It has been 25 years since Wauseon High School won the 1993 D-III State Football Championship. In recognition of that accomplishment, the Wauseon Athletic Department recognized the team at the home football game on September 28 as the Indians hosted the Liberty Center Tigers on Homecoming.
The 1993 football team finished the season with a perfect 14-0 record. This included a 10-0 regular season and the 9th NWOAL Football Championship in school history. During the regular season, the team outscored their opponents 392 to 76 scoring 40 or more points seven times while the defense recorded three shutouts and held opponents under 10 points eight times.
The team’s run to the title was the first OHSAA playoff appearance in school history. Playing in Fremont, Ohio, the team recorded regional wins over Bay Village, 42-30, and Wooster Triway, 31-19. The team advanced to Berea, Ohio where they defeated Youngstown Ursuline in the State Semifinal game by a score of 13-7 in very snowy conditions.
The state championship game was played at historic Paul Brown Stadium in Massilon, Ohio where the Indians defeated Ironton, 13-10, on Junior, Collin Lane’s 28 yard field goal with no time remaining on the clock.
When recently asked about the 1993 team, Head Football Coach Mark Emans said “the 93 team just refused to lose. They had the confidence and attitude that made them great.”