ONNOLLY CUP ORGIN WILLIAM R. (BILL) CONNOLLY would be very proud of what the Riverside Athletic Club (RAC) is doing for the young football players of Western New York. If he were still alive he would be thoroughly involved in the committee’s activities of bringing recognition to our youth for their outstanding efforts. Those who knew Bill can never forget the devotion, time and effort he put forth in helping young people be outstanding in everything they did. Bill Connolly was active as a Boy Scout leader in Riverside and later as a Professional Boy Scout Executive with the Buffalo Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. He was active with the United Way because he felt the need for youth-serving agencies. Busy as he was, he always had time for his first love, football, and served as trainer on the various Riverside High School teams. William R. Connolly passed away in 1971 and the members of the RAC were deeply affected by his loss. At the same time, Pat Sullivan the Auburn quarterback was selected as the Heisman Trophy over Ed Marinaro of Cornell. The club members, all avid football fans, were in complete disagreement with the selection and questioned how awards like the Heisman were determined, and agreed that a poor selection process denied equality to all individuals who might be deserving. These two events led to the beginning of the CONNOLLY CUP. The club members realized they could not affect an award the status of the Heisman Trophy, but could do something locally. In their discussions, the word “Outstanding” was mentioned time and again. It was only natural that the award be named in memory of their departed brother, William R. Connolly, as he was a person who’s every effort and accomplishments were “Outstanding”. Thirty –Nine years have passed since the inception of the award and the Connolly Cup is now considered the most prestigious award in all of Western New York Sports. Initially a small group of members scouted players for the Buffalo area and surrounding suburbs. There were problems gaining admission to games, receiving statistics and game films and some doubt from the coaches as to what the committee was trying to accomplish. As the award grew in notoriety and recognition, the W.N.Y. High School Football Coaches Association and local news media have given special recognition to the outstanding job being done by the Connolly Cup Committee. Over the years the committee has continued a determined effort to improve and upgrade the award. Today, members cover an area extending from Buffalo to Jamestown, Albion, and Wilson and to Clymer and all points in between. Whether it is a Class AA school or a Class D school, a representative of the committee will be there in rain, snow or sunshine to scout that team’s “outstanding” candidate. There are approximately 3000 football players in W.N.Y. and to be nominated for consideration is something special. To be selected as one of the final Top Ten candidates is something that the players, parents and coaches can be proud of, and to be selected as the “outstanding” player in all of W.N.Y. is truly “OUTSTANDING”
PREVIOUS CONNOLLY CUP WINNERS Previous winners 1972Don McGee-Eden 1973Jerry Martin-St. Francis 1974Pat O’Brien-Kenmore East 1975Tom Blinco-Lewiston Porter 1976Jim Rath-Frontier 1977Frank Rossi-Baker Victory 1978Brian Ross-Niagara Wheatfield 1979Mike Leavell-St.Francis 1980Tony Baker-Springville 1981Dane Hightower-O’Hara 1982Berto Amoroso-Jamestown 1983Daryl Johnson-Lewiston Porter 1984Dan Mettica-Williamsville South 1985Tom Sheehan-Timon 1986Ray Braxton-Lackawanna 1987Trevor Sajdak-Cleveland Hill 1988Jim Snyder-Medina 1989Chris George-Springville 1990Randy Smith-Lockport 1991Bob McDonnell-Grand Island 1992Cory Schemm-Maryvale 1993Warren Miles-Lackawanna 1994David Hinson-Jamestown 1995Dennis Martin-Lake Shore 1996Dave Schmidli-Wilson 1997Frank Pavicich-Niagara Wheatfield 1998Sandro DeAngelis-St.Joe’s 1999Joe West-Lackawanna 2000Aaron Leeper-Jamestown 2001Mike Radon-St.Francis 2002Jehuu Caulcrick-Clymer 2003Keien Williams-Eden 2004Zak Kedron-St.Francis 2005Naaman Roosevelt-St.Joe’s 2006Curtis Unerwood-Lackawanna 2007Jeff Tundo- Orchard Park 2008Capone Smith – Lackawanna 2009Zack Sopak- Southwestern
Mission: select the “outstanding Football” player in all of W.N.Y.
