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Trench Trophy finalists unveiled on PrepTalkTV

By Keith McShea

UPDATE: The finalists for this year's Trench Trophy, as unveiled on PrepTalkTV this afternoon: 

Jerimiah Bill, Hamburg
Ryan Byrne, Bishop Timon-St. Jude 
Tommy Doctor, Grand Island
Dawson Hillis, Orchard Park
Mike Lamb, Depew
Steven MacIllwain, Cleveland Hill
Ryan Merlau, Pioneer
Cody Oldro, Randolph
Kevon Perry, Burgard
Steven Stauss, Albion
Phil Zobrest, Alden

Note: Our utmost apologies. The first half of the show, which included the first six candidates on the list above, was not recorded due to technical difficulties.

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As was the case last week, we're thrilled to announce that we've got another big unveiling this week on PrepTalkTV.

For the second straight year, we will unveil the finalists for the Trench Trophy Award, which annually goes to Western New York's top senior lineman. Trench Trophy Committee members Carl Kuras and Ed Sciera will be part of our 1 p.m. broadcast (watch in the window above or on our home page) as we unveil the finalists. 

Last week we announced the finalists for the Connolly Cup

This year is the 11th year of the Trench Trophy award. The Trench Trophy committee scouts games throughout the season, announcing weekly honor rolls all with the intent on determining the most outstanding lineman. 

The finalists are announced late in the season, generally after local championship games, with the overall winner, the finalist and other award winners honored at the annual Trench Trophy banquet at the Lancaster Elks Lodge.

Check out a ton of information on the award at

Last year, Ryan Hunter of Canisius, who was also honored as the co-Player of The Year by The Buffalo News, was awarded the Trench Trophy.

PrepTalkTV is our weekly live show at in which myself and various guests recap each weekend of high school football and look forward to the top upcoming games with analysis and in-studio interviews.

This week, guest co-host Dave DeLuca will join me as -- in addition to the Trench Trophy unveiling -- we review last week's Monsignor Martin title game and the state semifinals and take a look at Friday's state championship games for Williamsville North (Class A) and Randolph (D).

Usually, PrepTalkTV airs at 7:30 Thursdays; this week it was moved to Wednesday due to Thanksgiving.

Another scheduling tweak for next week: Next week's episode will be a special one as we reveal the members of the All-Western New York first team. It will be seen on Friday, Dec. 6; the All-Western New York issue will be published Saturday, Dec. 7.


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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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