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Welcome to the online home of the Connolly Cup. On this site you will find information about the past, present, and future. So, take some time, read about who we are, see who won the award in past years, and let us know about the great player you saw last weekend…


2016 Connolly Cup Award Winner:
Isaiah McDuffie
The third time is the charm for Bennett’s Isaiah McDuffie. The senior running back took home the 2016 Connolly Cup after being named a finalist each of the past three years. Leading the Tigers to the Class A championship with 1,531 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns, the versatile back also contributed on defense with 111 tackles and a pick six in a successful senior season.

About Our Award

Started in 1972 by the Riverside Athletic Club, the goal of our award is to recognize outstanding varsity football players from over 80 schools in Western New York State.

During the season our group scouts student athletes looking for outstanding performances on a weekly basis. The players are judged on a number of factors including, strength of opposition, sportsmanship, athletic ability, team play, and work ethic. Following the final game of the season, discussion and game tape is used to narrow our list of outstanding performers to the top ten.

The ten finalists are broken down using a secret ballot and grading system to determine the one final winner. The finalists are honored at a press conference and luncheon.

Week 1 Top Performers

Keshone Beal (Cheektowaga)

Ray Blackwell (Maryvale)

Brock Blecha (Franklinville/Ellicottville)

Retsen Daley (St.Francis)

Josh Foster (Williamsville South)

Andrew Hersey (Lancaster)

Khalil Horton (Lackawanna)

Matt Myers (West Seneca West)

Robbie PeQueen (Akron)

Izaiah Rhim (Medina)

Anthony Robinson (Starpoint)

Joseph Stewart (Kenmore West)

Chris Snell (Alden)

Aaron Wahler (Cleveland Hill)


Week 2 Top Performers

Josh Brooks(Starpoint)

Aaron Chase(Starpoint)

Conner Desiderio(Maryvalle)

Chad Dunbar(Newfane)

Logan Klice(Allegany-Limestone)

Juston Johnson(West Seneca West)

Tony Maple(Burgard)

Caleb Maloney(Gowanda/Pine Valley)

Ryan Mansell(Lancaster)

Jacob Maurino(West Seneca East)

Dylan McDuffie(Sweet Home)

C.J. Perillo(Iroquois)

Devin Pope(Chautauqua Lake)

Cam Sionko(Grand Island)

Aaron Smith(Bennett)

Dylan Vincent(Olean)






Week 3 Top Performers

Scott Becht (Williamsville North)

Chad Biersbach (Depew)

Charlie Bruning (Barker-Roy Hart)

Thomas Cecere (Grand Island)

Max Giordano (Lancaster)

Ugene Harrison (Albion)

Nathan Murdie (Kenmore East)

D’Jae Perry (St. Mary’s)

Erick Rainey (Kenmore West)

Tanner Ramsey (CSP (Clymer-Sherman-Panama)

Maurice Robertson (Sweet Home)

Bryce Rowe (Chautauqua Lake)

Jacob Sarow (Akron)

Joey Shifflet (Williamsville East)

Kyle Shuttleworth (Hamburg)

Colson Skorka (Williamsville East)

Cole Snyder (Southwestern)

Week 4 Top Performers

James Bailey (JFK)

Max Bowden (Starpoint)

Griffin Chudy (FranklinvilleEllicottville)

Connor Crabtree (CassadagValley/Falconer)

Shaun Dolac (West SenecaEast)

Nicholas Fabrizio (MapleGrove)

Steven Frerichs (Wilson)

Deabeyon Humphrey (South Park)

Joe Jamison (Canisius)

Jemelle Jones (WilliamsvilleSouth)

Casey Kelly (St.Joe’s)

Mike King (Iroquois)

Brett Kochanski (Cleveland Hill)

Joe Pagano (Depew)

Mike Rigerman (Pioneer)

Jaziah Rivera (Dunkirk)






Week 5 Top Performers

Brock Blecha (Franklinville-Ellicottville)

Thomas Cecere (Grand Island)

Devaun Farnham-Dejesus (Dunkirk)

KaiyerFields (McKinley)

Tom Galfo (Silver Creek/Forestville)

Brandon Gross (Newfane)

Jayce Johnson (Canisius)

Dylan Kelly (Williamsville North)

C.J.Perillo (Iroquois)

Bryce Pritchard (Albion)

Jack Sharp (Orchard Park)

Colson Skorka (Williamsville East)

Clarence Thomas (South Park)

Aaron Wahler (ClevelandHill)

Marquel Wells (Williamsville North)

Ja’kye Womack (Amherst).