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Salamanca's McClure to Play in Big 30 Game

BRADFORD, Pa. — Salamanca senior Derek McClure was among eight players added this week to the rosters for the 44th annual of the Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic.

Set for Saturday night Aug. 5 at Bradford High’s Parkway Field, the game matches graduated senior football stars from each side of the Big 30 New York-Pennsylvania border. Despite Pennsy’s 38-20 victory last year, New York still leads the series 22-19-2.

Proceeds benefit area charities and, to date, $1.6 million has been donated to local causes.

Today’s additions for New York are Jake Smith (Bolivar-Richburg), Marcus Grove (Allegany-Limestone), Wyatt Perry (Southwestern) and McClure.

The Pennsylvania addees are Eisenhower’s Spencer Gray and Adam Pascuzzi and Warren’s Brandon Mattson and Hayden Salapek.

Today’s additions bring to 20 the number of players named to the game, 10 to each roster.

When the squads are filled they will number 40-some players. A series of 11 practices will begin on July 20 in preparation for the game.

McClure, a 5-foot-9, 160-pound running back/safety, plans to enter the Marines following high school. He has earned first team, second team and honorable mention honors in the Class C South division at Salamanca.

Off the field, McClure won first place in a Communications Day video competition and participated in Boys State. McClure said he’s excited to play the game he loves one last time. His most memorable moment playing football was “finally breaking the losing streak at Salamanca.” His hobbies include sports, media, editing videos and cards. His favorite team is the Minnesota Vikings and his favorite player is Ezekiel Elliott.

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