Trench Trophy Feature

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Trench Trophy Facts

  • The Trench Trophy was initiated in 2003 by co-founders Len Keihn and Carl Kuras.
  • There has been 9 recipients from 9 different schools.
  • Section VI has 8 winners and the Msgr. Martin Association has one.
  • 7 recipients are from the Southtowns and the Southern Tier.
  • St. Francis has the most finalists with 6 followed by North Tonawanda with 5.
  • 40 schools had finalists nominees.
  • Since its inception in 2003, Orchard Park has the most nominations with 21, followed by Depew and St. Joe's with 16.
  • Since 2003, there has been 94 finalists.

Trench Trophy Recipients

2003 - John Livingston, Eden

2004 - Jason Weber, Orchard Park

2005 - Jesse Jesonowski, Iroquois

2006 - Gil Rodriguez, Frontier

2007 - Nick Christman, Sweet Home

2008 - John Urschel, Canisius

2009 - Jasen Carlson, Southwestern

2010 - Dylan Anna, Pioneer

2011 - Devon Leach, Orchard Park

Most Finalists for the Trench Trophy (2003-2011)

  • St. Francis - 6                                
  • North Tonawanda - 5
  • Grand Island - 4
  • Randolph - 4
  • Lackawanna - 4
  • Depew - 4
  • Southwestern - 4
  • Orchard Park - 4
  • Burgard - 3
  • St. Joe's - 3
  • Grover Cleveland - 3
  • Iroquois - 3
  • Cleveland Hill - 3
  • Lockport - 2
  • Eden - 2
  • Alden - 2
  • South Park - 2
  • Cheektowaga - 2
  • Williamsville South - 2
  • Lancaster - 2
  • Canisius - 2
  • McKinley - 2
  • Riverside - 2
  • Frontier - 2
  • Maple Grove - 2
  • Sweet Home - 2
  • Maryvale - 2
  • Frewsburg - 2
  • St. Mary's - 1
  • Kenmore West - 1
  • Pioneer - 1
  • Williamsville East - 1
  • Panama - 1
  • East Aurora - 1
  • Clarence - 1
  • Silver Creek - 1
  • Allegany/Limestone - 1
  • Hamburg - 1
  • Portville - 1
  • Williamsville North - 1

Most Trench Trophy Nominations (2003-2011)

  • Orchard Park - 21
  • Depew - 16
  • St. Joe's - 16
  • Burgard - 15
  • St. Francis - 15
  • Lancaster - 14
  • Lackawanna - 13
  • Sweet Home - 13
  • Cleveland Hill - 13
  • Grand Island - 13
  • North Tonawanda - 12
  • West Seneca West - 12
  • Cheektowaga - 12
  • Iroquois - 12
  • Canisius - 11
  • Southwestern - 10
  • Williamsville North - 10
  • St. Mary's - 9
  • Timon/St. Jude - 9
  • Lockport - 9
  • Albion - 8
  • Riverside - 8
  • Clarence - 7
  • Williamsville South - 7
  • Silver Creek - 7
  • Amherst - 7
  • Alden - 7
  • Starpoint - 7
  • Maryvale - 7
  • West Seneca East - 7
  • Pioneer - 6
  • Eden - 6
  • East Aurora - 6
  • Randolph - 6
  • Medina - 6
  • McKinley - 6
  • Cardinal O'Hara - 6
  • Grover Cleveland - 6
  • Lew-Port - 5
  • JFK - 5
  • Maple Grove - 5
  • East - 5
  • Williamsville East - 5
  • Niagara Falls - 5
  • Hamburg - 5
  • Fredonia - 4
  • Jamestown - 4
  • Tonawanda - 4
  • Falconer - 4
  • Panama - 4
  • Frewsburg - 3
  • Frontier - 3
  • South Park - 3
  • Lafayette - 3
  • Westfield - 3
  • Bennett - 2
  • Nichols - 2
  • Springville - 2
  • Cassadaga Valley - 2
  • Salamanca - 2
  • Allegany/Limestone - 2
  • Pine Valley - 2
  • Kenmore West - 2
  • Lake Shore - 2
  • Cattaraugus/Little Valley - 2
  • Chautauqua Lake - 2
  • Olean - 2
  • Niagara Wheatfield - 2
  • Akron - 1
  • Clymer - 1
  • Newfane - 1
  • Hutch-Tech - 1
  • Wilson - 1
  • West Valley - 1

This Season's Prediction:

Jason Bunk, Alden

Robert Buono, Depew

Greg Crane, Williamsville South

Cortland Haines, Jamestown

Ryan Hunter, Canisius

Connor Johnson, Pioneer

Dan Lictus, Clymer

Nick Nocek, Fredonia

Michael Senn, Orchard Park

Franklin Spina, St. Joe's

Grading Criteria for the Trench Trophy (WNY Lineman of the Year)

  1. The winner must be an offensive or defensive lineman within Western NY.
  2. The size of the athlete shall not be considered a factor in determining the winner of this award.
  3. The athlete shall display the following to a degree of acceptance:
    1. Technique - mechanically sounds as a lineman and a football player.
    2. Determination - a "never-give-up" effort.
    3. Aggressiveness - plays to the whistle, under control and at full speed.
    4. Intensity - plays the game with integrity.
    5. Team Player and Leadership - displays leadership qualities by actions, words, etc.
    6. Coachable and sound display of sportsmanship, plays within the rules.
    7. Consistency - seems to play with confidence in his ability and assignments.
    8. Courage - plays through pain and discomfort.
    9. Citizenship - student appears to be a good person.
    10. Scholastic Effort - information gathered indicates that the student gives an honest effot in the classroom.

Nominations: www.trenchtrophy.com

 

"Halfbacks dance and halfbacks flirt, while linemen crawl and eat the dirt.

When game time comes, backs run the ball. When glory comes, the get it all.

But if 100 yards they do gain, its through the lineman's sweat and pain.

While halfbacks cry when they see blood, lineman hide it under mud.

Some backs have moves and others speed, but heart is all a lineman needs,

Backs are good, some are divine, but they'd be nothing without the the line.

A halfback loves and then he weds, but lineman only love their sleds.

The fans all see halfbacks run, but few see what the line has done.

And that's why those who know agree, there's half a game that fans don't see!"

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