Big 33 Wrapup

Though his laptop let him down, BlueGoldNews.com publisher Kevin Kinder still made it to the annual Big 33 game in Hershey, Pa. Saturday night.

Luckily, Kinder's cell phone didn't suffer the same fate of his laptop, so the big guy was able to relay some notes to staff writer/resident stenographer Chris Richardson.

The game, one of the most prestigious high school football all-star games in America, was televised nationally by the NFL Network. A quartet of West Virginia University signees participated in the game. Suiting up for the Ohio side were wide receiver Will Johnson, wide receiver C.J. Matthews and defensive end Julian Miller. Interior offensive lineman Gino Gradkowski was the lone Morgantown-bound player on the victorious Pennsylvania sideline.

Quick observations with regards to each player:

Will Johnson: Nice size. Played both inside and outside receiver positions. Ohio's passing attack was not very successful for much of the night. Johnson played for a majority of the game.

C.J. Matthews: Didn't see the field as much as his Ohio/Mountaineer counterpart in the receiving corps. Was back deep on kick returns, but did not have an opportunity to return a kick. Hustled well without the ball.

Julian Miller: Nice frame, but obviously needs to put on some more weight. Plays a bit too upright, which isn't unusual for someone his age. Great speed around the edge, and was able to get into the backfield for much of the night. Also played well on special teams. Miller recovered a fumble for one of Ohio's lone bright spot's in the defeat.

Gino Gradkowski: Played center for Pennsylvania. The Pittsburgh native fired off the ball well, and kept a low center of gravity while sustaining his blocks. Gradkowski had several pancake blocks on the night.

Also for Pennsylvania, defensive back Daryl Robinson had a very impressive night. Robinson originally pledged his committment to West Virginia, before reconsidering and deciding to go to Temple.

Pennsylvania won the game by a final score of 28-10.

BlueGoldNews.com will have plenty more from the Big 33 game including photo galleries and exclusive interviews with Johnson, Matthews, Miller and Gradkowski.


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