Toppers Win Ugly in New Philly
October 6, 2021 by Matt Jaworski

Chardon is 7-0

Thanks to a staunch defensive effort, the Hilltoppers survived a rough second half by the offense and pulled out a 21-0 victory against the Quakers.

Thanks to a staunch defensive effort, the Hilltoppers survived a rough second half by the offense and pulled out a 21-0 victory against the Quakers.

Behind three Sean Carr touchdown runs, Chardon jumped out to a 21-0 first half lead. Carr scored on runs of 2, 2 and 1 yard to cap off drives.

“In the first half, the line was blocking great and opened up some big holes for me to run through,” said Carr.

While the Hilltoppers controlled the game in the first half, New Philadelphia limited Chardon’s offense in the second half.

The Toppers struggled to move the ball, as the offensive line struggled to make blocks and New Philadelphia took away the corners. Other than runs by Carr, Chardon’s offense had little success moving the football.

“Sean’s a good kid and a tough player,” said Chardon coach Mitch Hewitt. “We need to find compliments to him. Tonight’s a night he could have got every carry, but we’ve got to get better at other things.”

Interceptions by Alex Henry ended several drives, but the Hilltopper defense stepped up and for the second week in a row, pitched a shutout.

“It takes a lot of effort to put up a shutout,” said Chardon defensive lineman Cooper Felger. “Every week we have a great week of practice and our defense is psychotic – just all over the board – and giving 110 percent on every play.”

The final score should actually have been 35-0, but penalties wiped out scores, including what would have been a 50-yard touchdown run by Henry and a pick six by Rocco Perrico.

Chardon tallied 211 total yards of offense, including 194 on the ground. They were paced by Carr with 92 yards.

The Quakers were limited to 116 yards, with the vast majority of that total coming in the second half.

With Madison in town for homecoming on Friday, the issues that arose against New Philadelphia should be addressed in time for the showdown against an injured-riddled Willoughby South team in two weeks that will likely determine the Western Reserve Conference champion.

“We came out soft in the second half,” said Carr. “We’ve got to fix it. I’m glad it happened because now we’ve got to work really hard this week to get back to that state championship level. ”

“We need this adversity to show us where are faults and weaknesses are so we can get it fixed by next week,” added Felger.