The 2019 Section VI Football Schedule has been finalized. Here is a look at Week 1:
Niagara-Wheatfield @ North Tonawanda
Timon @ Iroquois
Frontier @ Orchard Park
Clarence @ Bennett/City (@ AH)
Hutch Tech/City @ Lancaster
Sweet Home @ Williamsville South
West Seneca East @ Amherst
Williamsville East @ Hamburg
McKinley @ Williamsville North
Starpoint @ Kenmore East
Grand Island @ South Park (@ RF)
Dunkirk @ Olean (CG)
East Aurora/Holl @ Springville /WV (CG)
Newfane @ Albion (CG)
Alden @ Depew (CG)
Eden @ Lake Shore (CG) 6:30
MCS/HS @ Cheektowaga (CG)
Medina/Lyn/BK @ Lew-Port (CG)
Silver Creek @ Akron
Wilson @ Roy-Hart
All-Limestone @ Frank/Ell (@ FR)
Southwestern @ Ch. Lake/West/Broc
Gowanda/PV @ Fredonia
Randolph @ Salamanca
Niagara Falls @ Lockport
West Seneca West @ Kenmore West
Tonawanda @ Lackawanna (CG) 1:00
Maryvale @ Cleve-Hill
Maple Grove @ CSP (@SH) 1:30
Catt/LV @ JFK 1:30
Portville @ CV/Falconer (@CV) 1:30
Burgard @ Pioneer 7:00
Jamestown @Baldwinsville (Dome) 2:00
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Mike Rigerman is this years recipient courtesy of Adpro Sports
2018 Connolly Cup winner is Mike Rigerman from Pioneer !
This Saturday we announce the 2018 Connolly Cup winner sponsored by Adpro Sports at our banquet from Ilio DiPaolo's Restaurant ...
updated numbers of connolly cup finalist by schools
Cassadaga Valley 1
Cattaraugus / Little Valley 1
Niagara Catholic 1
Notre Dame (Batavia) 1
West Valley 1
Williamsville East 1
Williamsville North 1
Baker Victory 2
Lake Shore 2
Pine Valley 2
Seneca Vocational 2
Silver Creek 2
West Seneca West 2
East Aurora 3
St.Mary's Lancaster 3
Kenmore West 4
Niagara Falls 4
North Tonawanda 4
Cardinal O'Hara 5
Grover Cleveland 5
Kenmore East 5
Niagara Wheatfield 5
West Seneca East 5
Olean Walsh 6
Bishop Timon/St. Jude 8
Cleveland Hill 8
South Park 9
Maple Grove/ C.L. 11
Grand Island 12
Williamsville South 13
Sweet Home 16
St. Joseph's 19
Orchard Park 22
Ten Finalist for 2018 Connolly Cup
Keshone Beal - Cheektowaga
Mike Rigerman - Pioneer
Alex Card - Southwestern
Jacob Ritts - St.Francis
Aaron Chase – Starpoint
Cole Snyder - Southwestern
Shaun Dolac – West Seneca East
John Speyer – West SenecaWest
Dylan Kelly – Williamsville North
Aaron Wahler - Cleveland Hill
Legends defeat Tigers for the title ...
Cly/Sher/Pan. defeats Maple Grove for it's first title as a merged program ...
[11/05/18] The 10 Finalist will be announced Saturday November 10 on Inside High School Sports on Wgrz 550.
The Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports Week Ten top performers also include:
Keshone Beal(Cheektowaga),Cam Barmore(CSP),Shaun Dolac(West Seneca East),Xzavier Janczylik(St. Francis),Ethan Jurkowski(Lancaster),Zach Ransbury(Cleveland Hill ),Cole Snyder(Southwestern),Mitch Thiel(Bishop Timon-St. Jude),Aaron Wahler(Cleveland Hill).
The Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports Week Nine top performers also include:
Keshone Beal(Cheektowaga),J.T. Boyland(Canisius),Alex Card(Southwestern),Aaron Chase(Starpoint),
Shaun Dolac(West Seneca East),Derek Ecklund(CSP),Steve Frerichs(Wilson),Justin Hemphill(Cardinal O'Hara),
Dylan Kelly(Williamsville North),Joe Pagano(Depew),Mike Rigerman(Pioneer),Jayden Robinson(Hutch Tech),
Aaron Smith(Bennett),Cole Snyder(Southwestern),John Speyer(West Seneca West),Aaron Wahler(Cleveland Hill).
Golden Eagles punch their ticket to New Era Field with the win ...
Pioneer defeats Fredonia in a Class B Semi final ...
The Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports Week Eight top performers also include:
Jake Blidy(Timon/St.Jude),Malik Brooks(Lockport),Alex Card(Southwestern),Aaron Chase(Starpoint),
Shaun Dolac(West Seneca East),Joel Nicholas(Canisius)Zachary Norton(Clarence)
Mike Rigerman(Pioneer),Jake Ritts(St.Francis)MauriceRobertson(West Seneca West),
Cam Sionko(Grand Island),Cole Snyder(Southwestern),Matt Spina(Starpoint),Javon Thomas(Cleveland Hill)
Aaron Wahler(Cleveland Hill).Zkyler Wright(Randolph-Frewsburg)
Crusaders hang on in a close one ...
Tigers prevail in a hard hitting contest ...
[10/14/18] The Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports Week Seven top performers also include:Rashawn Allen(Amherst),Keshone Beal(Cheektowaga),Aaron Chase(Starpoint),Cameron Crosier(Kenmore West),Logan Frank(Franklinville-Ellicottville),Xzavion Galarza(Williamsville South),Dabeyon Humphrey(South Park),Brillance Johnson(Albion),Dylan Kelly(Williamsville North),Adam Mietz(Akron),Mike Rigerman(Pioneer),Jake Ritts(St.Francis,Liam Scheuer(West Seneca West),Jimmy Scott(St.Joes)Jacob Skinner,(Fredonia/Brocton), Snyder(Southwestern).
Battle of undefeated teams goes to the Indians ....
X'Zavion Galarza – Junior WR/S Williamsville South
Defensively, Galarza played one of the finest games in recent memory. 12 tackles, 2 fumbles forced in which he recovered with one being returned for a TD plus an interception. All in a 39-12 win over Amherst in the “battle of Main St” Friday.
Joe Pagano – Senior QB – Depew
The senior led Depew to their first win of the season last Thursday, a 33-14 win on the road against Springville. Pagano rushed for three TD’s and threw another to lead the Wildcats.
C.J. Master – Senior QB/CB – Cardinal O'Hara
Masters completed 10-of-21 passes for 241 yards and three TD’s Friday night in the Hawks 35-8 win over Bishop Timon at New Era Field.
Mitchell Theal –Senior QB – Bishop Timon
Theal guided a late touchdown drive in the Tigers 35-8 loss to Cardinal O’Hara. It was a 28-yard strike followed up with a completion for the two-point conversion. No other stats were reported.
Aaron Chase – Senior QB – Starpoint
No stranger to the list this season, Chase led the charge for Starpoint in their big win over South Park Friday. The senior was 26-of-40 for 344 yards and 3 TD’s in the Spartans 21-20 come from behind win.
Jack Sharp – Senior QB - Orchard Park
Sharp came through big time for the Quakers in their 23-22 come from behind win over Bennett Friday at All-High Stadium. The senior threw a TD pass and completed his pass for the 2-pt conversion that put Orchard Park in front for good. Sharp was 12-of-28 for 91 yards, throwing a TD pass and rushing for another.
Michael Pataky – Junior TE/LB - Orchard Park
Pataky caught five balls, including one for a TD, finishing with 47 yards receiving. On defense he recorded 11 solo tackles and caused the critical fumble on Bennett’s final possession leading to OP’s 23-22 victory.
Kaiyer Fields – Senior RB – McKinley
Fields made a name for himself last year running over some of the toughest defenses in Section VI. Last Friday he had a career day, 19 carries 317 yards and four touchdowns in McKinley’s 50-28 win over Sweet Home also returned a fumble, 65-yards to the house.
Clayton Osborne – Senior WR/DB - Williamsville East
Osborne is back in the “Top Performers” list for the second straight week. The senior returned a first quarter kickoff 87 yards and then followed that up with three more TD’s in Will East’s 47-20 win over North Tonawanda. Osborne scored two rushing TD’s (57, 3) and had a 58-yard receiving TD for the Flames.
Keshone Beal – Senior QB – Cheektowaga
No stranger to the Connolly Cup, the Warriors dual threat QB amassed 116 rushing yards and four TD’s while adding another 125 passing yards and a score in Cheektowaga’s 44-0 win over Lew-Port.
Joell Colon – Senior RB/LB - Fredonia/Brocton
Colon is back on the Top Performer list after a 238 yard two-touchdown performance in the Hillbillies 22-0 win over division opponent Tonawanda.
Alex Card – Senior WR – Southwestern
Card became Southwestern’s all-time leader for receiving yards on Friday after a 6-catch, 136 yard performance. He also caught two TD passes. Additionally, Card was a perfect 6-for-6 on extra points.
David Morgan – Sophomore RB - St. Joe’s
Morgan came up big for the Marauders in their 43-41 win over St. Francis on Saturday. The sophomore rushed for 94 yards and three touchdowns.
