The Ninth Grade City Football Championship

October 26, 1949 program for Appleseed v. Simpson (Sherman Room Archives)

Starting in 1940, with the opening of Johnny Appleseed and the new John Simpson Junior High Schools, an annual football battle would be fought by the ninth grade teams to determine the city champion. These games were immensely popular with over 6,000 fans watching in the late 1940s after the construction of Arlin Field. These games would be complete with cheerleaders, majorettes and marching bands for each school. For twenty years these two schools battled for the title of city’s best, with Simpson taking the advantage 13-8 between the years 1940-1960. In 1961 a new school entered the race, John Sherman. Simpson would repeat as Champion that year and a three-way tie would be the result in 1962. In 1963 John Sherman won its only championship. Johnny Appleseed would be the team to beat in the late 1960s and early 1970s before the championship came to an end with the reorganization of the schools when the ninth grade began attending Mansfield Senior High. Below is a list of the city champions, with the date of the game, score and attendance, if available, and the program above can be seen in full by clicking here.

From the Mansfield News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio), 25 October 1949, p10.

Junior High City Championship Results 1940-1976

DateWinnerScoreAttendance
October 18, 1940John Simpson6-03,000
October 29, 1941John Simpson26-63,000
November 6, 1942John Simpson45-0N/A
November 3, 1943John Simpson13-9N/A
November 2, 1944Johnny Appleseed18-05,000
October 31, 1945Johnny Appleseed19-04,500
October 31, 1946John Simpson38-04,200
October 29, 1947John Simpson18-64,000
October 24, 1948Johnny Appleseed7-06,600
October 26, 1949Johnny Appleseed13-76,000
October 26, 1950Johnny Appleseed38-195,000
October 17, 1951John Simpson14-64,000
October 5, 1952John Simpson38-63,500
October 21, 1953John Simpson13-66,000
October 20, 1954Johnny Appleseed6-02,500
October 19, 1955John Simpson18-72,500
October 22, 1956John Simpson12-71,800
October 29, 1957Johnny Appleseed26-6800
October 25, 1958Johnny Appleseed36-01,100
November 7, 1959John Simpson42-82,000
October 29, 1960John Simpson32-221,500
October 14. 1961
October 21, 1961
October 28, 1961
John Sherman (defeats Appleseed)
John Simpson (defeats Sherman)
John Simpson (defeats Appleseed)
Champions: John Simpson
14-8
32-20
38-0
N/A
N/A
1,000
October 13, 1962
October 18, 1962
October 25, 1962
John Sherman (defeats Appleseed)
John Simpson (defeats Sherman)
Johnny Appleseed (defeats Simpson)
Champions: Three-Way Tie
19-14
22-7
22-20
3,000
2,000
N/A
October 6, 1963
October 12, 1963
October 26, 1963
John Sherman (defeats Simpson)
Johnny Appleseed (defeats Simpson)
John Sherman (defeats Appleseed)
Champions: John Sherman
14-6
8-0
6-0
N/A
N/A
N/A
October 3, 1964
October 17, 1964
October 24, 1964
Johnny Appleseed (defeats Simpson)
Johnny Appleseed (defeats Sherman)
John Simpson (defeats Sherman)
Champions: Johnny Appleseed
8-0
22-0
14-6
N/A
N/A
N/A
September 29, 1965
October 7, 1965
October 14, 1965
John Sherman (defeats Appleseed)
John Simpson (defeats Sherman)
John Simpson (defeats Appleseed)
Champions: John Simpson
16-14
48-8
24-16
N/A
N/A
N/A
October 15, 1966
October 22, 1966
November 7, 1966
John Simpson (defeats Appleseed)
Johnny Appleseed (defeats Sherman)
John Simpson (defeats Sherman)
Champions: John Simpson
20-12
12-0
6-0
N/A
N/A
N/A
October 14, 1967
October 21, 1967
October 27, 1967
John Simpson (defeats Sherman)
Johnny Appleseed (defeats Sherman)
John Simpson( defeats Appleseed)
Champions: John Simpson
46-8
26-0
20-0
1,000
N/A
400
October 12, 1968
October 19, 1968
October 26, 1968
John Sherman (defeats Simpson)
Johnny Appleseed (defeats Sherman)
Johnny Appleseed (defeats Simpson)
Champions: Johnny Appleseed
35-22
8-0
28-7
N/A
1,500
N/A
October 11, 1969
October 18, 1969
October 25, 1969
John Simpson (defeats Sherman)
Johnny Appleseed (defeats Sherman)
John Simpson (defeats Appleseed)
Champions: John Simpson
14-8
26-12
16-6
N/A
N/A
N/A
October 10, 1970
October 17, 1970
October 24, 1970
John Sherman/John Simpson Tie
Johnny Appleseed (defeats Sherman)
Johnny Appleseed/John Simpson Tie
Champions: Johnny Appleseed
6-6
13-6
0-0
N/A
N/A
N/A
October 9, 1971
October 16, 1971
October 23, 1971
John Simpson (defeats Sherman)
John Sherman (defeats Appleseed)
John Simpson (defeats Appleseed)
Champions: John Simpson
38-0
8-6
41-6
N/A
N/A
N/A
October 7, 1972
October 14, 1972
October 28, 1972
John Simpson (defeats Sherman)
Johnny Appleseed (defeats Sherman)
Johnny Appleseed (defeats Simpson)
Champions: Johnny Appleseed
8-0
14-12
14-12
750
1,000
750
October 6, 1973
October 13, 1973
John Simpson (defeats Sherman)
Johnny Appleseed (defeats Sherman)
Note: Unable to find results for final game.
28-6
36-6
N/A
N/A
September 21, 1974
October 6, 1974
October 26, 1974
Johnny Appleseed (defeats Simpson)
Johnny Appleseed (defeats Sherman)
John Sherman (defeats Simpson)
Champions: Johnny Appleseed

26-14
30-6
N/A
N/A
N/A
October 5, 1975
October 11, 1975
October 18, 1975
John Sherman (defeats Simpson)
Johnny Appleseed (defeats Sherman)
Johnny Appleseed (defeats Simpson)
Champions: Johnny Appleseed
18-6
19-12
6-0
N/A
N/A
N/A
September 25, 1976
October 9, 1976
October 16, 1976
Johnny Appleseed (defeats Simpson)
John Simpson (defeats Sherman)
Johnny Appleseed (defeats Sherman)
Champions: Johnny Appleseed
24-6
14-0
20-6
N/A
N/A
N/A

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