Tonawanda News — When it comes to football, there are no local rivalries as intense and bitter as the rivalry between North Tonawanda and Tonawanda.
Friday, 70 alumni from NT High School and Tonawanda High School, ranging in age from 19-66, will meet once on the gridiron at 7:30 p.m. at Clint Small Stadium for a chance to renew the rivalry from their school days.
This will be the second meeting of these alumni squads.
Last year the event, run by Alumni Football USA, rekindled the flame in these former players.
NT won 29-7, but this year brings new rosters and new expectations on both sides.
Rich Brumfield, a 2001 THS graduate and last years MVP for Tonawanda, captains the 38-man Tonawanda squad.
“I played defense last year. It was reliving high school football all over again,” said Brumfield. “It was an awesome experience. It felt like I played yesterday, erasing a 12-year gap.”
Highlighting the Tonawanda roster is J.R. Balling (FB, LB), Tom Fashiano (FB, LB) and Dan Ross (RB, LB).
Ross is coming off a stint as a semi-pro player, playing in Alabama.
“We had a lot of guys last year that never played organized football,” said Brumfield about last year’s defeat. “This year we have a lot of guys who played. Our odds are very very good.”
Starting at quarterback for the Tonawanda side will be Scott Foster, a 2009 THS graduate.
For NT, the attitude is a bit different. As reigning champs, the Lumberjacks squad looks to go 2-0 in this event.
“I think we have a good chance. We have a lot of new, young talent on the squad,” said NT captain and 1998 NT graduate Adam Day. “The amount of knowledge the other captains bring and the amount of practice we had, it makes us confident.”
Topping the bill for NT is Scott Miranto, Thomas Sell, Adam Kibat and Chris Reimer.