North doesn't lack size as they get ready for the 37th annual All-Star High School Football Classic
“I think our linemen - offense and defense - are working real hard,” said North coach John Faller, who has led Sweet Home to five straight Section VI championships in Class A. “Right now, they look pretty good.”
Athletes from Sweet Home, Williamsville, Clarence, Ken-Ton, Buffalo and Niagara County will represent the North in the annual all-star game. The contest will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 at Depew High School.
And the North side will certainly not lack for size. Among the big boys up front include seven players listed at 280 pounds or more on the North roster, including Justin Davis of Bennett, T.J. Scamurra of Williamsville South, Mike Arcuri of Clarence, Brandon Lathrop of Kenmore West, Marquel Foster of Bennett, Max Rosales of Hitch Tech and Durshron Sanders of Niagara Falls.
The line will certainly be a strength and the big boys will have plenty of weapons to block for as well.
The skill positions are going to be stacked for the North side as well with four University at Buffalo recruits likely to see the football in their hands. Sweet Home quarterback Jordan Johnson, Clarence running back Mike Gelz, Amherst running back/wide receiver Brandon Borden and Nichols tight end Tom Noonan are the future Bulls on the squad.
“They’re all standouts,” Faller said of his team – and the opposing one as well. “I have to wait and see who comes out and makes the plays in the game. But I’d have to say all the kids are playing hard on both sides of the field.”
And while this may not carry the significance of a playoff game, make no mistake: it is more than just a routine exhibition.
“We want guys to come out and play hard,” Faller said. “You want to win. It’s not a life or death game, but they’re here to compete and when you compete you want to win. So we’re going to come out and play hard on both sides of the ball.”
Tickets for the game are $7 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.
They can be obtained through players and coaches in the game as well as at the stadium on game day.
More information is available at kensingtonlions.org.