That one year was as good as it gets playing the QB position at the HS level . He had some nice receivers , and they had some talent that year but that kid was a flat out baller . An interesting article from years back in This week's newsHe should’ve been Mr. Football that season imo. I think it went to the murderer from Benedictine?
Rafferty was a one man show. I would argue with anyone that he is a top 10 QB in Ohio all time (only talking HS here).
When Rafferty was a freshman at St. Charles, he recalls getting three snaps at quarterback under then-coach Mark Crabtree.
At a glance
Below are the players named to the “All-Time ThisWeek Football” first, second and third teams (with school and final prep year in parentheses) along with the top ten coaches:
QB -- Jack Rafferty (Dublin Coffman, 2003); RB -- Jeff Backes (Upper Arlington, 2000), Nick Goings (Dublin Scioto, 1995), Maurice Hall (Brookhaven, 2000); WR -- Lance Moore (Westerville South, 2000), Ernie Wheelwright (Walnut Ridge, 2002); TE -- Jake Butt (Pickerington North, 2012); OL -- Jacoby Boren (Pickerington Central, 2011), Justin Boren (Pickerington North, 2005), Marc Kielmeyer (Westerville South, 1995), Andrew Moses (Watterson, 2004), Adam Olds (Coffman, 2000); DL -- Grant Bowman (DeSales, 1998), Luke Fickell (DeSales, 1991), Simon Fraser (Upper Arlington, 2000), Roosevelt Nix (Reynoldsburg, 2009); LB -- Jayson Gwinn (Brookhaven, 1991), Brett Hughes (Upper Arlington, 1999), Andy Katzenmoyer (Westerville South, 1995), Lawrence Reid (Pickerington, 2000); DB -- Jordan Gafford (Worthington Kilbourne, 2005), Dominic Jones (Brookhaven, 2004), Keiwan Ratliff (Whitehall, 1998), Ryan Redd (Pickerington, 2000); K -- J.D. Detmer (Hilliard Davidson, 2010); P -- Ben Buchanan (Westerville Central, 2007); RETURN SPECIALIST -- Ryan Sprague (Kilbourne, 1998)
QB -- Brady Quinn (Dublin Coffman, 2002); RB -- Derek Combs (Grove City, 1996), Ross Franklin (Johnstown, 2011), Jayshon Jackson (Westerville South, 2010); WR -- Tim Shadoan (Dublin Scioto, 2012), Jake Stoneburner (Coffman, 2007); TE -- Jeff Cumberland (Brookhaven, 2005); OL -- Phil Huff (Hilliard Davidson, 2009), Mark Jackson (Brookhaven, 2005), Kurt Murphy (DeSales, 1995), Patrick Omameh (DeSales, 2007), Josh Parrish (Westerville South, 1996); DL -- Gino Dunlap (Westland, 1997), Keith Heitzman (Davidson, 2010), Devon May (Watterson, 2002), Julian Miller (Beechcroft, 2006); LB -- Chase Blackburn (Marysville, 2000), Zach Boren (Pickerington Central, 2008), J.B. Strahler (Davidson, 2006), Ja’Wuan Woodley (Hartley, 2012); DB -- Eilar Hardy (Pickerington Central, 2010), Michael Hinger (Licking Valley, 2001), Matt Pusateri (Watterson, 1999), DeAngelo Smith (Independence, 2003); K -- Jimmy Gammill (New Albany, 2011); P -- A.J. Trapasso (Pickerington Central, 2003); RETURN SPECIALIST -- Terry Glenn (Brookhaven, 1991)
QB -- Nathan Poole (Grove City, 1999); RB -- Erik Haw (Independence, 2003), Noah Key (Hartley, 2010), Jesse Kline (Upper Arlington, 1998); WR -- Adam Alderman (Granville, 2008), Drew Anderson (Granville, 2003); TE -- Chris Miller (Upper Arlington, 2000); OL -- Mike Adams (Dublin Coffman, 2007), Ray Ball (Westerville South, 2010), Damon Dillard (Marion-Franklin, 2012), Pat Elflein (Pickerington North, 2011) and Kyle Takavitz (Olentangy, 1999); DL -- Troy Brandt (Grove City, 1990), Ben Huddle (Dublin Scioto, 2003), Paris Long (Beechcroft, 1995), Torrance Nicholson (Marion-Franklin, 2005); LB -- Joey D’Andrea (Upper Arlington, 2006), B.J. Machen (Hilliard Darby, 2007), Marcus Ray (Eastmoor, 1993), Matt Stewart (DeSales, 1996); DB -- Dominic Clegg (Watterson, 2009), Ronnie Smith (DeSales, 2003), Rolland Steele (Dublin Scioto, 1995), Mike Young (Mifflin, 1996); K -- Kyle Turano (Worthington Kilbourne, 1999); P -- Jeff Mt. Joy (Westerville North, 1994); RETURN SPECIALIST -- Brandon Schoen (Olentangy Orange, 2011)
