Playoff Qualifers (Pictured: Duane Bennett, Andy Waddel, 1986 Team Member, Rodney Byrd, Antoine Esters, Kareem Vaughn, Tommy Bonner, Junior Adams, and Dan Moore)


IHSA State Playoff "Elite 8" Quarter-Finalists
1987 - (9-3 Record, 6-1 Conference Record)

Coach: Gary Bridell

Conference: Mississippi Valley (Class 5A)

Team Captains: N/A

2nd time to the playoffs and the Panthers win 2 games reaching the "Elite 8" in Class 5A (6A was the highest class in IHSA in 1987).  Lost to #1 ranked Peoria Richwoods, who lost to Joliet Catholic 14-13 in the State Championship.

Results: OTHS 27, Marion 13
OTHS 34, Decatur MacArthur 13
Peoria Richwoods 28, OTHS 7

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

Coach: Gary Bridell

Conference: Mississippi Valley (Class 5A)

Team Captains: Antione Esters, Chris Weakley, Jeff Ross

4th straight playoff appearance. 2nd trip to the "Elite 8" in 3 years.  Lost both games in 1989 to eventual State Semi-Finalists (Highland and Peoria Richwoods).  At the time, this team set the record for most wins in a season (2004 team won 11).

Results:
OTHS 15, Cahokia 3
OTHS 25, Decatur MacArthur 0
Peoria Richwoods 21, OTHS 0

2004 - (11-1 Record, 7-0 Conference Record)

Coach: Todd Moeller

Conference: Southwestern (Class 7A)

Team Captains:  Dan Moore, Troy Wagner, Kris Kombrink, Ben Larimer, Scott Manning

This team is the 3rd team to reach the "Elite 8" in OTHS history.  Losing to Chicago Morgan Park.  Best overall record in OTHS history and first team to win the Southwestern Conference title.  Second team to go undefeated during the regular season.  4 Division I-A players (3 Big Ten starters), 2 Division I-AA players. 

Results:
OTHS 21, Alton 19
OTHS 38, Darien (Hindsdale South) 13
Morgan Park 40, OTHS 14

2009 - (10-2 Record, 6-1 Conference Record)

Coach: Brandon Joggerst

Conference: Southwestern (Class 7A)


This team is the 4th team to reach the "Elite 8" in OTHS history.  They played the role of giant killers as they knocked off two Chicago powers in Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way East before losing to conference foe East St. Louis for the 2nd time. East St. Louis was the defending state champs and beat OTHS 44-0 the first time they met. The 2nd time, OTHS played them closer losing 27-13, the 27 points was the 2nd fewest ESL scored all season. Lincoln-Way East was the #1 seed in Class 7A and will go down as the biggest home playoff win in school history.

Results:
OTHS 16, Lincoln-Way Central 0
OTHS 17, Lincoln-Way East 16
East St. Louis 27, OTHS 14

2011 - (10-2 Record, 6-1 Conference Record)

Coach: Brandon Joggerst

Conference: Southwestern (Class 7A)


This team is the 5th team to reach the "Elite 8" in OTHS history.  The high scoring Panthers were an exciting team to watch and one of the best teams in school history. They lost two games by a total of 6 points, both to Illinois and National powers East St. Louis and Chicago St. Rita. Ejay Johnson set all the touchdown and scoring records as well as many of the rushing and total yards records, while only starting 2 seasons. Todd Porter also shattered the passing records in his first two years at QB and still has onne more year to add to them. The defense scored 11 TD's with 4 coming from Darius Mosely, all school records. Several of the early games, the Panthers scored 50 points by halftime and had to sit the starters the entire second half as the new mercy rule played out (running clock the entire 2nd half).

Results:
OTHS 48, Lincoln-Way Central 27
OTHS 34, Lincoln-Way East 31
St. Rita 19, OTHS 14