May 2, 2013
Last fall, the Port Allegany offensive line was an often underappreciated – but critically important – reason for the team’s success. Week after week the front five kept the pass rush away from Matt Bodamer or opened up a gaping hole for a Gator running back, then quietly lined up and did it again on the next play.
In the middle of it all was senior Rex Windsor, calling the line signals and making hundreds of shotgun snaps to Bodamer. For his efforts, the 6-0, 215-pound center was named to the Allegheny Mountain League All-Star team, and also received All-State honorable mention in both 2011 and 2012.
And this week, he becomes the third Port Allegany player named to the Pennsylvania roster for the 40th annual Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic, slated for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Aug. 3 at Bradford’s Parkway Field.
Windsor, an avid hunter and fisherman who plans to enroll in the nursing program at Pitt-Bradford to prepare for a career in the health care field and lists Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey as his favorite player, said the dramatic ending of the Sharpsville state playoff game was his “greatest football thrill.”
Playing defensive end, Windsor recovered a fumble on the game’s final play to ensure the Gator victory. “You know it’s over, because we’ve got the ball back and the time was out,” he said that night. “Best feeling I’ve ever had.”
The Raabe Classic, featuring teams of graduated seniors from New York and Pennsylvania, marks its 40th anniversary this year with New York leading the series 20-17-2. Youngsville’s T.J Hardy and Sheffield’s Tyler Fitzgerald were also named to the Pennsy squad this week.