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HS Football Title Game: Chardon Stuns DeSales 31-28 In Double Overtime To Win Division III Championship

MASSILLON, OHIO — Trailing by 14 points with just over six minutes left in regulation, a comeback would be nothing short of a miracle.

However, according to Chardon head coach Mitch Hewitt, he’s “never been more calm” in a football game in his life.

After four quarters and two overtime periods of thrilling football, Chardon came out on top 31-28 to win their first state title since 1994.

DeSales ran their way to a 14-7 halftime lead behind the legs of Ohio University commit Quintell Quinn.

Quinn finished a dominant first half with 122 yards and two touchdowns against one of the best defenses in the state.

It was big plays galore throughout this game, especially in the second half.

Within the first minute, Drew Fetchik lobbed a pass to Blake Barker, who dashed 63 yards for the score to make it 14-14.

DeSales quickly responded with a 60-yard touchdown run from Quinn, followed by a 31-yard pass from Whit Hobgood to Jordan Johnson to make the score 28-14.

It appeared the dagger was going to be a fourth down touchdown for Chardon that was overturned with 7:36 to go in the fourth, giving DeSales possession.

This wasn’t the case.

Chardon’s defense forced two quick punts, allowing the offense to get onto the field.

With 6:04 in the fourth, Fetchik hit Barker for their second touchdown connection of the night to make the score 28-21.

Then with 2:13 left, Evan Ash tied the game up 28-28 with an equalizing touchdown that sent the Chardon bleachers into a frenzy.

Just like that, it was time for overtime in the state championship game.

In the first overtime period, both teams blocked field goal attempts to send the game into a second overtime.

In double overtime, Chardon settled for a 32-yard field goal from Nathan Tager to make the score 31-28.

After Chardon’s defense allowed no yardage on the ensuing DeSales possession, a 37-yard field goal attempt was no good, and Chardon would be crowned state champions.

It was a remarkable finish to a remarkable season for the Chardon Hilltoppers. They finish the season 12-0, and win their first state championship since 1994.

Chardon 7 0 7 14 0 3 31

DeSales 7 7 14 0 0 0 28

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