May 19, 2011
Any highlight videos of the Port Allegany football team’s 2010 season have to include plenty of footage of Camrin Stuckey. The 6-2, 180-pound senior receiver/defensive back defined the Gators’ big-play capability, leading the team with 30 catches for 733 yards – for a remarkable 24.4 yards per reception – and scoring 15 touchdowns, including six of more than 50 yards.
Stuckey started the year with a stellar five-touchdown performance at Ridgway, scoring on a kickoff return, a fumble recovery, and three long catches in one of his three 100-yard games. His most important touchdown of the season, though, might have been in a game where he never caught a pass but still found a way to make plays.
Port was already down 7-0 to Redbank Valley in the District 9 semifinals at the end of the first quarter, and the situation looked bleak for the Gators as they faced another fourth down.
But instead of punting, Stuckey sprinted left, cut back to the right, and took off down the Port sideline on an electrifying run. Nineteen seconds later on the scoreboard clock, Ken Kysor was lining up to kick the game-tying extra point.
“I had a lot of good blocks on that punt. I got going, just picked it up. It was pretty cool,” Stuckey said before adding with a laugh, “I ran all over on the field. I was pretty tired after running that – went one way, then came back the other.”
“We noticed that when we got our guy in motion the first time, they followed him. So we told Camrin, ‘If you see that guy following him, just keep it and take off,’” Port coach Mike Bodamer said. “He’s just an athlete; that’s what he does for you.”
Stuckey struck again on the first play of the second half, flashing into the Bulldogs’ backfield to drag running back Kyle Lee down for a safety. The Gators still trailed 17-9, but momentum was swinging their way, and they rallied for a 24-17 victory to advance to the D-9 championship game.
That playmaking ability earned Stuckey a spot on both the Allegheny Mountain League North and the Olean Times Herald Big 30 All-Star teams, and with the Big 30 honor, an automatic invitation to this year’s Don Raabe Charities Classic. Slated for August 6 at Bradford’s Parkway Field, the former Big 30 All-Star Game is in its 38th year, with the previous 37 games between teams from New York and Pennsylvania raising nearly $1.5 million to benefit local charities throughout the Twin Tiers. The Empire State squad holds a 19-16-2 edge in the series, including a 46-37 win in last year’s game.
Stuckey, Kysor, and Seth Lowery will represent Port Allegany in the game, along with cheerleaders Cora Bova, Bryanna Evens, and Caryne Healy and Homecoming Queen Renee Edgell.
Pennsy coach Jason Barner plans to use Stuckey on defense, which is perfectly fine with him.
“I’d definitely much rather play defense. As much as I liked offense, I was more of a defensively-bound player. I like flying around, being able to hit people. More exciting,” he said.
A multi-sport athlete who also made the Big 30 All-Star baseball team last year and will compete in this week’s District 9 Track and Field Championships, Stuckey plans to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania this fall.