I attended one of the most unique football games I’ve ever been to when the Chardon High alumni football team took on the visiting Mayfield High alums in a full-equipment, full-contact game on July 4. Chardon had numerous players in their 40s, while Mayfield was a bit younger. I declined to play in the game due to reasons such as lack o
f time to make the practices and not wanting to tear any muscles in half, but I give a lot of credit to the alumni who played in front of a crowd of just under 2,000. “We did it as a fundraiser for the families of the Chardon shooting victims and the survivors,” said 1988 Chardon graduate Bob Sotka, a longtime friend of mine who organized the game. “I think it was successful, we raised over $5,000 and it was great to all get a chance to play again. I just wish we could have finished the game.” There were no major injuries, but Mother Nature KO’d the game with a lightning storm with 4 seconds left in the first half and Mayfield leading 3-0. AlumnifootballUSA.com provided the equipment for the players and SportsTime Ohio will reportedly air a special on the game on July 27.