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Champion remembers, honors fallen soldier

August 31, 2013

CHAMPION - On a heartfelt night, the Champion Golden Flashes couldn't get the job done, falling to Streetsboro 40-7.

Before the game, Champion High School, along with politicians from throughout the state, took part in a ceremony retiring the number of Sgt. Robert Carr.

Carr, a 2002 graduate and Champion football player for six years, was a specialist with the 1506th Infantry Battalion stationed in Baghdad, Iraq. He was killed in March 2007 after a vehicle he was driving rolled over an improvised explosive device. He was serving his second tour in Iraq.

At the ceremony, Carr's mother and stepfather, Chris and Bill Wortmand, his widow Nina Carr, and sisters, Rachel and Julie Carr, accepted proclomations from state dignaties in attendance, including U.S. Rep. Tom Letson, D-Warren, a Champion graduate.

The family were presented the jerseys Carr wore while in high school, and were given new jerseys from the school. Also, a sign is now displayed from the press box at Champion Community Stadium with Carr's jersey and number.

After the ceremonies concluded, Streetsboro wasted little time getting on the scoreboard. With 8:05 left in the first quarter, the Rockets' Johnathan Williams rushed in a 57-yard touchdown, the first of his three touchdowns on the night. He finished with 10 carries for 198 yards.

Also getting in on the touchdown action was the Rockets' Prince Franlkin, who had 12 carries for 122 yards and three touchdowns.

Champion (0-1) got on the board in the first quarter with Jacob Rasey putting in a 31-yard touchdown. He finished with 16 carries and 121 yards.