Port Allegany QB/DB Tre’ Garzel (Photo by Pam Fischer)
March 24, 2016
Two more Port Allegany seniors, Tre’ Garzel and Mac Tanner, have accepted invitations to participate in the 43rd annual Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic football game, bringing the congregation of Gators on the Pennsylvania roster to six.
That number is the second-most for Port in the game’s lengthy history, trailing only the eight (plus the coaching staff) from the record-smashing 2012 state semifinal squad who helped lead Pennsy to a 53-12 win in 2013.
Four other editions of the game have featured a five-Gator contingent, with the Keystone State going 3-1 in those contests against its counterpart from north of the state line. Overall, New York holds a 22-18-2 lead, winning the last two after a 7-for-10 Pennsylvania run had closed a sizable gap in the series.
This year’s Big 30 Charities Classic is slated for Saturday, Aug. 6, at Parkway Field in Bradford.
The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Garzel moved from receiver to quarterback early in the 2014 season and “never looked back,” Port coach Justin Bienkowski said.
A four-year letterman and two-time Allegheny Mountain League North Division All-Star, Garzel completed 72 of 161 passes for 902 yards and 10 touchdowns against just two interceptions as a senior, bringing his career numbers to 139-310, 1682 yards, 17 touchdowns and 9 picks. A three-touchdown performance against Moniteau in Week 4 earned him the Big 30 Impact Yardage Player of the Week award, but he was at his best in the division-clinching win at Smethport, going 18-for-24 for 274 yards and four TD tosses in a game he listed as his ‘most memorable moment’ in the Big 30 press release.
“One thing that defines Tre is his relentless ability to continue coming back and trying to improve. His sports IQ is very high and he really thinks the game. He allowed our offense to open up and become more balanced because of his strong arm,” Bienkowski said.
“Defensively, Tre was very much the guy in charge of the back end in the secondary. He really understood what we wanted from our defensive alignment and made sure guys were in the right spots. Similar to Nate Lowery, Tre has been a part of our program since elementary school and just enjoys being around sports. He’s a heck of a competitor and we are going to miss his willingness to want to get better.”
Also a North Tier League All-Star in basketball, Garzel was recently chosen to play in that sport’s Big 30 Senior Classic, becoming the first Port athlete selected for both games.
Though undecided on his college choice, the National Honor Society member plans to major in actuarial science. A Pittsburgh Steelers fan who lists Antonio Brown as his favorite player and “sports and being with friends” as his hobbies, Garzel “wants to play the game he loves one more time.”
For more information on the Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic, visit http://www.big30football.org/index.html.