Spartans Teammates To Be Football Rivals At Other Schools

  • 6/22/2017 11:14:07 PM
  • Brian Skowronski
  • Local Sports

MANSFIELD, OH- Mansfield St Peter's High School has a long history of quality sports tradition. The school has crowned a number of state champions over the years in several different sports and has a long legacy of competitive boy's and girl's basketball programs.

One thing the Spartans have never had, however, is a high school football team. But that's not stopping St Peter's athletes from competing on the gridiron.

In an interview with WMFD'S Brian Skowronski, Spartans All-Ohio basketball player Mason Campbell says that he is playing football this fall for the Madison Rams. "(St Peter's) doesn't offer football, so I'll play for the district I live in now," Campbell says. "I live in the Madison district, so I'm playing for them."

Campbell eclipsed the 1,000 point scoring mark as a junior on the hardwood where he specialized as a one-sport athlete for his first three years of high school. Now heading into his senior season with a much different body frame than he started his career with, Campbell wants to give football a try for the first time since middle school.

"Throughout high school, I gained a lot of weight in muscle and stuff, so I haven't played since eighth grade," says Campbell. "I figured, why not play for my senior year and see how I do."

The 6' 3" senior says he will try out for both tight end and outside linebacker this fall and hopes to help a Madison squad that finished just 2-8 in 2016.

While Campbell will be getting his first taste of high school football action this fall, his Spartans basketball teammate Ben Miller is expected to be a starting lineman for Mansfield Senior for the second straight season. Miller saw lots of action at right guard for the Tygers as a freshman, helping running back Brian Benson set numerous program rushing records. The sophomore lineman is part of a talented class of big men for Mansfield Senior that he compared to a family.

Heading into his second year of high school football, Miller says, "I know to expect and I can have more fun with it this time."

He and the Tygers had plenty of fun when they played against Madison last season, crushing their cross-city rivals on the home turf by a final score of 50-7 to finish at 6-4. When Miller faces the Rams in week 10 this season, he will be going head to head with his St Peter's classmate, Campbell, before joining forces with Mason as basketball teammates just days later.    

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