Tonawanda News — North Tonawanda and Tonawanda have met a total of 103 times in the annual T-NT high school football showdown. But tonight, many alumni hope a new tradition is set to begin when the inaugural T-NT alumni game kicks off at the NT Sports Complex at 7:30 p.m.
Sixty-nine former Lumberjacks and Warriors will suit up one final time to represent their school and city in an event set up by Alumni Football USA.
There’s a ton of excitement in both camps, as the squads have been practicing for nearly six weeks to prepare, some even engaging in some playful Internet trash talk to give the game the true T-NT feel. Dick Grapes is even coming out of retirement to do the opening game introductions.
“Words can’t even explain how excited everybody is,” said NT captain Adam Day. “It’s taken us all back 15 years. We had our walkthrough (Friday night) and a spaghetti dinner. It’s going to be a dream come true to step back out on the field.”
Day will join his brother Aaron Day for the Jacks, who is traveling all the way from Texas to compete in the game. Other NT notables are Chris Reimer, Jed Jastrzemski, Pat Angelhow and Daniel Ohrum.
The Jacks have been working hard in practice, Adam Day said, and the team is hoping their offense will be able to move the ball against the Warriors.
“It’s funny because a lot of people have asked us what to expect. We’ve had 25 practices and more than half the team has showed up at each one,” Adam Day said. “We’re going to have a pretty exciting offense and give fans something to watch.”
For the Warriors, former standout running backs Joe Kusmierski and Justin Bacon will lead a talented Tonawanda backfield against the Jacks.