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NORTH TONAWANDA It’s so much more than just a game. It’s a part of the history of the Twin Cities.
Marcellus Overton scored twice and Sean Ferry broke free for a 55 yard touchdown as North Tonawanda earned a 41 6 win over Tonawanda in the T NT Classic that was played Friday night at George J. Vetter Stadium.
The 108th Classic, it was also the final game at the second Vetter Stadium as the Lumberjacks will be moving to their new turf complex next season. That field that will also bear the name of Jacks coaching legend George J. Vetter.
The victory marks the 18th year in a row the Jacks have gotten the better of their Canal rival.
That naturally opens the door to the debate about whether it’s time to end the rivalry. But again, for those that are battling on the field, and the people cheering in the stands, it’s more than a game.
“Both cities get really involved with the schools and the team,” Ferry said. “When I was on the sidelines in the game there was just constant noise. Everyone was just cheering. So it was nice, and fun.”
While the scales have obviously been heavily tipped in favor of the large school, neither side is ready to talk about putting this series to bed for good.
There is simply too much history. The game is woven deep into the fabric of both communities. Even when the end result seems like a no doubter, it doesn’t keep fans from both schools and both cities from painting their faces, displaying home made signs and proudly sporting their colors.
Whether it’s the scarlet red and blue of the Lumberyard or The Tribe decked out in maroon and white waving the swag flag, as TNT by AC/DC plays over the public address system, this game still matters. From spirit week to the T NT luncheon, the players feel like celebrities in their schools. It’s a feeling that doesn’t come every day and shouldn’t be dismissed.
The fact that neither team got lazy or gave up was also a sign of the pride the players take on the game.
“This is why this is one of the greatest games ever invented,” said NT coach Dan Troy. “To show that you have pride and a work ethic, that there’s no quit in you ever; isn’t that what life’s about, too?”
Nate Brown, Kyle McNeil and Angel Pabone also scored touchdowns for North Tonawanda and freshman kicker Nick Sciandra made his first varsity extra point.
Noah Gillis, who is originally from NT, scored Tonawanda’s lone TD in the fourth to prevent the shutout. He knows both sides of the rivalry.
“I think it should definitely keep going,” said Gillis. “It’s beautiful. Tonawanda may have lost the last 18 times, but we play liked we’ve never lost a game.”