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July 14, 2013

FOREVER RIVALS: Lumberjacks win first T-NT alumni football game

Tonawanda News — NORTH TONAWANDA—There is a saying that goes “You spend four years of high school trying to get out and the rest of your life trying to get back in.”

For the alumni football players representing Tonawanda and North Tonawanda, they won’t have to wait the rest of their lives to find their way back into high school. 

On Saturday night, in front of a crowd of 1,600 cheering fans, almost two decades of players took to the field to relive their most prized memories on the gridiron at George Vetter Stadium.

In the first annual T-NT Alumni Classic Football game, the Lumberjacks unleashed an offensive assault on the Warriors en route to a 29-7 victory.

Scott Miranto led the offense for North Tonawanda, catching two touchdowns and a two-point conversion.

“I feel old,” Miranto said. “You come out here and you’re like ‘Tackle? Am I really going to do this again? Is my body going to hold up?’ We’ve been going at it all week at practice for a few months and it feels great to be able to come out and do it again.”

Miranto earned the game’s MVP for North-Tonawanda.

The Lumberjacks jumped out to an early 7-0 lead with just under seven minutes to go in the first quarter.

Thomas Sell, a 2010 NT graduate rushed down the sideline, being the first to etch his name in the history books. Sell finished the game with just one touchdown.

The Lumberjacks began to pull away behind the hands of 2004 graduate Scottie Miranto. Just before the end of the first half, Miranto caught a pass from 2002 graduate Joseph Loncar to go up 13-0 heading into the locker room, a lead they would not relinquish.

Tonawanda would get its only touchdown on a pass from Scott Foster to his cousin Shane Foster.

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