March 10, 2016
Whether it was picking off two passes to help beat Moniteau, breaking a short screen pass for a 77-yard touchdown at Otto-Eldred, or being virtually unstoppable in an 11-catch, 202-yard, four-touchdown performance that earned the D9Sports.com Player of the Week award in the Allegheny Mountain League North Division-clinching win over Smethport, Dylan Baumgarner made big plays all over the field for the Port Allegany football team.
For his efforts, the Gator senior was named an All-Star by both the AML and the Olean Times Herald Big 30 Committee last fall, with the latter honor including an automatic invitation to the Pennsylvania roster for the 43rd annual Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic in August.
New York leads the series between the two states, 22-18-2, in the game which has raised more than $1.6 million for local charities and individuals since its inception by Don Raabe and the Bradford Jaycees in 1974. This year’s edition is slated for Saturday, Aug. 6, at Parkway Field in Bradford.
“Dylan was the centerpiece of our defense at Mike linebacker. He played both the run and pass quite well, resulting in a ton of tackles and some interceptions. His versatility in both facets of the game allowed Coach Zitnik to design some things for him that would result in defensive success,” Port coach Justin Bienkowski said of the 6-0, 180-pound linebacker/receiver.
“Offensively, we were able to move him out to wide receiver from running back, which allowed for Tre (Garzel) to show off his skills and our offense to score some points. Dylan’s willingness to move to the X was a “team first” decision and he never complained about it. Dylan brought an edge to our team with his style of play. He never said a whole lot but just went out and played football. He came back to football his junior year and because of his contributions we were able to have some success.”
The Big 30 press release states that Baumgarner, who plans to attend Mansfield University next fall, “considers it an honor and a great accomplishment to be a part of the Big 30 Charities Classic.” He lists his hobbies as “football, wrestling, and lifting,” and the Buffalo Bills and Adrian Peterson as his favorite NFL team and player.
For more information on the Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic, visit http://www.big30football.org/index.html.