Top five athletes to ever play in the Wooster-Orrville game
Wooster Generals Stars
1. Charles Follis- Follis was the first African-American to play professional football, where he played for the Shelby Blues. Follis Field, the home stadium of the Wooster Generals is named after the historic Charles Follis.
2. Dick Schafrath- Schafrath has shown his full potential at all three levels of football. He won a national championship with The Ohio State Buckeyes in 1957 and also won a NFL championship with the Cleveland Browns in 1964, while playing guard, as well as tackle.
3. Todd Maruna- three-year starter at quarterback, Maruna earned first team all Cardinal Conference his senior year, throwing for over 2,500 yards and slinging 26 touchdowns. Maruna also earned all-district honors, as well as male athlete honors his senior years as well.
4. Thomas Brown- Brown scored both touchdowns in a 13-13 tie versus Orrville in 1945. He was captain of the football team his senior year.
5. Cameron Daugherty- Now the school’s leader in all time passing yards and touchdowns, Daugherty has slung 43 touchdowns through 28 games in the last two and a half years, as well as throwing for over 3,000 yards.
(Information from: clevelandbrowns.com, WoosterHighSchoolSportsBlog and The Wooster High School Hall of Fame)
Orrville Red Riders Stars
1. Bobby Knight- Knight went on to become a hall of fame basketball coach after coaching at Indiana, Texas Tech and Army. Knight led his teams to three NCAA championships, one National Invitation Tournament (NIT) championship, and 11 Big Ten Conference championships while at Indiana.
2. Tyrone Barnett- Barnett earned a letter all four years he played football at Orrville and earned MVP honors his senior year leading the Red Riders to a 9-1 record. He went on to play at The Ohio State University.
3. Reggie Williams- Williams was not the biggest player on the field, but he was known for his heart. In a game against Jackson Township in 1959, the Red Riders trailed by three touchdowns at halftime. Williams rallied his troops to complete the 22-24 comeback win.
4. Joseph Codiano- Lettered three years in football and had all conference honors in 1945, 1946 and 1947. He went on to play football at Miami University of Ohio and claimed most improved defensive back honors.
5. Mason Monheim- Was ranked as the 33 best linebacker in the nation and earned Division IV player of the year his senior year at Orrville. He continued his football career at Illinois University. Monheim is ninth in the Big Ten in tackles this year and also claimed academic all Big Ten honors as well.
(Information provided by Illionis.com, OrrvilleSportsBlog.com, OrrvilleSportsHallOfFame.)