More area football players have officially accepted invitations to play in the 40th annual Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic.
Joining what is shaping up to be a formidable New York squad are Nathan Beaver, Alex Miinte and Dylan Faust - each of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class D state champion Randolph Cardinals - Southwestern's Peter Trathen and Frewsburg brothers Jacob and Pat Caldwell.
The Big 30 Charities Classic will be held at Parkway Field in Bradford, Pa., on Aug. 3.
Beaver, 6-foot defensive end and tight end, capped his career at Randolph in memorable fashion, earning Class D all-state first-team honors, a Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Athletic Association first-team Class D selection and selections to both The Post-Journal and the Olean Times Herald Big 30 All-Star teams. In helping to lead the Cardinals to their third state title, Beaver made 50 tackles with three sacks at defensive end while also hauling in 22 passes for 482 yards and seven touchdowns at the tight end position.
Faust, meanwhile, was the Section 6 defensive player of the year and was named to the Class D all-state second team.
The Randolph trio will be joining teammate Jordan Dowiasz, who accepted the invitation to play earlier this month.
A 6-foot-1, 215-pound defensive anchor for the Southwestern Trojans, Trathen was a two-time CCAA first-team choice and a Class C South defensive Most Valuable Player. This past season, his final in Trojan red and navy, he was selected by the New York State Sportswriters Association to the Class C first-team all-state after leading Southwestern with 109 tackles (72 assists and 37 solo) to go with a pair of sacks, an interception and three blocked extra points.
In addition to being selected to The Post-Journal all-star team after being named a Class D first-teamer - he made 29 tackles, a sack and recovered two fumbles - and the Class D co-lineman of the year, Jacob Caldwell was recently awarded the "High School Call to Courage Award," which is given to an athlete that is "not only a great student-athlete, but he embodies outstanding character, commitment and leadership, on and off the field."
Joining Jacob in the trenches will be twin brother, Pat, who has been an integral part of the Bears' offensive and defensive lines over the past few seasons. Pat, a Class D honorable mention, was named the Frewsburg offensive lineman of the year.
More participants will be announced in the coming weeks.