Congratulations to the Chardon High School varsity football team on its phenomenal, history-making 16-0 season – an OHSAA first – that culminated with a thrilling 21-14 Division III State Championship win over Hamilton Badin on Friday evening at the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton.
While we often speak of hard work and talent when discussing the accomplishment of any of our student teams — both athletic and academic — we understand there truly aren’t words adequate to capture the hundreds of hours combined with teamwork and a commitment to practice that occur over a period of months in preparation for these competitions. “Our student athletes and coaches demonstrated grit and perseverance tonight in crafting a victory that forges their legacy in a rich tradition of Hilltopper football, ” stated Superintendent Michael Hanlon.
In addition, with tonight’s win, Coach Mitch Hewitt joins an elite group of Ohio high school football coaches who have achieved back-to-back (or more) State Championships. To date, only 30 different coaches have accomplished a successful state title defense or better, and it has happened a mere total of 34 times based on OHSAA records. This is a special accomplishment for Coach Hewitt.
Chardon Schools looks forward to formally recognizing the student athletes and the coaches at the district’s upcoming board meeting on December 13.
We also want to acknowledge at this time that the success of a team takes a village. And as we take this time to applaud the team’s student athletes, Coach Hewitt and the assistant coaches, we also want to thank the Gridiron Club, the Chardon Athletic Boosters, G-TV, Pastor Photography, community sponsors, and the many families and additional adult volunteers who help in a myriad of ways throughout the pre-season and season to support the team.