CHAMPION — The lights were turned off for most of the halftime show staged by the Champion Golden Flashes marching band.
You could say the performance mirrored the football team, which staged a lights-out showing by Champion in rolling to a 30-0 win over the Newton Falls Tigers in an All-American Conference Blue Tier game Friday.
The Flashes’ dominance began when junior running back Austin Willforth broke through a huge hole and raced untouched for a 68-yard touchdown on the third play from scrimmage.
It continued until junior running back Nick Costianes ran 86 yards for a touchdown midway through the third quarter.
Noah Vesey followed Costianes’ score with an extra point that finished the scoring and put the game into a running-clock mode. The Flashes went on to improve to 5-1 and 2-0 in the Blue Tier. It’s their best start since the 1994 team made the playoffs.
The All-American Conference is an OHSAA-sanctioned league, created in 2008 as the result of the merger between the Trumbull Athletic Conference and the Metro Athletic Conference in Ohio. The league has 21 different member schools, with 17 sports offered throughout fall, winter and spring sports seasons.