The 2020 Big 30 Charities Classic was canceled due to COVID. However, players, cheerleaders, and Homecoming Queens selected to participate were recognized at halftime of Pennsylvania’s 35-0 win over New York on Saturday at Parkway Field in Bradford.
Ridgway’s Robert Briggs, Matt Dush, Connor Grazioli, Hayden Haupright, and Greg Simon took the field for the recognition. Cheerleader Brooke Thomas also took part.
Others from Ridgway and Johnsonburg selected for the 2020 game were Paul Gresco, Austin Green, Jake Wicket, cheerleaders Emma Cobaugh and Lidia Duffield, 2019 Homecoming Queen Gabbi Rohr, and Johnsonburg Queen Haylee Cherry.
“It was cool being here, but I just can’t help think about what if? It would have been great playing here, but we can’t live in the past. But it was worth it going out (on the field). It was cool,” Briggs said.
Haupright was happy to see things back to normal on Saturday.
“I’m glad these guys got to play and win. It’s all that matters. It was disappointing last year, and I wish we could have played, but oh well,” he said.
Other area 2020 selections recognized included Jake Alcorn (on hand), Teddy Race, Kevin Scharba, Aaron Hottel, Chris Stewart, Caleb Holt, and cheerleader Kennedy Himes from Kane; Elk County Catholic’s Stephen Bobby, Anthony Gerg, Leo Gregory, and John Wittman, and Jake Walter, Gage Burford, Forest Cressley, Sam Dush, and Cain Pfoutz of St. Marys.