2010-08-14 / Sports

Pennsylvania comes up short in Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic

Dozens of last season’s most well-known high school football players returned to the gridiron for a one-night curtain call Saturday night.

New York topped Pennsylvania, 46-37, in one of the highest-scoring games in the 37-year history of the annual Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic, played at Parkway Field in Bradford.

Among participants were Cameron County’s Andy Lippert and Jason Blose, along with Coudersport’s Luke Ditzler and Tony Capatch. Lippert scored two of the Pa. All-Stars’ touchdowns and led a running game that was used sparingly with 33 yards on eight carries.

The second of three roughing the kicker penalties against Pennsylvania allowed New York to slip ahead 14-7, Lippert scampered into the endzone to force a tie. But New York scored in the final minute of the first half to carry a 22-14 advantage into the intermission.

After the Empire Staters advanced their lead to 32-14, Pennsylvania scored on a long pass play and Lippert ran for another score, this one from four yards out, making it 32-29.

Andy Lippert (21) and Jason Blose (4) represented Cameron County High School in the Raabe Charities Classic football game, while Luke Ditzler (50) and Tony Capatch (59) represented Coudersport. Paul Burdick photos      Andy Lippert (21) and Jason Blose (4) represented Cameron County High School in the Raabe Charities Classic football game, while Luke Ditzler (50) and Tony Capatch (59) represented Coudersport. Paul Burdick photos New York had too much offensive firepower. A TD late in the third quarter and another score early in the fourth sealed Pennsylvania’s fate.

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