Written by: Big 33 Staff on July 31, 1993.
The pre-game attention was all on Pennsylvania quarterback Ron Powlus. Most of the post-game attention was on Keystone State running backs Juan Gaddy, Jon Ritchie and Chico Williams. The three runners accounted for 192 yards and four touchdowns in leading Pennsylvania to a shocking 36-6 romp over Ohio in the Big 33 Football Classic before 21,033.
Ritchie, the 240-pound fullback from Cumberland Valley, opened the scoring with a 1-yard run. He also ran five yards for the game’s final score. He carried 16 times for 63 yards.
Ohio’s only touchdown came early in the third quarter when Tom Hoying lofted a 43-yard pass to Charles Purdue.
The win was Pennsylvania’s fourth in the overall series with Ohio. The two states met five times in the 1970s, with Pennsylvania winning three of those games.
One of the brightest defensive stars for Pennsylvania was Johnny Hicks of Susquehanna Township. Another was Harrisburg linebacker Ahmad Collins. Hicks created so much havoc in the Ohio backfield that he drew double-team blocking much of the game.