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Annual Big 33 football game shelved for 2020

Thursday, May 14, 2020 by Peter Car pcar@tnonline.com in Sports

The Big 33 football game has been a part of Pennsylvania’s football history for the past 60 years. Unfortunately, that run has come to an end this spring, as the game has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The committee that organizes the event put out a release recently about the cancellation of this year’s contest, which was slated to take place on May 25.

“It is with deep regret that the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association (PSFCA) must cancel all of our major events surrounding Memorial Day Weekend 2020,” the release said. “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.

“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.”

Freedom coach Jason Roeder was to be apart of this year’s coaching staff, along with local players Tavion Banks (Bethlehem Catholic); Ali Barkley (Whitehall); Anthony Harris (Nazareth); Kaden Moore (Freedom); Patrick Shupp (Easton) and Jalen Stewart (Freedom).