Recognizing The Best High School Football Linemen In WNY
While watching a football game most people watch the ball. Whether it's the quarterback throwing it to a receiver or a running back trying to elude tacklers, most fans concentrate on what's happening with the ball. But there's a part of the game that often gets overlooked; the play of the linemen, the guys in the trenches.
Western New York's high school football linemen are recognized each year with the presentation of the Trench Trophy during a dinner at the Lancaster Elks Club and this year from among 12 finalists Iroquois High School lineman Nathan Emer. He's 6-foot-5 and 249 pounds and played both offensive and defensive line for the Chiefs.
Nathan has been offered a scholarship at Division II Edinboro State in Pennsylvania, but he's also been shown some interest from Division I schools.
The other finalists were:
- Chauval Black - Dunkirk High School
- Michael Carr-Johnson - Hutch Tech High School
- Tyler Grisolia - St. Francis High School
- Preston Hutchinson - Ellicottville High School
- Nick Jones - Dunkirk High School
- Sean Kloss - Clarence High School
- Daniel Kubik - Orchard Park High School
- Jacob Luderman - Lancaster High School
- Nathan Pawlowski - Cleveland Hill High School
- Tyler White - Kenmore West High School
- J.B. Wilkes - Grand Island High School
All 12 finalists were inducted into the Trench Trophy Hall of Fame.