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  • Best Small-Town High School Football Programs for Each State

    Have no idea how objective this is, but interesting nonetheless. Being from Iowa, that was fairly easy guess. Having spent most of my life in Missouri, that was fairly easy guess too. The rankings might be a surprise except the top 2.

    https://www.stadiumtalk.com/s/best-s...d52fe170c54682
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    Joel Osborn was a state title winning QB for #18 Harlan IA. One of my sons in law was a starting LB & classmate of Joel’s. Harlan has been great for years
    Last edited by NWFanatic; 10-26-2020, 08:42 PM.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by NWFanatic View Post
      Joel Osborn was a state title winning QB for #18 Harlan IA. One of my sons in law was a starting LB & classmate of Joel’s. Harlan has been great for years
      I was in Harlan about a month and a half ago - had to stop and see the football stadium. Very impressive program.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by CatFan88 View Post
        Have no idea how objective this is, but interesting nonetheless. Being from Iowa, that was fairly easy guess. Having spent most of my life in Missouri, that was fairly easy guess too. The rankings might be a surprise except the top 2.

        https://www.stadiumtalk.com/s/best-s...d52fe170c54682
        Caledonia in Minnesota is easily the best small town football program in the state. They’re currently have a winning streak of at least 50 and I think it maybe the current longest in the country. They definitely would beat a lot of the metro schools in the twin cities. They currently have a QB that will be a big-time D1 player and have had a couple of guys make it to the NFL.

        EDIT: just went through the list and how the hell is Caledonia MN not on that list????
        Last edited by Twincitiesmav; 10-27-2020, 10:36 PM.

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        • #5
          Kansas imo was pretty clear with Smith Center. Not many schools can say they had a New York Times Best Seller written about them.

          Only other possibility would be Silver Lake (CJ Hamilton is still coaching with over 400 wins).

          I was surprise Minnesota was not Caledonia. They are another small school powerhouse nationally that has had a book written about them.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Twincitiesmav View Post

            Caledonia in Minnesota is easily the best small town football program in the state. They’re currently have a winning streak of at least 50 and I think it maybe the current longest in the country. They definitely would beat a lot of the metro schools in the twin cities. They currently have a QB that will be a big-time D1 player and have had a couple of guys make it to the NFL.

            EDIT: just went through the list and how the hell is Caledonia MN not on that list????
            Caledonia vs Mahnohmen-Waubun- I'd put my money on the Warriors. My cousin taught there- he said that the athletes were incredible.

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            • #7
              CatFan88 Cool article, thanks for sharing. I went to a small town high school in Twentynine Palms, California. It has more than 25,000 people now, but when I lived there it had around 7,500.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BartonTiger View Post
                Kansas imo was pretty clear with Smith Center. Not many schools can say they had a New York Times Best Seller written about them.

                Only other possibility would be Silver Lake (CJ Hamilton is still coaching with over 400 wins).
                I probably would've taken Silver Lake, just because the success was more evenly spread than Smith Center's and I think SL has been better in their non-title years, but it's hard to argue with the peak for SC.

                It's a fun debate to get into.

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                • #9
                  Caledonia, MN is possibly the best small school football in the country. They are just simply dominant.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by zimmy21 View Post
                    Caledonia, MN is possibly the best small school football in the country. They are just simply dominant.
                    Must be pretty good in basketball too with Eli King who signed to play with Iowa St.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by CatFan88 View Post

                      Must be pretty good in basketball too with Eli King who signed to play with Iowa St.
                      They have been really good in Basketball as well. If it wasn't for Covid and a little tinkering by the high school league's school population requirements, Caledonia would have been back to back state champs IMO.

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                      • #12
                        I'll talk a little about #41 (Woodland High in CT) - I lived in Beacon Falls a few years before the high school was built, and they have been quite successful over they years they have existed. What they don't get into, however, is the fact that they are a regional school, and also serves the neighboring town of Prospect, which has a population of about 10,000. Still, they have a strong program.

                        The football titan in that area of CT is Ansonia HS (population of about 19,000), about a 10-minute drive from Woodland HS. They typically run the table in the regular season and will only lose in the state playoffs (if they do lose). Woodland is one of the few teams to beat Ansonia in recent years in the regular season. Ansonia has won 20 state titles in the past 50 years or so. Steve Coughlin (ESPN's "Stanford Steve") played QB there along with Sandy Osiecki, who had a cup of coffee with the Chiefs back in 1984 and is probably best known for throwing the record-breaking fourth pick-6 in a game against Seattle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qzg_7ePHjo).

                        CT (really, most of New England) isn't all that big on football, although there are some pockets of interest - Woodland is in the Naugatuck Valley in CT, where Naugatuck, Woodland, Seymour (New Haven's Ryan Osiecki, who holds most of their passing records and one of Sandy Osiecki's sons, went there), Derby, and Shelton (ESPN's Dan Orlovsky went there) have all been good from time to time and are all within a 25-minute drive of each other.

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                          Hard to ARgue with Webb CIty. Lamar is probably the only school that's a close second to them..

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by cwfenn View Post
                            I'll talk a little about #41 (Woodland High in CT) - I lived in Beacon Falls a few years before the high school was built, and they have been quite successful over they years they have existed. What they don't get into, however, is the fact that they are a regional school, and also serves the neighboring town of Prospect, which has a population of about 10,000. Still, they have a strong program.

                            The football titan in that area of CT is Ansonia HS (population of about 19,000), about a 10-minute drive from Woodland HS. They typically run the table in the regular season and will only lose in the state playoffs (if they do lose). Woodland is one of the few teams to beat Ansonia in recent years in the regular season. Ansonia has won 20 state titles in the past 50 years or so. Steve Coughlin (ESPN's "Stanford Steve") played QB there along with Sandy Osiecki, who had a cup of coffee with the Chiefs back in 1984 and is probably best known for throwing the record-breaking fourth pick-6 in a game against Seattle (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Qzg_7ePHjo).

                            CT (really, most of New England) isn't all that big on football, although there are some pockets of interest - Woodland is in the Naugatuck Valley in CT, where Naugatuck, Woodland, Seymour (New Haven's Ryan Osiecki, who holds most of their passing records and one of Sandy Osiecki's sons, went there), Derby, and Shelton (ESPN's Dan Orlovsky went there) have all been good from time to time and are all within a 25-minute drive of each other.
                            Thanks for sharing... this is all really interesting. As a lifelong Chiefs fan, I can honestly say, I don't remember Sandy Osiecki. At all. But watching the YouTube video, I'm obviously not alone. lol That's a fun clip even though the Chiefs are on the wrong side of that history. Todd Blackledge brings up a lot of bad memories... the bust of the 83 draft especially when you look at the quarterbacks who went later in the first round. The Chiefs were too scared to try that again for 34 years... thank goodness we got that one right!! ;)

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by GorillaBred View Post

                              I probably would've taken Silver Lake, just because the success was more evenly spread than Smith Center's and I think SL has been better in their non-title years, but it's hard to argue with the peak for SC.

                              It's a fun debate to get into.
                              Hammas was wasting away at Topeka Washburn pushing out good lineman. He switched with buhler and immediately became a dynasty

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