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Warriors Added to Big 30 Game Roster

Sam Wilson - Sports Editor, Salamanca Press

BRADFORD, Pa. — Salamanca senior running back/linebacker Jesse Stahlman is among the latest group of senior football players, along with two Franklinville/Ellicottville lineman, named to the rosters for the 50th anniversary game of the Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic.

New York’s latest players joining the roster include Stahlman, F/E guard/defensive end/tackle Hayden Trietley and two-way lineman Koda Curtis, Pioneer wide receiver/defensive back Kyle Stover and Allegany-Limestone wide receiver/tight end/outside linebacker Andrew Giardini. Announced this week for Pennsylvania were Port Allegany running back/fullback/linebacker Blaine Moses, Otto-Eldred right guard/middle linebacker Isaac Shaw, Bradford running back/wide receiver/safety Troy Adkins, Coudersport running back/linebacker Xander Brown and Cameron County running back/outside linebacker Jameson Britton.

STAHLMAN, listed at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, was a 2022 Big 30 Offensive All-Star and New York Class C All-State selection. He said his future plan is “to go to Disney World.”

Stahlman is looking forward to playing in the Big 30 game for his family and his community. His favorite football memory was scoring four touchdowns in the opening game of the new Vets Park in Salamanca. His hobbies include lacrosse and golf. His favorite NFL team is the Pittsburgh Steelers and his favorite player is their former star safety Troy Polamalu.

The Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic announced its second and third groups of players added to the game’s 2023 rosters, including seniors from Salamanca, Franklinville and Cattaraugus-Little Valley.

Salamanca’s Zaron Tucker and Franklinville’s Ben Brol are among the 10 football players announced in week two (five each from New York and Pennsylvania) and Cattaraugus-Little Valley's Raiden Terhune and Hunter McInerney were among the 10 players announced in the third week's press release.

Tucker was a 5-foot-9, 185-pound fullback/linebacker who was a first-team league all-star on both offense and defense. A member of the National Honor Society he will attend SUNY Brockport and major in criminal justice and minor in forensic science and play baseball. His favorite memory playing football was “making a two-point conversion to beat Southwestern my junior year.”

Last year he was a second-team league all-star in baseball. He’s looking forward to the Big 30 game as it will likely be his last football game. Tucker’s hobbies include working on his baseball game to get better on the field. His favorite NFL team is the Bills and his favorite player is their linebacker Matt Milano.

The 50th anniversary game is set for Aug. 5 at Parkway Field. The game, which matches graduated seniors from each side of the Big 30 border, is actually only the 49th time it will be played with No. 47 in 2020 canceled due to Covid.

Update (4/6/23):

This week, Salamanca’s Jaxon Tarr and Jason McGraw were among the Week 7 additions, following the announcement of Franklinville/Ellicottville’s Gian Nuzzo and Tyler Gibas in previous weeks.

- TAAR, a 5-foot-10, 195-pound left guard/defensive end, plans to attend college and pursue a career in welding. He was named team Defensive MVP, a Trench Trophy nominee and his baseball team’s most improved player.

Tarr said he’s looking forward to playing in the Big 30 game due to his love for the game and said “what is there not to love about football.”

He was named defensive MVP at SHS and most improved player on his baseball team. Jaxon was also a Trench Trophy nominee in football. He is looking forward to playing in the Big 30 Game because he has a love for the game of football and says, what is there not to love about football. His favorite football memory was “just hanging around with his guys” and playing the sport he loves. His hobbies include working out and baseball. His favorite NFL team is the Green Bay Packers and his favorite player is the 49ers’ Nick Bosa.

- McGRAW, a 5-11, 155-pound wide receiver/free safety, plans to learn the skills field or train to be a strength coach. He was named Rookie of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year in his career at Salamanca. He was twice named Character Athlete of the Game.

McGraw wants to play in the game because football has been a big part of his life since he was six years old and fell in love with the game. His most memorable football moment was taking a kickoff back for a touchdown in a playoff game. His hobbies include sports, fishing and riding. His favorite team is the Salamanca Sabers midget football team and his favorite NFL player is former Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly.

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