10 years ago tonight, the Elder Panthers ended the nation’s longest active high school football winning streak by defeating the Charlotte Independence Patriots in OT 41-34 at Nippert Stadium. The Patriots came into the game having won 109 consecutive games and were ranked #3 nationally by USA Today.
The Panthers scored on their second play of overtime, a 14-yard TD pass from quarterback Johnny Groene to wideout Josh Jones. Anthony Miliano’s PAT made it 41-34.
Elder defensive back Keith Hamberg ended the game on an interception, with Independence facing a third-and-9 situation at the Elder 19-yard line. Hamberg snared the ball, which immediately ended the game, and then Hamberg and Elder players charged wildly and happily onto the field.
Elder RB Nick Gramke scored three touchdowns. TE Kyle Rudolph add two scores of his own and an incredible catch on fourth down.
John Groene connected with Josh Jones for the game winning TD in overtime
Keith Hamberg sealed Elder’s win with an interception:
General Admission Season Tickets are still available. Assure yourself admittance to all Elder regular season home football games.
Adults – $25
High School – $20
Grade School – $15
Reserve your tickets now by e-mailing Athletic Director Kevin Espelage at: email@example.com with the subject “Season Tickets”. They can be picked up and paid for this Friday prior to our first home game versus Oak Hills at the eastside ticket office. (This offer is for season tickets, not individual games.)
The 2017 edition of the Elder football Panthers begin their season tonight at Viking Stadium (Princeton High School) against the Lakota West Firebirds. The game is part of the 20th Annual Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown.
Tickets for the game will be available at the gate. All tickets are $10.
Tom Nugent announced to the team today that he is stepping down as Head Lacrosse Coach at Elder High School after seven seasons.
Coach Nugent compiled a 64 – 55 record while at Elder and was named the Ohio High School Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year in 2014. Under his guidance, eight players were named all-region, seven all-city, three all-league and one all-state.
A search for his replacement will be announced. Coach Nugent will continue to teach at Elder High School.