With the new football season right around the corner, it's time to officially bid 2014 farewell Wednesday with the 40th edition of the Kensington Lions All-Star Classic. Kickoff is 7 p.m. at Depew High School.
Tickets cost $7 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under and can be purchased at the contest. Proceeds will once again benefit Kids Escaping Drugs. The game pits most of the area's top seniors from Western New York schools during the 2014 season against each other based on North and South geographic lines.
While most players who have already signed letters of intent to play at Division I Bowl Sub Division (former Division I-A) schools are not participating in this game, there still is more than enough talent participating in this game to make up for the absence of News Player of the Year TJ Wheatley (Canisius), Second Team All-American Michael Tarbutt (Canisius) and fellow All-Western New York first-team picks Brandon Smiley (Sweet Home) and Duke Hwang (Williamsville North). Seven of the 22 seniors who earned All-WNY first team will represent their respective schools one last time, including running back Mitch Thomas (Canisius), North Tonawanda's do-everything-threat Chris Woodard and versatile Burgard center Roderick Morrow, who can also play linebacker and kick.
The game could become an aerial show, what with the North and South featuring quarterbacks who not only are accurate passers but big arms who will play at the college level. Quarterbacks for the North include Woodard, Williamsville South's Sam Castronova and Medina's Jason Hellwig. South signal-callers are Brandon May (Timon), Zak Ciezki (Cheektowaga) and Dylan Sekuterski (Depew).
The North will be coached by Canisius' Rich Robbins, while Brian Wilson of Depew will pilot the South. Lockport coach Greg Bronson will serve as an assistant coach for the North along with the rest of Robbins' Canisius staff. Alden head coach Rob Currin will assist the South along with the rest of Wilson's coaching staff from Depew.