Trenton Irwin's exploits on the football field have taken him from the Santa Clarita Valley all the way to Texas in the past year, but the recent youth-league champion and national all-star game most valuable player began his journey right here in the Jewel City.
Irwin, a promising wide receiver and safety, honed his skills within the Glendale Bears youth program for seven years, starting at age 5. Still a Glendale resident and currently an eighth-grader at Rosemont Middle School, Irwin joined up with the Santa Clarita Indians of the Pacific Youth Football League two years ago and led the Indians to the PYFL Senior Super Bowl championship this past November.
"Football's a big thing [to me]," Irwin said. "It's fun, it's just an enjoyable thing to do."
Irwin, 15, further made a name for himself among the best youth players in the nation when he competed for the West squad in the Eastbay 2011 Youth All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Sunday and garnered the eight-grade unlimited game's offensive MVP award.