Mt. Gilead’s ‘flawless’ football team reunites
By Taylor Kaser –
50 years after Mt. Gilead crowned their undefeated season by besting Cardington in 1962, players and cheerleaders from the team reunited for the anniversary game on September 21 at Mt. Gilead high school.
Teammates traveled from all over the country to meet up at the field, that 50 years ago was packed with thousands of spectators to see the rival teams face off.
The team gathered for a dinner at the Cornerstone Cafe before boarding a bus to the football field to watch Mt. Gilead play Pleasant.
After being introduced to the crowd at half time, the team and cheerleaders met inside the school to watch a video recording of the game. The classmates also looked at old photos and told “fish tales.”
Head Coach of the team Hartsell Dodrill said that one of the best rewards of his time coaching, was the close relationship he had with all the boys. He said that even after 50 years, they all still shared that bond.
Dodrill coached the Mt. Gilead football team for six years, and never had a losing season.
After their undefeated season, Dodrill left coaching, he said it felt like the best time to quit, on top.
He then went on to take a administrative position and eventually went on to become the Superintendent of Schools in Jefferson County. After retiring, Hartsell and his wife, Dare, moved back to Morrow County.