Badin falls In a heartbreaker

Badin head coach Nick Yordy photo by Shelby Frieszell/

CANTON, Ohio – The Division III state finale was a dream matchup. The last two unbeaten and best defensive teams facing off for all the marbles. It was an affair that didn’t disappoint. Reigning champion Chardon scored the game winning touchdown with 65 seconds left on the clock for its 28th straight win to best Badin.

Senior Sean Carr hit pay dirt from two yards out for the contest’s decisive score. The Hilltoppers became the first team in Ohio to win 16 games in a season. They did it with their signature defense giving up just 143 yards of total offense to the Rams. It was the 14th time that Chadron has held a foe to 14 points or fewer in 2021.

Badin scored on its first possessions of the second half, tying the game at 14-14. The Rams had amassed 147 yards of total offense at that point. They would finish the evening with four yards less than that as Chardon got super stingy on defense.

It was a game that featured 16 punts. The last one for Badin was a back breaker. Punting from the back of their own end zone the Rams only managed to get the ball to their own 28 yard line with just 2:08 left in the contest. The Hilltoppers took full advantage of that opportunity as Carr culminated the drive and sealed the Rams fate.

Badin running back Jack Walsh led all rushers with 96 yards and a touchdown. Sophomore quarterback Alex Ritzie starting just his second game due to an injury to senior Landyn Vdourek was stymied by Chadron’s speed and pressure. 

Chardon 7-0-7-7-21
Badin 0-7-7-0-14

C: Nathanael Sulka 36 pass from Alex Henry (Nathan Tager kicker)
B: Jack Walsh 2 run (Jackson Niesen kick)
C: Andrew Bruce 27 run (Tager kick)
B: Carter Russo 1 run (Niesen kick)
C: Sean Carr 2 run (Tager kick)

RECORDS: Badin (14-1); Chardon (15-0)





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