Elks Football Philosophy
"Football is a tremendous educational opportunity for any young man as he prepares to embark on today’s world."
It is a vehicle which teaches the values of hard work, self-discipline, perseverance, mental toughness, and the importance of believing in one’s self. Our program strives to provide for all young men the opportunity to develop these qualities and maintain them as permanent parts of their makeup. Expectations for those involved with Centerville Football are high, as we realize that it is human nature for competitive people to rise up or live down to stated expectations. As a result we feel that all young men within our program will learn to set goals for themselves well above the ordinary. By expecting themselves to perform well above the norm, consequently reaching goals which previously seemed unattainable, we feel a great deal of self-confidence will be developed by our players. This acquired attitude of expecting excellence of themselves at all times will assist them greatly as they go on to achieve their dreams beyond high school.
The Tradition Continues
Centerville Football has long been recognized as one of the premier high school football
programs in the state of Ohio. Over the past 45 years, the program has built a tradition of winning matched by few Centerville has won 466 games (65% winning percentage) in the past 45 years, while winning 24 Conference Championships. In this same time span, the team has reached the state playoffs 17 times, reaching the regional level every time, and were state runners-up in 1991. In 1986, the Elks finished the season ranked Number One in the state of Ohio. Centerville football players have received many honors over the years. Included in these awards have been 50 All-Ohio Players and the 1986 Gatorade Midwest player of the Year in Kirk Herbstreit. Numerous Elk players have gone on to very successful college football careers at all levels, including 116 NCAA Division 1 players.