CONNEAUT — Ten more former Ashtabula County football standouts were inducted into the Ashtabula County Touchdown Club Hall of Fame during the annual banquet Monday night.

The event took place at the New Event Center in Conneaut.

The inductees were Jon Altonen, a Harbor graduate; Robin Hinson, Ashtabula; Jay Corlew, Edgewood; Shane Blanford, Pymatuning Valley; David Derryberry, Grand Valley; Tom McCoy, St. John; Charlie Divine, Jefferson and Jim Dombroski, Conneaut.

Randy Carter, of Geneva and Bill Skippon, of Conneaut, were inducted posthumously.

St. John football coach Scott Knisely spoke on behalf of McCoy. Carol Prill, Carter's sister, represented Carter and Michael Mirando, Skippon's great nephew, accepted for Skippon.

Vince Kehres, the Division III two-time national championship coach of Mount Union University, was the guest speaker.

He talked the connections between Ashtabula County and Mount Union.

Mark Brace, a 1999 Geneva graduate, played at Mount Union. Corlew played for the Purple Raiders in the early 1980s, was a graduate assistant coach at the college and has coached at county high schools.

AJ Calderone, the 1999 county coach of the year at GV, and Buzz Edwards, current Lakeside coach, both suited up for the Purple Raiders.

Ron Chutas and Kehres' dad, long-time Mount Union coach Larry Kehres, were teammates. Chutas' son, Nate, a 2018 ACTC Hall of Fame inductee, and Vince Kehres were teammates with the Purple Raiders.

In recent years, Edgewood lineman Matt Fitchet started on the 2017 national championship team.

Matt Lilja, another Edgewood graduate, is currently on the Purple Raiders roster.

Kehres also talked about three items he and his staff are looking for in a student-athlete.

"The first is character ... respect, manners, appreciation, gratitudue and being unselfish," he said. "How do you handle success and how do you handle failure? How do others perceive you.

"The second is academic profile. How serious how are you about being a student? The expectations are higher. What is your career ambition? what is your goal ambition?

"The third is grit and that includes passion and persistance. Talent gets you noticed, but is your courage, resolve. How much do you love competition? How bad do you hate to lose?"

High school players from this past season were honored with scholarships and recognized for their achievements. An additional story will appear in Wednesday's paper.

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