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December 25, 2012

Former North Tonawanda standout Aaron Davis has reinvented himself as role player at Daemen College

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Tonawanda News — Davis loved basketball, but his father, Jonny Davis, said that soccer was the sport where he excelled the most. But since NT’s soccer program wasn’t very strong when Davis was entering his eligible years, the elder Davis convinced his son to go out for the football team.

”I was never truly in love with playing the game of football,” Davis said. “Ever since I was a little kid I always wanted to play basketball. As I started to play in the NT (football) system we just had such great coaches in Eric Jantzi and Rick Tomm that I ended up just loving the game and playing in the system that they built. My teammates were great and we always had a good team every year so it was always fun to play.”

By Davis’ senior season he had turned into a jack-of-all-trades for the football team because of his versatility. He played offense and defense, was the team’s kicker and even returned kickoffs and punts — his contributions helped the team ascend to the new heights they reached that storied season when they beat New Rochelle, 14-7 in the Class AA state final in Syracuse.

”That was an amazing experience,” he said. “I never would have even imagined it, even knowing the type of team that we had. ... You couldn’t go through a full day of school without somebody bringing up football to you. Everyone was talking about it — it was the talk of the town. The volleyball team actually won sections that same year and they felt like they didn’t get any credit because everyone was talking about this great football run that we were having at the same time.”

Davis remembers the atmosphere of the city and the way everyone treated the football players. People congratulated them after every win and huge crowds travelled to away games to support the Jacks in their quest for state.

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