Even when laid out plainly, it's still hard to fully comprehend the utter dominance DeWitt football has exerted over its leagues and now the CAAC Red Division.

But how have they done it?

"We've got great players, No. 1," DeWitt head coach Rob Zimmerman said after his team chased league runner-up St. Johns out of Memorial Stadium Friday night by a 49-21 score. "Great community support--and I have a heck of a coaching staff."

That's all true, to be sure. But Zimmerman is selling himself short--he's one of the best high school football coaches in the state.

The proof is in the pudding: His record in 16-plus seasons as the head man in DeWitt is 165-35, good for an .825 winning percentage.

He's also guided the Panthers to four state title game appearances.

DeWitt has conquered every league it's been in during Zimmerman's tenure, and it remains undefeated all-time in the CAAC Red Division since its inception in 2011. The only achievement left unchecked on the list is a state championship.

Maybe this is the year Zimmerman and his Panthers clear their final hurdle?

Here are just a few staggering statistics that illustrate DeWitt's football dominance.

  • 38

    Consecutive league victories, dating back to 2008

  • 10

    Consecutive conference championships

  • 10

    Consecutive playoff appearances

  • 16

    Playoff appearances in past 17 seasons

  • 26

    Consecutive regular season wins, dating back to 2012

  • 11

    Times DeWitt has won at least 10 games under Zimmerman