Derek Ecklund – Senior RB/LB - Clymer/Sherman/Panama
Ecklund scored four TD’s in CSP’s 25-20 win over Maple Grove on Saturday, securing first place overall in Class D for the Wolfpack. Three of Ecklund’s touchdowns were running plays while the fourth was a 34-yard pass. This was the second time this season that CSP beat the Red Dragons.
Jacob Ritts – Sophomore QB – St. Francis
Despite only playing half the game Saturday at St. Joe’s Ritz turned in an epic performance. The sophomore QB was forced out of the game early with an apparent leg injury but soldiered through the pain and reentered the contest in the second half. Ritz completed 30 passes for 448 yards and four touchdowns despite losing 43-41 to the Marauders.
Quantavis Kleckley – Senior RB – Dunkirk
The Marauders senior running back rushed for 243 yards and two scores in a 36-14 win over Burgard. Kleckley also made five solo tackles.
Steelers pull this one out in final seconds ...
Lancaster defeats N. Falls in Class AA action ..
Alex Card – Senior WR – Southwestern
- Card set two school records last Friday in the Trojans 50-20 win over Olean. The senior caught four TD passes and had 222 yards receiving. Both new Southwestern records.
Cole Snyder – Senior QB – Southwestern
Snyder set a new school record for passing yards (340). He also threw five TD passes and ran for another score as well.
Shaun Dolac – Senior QB/LB – West Seneca East
Dolac turned in another outstanding performance in one of the biggest games of the season. The Trojans beat previously unbeaten South Park 15-6 to claim the top spot in A3. Dolac scored a touchdown and had a two-point conversion to help seal the win.
John Speyer – Senior RB – West Seneca West
Speyer had a 69-yard TD run and rushed for 179 yards in the Indians 40-14 win over Jamestown.
Christian Veilleux – Junior QB – Canisius
The Ottawa, ON native made his debut in one of the fiercest rivalries in WNY high school football on Friday, leading Canisius to a 34-28 win over St. Joe’s. Veilleux orchestrated a winning TD drive to seal the deal for Canisius. The juion QB finished with 205 yards passing and three TD’s.
Micah Brown – Junior QB – St. Joe’s
Brown had three rushing TD’s and ran for 79 yards in the Marauders 34-28 loss to Canisius.
D’Jae Perry – Senior RB – Bennett
Perry was relentless in his pursuit of the end zone last Thursday in the Tigers win over Lancaster. Perry finished with 274 yards rushing and two touchdowns.
Jason Mansell – Sophomore QB – Lancaster
Mansell was 16-of-30 for 261 yards and four TD’s in the Legends loss at Bennett Thursday night.
Aaron Chase – Senior QB – Starpoint
Chase put the Spartans back on the winning track Friday with a 62-33 win over Williamsville South. The senior was 19-24 for 384 yards and six touchdowns.
Kyler Majka – Senior QB/DB - Chautauqua Lake
Majka found his rhythm Friday in Chautauqua Lake’s 39-21 win over Portville Friday. The senior completed 10-of-12 passes for 202 yards and three touchdown passes.
Keshone Beal – Senior QB – Cheektowaga
Beal did it on the ground (105 rushing yards) and through the air (104 passing yards) in Cheektowaga’s 33-0 win over Lackawanna Saturday evening. Beal also had a touchdown run. The Warriors defense have four shutouts in five games.
LeMorris Jones – Senior RB/LB - Maritime Charter/Health Sciences
Morris had 14 carries for 203 yards and a TD (61-yard run) in leading Maritime/Health Sciences to the team’s first ever win, 44-22 over Medina.
Brayden Dunlap – Junior RB – Wilson
The Tigers running back terrorized JFK Friday rushing for 206 yards and two scores in Akron;s 35-14 win to pick up another much needed win in Class C North.
Aaron Wahler – Senior RB – Cleve-Hill
Wahler scored three rushing TD’s (10, 17, 40) in the Golden Eagles 30-0 win over Silver Creek/Forestville Saturday. Cleve-Hill hosted this game on their brand new turf field.
Cam Sionko – Senior QB – Grand Island
The senior led the Vikings to a big win Saturday over Williamsville East 48-14, cementing themselves in first place of A2. Sionko completed 21-of-25 passes good for 281 yards and two touchdowns. The Vikings have won four straight.
Dylan Kelly - Senior WR / LB - Williamsville North
Kelly had two touchdowns and an interception in Williamsville North's 35-13 win over Orchard Park.
