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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

East West game among those canceled

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by The Press in Sports

The Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) in a recent release said they must cancel all of their major events surrounding Memorial Day weekend 2020.

These public events include the Big 33 Football Classic, East West Game, a first-ever PSFCA High School Combine, USA Football 1st Down Clinic, Military Murph Competition, and the Big 33 Fan Experience.

The release said due to the uncertainty of the weeks ahead with the coronavirus constraints placed upon each individual, our schools, families, and the organizations and businesses that help make this holiday weekend one of the best in the country, we cannot move forward in holding these events or our exciting football games. Our top priority is the health, safety and welfare of all of our participants, families, workers, sponsors, and fans.

Currently, the PSFCA is contacting all entities associated with the game and festivities. We are also exploring ways in which we can still honor all of these highly talented 2020 athletes – players, cheerleaders and buddies. We want each of them to know that they should be extremely proud to have been chosen and that they are now part of our amazing Big 33 and special East West families.

In addition, the PSFCA sends best wishes out to all graduating student-athletes across the commonwealth and our country, who are now unable to finish their high school careers as planned. May these families, coaches, volunteers, schools and communities remember the significant contributions made and embrace all of the memorable athletic moments that live on, as we all team up to combat this pandemic.

Again, we want to remind everyone that we are in unprecedented waters, which warrant critical measures to protect everyone’s health, safety, and welfare. Please know that our thoughts and prayers remain with each of you during these challenging times. In advance, thank you for your patience and ongoing support.

We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all of our health care professionals, EMS teams, law enforcement, military, farmers, grocery retailers, media friends, leaders, food banks, government officials, and so many other critical members of our workforce who are working and continuing to support, feed, and protect families across our great state and country.

We are looking forward to planning the 2021 games and festivities, and know that they will be better than ever. The Big 33 is such a storied tradition, and the PSFCA will uphold that for all to enjoy. Please stay healthy and safe.

Of course, six players from the East Penn Conference were named to the Bigg squad, with Freedom leading the way with two nominees, as running back Jalen Stewart and offensive lineman Kaden Moore were named to the roster. Bethlehem Catholic’s Tavion Banks (RB) would have also joined his city brethren on the team, as Freedom head coach Jason Roeder was also scheduled to be apart of the Pennsylvania coaching staff.

Whitehall running back Ali Barkley, Nazareth quarterback Anthony Harris and Easton offensive lineman Patrick Shupp would have also been apart of the team.

As for the East West game, several players from the East team came from District 11. Deven Bollinger from Northwestern would have played quarterback. At wide receiver, Nathan Stefanik from Nazareth made the team while Becahi’s George French and Jerry Lyons were to play on the offensive line. Jake Wilson of Nazareth plays defensive end.

Pocono Mountain West’s Jim McCarroll and Southern Lehigh’s John Toman were to be assistant coaches.