5 Things To Know About Big 33 Game

5 Things To Know About Big 33 Game

By: Eric F. Epler | eepler@pennlive.com

The Big 33 Football Classic, labeled as the Super Bowl of high school football, will be here before you know it. Here’s a closer look at some of the early news regarding the 62nd edition, pitting Pennsylvania vs. Maryland and returning to Landis Field at Speed Ebersole Stadium.

The roster unveil

In conjunction with the Pennsylvania Scholastic Football Coaches Association, the new keepers of the Big 33, PennLive will again assist in unveiling the Pa. roster at an 11 a.m. press conference on Thursday, Jan. 31.

Representatives from Dauphin County, as well as Pa. head coach Mark Lyons of Central Valley, are scheduled to speak briefly prior to the roster announcement. The press conference will be live streamed.

New date, kickoff time

Back in August, PennLive reported that the Big 33 Classic was moving to Memorial Day weekend. This year’s Classic is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Monday, May 27.

“Our hopes are that we keep the high-profile players in the game,” PSFCA Executive Director Garry Cathell said Thursday. “Obviously, more and more players are reporting to college early. Others are enrolling early, so we felt like it was an important step to take.”

Cathell said earlier that 14 of the initial 38 players chosen for the 2018 Pa. team declined to participate due to their college commitment. Many incoming freshman attend summer classes, which typically begin the first week of June, to get a head start. That put the annual showcase event, typically played in mid-June, at a disadvantage.

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