The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


September 6, 2013

Man behind the Cup

Edward P. Hoadley had a strong love for community, football that led to him coming up with trophy that has stood the test of time for more than six decades between Edgewood, Jefferson

For more than six decades, the Edward P. Hoadley Cup has been awarded to the winner of the annual football game between Edgewood and Jefferson.

At one point, aside from the annual grudge match between Ashtabula and Harbor, the Edgewood-Jefferson game was the one of the fiercest contested in Ashtabula County.

As the Warriors (0-1) and the Falcons (0-1) square off in the 62nd battle for the cup tonight at Falcon Pride Stadium (7, WFUN), perhaps now is the proper time to take a closer look at what the Cup is and who the man was who came up with the idea.

Edward P. Hoadley, himself an Ashtabula High School graduate, operated an oil and gas business on the east side of Ashtabula and was very active on the political front.

Hoadley and his wife, Dorothy, had two children graduate from Edgewood High School, perhaps sparking his interest in the Edgewood-Jefferson rivalry.

Ed Batanian, the late local legend, offered some details on how the Hoadley Cup came to be a few years ago.

“Ed was friends with Charles Watson, who at the time, was the executive head of the Jefferson schools,” Batanian, who was athletic director at Edgewood for many years and served as secretary of the Northeast District Board, said. “They got together and out of their friendship, came the cup.”

Hoadley financed the purchase of an actual-size golden football and had it mounted on a base, with the scores to be inscribed on it each year.

The Hoadley Cup was first awarded in 1952, making tonight the 62nd time the Warriors and the Falcons will play for possession of the Cup.

Though Jefferson won that first matchup in the fall of ’52, 41-12, Edgewood has dominated the series through the majority of the series, winning 38 times to Jefferson’s 23. An 8-8 score in 1963 represents the only tie in the series and the Warriors’ memorable 46-44 double-overtime victory at Corlew Stadium in the 1995 Week 10 clash on Nov.. 3 of that year is without question the single best game in the 61-year series.

From 1958 through 1975, the Cup never left Warrior Country. However, the late Glenn Sutherin’s Falcons recorded a 20-0 triumph at Memorial Field in Jefferson to put the cup in Jefferson for the first time since 1957.

That win also marked the first time a Grand River Conference team had defeated a Northeastern Conference squad on the gridiron. In 1977, Edgewood took the Cup back, winning, 12-0.

Before the Hoadley Cup came into existence, bets such as 100 pennies baked into a pumpkin pie and a bouquet of flowers encircled by a coin-studded ribbon were commonplace between followers of the respective schools.

Back than, enthusiasm generated on the gridiron exceeded the boundaries of the high school campuses and spilled into the lives of people throughout Ashtabula County.

“The game itself was a big event every year,” Hoadley said in a 1972 Star Beacon story. “It was always a great rivalry. There were big crowds — 500 to 800 people would come up from Jefferson or go down from Edgewood for each game.

“It was special.”

The Cup has taken more than a few lumps through the years.

“I’ve had to weld it and solder it many a time,” Batanian said several years ago through a laugh. “But, Mr. Hoadley called me once and asked me if I wanted some money to replace the Cup because it was getting old.

“I told him, ‘no thanks,’ because it’s the tradition of the trophy that makes it so special.”

Text Only
  • Spartans knock around Dragons

    After being cooped up in gymnasiums for the better part of the season so far, the Conneaut and Lakeside softball teams were just happy to get onto a diamond. Playing for the first time in nearly a week, the Spartans toppled the Dragons, 11-2, Thursday afternoon at Lakeside.

    April 18, 2014

  • PV can’t get past Mathews

    Thursday afternoon at Pymatuning Valley, the visiting Mathews Mustangs were able to do what every coach hopes for — execute. They played a clean game from start to finish in every facet of the game, and that carried the Mustangs to an 8-2 Northeastern Athletic Conference victory.

    April 18, 2014

  • Scholastic Statistics:

    Matthews 8, PV 2
    at PV

    April 18, 2014

  • Scholastic Schedule:


    Geneva at Edgewood (11)
    Niles McKinley at Edgewood (5)
    Conneaut at Lakeside (4:30)
    Madison at Euclid (4:30)
    Madison at Edgewood (4:30)
    Geneva at Mentor (10, DH)
    Conneaut at Madison (4)

    April 18, 2014

  • Justin Butler Justin time

    It was just four short years ago that Justin Butler was spending his fall on a soccer field.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: ‘Kids’ stuff’ spurs great responses

    I’m often caught more than a bit off-guard by what stories, features or columns generate responses from you, Loyal Readers, much more so than those who do not.
    For example, the column that appeared in this space a couple of days ago regarding things yours truly and my buddies did as kids prompted more than a few responses.
    A sampling, many of which were posted on my Facebook page:

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • kyle GANG GREEN

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Scholastic Schedule:

    Grand Valley at Maplewood (4:30)
    St. John at Lawrence (4:30)
    Mathews at PV (4:30)
    Fairport at Perry (7:30)
    West Geauga at Madison (4:30)
    Harvey at Riverside (4:30)
    Jefferson at Harding (5)

    April 16, 2014

  • Olivia In transition

    Pymatuning Valley graduate Olivia Holt had a distinct reason she chose to play basketball for Mount Union.
    “They do have tradition,” Holt, the daughter of Gus and Michelle Holt, said. “I’m from PV. We had a tradition of winning and working hard there. I wanted to go somewhere that tradition mattered. I knew I was going to get better by coming here.”

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Don A Don McCormack column: Spring has sprung one big leak

    Paying a Wednesday morning visit to the variety store...

    Think spring?
    If this, um, err, uh... spring... feels a bit unusual for high school baseball and softball teams in Northeast Ohio, it is, to a point.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

Sports Week in Review April 7-12
Spring Sports Practice in Ashtabula County
2014 AP BB Tourney Top 25
2014 AP BB Tourney Scoreboard
2014 AP BB Tourney News
2014 AP BB Tourney Photos
Star Beacon-Ed Batanian Senior Classic
Girls Regional Basketball Action
Week of Champions
Sports Week in Review February 21, 22
Grand Valley at Edgewood Boys Basketball
Sports Week in Review Feb. 3 to 8
Sports Week in Review January 30 to Feb. 1
Sports Week in Review January 13-18
Sports Week in Review January 10 and 11
Sports Video Archive
House Ads
AP Video