Feb. 11, 2016
The Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic is a family affair for Nate Lowery.
This year, Nate hopes to make it three-for-three, as the first Port Allegany player named to the Pennsy roster for the 43rd annual rendition of the charity football game against a squad from New York. The Empire State has won the last two meetings to hold a 22-18-2 edge in the series, which began in 1974. This year’s game is slated for the evening of Saturday, Aug. 6, at Parkway Field in Bradford.
The 5-foot-8, 190-pound Lowery played left guard on offense and strong-side linebacker on defense, earning back-to-back selections as an Allegheny Mountain League North Division all-star. According to the press release sent out by the Big 30 committee, he is “looking forward to playing in the Big 30 Charities Classic because his father and brother both played in the game. He is also looking forward to playing with the best talent in the area. His most memorable moments in football were beating Smethport and winning the AML North.”
A high honor roll student and National Honor Society member, Nate’s future plans include enrolling in the pharmacy program at Duquesne University. The release lists his favorite NFL team as the Indianapolis Colts and receiver T.Y. Hilton as his favorite player.
“Nate ‘Reggie’ Lowery has been part of our football program since he was in the 3rd grade. He was one of our managers who happened to be very good at all things unrelated to football. I often thought he might end up an architect due to his abilities building structures out of tackling dummies and blocking pads,” joked Port coach Justin Bienkowski.
“On a serious note, Nate was one of our captains during his senior season. Nate exemplified what is was to be versatile. We asked him to make the switch from the defensive line to outside linebacker. He made a seamless transition and in fact allowed us to be more flexible on defense. Offensively, he has played all three lineman positions throughout his career.”
He concluded, “Nate has been extremely reliable for us his entire career. He was a kid that put the time in during the off-season both physically and mentally to be a better student-athlete. He is an honor student that has set a great example for guys on how to be polite, hardworking, driven, and successful, both on and off the field.”