Champion duo together for 1 more game

CHAMPION — As the sixth day of practice for the 35th annual Jack Arvin Classic began at Champion High School, an easy going feeling was in the air.

A heavy dose of rain ran through the Mahoning Valley Monday’s, which led to a mild practice as Champion and Trumbull coach Tim McGlynn described.

“Our main focus, with the weather being bad and not having a turf field, was going over some board time,” McGlynn said.

McGlynn was named coach of the Trumbull County team by the Mahoning County Coaches Association. With the weather being uncooperative as of late, it has been hard for him to get practices on his own field, with Champion’s stadium not having turf. It’s one of a few challenges that coaches face when they’re leading a team of players that are going through a major life transition.

“Our big thing is trying to get these guys in,” McGlynn said. “Today I had three or four kids moving to college and setting up their dorms, so you just have to set a time (for practice) and go from there.”

McGlynn is not the only one representing the Champion Golden Flashes program Thursday.

The lone player representing the program is graduated senior and Mount Union commit Carter Mast. Mast knows this will be the last time he will don a purple helmet, and before he dons another one at the next level, the running back and free safety wants to represent for his community one last time.

“I’m excited,” said Mast as he ate his post practice pasta. “We are all just doing what we love.”

In the 2019 culture of sports, particularly on the high school level, favoritism or accusing coaches of it happens often. But Carter Mast knows and has expressed how coach McGlynn is not of that mindset in anything he does as a football coach. Especially going into this game Thursday.

“If anything, me knowing him, it’s not something you have to worry about,” McGlynn said.

Carter Mast also expressed after practice how he is not concerned about being hurt playing in this game as he is in the process of making his transition as a high school player to a college one. One might think many college programs would discourage their incoming freshman class from participating in this type of game, but coach McGlynn put some light on that issue.

“I believe these college coaches want them to play at times,” McGlynn said. “When I called everybody (the players) everyone was very happy, the coaches did a really good job on nominating three or four kids.”

Day seven of practice will resume at Champion High School today. The Jack Arvin Football classic is Thursday at Niles Bo Rein Stadium. Kickoff is set 7 p.m.

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