As Dan Reardon headed toward the exit of the coaches' offices at Tom Benson Stadium to go pick up his oldest son, Matthew, from football practice, his 3-year old daughter, Grace, broke down in tears. Reardon assured her that he would be back soon. While he was gone, Reardon's 15-year old daughter, Emma, kept an eye on Grace and her brother, Patrick, who will turn 5 in a few weeks. When Reardon returned with Matthew about a half hour later that night in early August, he went to get a load of laundry from the equipment room as Matthew headed upstairs to see his brother and sisters.
CANTON As the first day of two-a-day practices wrapped up in the sweltering August heat three weeks ago, McKinley High School football players were being instructed on how to address their new assistant coach. Not "Her." Not "She." Not "That girl." It is either "Coach Syrina" or "Coach Richardson," they were told.
What makes Chandler's selection more impressive is that the McKinley defense is a veteran group. Lineman Joe Corner, linebackers Daryl Daniels and Ca'Ron Turner, and defensive backs Re'Meire Burrows, Xavier Smith and Ja'Ron Lee all have starting experience along with Trotter, Chandler and Corner.
by Eric Loughry '96
With the demolition of historic Fawcett Stadium's south stands underway, McKinley opens the 2016 season against defending state champ Akron Archbishop Hoban at Canton Central Catholic on Friday. The season-opener will be the Bulldogs' first home game at a venue other than Fawcett in 78 years.