With eight first-team All-Western New York selections on its roster, the South would figure to be favored Wednesday night in the 43rd annual Kensington Lions Club/ADPRO Sports All-Star Football Classic at Williamsville North. The North Stars, however, have family ties on their side.
Among others, the South lineup includes linebacking standouts Ben Damiani and Joe Andreessen from Lancaster’s state Class AA runner-up team and three players from Cheektowaga’s Section VI Class B championship team. The Cheektowaga representatives are linemen Tariq Whitaker, an All-WNY selection, and Terrance Bass and wide receiver Tommy Zolnowski.
In addition, coach Jim Maurino’s South lineup will have All-WNY running back C.J. Perillo, who scored 20 touchdowns and ran for 1,601 yards last season.
Mike Torrillo of Williamsville East is the North head coach, and the game offers him a last chance to coach his son Joe, who played at Sweet Home. Mike Torrillo was an assistant at Sweet Home until he took over as head coach at Williamsville East last season. That meant he missed coaching Joe’s senior season as quarterback of the Panthers. Pat Cauley of Hamburg is the North’s defensive coordinator. He is Joe Torrillo’s godfather.
Anthony Maple of Burgard is the North’s other quarterback. The South will be directed by QB Bryan Cybulski (Alden).
The South won last year’s game, 13-6, ending a three-year run by the North. The South leads the series, 23-19.
Game time at Williamsville South will be 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under. Proceeds will benefit Kids Escaping Drugs. Last year the Kensington Lions donated $10,000.