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Brown wins Connolly Cup

South Park's Tyree Brown's historic season to remember got even better Saturday afternoon as he became the first Buffalo Public Schools football player to win the Connolly Cup.

The Cup is awarded annually by the Riverside Athletic Club to the top football player in Western New York.

Brown beat out nine others for the award presented during a banquet ceremony at Ilio Dipaolo's Restaurant.

"Winning this opens up a lot of doors for me," Brown said. "I didn't really think I was going to win the award. It's all hitting me now. We really made history. I couldn't have done it without my teammates, coaches and family."

It took me 44 years for a city schools kid to win it and Brown is definitely worthy of the honor.

The News Player of the Year set five school records in leading South Park to its first Section VI and state Class A championships. The Sparks are the first former Harvard Cup member to win those playoff titles.

Brown is the fourth quarterback to pass for more than 2,000 yards and rush for more than 1,000. He set school records for passing yards in season  (2,615), passing TDs in a year (30), single-game passing yards (368) and tied marks for rushing TDs in a season  (22) and career passing touchdowns (47).

"It's just been a fantastic last week or more," South Park coach Tim Delaney said. "For him to win the Connolly Cup being the first city of Buffalo kid really says a lot about the exposure we've gotten.  It's been great for everyone."

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