Tim McGlynn enters his first season at Champion High School as the program’s head football coach. It has been a while since the Golden Flashes have been able to call themselves winners. Their last winning season came in 2010 (6-4) and reeling after an 0-10 campaign just last Fall. McGlynn has experience as a head coach having led Jackson-Milton in the 2008 (3-7) and 2009 (3-7) season. He has also been an assistant on the high school level at Fitch and Harding.
2018 Champion Golden Flashes’ Football Preview
Head Coach: Tim McGlynn, 1st season at Champion
Record: 0-10 (0-6), 7th place in AAC Blue Tier
What you need to know about the Champion Offense
The offense needs a makeover as the Flashes lost a lot of talent to graduation. Over the past four seasons, the offense has failed to average 20-points per game. Last year, Champion finished near the bottom of the area with a 7.3 scoring average. The team returns last year’s starting quarterback – Nick Stahlman (955 passing yards, 6 TDs) – as well as the team’s leading rusher (Carter Mast, 249 rushing yards). The offense had to say goodbye to the anchor of the offensive line (Cain Walters) who graduated this past Spring.
Key to the Champion Offense
The Golden Flashes have not had a back who’s gone for over 1,000-yards since 2012 (Mike Cyrus, 1050). The ground game must return and that begins with the line play up front to secure holes for the ball carriers to tote the ball.
What you need to know about the Champion Defense
The defense lost defensive lineman Mike Greer and Griffin Howell at linebacker to graduation. Champion has allowed 30-points or more in three of the last four years (2014: 30.4; 2016: 30.7; 2017: 43.0). Outside of their week 6 matchup with Newton Falls, Champion was outscored by an average of 41 points (41.2) in their remaining 9 contests a year ago.
Key to the Champion Defense
The Golden Flashes have nowhere but up to go. Arguably, one of the toughest years in the history of Champion football is behind us. Can the players rally around one another to get back on track and move forward?
Offensive player to watch for
Senior/WR, Carter Mast
…Mast carried the ball 13 times in 2016 for an average of 7.0 yards per tote (TD). Last year, he led the Golden Flashes with 249 yards rushing on 83 carries. He’ll play a key role in the team’s turnaround in 2018.
Defensive player(s) to watch for
…Nine of the team’s 10 losses a year ago came by allowing 30-points or more. That stat will have to be lowered this year. A key will be the play of the defensive line up front.
Aug. 25 – at Warren JFK, 7
Aug. 31 – at Rittman, 7
Sept. 7 – McDonald, 7
Sept. 14 – Girard, 7
Sept. 21 – at LaBrae, 7
Sept. 28 – at Newton Falls, 7
Oct. 5 – Liberty, 7
Oct. 12 – at Campbell Memorial, 7
Oct. 19 – Lakeview, 7
Oct. 26 – Brookfield, 7
For coach McGlynn, it all starts in week one when they travel to Mollenkopf Stadium to take on JFK.
2017 Team Stats
Scoring Offense: 7.3
Total Offense: 119.5
Passing Offense: 95.5
Rushing Offense: 24.0
Scoring Defense: 43.0
2017 Statistical Leaders
Passing: Nick Stahlman – 955 yards, 41.9% (80-191), 6 TDs
Rushing: Carter Mast – 249 yards, 3.0 avg
Receiving: Jacob Zylka – 29 catches, 317 yards, TD*
Big 22 Recipients
2010: Jimmy Rasey