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Pirate Football at Brownstown Event Guidelines

The following Event Guidelines for Friday’s football contest; Charlestown Pirates at the Brownstown Braves has been issued by the Brownstown Central HS Athletic Department.

Unfortunately, NO TICKET PRE-SALES will be available through Charlestown HS.

Attendance Guidelines:

Masks will be required to enter all events. Fans will be expected to wear their masks unless seated and social distanced. Masks must be worn when not seated and moving around the facility. Fans will be expected to wear their masks unless seated and social distanced. Immediate family and those who rode to the game may sit together.

Masks may be purchased at the ticket gate for $1.

Fans experiencing Covid symptoms should not attend.  Fans are asked to bring exact change at all ticket gates to limit the exchange of cash between patrons ($5 admission).

Sanitation stations will be available at ticket gates, concessions stands, press boxes, and restrooms.

All spectators must exit the facility at the event’s conclusion. Fans transporting participants should wait for them at their vehicles in the parking lot.  Social distancing marking will be used at ticket gates, concessions areas, and restrooms.

Football Seating Capacities:

Spectator seating capacity:  Home – 250  /  Visitors – 250  Ticket Sales – Admission gates will open 1 hour before event begins.  Vouchers will be distributed in advance to home and visitor participants’ families. Visitors’ vouchers may be redeemed to purchase a ticket at the North gate.  Visitors should park in the main school lot off Elm Street (north of FB field).  Spectators are permitted to bring lawn/bag chairs to sit on grassy areas around the facility to promote social distancing.  No pass-outs policy will be in place, encouraging one-way traffic before and after games at ticket gates.

Restroom Facilities are available at the visitor’s side and the home side of the field.

Concessions stands are available at the visitor’s side and the home side of the field.

Pirate Football Will Honor the Memories of Tyler Odle and Dennis Hawkins with Special Helmet Stickers

Football fans across the nation have long been acquainted with helmet stickers. For over 40 years, they have been used in college football–and more recently some high schools–to signify special achievements on offense, defense, and special teams. Many young players have grown up watching college football and recognize the buckeye tree leaf of Ohio State, the paw of the Clemson Tiger, or the tomahawk of the Florida State Seminoles and think to themselves how cool it would be to earn something so simple, yet so meaningful to represent their work in the sport. 

Sometimes, however, helmet stickers mean something much more than those tackles and touchdowns. Tonight when our Pirates take the field, fans should pay close attention to two stickers that have been affixed to their helmets for the 2020 season. The first of those stickers is the #5 in memory of Pirate football great Tyler Odle, who tragically passed away in a car accident in May. Playing for the Pirates from 2009-2012, Odle broke the record for Most Receiving Yards in a Career (1,964), Most Receptions in a Career (110), Most TD Receptions in a Career (26), Most TD Passes Caught in a Season (14), and Most Receptions in a Game (12). The Odle family would like to thank the entire community and Pirate family and issued the following sentiment: “Tyler meant the world to us and we will forever be saddened by his loss! We are beyond grateful that his legacy will always be honored in our town.”  It should also be mentioned that the #5 jersey will not be worn in 2020. 

The second sticker is comprised of a Charlestown Pirate, a Clarksville General, and a black ribbon accented with blue for Charlestown, yellow for Clarksville, red for Parkinson’s disease, and a DH in honor and memory of the late Coach Dennis Hawkins, father of Pirate coach, Jason Hawkins. Dennis Hawkins was the head coach at Clarksville High School for 25 years, leading the Generals to over 100 victories, several Mid Southern Conference championships, three sectional titles in 1985, 1997, and 1999, and the state championship in 1997 where they finished runners up. The stickers were designed by WPMQ staff members on the vision of football parents and were their gift to the football program. The Hawkins family was truly touched by the thoughtfulness of the gesture and said, “Our dad loved football, especially Clarksville and Charlestown football. He passed away on August 4th with Parkinson’s. The family would like to thank the football players for wearing the sticker and all those who helped make and buy them. We appreciate you all honoring Coach Hawkins’ legacy.”


Story contributed by WPMQ Staff

Pirate Football Senior Sam Burns Signs to Play at Wisconsin Lutheran College

Last night, Sam Burns of the Pirate football team signed to play football for Wisconsin Lutheran College in front of family, friends, and coaches.

Wisconsin Lutheran College (WLC) is an independent, nationally ranked Christian college in Milwaukee that serves 1,200 traditional undergraduate, adult, and graduate students through its on-campus and online programming. The college, which prepares students for lives of Christian leadership, is recognized for its academic excellence and superior student experience. Caring, Christian faculty work directly with students, who benefit from numerous research, service, and co-curricular opportunities designed to enhance academic and spiritual growth.

Wisconsin Lutheran College athletic department sponsors 16 (8 men / 8 women) varsity sports, competing at the NCAA Division IiI level. Known as the Warriors, Wisconsin Lutheran College is a member of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference (NACC). The NACC began its first season of competition in the fall of 2006, then known as the Northern Athletics Conference. The conference consists of 13 private colleges and universities from the shared-border states of Illinois and Wisconsin, all of which are NCAA Division III members.

When asked about deciding on his future as a Warrior, Sam said, “The reason I chose Wisconsin Lutheran was because their facilities, dorms and football staff were extremely nice and felt like home. The signing process was fun. I had a great time. The staff at Wisconsin Lutheran was very helpful to give me the signing paper and I am glad to have this opportunity to continue playing football while also getting my education.”

Pirate football coach Jason Hawkins said, “Sam has done a great job transforming his body into a player that can play at the next level. He had a very good senior year and is a great kid. We will miss him.”

