Port Allegany Reporter Argus
February 12, 2009
According to Port Allegany football coach Mike Bodamer, Damen Brodhun was “definitely one of the better leaders we had, and he gave us everything he had on the field.” The Big 30 Game committee took notice of that fact, and the Gator senior has been selected to play in this year’s game.
The 5-11, 189-pound Brodhun switched back and forth between defensive end and linebacker during the 2008 season, averaging 6.8 tackles per game and recording an interception and a fumble recovery. But he did his best work on offense, anchoring the line from his guard position well enough to earn a spot on the Allegheny Mountain League North Division All-Star team.
“He’s definitely one of the best offensive lineman in the Northern Tier,” Bodamer said.
Brodhun is a multi-sport athlete who currently holds an 18-15 record for the six-time defending AML champion wrestling team, which recently finished second in the District 9 team tournament, and plans to attend Penn State DuBois to major in wildlife technology.
“After being offered the opportunity to play in the Big 30 Game, I thought it would be a great experience before heading off to college,” said Brodhun, whose biggest thrill was “coming so close to beating Cameron County with our very young and undermanned team.”
Joining him on the Pennsylvania squad are Nick Dangelo, a 6-0, 210-pound center/defensive tackle who helped his Kane Wolves win the 2008 AML championship, and Bradford High’s Casey Graffius, an offensive lineman/middle linebacker who checks in at 6-0 and 195 pounds.
The 36th annual Big 30 Don Raabe Charities Classic, played between teams of graduated seniors from the high schools in New York and Pennsylvania that make up the Big 30 area, is set for Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009 at Parkway Field in Bradford, Pa. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The first 35 games produced over $1,200,000 donated to numerous charities and personal causes throughout the Twin Tiers.