Alumni: Salamanca Lineman Connell to Play in Big 30 Game

BRADFORD, Pa. — Sean Connell marks the third Salamanca football senior announced to play in the 41st Don Raabe Charities Classic with the latest additions announced Thursday.

Connell, a two-way tackle, joins classmates Tadd Beattie and Brad Cunningham on the New York team in the game Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. at Bradford High’s Parkway Field.

Connell earned a spot on the first-team Class C South all-star team, a nomination for the Trench Trophy in Week 3 and an “Unsung Hero” nomination.

At 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, Connell is member of the 1,000 pound Club for weightlifting, one of his free-time activities.

Connell plans to attend a four-year college, but remains undecided on a school and major.

Connell said the Raabe Classic gives him “one more chance to play football.”

Zach Stevens, a 6-foot-4, 255-pound two-way tackle, joins the New York team after winning Gowanda’s ‘Lineman of the Year’ award in 2013.

In the fall, Stevens plans to attend Thiel College and major in business.

Stevens said he wants to play in the Raabe Charities Classic to make lifetime memories while helping folks in need of help.

Stevens’ biggest football moment was winning a close game, 39-38 and getting an interception. His hobbies include playing Lacrosse and his favorite football player is Jim Thorpe. He roots for the Buffalo Bills.