(Pictured: 1982 Team Members, Coach Gary Bridell, 1991 Rodney Byrd, 1989 Antoine Esters, 1994 Kareem Vaughn, 1991 Paul Tolden/Dan Montgomery, 1994 Cory Alexander/Running back)


8-1 Regular Season Records
1968 - (8-1-1 Overall Record)

Coach: Bob Scates

Conference: No affiliation

Team Captains: N/A

Summary:
In only the second season of Panther football, OTHS ended its season 8-1-1. This team was led by coach Bob Scates, and All-Stater Jerry Reiman (Arkansas State), who was just inducted to the OTHS Wall of Fame in 2008. Other notable standouts were Greg Gordan, Rick Ott, and Bob Stanley. 

1982 - (8-1-1 Overall Record)

Coach: Gary Bridell
Conference: Mississippi Valley

Team Captains: N/A

Summary:
Panthers go 8-1 for the first time in 14 years. Probably the best OTHS team not to make the playoffs.  In 1982, the playoff format only included conference champions.  Although OTHS were co-champs, Roxana beat O'Fallon head to head and got the playoff bid. Mark Warrack (Air Force Academy) led OTHS in many categories and set several records along the way.  James Berry was another standout player for the 82 Panthers.

1989 - (10-2 Overall Record, 5-1 Conference Record)

Coach: Gary Bridell

Conference: Mississippi Valley

Team Captains: Antione Esters, Chris Weakley, Jeff Ross

Summary:
The best overall record in OTHS history (to this point) was not the best team in the conference as Highland (#2 in the state) and IHSA career TD leader Billy Greenwald beat OTHS 10-0 at Highland in Week 3.  The MVC had 2 of the top 5 teams in Illinois this season. Antoine Esters (SEMO) was among the top running backs in the metro east area and shattered all OTHS rushing and TD records...still holds some not broken by Duane Bennett.  Junior Loren Buckner led the area in tackles with 58 solos and made numerous postseason first team honors.  This team produced 1 Big Ten player (sophomore Rodney Byrd), and 3 Division I-AA players (Joby Hopkins, Chad Parker, and Esters).  Other notable players were junior DB Walter "Smiley" Owens who had a 90 yard INT return for a TD.  He played college baseball at the University Of Miami (FL) and with the Cleveland Indians organization.

1991 - (8-2 Overall Record, 5-1 Conference Record)

Coach: Gary Bridell

Conference: Mississippi Valley

Team Captains: Rodney Byrd, Chris McCollum

Summary:
This team was ranked in the top 6 in the IHSA polls and featured 2 of the top running backs in the metro-east in Rodney Byrd (Illinois/Tennessee Titans scout team) and Paul Tolden (SEMO), as well as DE/TE Jay Carmack who played at Western Illinois and Arena football. Byrd is a member of the OTHS Wall of Fame after holding the career rushing record, making several All-State teams and becoming team captain of the Fighting Illini.  Chris McCollum led the metro-east with 6 interceptions and is 2nd at OTHS in season and career INTs and tied for 1st with 3 picks in a game.   Tolden still holds the yards per carry for a career (10.0) and longest run from scrimmage (97 yards) and also led the St. Louis area in yards per carry his senior year...he graduated 2nd all-time in rushing yards for a season .

1994 - (8-2 Overall Record)

Coach: Gary Bridell

Conference: South Seven

Team Captains: Cory Alexander, Kareem Vaughn

After 2 sub .500 seasons, the Panthers bounced back with an 8-1 conference championship in their 2nd season as a member of the South Seven Conference. Cory Alexander led the offense at QB and set several records (since broken) and also set most kicking records (also since broken). Kareem Vaughn was a huge force on both lines and continued his play at Southern Illinois. Senior Jerome Bussy led the team in rushing.  Other notable players that led to the success were Eddie Feeley (Western), Kurt Eversgerd, and a junior class that became the first group of seniors to post an undefeated regular season.

2010 - (8-2 Overall Record)

Coach: Brandon Joggerst

Conference: Southwestern

Team Captains:

The Panthers ran the table in the SWC and finished with an 8-1 record. It was the 2nd consecutive SWC championship. Junior Ejay Johnson set several season rushing records and sophomore quarterback Todd Porter moved into the top 5 of many passing categories with two years remaining.

2011 - (10-2 Overall Record)

Coach: Brandon Joggerst

Conference: Southwestern

Team Captains:

The 2011 featured a high scoring attack that will go down as one of the best teams in school history. They set several school records (Team and Individual). Ejay Johnson added to his scoring and rushing records, while Todd Porter added to his passing records. This team scored 11 defensive TD's, by far the best in school history and Darius Mosely scored 4 of them, another record. Conference champions for the 3rd straight season and lost 2 games by a total of 6 points to state ranked East St. Louis 23-22, and in the Quarterfinals to Chicago power St. Rita 19-14.