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Stark County High School Football Hall of Fame Class of 2023 | #schoolsaftey


The Stark County High School Football Hall of Fame will welcome a seven-man Class of 2023 on July 21.

The class features four modern-era players — Bobby Hendry, Devin Smith, Steve Smith and Dymonte Thomas — in addition to coaching legend Keith Wakefield and two players from the 1950s, Ron Carnahan and Ron Worstell. The latter two were senior nominees.

This is the first class to be selected since the 2020 class was chosen before the COVID-19 pandemic and honored last summer.

The class includes one of the county’s all-time leading rushers (Thomas) and leading receivers (Devin Smith), in addition to a state championship team captain (Steve Smith). Hendry, a 1,000-yard rusher at Akron, is one of several who went on to star in college. Wakefield retired as a head coach from Perry just two years ago as the county’s second all-time winningest coach. Carnahan and Worstell were two-way stars in Canton in the mid-50s, earning all-city honors just a year apart.

Here’s a look at each member of the class:

Ron Carnahan, McKinley, halfback

Ron Carnahan, McKinley, halfback, 1955

1955 Senior

  • Helped lead McKinley to a 10-0 season and a state championship, as the Bulldogs outscored opponents 396-40
  • Called plays for McKinley and earned honorable mention All-Ohio
  • Rushed for 612 yards on 53 carries (an 11.5 average), scoring 13 touchdowns and 79 total points
  • Selected to play in the Ohio North-South Game



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