TOP 10 COACHES
10. Dan Bjelac (Watterson, 2003-present); 9. Bill Franks (Newark, 1997-2001; Newark Catholic, 2002-present); 8. Brad Burchfield (Centerburg, 2003-07; Hartley, 2008-present); 7. Scott Wetzel (Buckeye Valley, 1992-96; Big Walnut, 1998-2008); 6. Randy Baughman (Licking Valley, 1990-present); 5. Jay Sharrett (Pickerington Central, 2003-present); 4. Mark Crabtree (Fisher Catholic, 1995-98; St. Charles, 1999-2000; Dublin Coffman, 2001-present); 3. Mike Golden (Watterson, 1990-2002; New Albany, 2004; Upper Arlington, 2005-present); 2. Bob Jacoby (DeSales, 1990-2006; Hamilton Township, 2007-09); 1. Brian White (Dublin Scioto, 1997; Groveport, 1998; Hilliard Davidson, 1999-present).
All-Time ThisWeek Team
‒Week 1:Honorable Mention
‒Week 2:Third Team
‒Week 3:Second Team
‒Week 4:First Team
‒Week 5: Top 10 Coaches of the Last 23 Years
‒This Week: Top Offensive Player, Top Defensive Player and Top Coach in theThisWeekEra
About the series
The six-part “All-Time ThisWeek Football Team” series marks the fifth consecutive summer in which ThisWeek Community News has taken a look back at the greatest moments in central Ohio sports since 1990. The series began July 4 with an honorable mention list of 140 players and followed with the third team, the second team, the first team and a ranking of the top 10 coaches of the last 23 years. The final installment is devoted to the No. 1 offensive player, No. 1 defensive player and No. 1 coach of the ThisWeek era.
They weren’t exactly memorable.
“I think I had one incompletion and fumbled the other two snaps,” Rafferty said.
That wasn’t representative of what would occur over his next three seasons, which cemented Rafferty as the greatest offensive player of the ThisWeek era.
Jeff Liebert took over as coach the next season, and Rafferty completed 188 of 394 passes for 2,489 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2001. He was 153-for-322 for 2,419 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2002, and was named second-team all-state and the district’s Offensive Player of the Year in Division II.
The Cardinals went 5-5 in 2001 and 6-5 in 2002, when they made the playoffs for just the third time in program history.
St. Charles lost to DeSales 33-0 in a Division II, Region 6 first-round playoff game in 2002, and Rafferty transferred to Coffman about three weeks later.
At Coffman, Rafferty was reunited with Crabtree, who has been at the school since leaving St. Charles after the 2000 season.
During Rafferty’s final season, he completed 215 of 366 passes for 3,227 yards and 27 touchdowns with four interceptions and rushed for 1,378 yards and 20 touchdowns on 243 carries as the Shamrocks went 10-3. Rafferty suffered a separated shoulder in the third quarter of Coffman’s 24-14 loss to Dublin Scioto in the Division I, Region 3 final.
He was a finalist for Mr. Football.
“We had an awesome group at Coffman my senior year,” Rafferty said. ”(Running back) Kyle Ruhl got banged up and (wide receiver) Pat LaMonica broke his hand. I had already run the ball a decent amount and then almost by necessity I ran the ball a lot after that. If you can’t run the ball in Ohio, you can’t win.”
Rafferty spent two years as a backup quarterback at Western Kentucky and attended the University of Kentucky for a short time as a student before landing at Otterbein.
He was Otterbein’s quarterback in 2007 and 2008 and in his final season was a semifinalist for the Gagliardi Trophy, which is the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy in NCAA Division III. Rafferty threw for 1,990 yards and 22 touchdowns that season.
Rafferty, who is married to former Ready soccer player Kate Rowlands and has one child and one on the way, works in information technology sales.
