Alumni: NY Squad Set for Raabe Big 30 Classic

BRADFORD, Pa. — Senior football stars fresh off of graduation from across the southern tier and northern Pennsylvania will take the field at Bradford High School Saturday, marking the 40th time for the Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic.

New York head coach Chad Lyter, Allegany-Limestone’s head coach last year, leads the squad with the help of Paul Furlong, a Salamanca native and last year’s coach at Salamanca, and Allegany-Limestone assistants Glenn Anderson and Eric Hemphill.

In 2013, Lyter will step aside and Furlong will return to coach the Gators, while Anderson and Hemphill return to help.

The game gives Furlong a chance to coach three of his seniors from 2012 for one more game.

“It’s been fun,” Furlong said before practice at Veteran’s Park on Monday, July 29. “It’s actually kind of neat, because I get to coach the Allegany kids too, on the same team. I say I’ve got the best of both worlds right now, coaching all stars from both teams. It’s nice to work with the Salamanca kids again.”

Salamanca sends three players to the game this year, in quarterback/safety Tanner John, fullback/linebacker Cameron Caputi and offensive and defensive tackle Dakota John.

From their state championship team, Randolph sends defensive back Alex Miinte, tailback/cornerback Jordan Dowiasz, center/tackle Ryan Styles, receiver/defensive end Dylan Faust and offensive and defensive end Nathan Beaver.

From Ellicottville, interior lineman/linebacker Greg Knier, offensive and defensive tackle William Murphy and tight end/defensive end Storm Wilson will play in the game.

Cattaraugus-Little Valley sends quarterback/safety Sam Agnew and fullback/linebacker Matt Booth.

Furlong said his offense looks to be in good shape heading into the game.