Gresco named to PA Big 30 roster

Staff Writer

Paul Gresco will join teammates Jake Wickett, Robert Briggs, Greg Simon, and Hayden Haupright on the growing list of Elkers selected to play in the 47th Annual Big 30 Charities Classic that will be held at Bradford's Parkway Field Aug. 1. Gresco threw for 2,354 yards this past season. He completed 150 of 218 passes (69 percent) – 23 for touchdowns and he threw just four interceptions. He also scored three rushing touchdowns – one being a 50-yarder in the second half of the Elkers, 19-13, win at Karns City October 11. Those stats broke his own passing records he set his junior year. The 6’2”, 190-pound QB threw for 1,379 yards (128-203), 11 touchdown passes and had a rushing touchdown. The record-breaker was also an incredible kicker. He converted 53 of 58 PAT’s this past season and kicked a field goal in the team’s final regular-season win at Union. He kicked two extra points in his junior year and one as a sophomore in 2017. Over his two years as a starter, the Elkers went 22-4 while winning two Class AA district titles. Ridgway went 9-4 in Gresco’s sophomore season which produced a second straight D-9 Class A title. His two-year passing totals of 3,733 yards, 278 completions, and 34 touchdown passes are marks that may never be equaled. His 56 of 61 (92 percent) PAT kicks will also be tough to top. He was selected as a quarterback and kicker on the 2019 District 9 Large Division All-Star team and the Big 30 All-Star squad.
The National Honor Society member was one of the 49 players that received $1,000 scholarships from the Central Pennsylvania branch of the National Football Foundation (NFF) at the organizations’ March 1 Banquet. Gresco was awarded the Robert Mitinger & Dennis Ototz Scholarship by the NFF Board of Directors. He will be attending Penn State University to major in Chemical Engineering.
“There have been a lot of good quarterbacks that have come through Ridgway. Paul not only broke passing records as a junior he shattered them his senior year. He definitely set the bar high for whoever takes over for him,” Elkers head coach Mark Heindl said. “Not only is he a good all-around athlete he’s a kid that any parent would be glad to have their daughter date. He’s a great kid,” he added. Heindl praised the leadership that Gresco showed on and off the field “He’s a smart kid. He took responsibility not only for himself but for the 10 other guys. To watch the way he progressed as the year went on was incredible. In pressure situations that he saw numerous times, he not only rose to the occasion he brought everybody up around him. He also was the offensive coordinator for the JV’s when they put up 44 points in their win over Brookville,” said the Elkers coach, who also spoke about Gresco’s kicking. “Again that’s a testament to his work ethic. From the start of summer last year all the way through he worked with coach (Brad) Nida and a lot of that on his own personal time. I credit both of those guys. That hard work paid off with the number of extra points he kicked and the big field he booted down at Union.”
Academically Gresco was not only a National Honor Society member he also was a member of the French Honor Society and was named a Rotary Student of the Month.