As a Glenville High junior, Cardale Jones led the Cleveland Schools’ Tarblooders to the 2009 Div. I state championship game where they lost in heartbreaking fashion to Hilliard Davidson, 16-15.
He obviously didn’t want another disappointment when The Ohio State University Buckeyes topped Oregon in the National Championship game Monday night.
Like this year’s Buckeyes, Glenville was ranked fourth in the country as the team entered the title game in Decemeber of 2009.
But Davidson earned a hard-fought victory on the frigid turf of Canton’s Fawcett Stadium. Davidson scored with just over a minute left in regulation to cut Glenville’s lead to 15-14. Davidson head coach Brian White then made the call of the season by successfully going for the two-point conversion to account for the final 16-15 score.
Glenville went 24-3 through 2009 and 2010, the two years that Jones started at quarterback. The state title game against Davidson marks the only appearance of a Cleveland public school in a state finals football game. In 2010, Glenville went 10-1, losing only to eventual state champ St. Edward in the second round of the playoffs, 42-22.
Other Glenville players from that era who also went on to make their marks at the college level, including Christian Bryant (OSU), Indiana receiversJustin Hardee and Shane Wynn, and USC lineman Aundray Walker.
As one Glenville fan’s sign at the Davidson game said: “Glenville!! It’s Your Time. Bring it Home Cleveland.”
In the 2015 Collegiate National Championship Game against Oregon, Cardale Jones and The Ohio State University Buckeyes did just that!