The Chesapeake football team experienced a season for the ages this past fall, and for their successful year they were awarded the prestigious Jerry Mears Memorial Trophy by the Annapolis Touchdown Club on February 22.
The Mears Trophy recognizes the team of the year from Anne Arundel County and has been awarded every year since 1978.
Chesapeake’s region championship, appearance in the state tournament and 9-4 overall record in 2018 show a program that has risen to new heights in the past decade. The Cougars posted only two wining seasons between 1977 and 2010, once in 1985 and once in 2003, but since Rob Elliott took over as head coach in 2011, the Cougars have posted four winning seasons and two more 5-5 years. Following a subpar 2-8 season in 2016, the Cougars rebounded in 2017 to go 7-4 and make the playoffs before rising even higher with a 9-4 year and two playoff wins, the first playoff wins in program history, in 2018.
Winning the Mears Trophy is a first for Chesapeake.
“We are extremely proud of the fact that the Jerry Mears Memorial Trophy will spend the next year in the display case at Chesapeake,” said coach Elliott. “We have worked very hard to make Chesapeake football something that the school and community can be proud of. Winning this award shows that the hard work is paying off.”