Josh Guerrero named to Big 30 Game

Lori Chase
Port Allegany Reporter Argus
March 26, 2009

Two-time Allegheny Mountain League All-Star. Check.
Back-to-back selections to the Pennsylvania Football News All-State Teams. Check.
2007 Western PA Football All-West First Team, which included players from Class A all the way up through the largest Quad-A schools on this side of the state. Check.

Long before Josh Guerrero’s addition to last fall’s Olean Times Herald Big 30 All-Star Team guaranteed the Port Allegany High School star a roster spot in the 36th Annual Big 30 Don Raabe Charities Classic, anyone who saw him wreak havoc on opposing offenses from his middle linebacker position knew that an invitation to the game would be forthcoming.

Perhaps no one has watched Guerrero more often than Gators head coach Mike Bodamer, who was effusive in his praise of the four-year starter.

“Over my 17 years of coaching defense, Josh is one of the top five linebackers I’ve worked with,” Bodamer wrote in an e-mail to the Reporter Argus. “He did not have the speed that some linebackers have, but his ability to read a play and know where it was going made up for it. Many times it looked like Josh was blitzing but he was just reading the play that quick. He was very difficult to block because of his strength and when he hit someone, they knew it. The last two seasons he was ranked near the top in the state for tackles. It was a relief not having to worry too much about the inside run game with Josh being right there in the middle.”

The 6-0, 205-pound Guerrero, a team captain who shuttled between the line and tight end on offense, doesn’t confine his athletic skills to the football field. He recently concluded his fourth season on the Gators’ varsity basketball team, averaging 10.6 points per game and earning a spot on the North Tier League All-Star second team, and has also lettered in baseball in each of the last two years.

“I want to play in the Big 30 Game for many reasons,” Guerrero said. “One is that I have wanted to play in the game since I was in tenth grade, and football is my favorite sport and I excel in it each and every day.” He added that his biggest thrill while playing was making the varsity team as a freshman.

Smethport running back/linebacker Kyle Nobles and Elk County Catholic lineman Bobby Imbrogno were also named to the Pennsy squad this week.

The Don Raabe Charities Classic, formerly the Big 30 All-Star Game before being renamed for its founder, is played between teams of graduated seniors from the high schools in New York and Pennsylvania that make up the Big 30 area. This year’s edition is set for Saturday, Aug. 1, 2009 at Parkway Field in Bradford, Pa., with kickoff scheduled for 7 p.m. The first 35 games produced a total of over $1.2 million in donations; in the last two years, the Big 30 was able to reach out to an average of 55 charities and personal causes throughout the Twin Tiers.

The New York team is comprised of players from Allegany-Limestone, Archbishop Walsh, Bolivar-Richburg, Cattaraugus-Little Valley, Cuba-Rushford, Ellicottville, Franklinville, Gowanda, Hinsdale, Olean, Pioneer, Portville, Randolph, Salamanca, Wellsville and West Valley.

The Pennsylvania team includes players from Bradford, Cameron County, Coudersport, Eisenhower, Elk County Catholic, Kane, Johnsonburg, Otto-Eldred, Port Allegany, Ridgway, Sheffield, Smethport, St. Marys, Warren and Youngsville.

Pictures and video clips from some previous Big 30 Games are available online at http://www.maxpreps.com and http://www.TwinTiers.us/Football.

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