Cardinals move on to regional finals


The Canfield Cardinal football team has had quite the football season. So far, the Cardinals have won all nine of their games and their first three playoff games coming off a big win against the Streetsboro Rockets last week.

This week, the Canfield Cardinals will head up to Chardon, Ohio to take on the Chardon Hilltoppers in the Regional Championship. Canfield has only had one Regional Championship win in history, and is 3-0 against the Hilltoppers. Chardon is ranked number one in the state for all of Division III, according to the Associated Press. The Cardinals stand at third. This is going to be the biggest game of the season so far.

 Junior corner Oliver Kovass says the keys to their success have been, “prepared in practice, and come mentally ready each week.”

Kovass said that in order to prepare, he has been “watching film a lot, and just paying attention in practice on what they’re going to throw at us.” 

Junior linebacker Drew Carrocce also weighed in his thoughts on the Cardinal football team. He attributes some of the Cards’ success to the bonds on this team.

“We all just get along out of football and in the locker room,” he said.

When reflecting on last week’s win against Streetsboro, he said the road to success was, “Our o-line taking care of things and our defense stepping up like they have been.”

On and off the field in order to prepare for this week, Drew said he has been “watching film and just paying attention at practice, giving effort all the time.” 

Senior team captain Ethan Fletcher praises the team’s connection.

“I feel like this team is very special because we are all very close, and we kind of figure each other out on the football field, figuring out what our strengths and weaknesses are, and off the field are very close,” he stated.

Fletcher says there are a few things that need to be done in order to come out with a win this week against the Hilltoppers.

“It’s going to take a lot of focus, and knowing what we’re doing on defense. They run a very complicated offense, and we need to do our jobs,” he said.

Ethan does it all for the cardinals, as a safety, slot receiver, and return man for this football team. 

The Cardinals hope to keep this playoff run rolling as much as possible. Many think this team is a special group, and they will all need to rely on one another for this upcoming game against the Hilltoppers. The game will take place on November 6, at 7:00 P.M., at Chardon High School. If the Cards win this, they will go down in history as the second Canfield football team to win a regional championship.