above player name for individual profile page)

Special Mention All-Ohio

Adam Foust - Place Kicker
Mike Mayhew -
Defensive Back


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