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Trench Trophy Facts

The award was initiated in 2003 by co-founders Len Kuhn and Carl Kuras

St. Francis has the most finalists with 7, followed by Orchard Park with 6. 

Chris Smith and Doug Worthington were both finalists in 2003 and 2004.

Casey and Kyle Shreve, North Tonawanda, were both finalists in 2009.

John Czech and Cortland Haines of Jamestown were both finalists in 2012. 

Canisius and Orchard Park each had 2 winners.

Best Class of linemen: 2012

Since 2003, there have been 104 finalists.

Since 2003, Orchard Park has the most nominations with 22, followed by St. Joe's and Depew with 17.

Section VI has had 8 winners and the Msgr. Martin Association has had 2.

There have been 10 recipients from 9 schools over the past decade:

2003 - John Livingston, Eden
2004 - Jason Weber, Orchard
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
2012 - Ryan Hunter, Canisius

 

Prediction: Trench Trophy Finalists: 2013
Adam Belica, Orchard Park
Justin Bliss, Pioneer
Dawson Hillis, Orchard Park
Mike Lama, Depew
Brandon Reilly, West Seneca East
Steven Stauss, Albion
Phil Zobrest, Alden

 

Schools with the Most Nominees: Finalists
St. Francis - 7
Orchard Park - 6
Depew - 5
North Tonawanda - 5
Lackawanna - 4
Southwestern - 4
Grand Island - 4
Burgard - 3
Iroquois - 3
Cleveland Hill - 3
Randolph - 3
St. Joe's - 3
Maple Grove - 3
Grover Cleveland - 3
Alden - 3
Canisius - 3
South Park - 2
Lockport - 2
Eden - 2
Frewsburg - 2
Jamestown - 2
McKinley - 2
Frontier - 2
Sweet Home - 2
Lancaster - 2
Williamsville South - 2
Cheektowaga - 2
Riverside - 2
Olean - 1
Hamburg - 1
Kenmore West - 1
Portville - 1
Williamsville East - 1
Williamsville North - 1
St. Mary's - 1
Allegany-Limestone -1
Panama - 1
Pioneer - 1
Timon/St. Jude - 1
Maryvale - 1
Fredonia - 1
Silver Creek - 1
Clarence - 1
Bennett - 1
East Aurora - 1
Springville - 1

Most Trench Trophy Nominations: 2003-2012
Orchard Park - 22
Depew - 17
St. Joe's - 17
Burgard - 16
St. Francis - 15
Cleveland Hill - 15
Sweet Home - 15
Lancaster - 14
Cheektowaga - 14
Canisius - 14
Lackawanna - 13
Grand Island - 13
North Tonawanda - 13
West Seneca West - 13
Iroquois - 13
Williamsville North - 11
Southwestern - 10
Timon/St. Jude - 10
St. Mary's - 10
Lockport - 10
Alden - 9
Clarence - 9
Starpoint  - 9
Albion - 8
Riverside - 8
Williamsville South - 8
West Seneca East - 8
Silver Creek - 7
Amherst - 7
Maryvale - 7
Eden - 6
East Aurora - 6
Randolph - 6
Medina - 6
Cardinal O'Hara - 6
Grover Cleveland - 6
JFK - 6
Maple Grove - 6
Jamestown - 6
Lew-Port - 5
East - 5
Williamsville East - 5
Niagara Falls - 5
Hamburg - 5
Tonawanda - 5
Bennett - 4
Portville - 4
Falconer - 4
Panama - 4
Frewsburg - 3
Frontier - 3
South Park - 3
Lafayette - 3
Westfield/Ripley - 3
Springville - 3
Lake Shore - 3
Chautauqua Lake - 3
Clymer - 2
Nichols - 2
Cassadaga Valley - 2
Salamanca - 2
Allegany/Limestone - 2
Pine Valley - 2
Catt./LV - 2
Olean - 2
Niagara Wheatfield - 2
Akron - 2
Newfane - 1
Hutch-Tech - 1
Wilson - 1
West Valley - 1
Barker/Roy-Hart - 1

Grading Criteria for "Trench Trophy Lineman of the Year"

  1. 1. Winner must be an offensive or defensive lineman within Western New York.
  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:
    - Technique - mechanically sound as a lineman and football player.
    - Determination - a "never-give-up" effort.
    - Aggressiveness - plays to the whistle, under control and at full speed.
    - Intensity - plays the game with integrity.
    - Team Player and Leadership - displays leadership qualities by actions, words, etc.
    - Coachable and sound display of sportsmanship, plays within the rules.
    - Consistency - seems to play within the rules.
    - Courage - plays through pain and discomfort.
    - Citizenship - student appears to be a good person.
    - Scholastic Effort - information gathered indicates that the student gives an honest effort 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, they get it all.

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

While halfbacks cry when they see blood, linemen 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 line.

A halfback loves and then he weds, but linemen 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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