2011-08-13 / Sports

Pa. dominates Big 30 Classic


Pennsylvania yielded an early field goal and then dominated New York for a 28-3 win in the annual Big 30 Classic. New York dominated the series in its early years, but the Empire Staters now lead the all-time standings by a slender advantage of 19-17; there have been two ties. 
Paul Burdick Sports Images Pennsylvania yielded an early field goal and then dominated New York for a 28-3 win in the annual Big 30 Classic. New York dominated the series in its early years, but the Empire Staters now lead the all-time standings by a slender advantage of 19-17; there have been two ties. Paul Burdick Sports Images A dominating defense and an opportunistic offense proved to be a winning combination for Pennsylvania in last weekend’s 38th annual Don Raabe Big 30 All-Star Football Classic.

Cameron County’s Jason Blose and Andrew Fragale, along with Coudersport’s Kevin Wolfinger and Skyler Blumer, all played well on a defensive platoon that held New York to just a field goal as the Keystone Staters rolled, 28-3.

On the offensive side, Falcon Creighton Hayes and Red Raider Mark Schweikart were part of a front line that opened holes for runners and afforded plenty of protection for the Pennsy quarterbacks.

New York seized the early momentum, driving 66 yards to set up a chip-shot field goal for a 3-0 lead.

Pennsylvania responded with a long drive of its own, ending when quarterback Alex Anderson (Kane) scored on a keeper in the closing seconds of the first quarter.

Midway through the second period, Pa. was knocking at the door again, only to be stopped at the N.Y. six-yard line.

Later, the squad took advantage of good field position to drive 44 yards for a score, as Camrin Stuckey (Port Allegany) scored from four yards away.

A key play was Trevor Miller’s (Johnsonburg) fumble recovery at the New York four just before the break. Bradford’s Pat Pascarella scored on a short run and Joe Holmberg (Johnsonburg) caught a pass for the two-point conversion and a 21-3 lead.

All doubt was removed when New York fumbled late in the third quarter and Andrew Fragale recovered. Pennsylvania needed just three plays to find the end zone, as Holmberg caught a 35-yard touchdown pass from Anderson.

Wolfinger made a couple of key tackles and Blose picked off a pass in the fourth quarter to prevent New York from scoring.

Lightning and heavy rain preceded the game, prompting committee members to consider postponing the game until Sunday. They checked weather forecasts and decided to shorten quarters from 15 minutes to 12 in an effort to complete the game within a window of favorable weather.

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