The Charlestown High School athletic department and WPMQ, The Pirate Network congratulates Sam and wishes him a healthy and prosperous future as a Warrior!

 

Article and photo contributed by WPMQ staff.

Marion Lukes Claims New Single Season Rushing Record as Pirates Defeat Salem

Last Friday night the Pirate football team went to the locker room with their sails a little deflated as their star running back, junior Marion Lukes, remained supine on the field in pain from a shoulder injury incurred on the last play of the first half.  The Pirates had other weapons last week that were able to step up in Lukes’ second half absence and take care of business against Corydon, and while they won 41-7, the concern about #9 and his injury weighed on their hearts.

But tonight, after a late afternoon thunderstorm rolled in to Salem and looked to dampen our spirits, the Pirates took the field with Lukes in blue and white. Concerns about the field conditions may have been on the minds of the Pirate faithful, but for Lukes and the Pirates it was business as usual. The first drive of the game gave the fans a lot of ground work to watch, which set their minds at ease about whether or not those field conditions would give the Pirates any trouble, as Lukes and Logsdon took turns with carries until Lukes eventually churned out a touchdown with 3:23 left in the first quarter.

On the second play of the second quarter, Lukes took the football 68 yards to the Lions’ end zone to put the Pirates up 14-0. Andrew Mattingly would tack on three more points for the Pirates with his first made field goal of the season at the 3:41 mark. The Lions’ next drive would end in a scoop and score by the Pirate senior Candido Martinez who was able to recover a bad snap to the Salem punter that he couldn’t control and take it to the end zone, putting the the Pirates up 24-0 with just 1:14 before the half. Lukes would head in for halftime with 143 yards on 13 carries, just 95 yards short of the single season rushing record of 1,995 yards set by Richard Lanham in 1989.

With just over six minutes to play in the 3rd and a few yards and carries later, Lukes was able to shake a couple defenders and then it was good bye, see ya later Marion Lukes and the Pirates’ single season rushing record.  The 83 yard touchdown run would give Lukes all he needed to re-write another category in the record book. This would be the second this year as he broke the single game rushing record at Clarksville, making that new record 475 yards. The Pirates would lead 30-0 before giving up a pair of touchdowns and a two-point conversion to the Lions that would make the score 30-14 with 11:35 to play in the game.

Addison Logsdon, who would finish the night with 51 yards on 11 carries, found his way to the end zone with a 10 yard touchdown run at the 3:54 mark that the Pirates hoped would seal the victory at 37-14. Then junior cornerback Brice Sweeney got his second interception of the night for the Pirates to all but guarantee the road win with 1:43.

Marion Lukes would cap off his record breaking night with 311 yards on 25 carries and 3 touchdowns for the Pirates.  His single season yardage now totals 2,306 with a regular season game remaining before the sectional as the Pirates host Eastern next Friday on senior night.

(Photo courtesy of Melissa Stewart)

 

Come Out to Zaxby’s for Thursday Night Touchdown Showdown

Attention, Pirate Nation! The Pirate football team needs your appetite!

Tomorrow evening the The Big X Sports from WXVW will be live at 7:00 with Coach Hawkins, select Pirate players, and representatives from the Providence football program at the River Ridge Zaxby’s on Highway 62 for the Thursday Night Touchdown Showdown.

Here’s where you come in! Bring that appetite from 6-8, order a meal from Zaxby’s, sit back and enjoy the show! A percentage of the proceeds will go back to the school that eats the most Zaxby’s! Hope to see you there.

Pirates Run Over #6 Cougars 34-22, on Homecoming

Pirate Football improved to 3-1 (overall & MSC) on Homecoming Friday night, upsetting the Class 3A #6 and two time defending conference champs from North Harrison, 34-22.  Charlestown’s offense capitalized on great Pirate defensive plays in the second half to roll to a 27-15 advantage at the end of the third; then a 34-15 advantage with just under four minutes remaining in the game.  The Pirate defense minimized the Cougar’s (3-1) leading rusher Jaylen Peake, as he finished the game with 155 total yards on 23 carries; however 142 of those yards where in the first half.  Devin Lukes collected two huge interceptions, which stymied any attempts by North Harrison to muster momentum; while Bo Braunecker came alive in the second stanza to finish with 8 tackles (6 solo) and a sack.

During the halftime Homecoming festivities, Tristan Callaway and Madison Christy were crowned Charlestown’s new Homecoming King and Queen (shown in photo, courtesy of Melissa Stewart)

Once again, the Pirate offense got big ground production by Junior standout Marion Lukes.  Frustrating the Cougar defense, Marion logged 347 yards of rushing on 28 carries; after breaking the Charlestown single game record a week prior after a 475 yard performance.  Marion scored four of the five Pirate touchdowns, on runs of 21 and 6 in the first half; and 61 and 77 in the second half.  Lukes goes into week five of the season with a total of 1,144 rushing yards, placing him solidly among the top five rushers in the nation.

Junior Marion Lukes’ 77 yard rushing touchdown during the 3rd Qtr. vs. #6 N. Harrison:

Pirate quarterback Braiden Murphy scored on a seven yard run midway in the fourth quarter; before North Harrison concluded scoring with 85 yard kickoff return by Zane Armstrong.

The Pirates finished with 439 yards of offense, all on the ground; assisted by Addison Logsdon’s 81 yards on 13 carries.

The Pirates play out of conference next Friday, when they travel to Providence (2-2) High School (Clarksville) for another chapter in the forty plus year history between the two programs.  Kick off is scheduled for 7:00 pm at Murphy Stadium, to be broadcasted lived on WPMQ 99.3 FM Radio.

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