Talk-show host Montel Williams mixes with the crowd to show support for Chardon's Hilltoppers

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Montel Williams, of all people, is now an honorary member of the Chardon cheering section.

The talk-show host and pitchman arrived just before halftime and spent most of the second half of last weekend's game chatting with and cheering with the Chardon Crazies.

"He had a good old time with our kids," Chardon athletic director Doug Snyder said. "It was fantastic. For the kids to know someone like Montel, with no personal connection to them, thinks of them and supports them and takes time to be with them, you can't really put into words what that means."

Williams apparently enjoyed himself at the Hilltoppers' 49-28 win over University School. He told the student section, "Hey, if you guys make the playoffs, I might have to come back."

The Hilltoppers (7-2) have indeed qualified for the postseason.

Williams' trip to the game was germinated earlier in the season. The Chardon community had been in shock that Thomas "T.J." Lane, convicted of the Chardon school shootings that left three students dead, had escaped from a prison in Lima before being taken back into custody. Williams retweeted the Hilltoppers' football score that weekend and added, "Hang in there. Things will get better. I support you."

When Williams' schedule had him making a swing through Cleveland, the appearance at the game was coordinated.

LOUD AS IN LOUDONVILLE: Loudonville needed just 11 plays to score its first five touchdowns en route to beating host Gates Mills Gilmour, 53-13.

The Redbirds (9-0) won their fifth straight game by 40 or more points and are now outscoring opponents by a 53.2-6.8 margin.

"I don't ever think it's easy because it's not easy to play football," third-year coach Justin Todd said. "I just think we really executed well and it all goes back to a great week of preparation. When you practice the right way and you're talented, the results are usually pretty good for you."

RED-LETTER NIGHTS: Arlington captured its 600th victory in school history — becoming the 22nd team in Ohio to hit that total — in a 38-7 win over McComb; Larry Scott needs just 87 yards rushing in Hubbard's final game against Struthers to break Howland's De'Veon Smith's Mahoning Valley record for career rushing yards (6,619); Tyler Showalter became the first Haviland Wayne Trace QB to run for 1,000 yards and pass for 1,000 yards in the same season; Bryan's Brandon Dean was a perfect 20 for 20 passing for 292 yards and three TDs in a 41-7 win over Montpelier; Swanton (6-3), under the direction of first-year coach Mike Vicars, has clinched a winning record for the first time since 1995; and Cole Hull's 52-yard TD run with 41 seconds left gave Fort Recovery a 31-26 win over St. Henry, moving the Indians to 6-3 and tying the school record for most wins set in 1994 and clinching a playoff spot.

THIN AIR: Freshman Seth Conley threw 73 passes, completing 52 for 352 yards, while Grant McBride caught 18 passes for 88 yards and Trent Jolliff had 11 catches for 103 yards and Slate Johansen 11 for 63 yards — and Ada still got shut out 10-0 by Delphos Jefferson.

FOR THE DEFENSE: Hamler Patrick Henry stopped a two-point conversion try by Evergreen with 1:11 to play to preserve a 20-19 victory; Mount Blanchard Riverdale also stopped a two-point run by Cory-Rawson in the final minutes to earn a 28-27 win; Kevin Flaugher had three interceptions to help Rockford Parkway pick up its first win of the season, 35-12 over winless New Bremen; and Buckeye Trail LB Carter Streiff had interception-return TDs of 47 and 38 yards and returned a fumble 65 yards for another score in a 39-6 win over Hannibal River.

RUSH WEEK: In a 50-22 win over Chillicothe Southeastern, Chillicothe Huntington's David Shoemaker had 23 rushes for 245 yards and four scores; North Ridgeville's Demario McCall set a Lorain County record with 445 yards rushing in a game — to go with six TDs — on 26 carries but Elyria Catholic recovered from a 27-0 deficit to win 57-46; Canfield South Range's Joe Alessi ran for 182 yards and three TDs in the first quarter and finished with 259 yards and four scores on nine carries while going over 2,200 yards rushing on the season in a 55-20 win over North Jackson Jackson-Milton; and Minerva's Dalton Hartshorn ran for 313 yards and three TDs on 26 carries, but Beloit West Branch prevailed 50-48.

PASSING FANCY: North Olmsted's Christian Ammons completed 21 of 34 passes for 412 yards and five TDs in a 49-42 win over Avon Lake; Salem's Matt Weingart broke his own school record with 403 yards on 27 of 50 passing to rally his Quakers from a 30-14 fourth-quarter deficit to a 37-36 win; and Andrew Mason broke the school record set in 1935 by Gene Shafer, throwing for 309 yards, and Zach Michael set the school mark with 256 receiving yards in Coshocton's 42-14 win against Uhrichsville Claymont.

PUTTING IT OUT OF REACH: D4 No. 1 Clarksville Clinton-Massie scored 14 points in 19 seconds in the final minute to defeat Washington Court House Miami Trace, 42-20. The Falcons have now won 19 straight overall, 44 consecutive South Central Ohio League games and 19 in a row against D4 opponents. Since joining the SCOL, Clinton-Massie has a 59-2 record, with its last league loss in October 2007.


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