Tonawanda News — “The whole year is based on that game, to win that game. So much time and effort is put in the whole year leading up to the game,” said Kyle Gallivan, a member of 2010 and 2011 Tonawanda teams. “Gross is out there filming them every single week and he puts the most time into one game ever. It’s amazing how much effort he puts into it. It’s been going so long and it’s what everyone knows. It would be so different if there wasn’t a T-NT game. It’s why most of these guys come out here.”
The history of the rivalry and the tradition is what makes it so special for the players and both communities.
“When I played and the few years I coached at NT — I think the coaches do a tremendous job in explaining the history of it to the kids,” Miranto said. “When you’re a player and you pay attention to what these guys are saying and understand all the guys that came before you, I think it helps you get a real appreciation of just how big the rivalry is. Even in small communities like this it goes back so long and to be a part of that is something special and something to take a lot of pride in whether you win or lose.”
As far as the streak goes, Tonawanda proved last season that the T-NT Classic will be a competitive game going forward, Stich said. Now the Warriors have to finish the job and capture one of the biggest wins in school history.
“Last year the game was close right down to the end, and once you get a couple wins under your belt in the season you start getting confidence, no matter who you’re playing,” Stich said. “To finally win would be huge.”