“I’ve never seen a high school football player do the things Jack could do,” Crabtree said. “His ability was just unmatched. Without him we were very average and with him we were a very good team.”
*GREATEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER -- Andy Katzenmoyer (Westerville South, 1992-95).
During a prep career in which he helped South reach the 1994 Division I state championship game, the 6-foot-4, 245-pound linebacker, who could run the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds, learned from one of his earliest disappointments.
“My sophomore year I played defensive tackle, so (1994) was my first year playing linebacker and everything came together for us,” Katzenmoyer said. “We lost to Dublin, which had Nick Goings and Rolland Steele, (27-22) during the regular season and that was the only game I didn’t do my assignments. After that we came back and beat them (16-7 in a regional final) and got to the state championship game.”
South lost to Cleveland St. Ignatius 20-3 in the state final, but Katzenmoyer already was on his way to establishing himself as the greatest defensive player of the ThisWeek era.
As a senior, he recorded 126 tackles, including 53 solos and eight sacks with six forced fumbles.
Also used at times at fullback, Katzenmoyer is one of just three players from central Ohio to be named Mr. Football. He also was named the ThisWeek Super 25 co-captain in 1995 with Goings.
Katzenmoyer went on to a career at Ohio State that included winning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and being named a second-team All-American in 1996 and the Butkus Award winner as a sophomore in 1997. As a junior he was a finalist for the Butkus, Lombardi and Maxwell Football Club’s Defensive Player of the Year awards.
Katzenmoyer started all 37 games of his college career and was ranked fifth on Ohio State’s all-time list in solo tackles (197) and sacks (18) when he left for the NFL after his junior year.
Katzenmoyer, who played two seasons with the New England Patriots before a neck injury ended his career, is in his second year as strength and conditioning coach at his high school alma mater. He also owns Katzenmoyer Performance, a gym in Westerville that specializes in reaching fitness goals.
Katzenmoyer previously served as defensive coordinator for three seasons at South.
“He was faster than most running backs,” South coach Rocky Pentello said. “You weren’t going to run away from him. Eventually he was going to run you over, and that’s why we put him right in the middle of our defense.”
*GREATEST COACH -- Brian White (Dublin Scioto, 1997; Groveport, 1998; Hilliard Davidson, 1999-present).
During his 14 seasons as Davidson’s coach, White never has made it a habit to talk about the end result of a season.
What’s in between, he says, will pay off in the long run.
“We talk about reaching our potential,” White said. “Certainly being a state champion is not something we talk about.”
The Wildcats have accomplished that feat -- and much more -- during White’s tenure, making him the all-time greatest coach of the ThisWeek era.
White didn’t break through with a playoff appearance until his fourth season as a head coach, but his knowledge base had been growing well before that.
White joined DeSales’ coaching staff in 1990, and that season the Stallions were Division II state runners-up. He stayed on staff through the 1996 season, serving as defensive coordinator his last three years. In White’s final season with the Stallions, they were Division III state runners-up.
White’s first head coaching job came in 1997 when he led Scioto to a 7-3 finish to just miss the playoffs, but he was a staff reduction casualty following the failure of a school levy. He spent the next year at Groveport, where his Cruisers went 3-7, before landing the coaching job at Davidson in 1999.
After the Wildcats went 3-7 in his first season, they improved to 7-4 in 2000 and to 12-1 with a regional runner-up finish in 2001.
Davidson was a regional runner-up in 2004 and a state semifinalist in 2005.
Then in 2006, the Wildcats beat Mentor 36-35 in two overtimes to capture the Division I state title. Davidson went for two on the game’s final play, with Bo Delande scoring on a pitch sweep for the winning points.
Davidson beat Cleveland Glenville 16-15 to win the 2009 state title, again using a two-point conversion to win the game. Quarterback Jake Trubiano lined up at running back and ran in a pitch from Jimmy Curtis for the winning points with 1 minute, 4 seconds left.
Davidson, which was a state semifinalist in 2010 and a regional runner-up each of the last two seasons, has gone 138-36 overall under White and 27-9 in the playoffs, with 11 postseason appearances.
“He doesn’t have an empty cupboard (at Davidson), but with the players he’s had I think he’s done a great job,” said former DeSales and Hamilton Township coach Bob Jacoby, who was named the second-greatest coach of the ThisWeek era.