2007-08-04 / Sports

Raabe Charities Classic tonight

Pennsylvania is out for a third straight win in Saturday night's 34th annual Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic, a football showcase that allows outstanding high school seniors to make one last curtain call.

Opening kickoff at Parkway Field in Bradford is at 7:30. Tickets will be available at the gate.

Pennsylvania's defense is heavily stocked with players from the outstanding Coudersport and Cameron County teams of 2006. Coudersport's Drew Levavasseur and Cameron County's John Malizia are joined by Judd Zilcosky and Nathan Rohlin, both of Johnsonburg, as this year's linebackers.

"I really like that corps," said coach Ed DeCecchis of Johnsonburg, who is defensive coordinator. "They're all good tacklers and they really like to hit. We don't have any weaknesses there."

Under the Big 30 game's strict defensive rules, the fiveman Pennsylvania front line will include Coudersport's Kody Frederick and Kirk Duffee as tackles and Cameron County's Patrick Catalano at end.

DeCecchis said that with 20 Pa. players designated for the defensive platoon, he'll be able to rotate his players and keep everyone fresh.

Offensively, Pennsylvania is expecting big games out of tailback Chris Cavallari (Coudersport) and Johnsonburg quarterback Calvin Grumley.

Head coach Tom Launer, who's calling the offensive shots, will give Grumley plenty of chances to shine on Saturday, as he trots out a spread offense with four wide receivers. Meanwhile, when the other quarterback, Bryan Dempsey (St. Marys Public) is on the field, Launer will shift back to the conventional offense.

Cavallari, who set a singleseason rushing record for Coudersport last season, will get his share of touches. His speed and hard running style could lead to big things for Pennsylvania.

Laboring in the pits on the Pa. offensive line will be Coudersport's Isaac Cary and Cameron County's Cody Andrus, splitting time at center.

Cameron County's Chad Schatz was also picked for the Pa. All-Stars, but was forced to withdraw.

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