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Big 33 Football Classic


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2013 – 56th Big 33 Football Classic

Saturday June 15, 2013

Kickoff: 7:06 PM

HersheyPark Stadium

Maryland vs. Pennsylvania


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Team Pennsylvania rolled over Maryland in the 56th edition of the Big 33 Classic, 58-27 at Hersheypark Stadium.  Pitt recruit Tyler Boyd was the star of the game, he scored 5 touchdowns on the night including one on the opening kickoff.  He also threw one to Bishop McDevitt grad, Brian Lemelle.

The win ended Pennsylvania’s four-game slide in the annual showcase.

One of six Pitt recruits from the state, Boyd finished with 244 all-purpose yards, including 144 return yards and five receptions for 89 stripes and two touchdowns.

Manheim Twp. receiver Tyler Karpinski chipped in three catches for 36 yards.

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The Big 33 continues a long time tradition

Ben Fowler has suited up for the past seven years with the Big 33 and Buddy Program. His mother says he waits every season for this day.

“It’s great,” says mother Kim Fowler, “he really enjoys being here, gives him a chance to have a buddy mentor because these guys are really great to the kids.”

The Buddy Program started back in 1985. The event pairs a football player with a child who has intellectual or developmental disabilities.

It’s a memorable day for kids as players leave lasting impressions.

“It’s amazing because all we do is play football, ” says offensive lineman Andrew Nelson, ” there are real heroes out there like soldiers and cops. But these  kids look up to us just cause we were good at a sport. It’s just an amazing feeling to give back to these kids.”

” They look up to us,” says wide receiver Brian Lemelle,  ” I want to set a good example and show there are good people out there.”

A day of tackling, playing catch and autograph signing isn’t just a one time deal; it’s friendships that last long after they leave the field.

It’s a bond that kids like Ben look forward to every year to meet another Big 33 friend.


Big 33 Buddy Day

Big 33 Buddy Day Pairs Top PA High School Football Stars With Some Special Kids.

Big 33 Classic Team PA will face Maryland this year in High School Football All Star Game.


BIG 33 Week Begins

Dauphin County

The week of Big 33 festivities began today with practice and it was a soggy morning but WPMT FOX43 catches up to Team PA at Lower Dauphin High School.  Plenty of local talent on the squad this year.



Zayd Issah on Team PA for BIG 33

Dauphin County

Lots of people wondering if Central Dauphin Linebacker, Zayd Issah would still be on the roster for the Big 33 game.  He is in uniform wearing number 1.  Penn State revoked their scholarship offer after his arrest in March for allegedly using counterfeit money at fast food restaurants.


The Big 33 held a press conference in Harrisburg to introduce Team Pennsylvania.  Eight local players made the squad and they are excited about representing the Keystone State.

Brady Kern, West York High School

“It feels great.  Obviously its a great honor representing team PA and also my high school, York county and whoever has supported me in high school.”

John Manion, Lampeter-Strasburg Head Coach (Big 33 Assistant)
“Its humbling.  They mentioned all the names of the players that have played in the past.  Just the name of the coaches as well.  Its a humbling experience.”

Andrew Nelson, Hershey HS (Penn State recruit)

“I’ve been going to the banquet since middle school.  I always thought it would be an awesome thing to play in the Big 33 and now as the team gathers here, it really puts thing in motion and I am really excited about it.”

Aaron Swinton, J.P. McCaskey,
“It always feel good to represent where you are from, not for yourself but for the people that supported you all the years.  You are representing your family, school and city, you can’t ask for anything more.”

The Big 33 Classic, PA vs. Maryland, is Saturday, June 15th at Hersheypark Stadium.

Seven players from Central PA have made the Pennsylvania roster for the Super Bowl of high school football, the Big 33 Classic.

Two players from Harrisburg make the roster, Chris Britton and Brian Carter.  Also named, Zayd Issah from Central Dauphin, Brody Kern from West York, Bishop McDevitt’s Brian Lemelle, Andrew Nelson from Hershey and Aaron Swinton from J.P. McCaskey.  John Manion from Lampeter-Strasburg will serve as an assistant coach.

The game takes place at Hersheypark Stadium in June.