Waynesville football: Top 7 players in Spartans history

E.L. Hubbard photography Waynesville quarterback Luke Creditt runs for a touchdown against Milton-Union in the first half at Waynesville Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.

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E.L. Hubbard photography Waynesville quarterback Luke Creditt runs for a touchdown against Milton-Union in the first half at Waynesville Friday, Oct. 21, 2011.

Best known for the annual Sauerkraut Festival, the village of Waynesville has produced its share of football talent over the years. The Spartans have fielded a team on the gridiron since the mid-1960’s and have been part of the Fort Ancient Valley Conference, the Kenton Trace Conference and the Southwestern Buckeye League.

Here’s who we consider the all-time seven best football players at Waynesville High School. Have something to say about this alphabetical list? Email your comments to sports@coxohio.com.

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Location: Waynesville

Affiliation: Southwestern Buckeye League, Buckeye Division

Division: Division V, Region 20

Coach: Scott Jordan

2017 season opener: at Bethel-Tate, Aug. 25

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1. Bo Bradley-RB/LB-1971: A bruising two-way player who was the Spartans MVP his junior and season seasons. The running back/linebacker was an All-Dayton area performer and All-American honorable mention.

2. Joe Bradley-RB/LB-2000: Like father, like son…Joey Bradley is one of only two Spartans to rush for more than 5,000 yards in his career. Bradley ran for nearly 18-hundred yards and 17 touchdowns as a sophomore. A bruising inside runner like his father Joey ran for 39 career touchdowns and was named second team all-state.

3. Luke Creditt-QB-2011: Easily the most prolific passer in Waynesville football history. Creditt threw for more than 43-hundred yards in his two seasons in orange and black. He led the Spartans to a 10-0 season in 2011 and the top seed in Division 4, region 16.

4. Eric Florence-QB/DB-1969: The early years of Spartans football was highlighted by this three-sport star. Florence was a stand-out performer on both sides of the ball, throwing touchdown passes and taking them away. He still holds the school record with five interceptions in a 1967 game against Kings. Florence was an all-state catcher and ended up playing baseball at Miami University.

5. Rob Kallage-QB/LB-1990: One of the best athletes to suit up for the Spartans. Kallage was the Southwest District Back of the Year in 1989 and named second team all-state. A three-year starter at quarterback and linebacker, Kallage was also one of the state's best baseball players and played college baseball at Florida International.

6. Seth Millar-RB-2009: Waynesville's all-time rushing leader with 5,458 yards, Millar ran for 74 scores in his four year career. Small in stature, Millar did most of his damage running outside the tackles. Seth shares the school record for longest touchdown run, a 95 yard scamper in 2007 against Carlisle. He ran for six scores in a game twice in his career.

7. Russell Winsted-RB/LB-1983: Ranks third all-time on the Spartans rushing list with 2,783 yards on the ground. Winsted also anchored the defense at middle linebacker. He was named second team all-state his junior year when he led Waynesville to their first playoff game. Winsted scored 30 touchdowns in that 1981 season. He was slowed by health issues his senior season.

Special Mention

Tim Williams-K-1989: A kicker usually isn't among a school's all-time best, but Williams certainly deserves to be on the list. He booted a state record 57-yard field goal in 1988, a record that stood for more than a decade and remains among the top five longest in state history. Williams also kicked a 51-yarder his freshman season. He went on to handle the kicking duties for four seasons at Ohio State.

Honorable Mention— Kirk Kennedy, C/LB/P, 1982, Harry Whittamore, RB/DB, 1967, Tom Workman, FB/DL, 1968, DuWayne Rains, RB/DB, 1981

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