BRADFORD, Pa. — Ellicottville senior Jordan “J.P.” Peplinski was among the six players announced this week to play in the Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic.
Announced for New York in the sixth week of roster additions were Peplinski, Pioneer two-way end Denton Tilly and Pioneer left guard/defensive tackle Aaron Doyle. Added for Pennsylviania were Bradford quarterback/defensive back Caleb Nuzzo, Elk County Catholic tackle/defensive end Jered "Bear" Emmert and Ridgway left guard/inside linebacker Robert Briggs.
This year’s 47th annual Big 30 game is set for Saturday, Aug. 1, at Bradford’s Parkway Field.
The all-star football game, founded by Don Raabe, matches graduated senior stars from each side of the Big 30 border with New York leading the series, 22-21-3, though Pennsylvania hasn’t lost since the 2015 renewal. The rosters now number 18 each.
Proceeds benefit area charities and, over the first 46 years, the game has donated more than $1.7 million to local causes.
— Peplinski, a 5-foot-7, 175-pound right guard/middle linebacker, plans to enter school to become a welder and pursue a career in underwater welding. He has received the Bud Krause Award and received a character athlete award. He was also named to the Big 30 All-Star team on offense this year.
Peplinski said he always considered it an honor since he was little to play in the Big 30 game. Peplinski said he works mostly on weekends but likes playing sports and hanging out with his friends. His favorite football memory was getting a brand new coach and completely dominating their league. His favorite NFL team is the Green Bay Packers and his favorite player is Aaron Rodgers.