Pennsylvania drops Ohio from Big 33 game, will now play Maryland

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Vanderbilt isn’t in Pennsylvania but it seems the two entities share
similar beliefs. After the Commodores backed out of their non-conference
game with Ohio State via letter two weeks ago, Pennsylvania has
followed suit. The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association has
been notified via mail that Ohio will no longer be a participant in the
famed Big 33 game.


Vanderbilt isn’t in Pennsylvania but it seems the two entities share similar beliefs. After the Commodores backed out of their non-conference game with Ohio State via letter two weeks ago, Pennsylvania has followed suit. The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association has been notified via mail that Ohio will no longer be a participant in the famed Big 33 game.

The OHSFCA was informed last week via a postal letter that there may be issues with the game moving forward. Today the Buckeye State was ousted from the event.

“This totally took us by surprise,” past OHSFCA President Bill Alrbright said. “(It’s) very sad that THEY (Pennsylvania) ended the series.”

Added OHSFCA Treasurer Mike Mauk: “We were not informed they were in negotiations with another state.  It
is something we would have like to have known beforehand, as well. 
There were no discussions or indications they were looking elsewhere. 
They made the decision on their own without any notification to us until
they were in contract with another state.”

Reasons for the cancellation are rumored to involve financial issues regarding Ohio’s contributions. Said one coach off the record: “They basically wanted us to pay more to help out their all-star game.”

There’s also the competitive factor. Since the Ohio-Penn series was rekindled in 1993, Ohio holds an 11-9 advantage. That lead includes wins in the last four Big 33 games, which is an event record.

The fact that Ohio will no longer have to send a team to the Big 33 game means that the Ohio North-South Game – the nation’s longest running all-star game – will only get better. Now instead of having to decided which all-star game to play in, Ohio’s top seniors will stay home and bolster the Buckeye State all-star event.

Said current OHSFCA President Micah Fell: “The OHSFCA looks forward to focusing our efforts on the Ohio
North-South Classic and showcasing the best high school football players
in Ohio.”

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