Just a disclaimer that this next item is not against the NTHS football team which won the Classic T-NT game, nor against the News sports department which did an awesome job covering every event of the week with lots of photos and stories.
That said, let’s give a rousing cheer for the THS players and coaches who nearly pulled off a win. THS is a third the size of NT, but that never seemed to dawn on the players who were completely intent on the game. But for a few plays here and there, the outcome might have been different. This is a salute to the THS players who also had to deal with the emotions of playing the last game at Clint Small Stadium. It’s my bet that Clint was smiling down on his team. Nice going, THS.
As the above came to mind, Bob Starr emailed that he wanted to comment on the T-NT game from a City of Tonawanda resident’s point of view.
“I haven’t seen this much community spirit in Tonawanda in quite a long time,” Bob wrote. “The optimism abounded with our chances of beating our neighbors to the North. A pep band, chorus, alumni on the field — it was wonderful to experience. The young men who were helping to get the crowd stirred in the last quarter were great and showed community pride (which will never leave them). Thanks guys, you were great.
“(The THS) team, the coaches and staff and most of all, the players, should be commended for their efforts. Their actions and efforts on the field reflected our community’s attitude, hard working and honest. We are proud of them and the staff. Having the hard work instilled in these young men by Coach Gross shows that the Tonawanda Warrior spirit will never die.”