Brandon Wingard – Senior - Lancaster Legends
30 Carries for 176 Yards
Zac Boyes – Junior - Kenmore West Blue Devils
Threw 4 TD passes and rushed for another
Clayton Osborne – Senior - Williamsville East Flames
4 TD runs (6, 8, 52, 37)
Connor Desiderio – Junior - Maryvale Flyers
8/9 148 Yards, 2 TD’s
Mike Rigerman – Senior - Pioneer Panthers
247 Rushing Yards, 4 TD’s, 11 Tackles, 1 Fumble Recovery
Shaun Dolac – Senior -West Seneca East Trojans
265 Rushing Yards, 3 TD’s, Two 2-pt conversions, 11 Tackles
Cam Sionko – Senior - Grand Island Vikings
Official statistics were not reported for Cam Sionko.
Zach Braddell – Senior - Tonawanda Warriors
22 Carries for 201 Yards, TD, 5 Tackles, 3 for loss
Dominick Thomas – St. Francis Red Raiders
7 Catches for 155 Yards, 4 TD’s
Jacob Ritts – Sophomore - St. Francis Red Raiders
19/26 335 Yards, 5 TD’s, 1 Rushing TD
Joe Battaglia – Senior - Williamsville South Billies
14 / 25 for 294 yards and 5 TD's. 9 rushing attempts for 38 yards, 1 TD
Jack Sharp – Junior - Orchard Park Quakers
10/15 for 177 yards, 2 TD's / 1 INT. 8 rushing attempts for 29 yards and 1 TD
Malik Brooks – Senior - Lockport Lions
Official statistics were not reported for Malik Brooks.
Devare Mathis – West Seneca East Trojans
Official statistics were not reported for Devare Mathis.
Jax Lighten – JFK Bears
4 / 6 for 61 yards, 1 TD / 1 INT. 7 rushing attempts for 70 yards 1 TD. 8 Tackles and 2 INT's
All Golden Eagles in this one ...
Tigers win it in overtime ...
2018 CONNOLLY CUP NOMINEES - WEEK 3
Robertson took over at QB for defending State Champions West Seneca West and went 10/17 passing for 254 yards, 3 TDs and 1 INT. He also pitched in 5 carries for 32 yards in the Indians' 34-0 win over Frontier.
Maurice is the second QB from West Seneca West to be nominated for Connolly Cup this year (Liam Scheuer was nominated Week 1).
Danzo Young - Kenmore East
6'0" 185 lb Danzo Young dominated the ground game for Kenmore East in their 38-21 victory over North Tonawanda on Friday. He torched the Lumberjacks for 247 yards and 4 TDs on just 14 carries
Similar performance to Danzo Young; Weakfall turned in a 201 yard game of his own on the ground for Olean, scoring 3 rushing TDs along the way. Weakfall also had an 80-yard kickoff return for good measure.
Dylan Kelly-Williamsville North
Official statistics were not available for Dylan Kelly at press time.
Despite splitting time as one of Lancaster's co-starting QBs, Mansell has had considerable impact within the team's offense on a weekly basis. Week 3 saw him go 17/31 for 159 yards and 2 touchdowns in Lancaster's victory over a Williamsville North team many had considered to be the new favorite in Class AA.
QB Connor Crabtree proved himself as a viable dual threat QB this week after passing for 147 yards on 10 attempts and carrying the ball 10 times for 120 yards and 3 TDs. He also converted on two 2-point carries.
Nick Marsh-Randolph / Frewsburg
Official statistics were not available for Nick Marsh as of press time.
Carson Crist-Maple Grove
Carson Crist QB went 11/20 passing for 193 yards and 2 TDs.
Brandon Broadnax - O'Hara
Official statistics were not available for Brandon Broadnax as of press time.
Nick Cascia went 13/21 passing for 246 yards and 2 TDs . He also had an 8-yard rush for a third TD on the afternoon.
Joe Stewart-Kenmore West
Stewart turned 15 carries into 113 yards and 2 TDs for the Blue Devils. He also hauled in 4 receptions for 114 yards and another TD.
Zac Boyes-Kenmore West
Boyes went 12/13 passing for 195 yards, 1 TD and an INT. He also pitched in 33 yards on 4 rushing attempts.
Joe Jamison used his 9 carries to generate 100 yards and a TD for the Crusaders. He also had 2 receptions for 24 yards and a TD.
Official statistics were not available for Bryce Pritchard at press time.
Rhim went 5 / 13 passing on the day for 115 yards and 3 TDs. His 10 carries resulted in 91 yards and another TD for Medina.
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