50 Years of Charlestown Pirate Football Celebration to Be Held Tomorrow Evening


Charlestown High School Athletic Department is pleased to announce the celebration of 50 Years of Pirate Football tomorrow evening, October 14, 2022. 


The current 8-0* Pirate team will host Mid Southern Conference opponent Eastern (Pekin) for a 7:00 tip off on their senior night. A public recognition of former players, coaches, and managers from the past 50 years is planned and the school’s WPMQ Sports Broadcasting team will provide a special history exhibit to help take you back down memory lane. Long-time Coach John Mastin will be your grand marshal for the evening. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to relish in a special time in Charlestown history!


Here is the timeline of events: 

6:00 P.M. – Pirate alumni players meet in the gym to browse the tables of football artifacts and the WPMQ history exhibit. (Coach Mastin will be there as early as 5:00 for anyone who wishes to arrive early and view the upgrades in the school.)

6:10 – Brian Keith will speak about the players he has seen over the years as a kid, a player, and as a broadcaster as well as what it meant to be a Pirate football player for him and his family.

6:15 – Coach Hawkins will speak on what it was like to play against Charlestown, what it feels like to coach the Pirates, and give everyone an update on the current team and  facilities.

6:20 – Coach Mastin’s will reflect on football from the early years to now, what it takes to run a program, relationships over the years, and what it meant to be the long-time coach of the Pirates. 

6:25 – Tony Hall will speak on what it meant to be a player and coach and athletic director at Charlestown.

6:30 – Open Mic for any players or coaches to share their memoirs, practice, best games, and/or best season.

6:45 – Pirate Alumni enter through the pass gate. Family members need to enter through the gate and pay to enter the game. Gather in the high jump area at the east end zone on the field to visit and enjoy the game. Some seating will be available. Senior night recognitions for our Class of 2023 fall athletes and activities will begin at that time as well. (See separate social media post for the details on senior night.)

7:00 – Kickoff

Between Q1 & Q2: Members of 13 MSC Championship teams will be introduced and walk to the midfield. 

Halftime: The Marching Band of Pirates will perform for the first ten minutes. Following the band, all alumni players, coaches, support staff in attendance will be introduced and walk to  midfield.

Between Q3 & Q4:  Members of the four Sectional and one regional Championship teams will walk to the 50 yard line.


We look forward to a great night of fellowship and reminiscing and a big Pirate win!  Go Big Blue!