Bill honored with Kensington Lions All-Star lineman award
Thursday July 31, 2014 | By:Marquel Slaughter | Sports
Back in December, Jeremiah Bill was honored with the Trench Trophy, an award given to Western New York’s top senior offensive lineman, to put the cherry on top of his high school football career in a Hamburg High School helmet.
But in his very final game representing Hamburg at the Kensington Lions All-Star High School Football Classic July 30 at Depew High School, Bill unexpectedly was given one final honor before heading off to the University of Rochester.
Playing for the South team, Bill earned most valuable lineman honors at the annual high school All-Star game.
“I didn’t even think about it. I didn’t even see it coming, to be honest,” said Bill. “Honestly, it’s a great honor and I really appreciate it. I had a great time playing this game, so it really attests to that and the Lions Club for organizing a great game. But I really didn’t expect it, to be honest.”
Bill said he was surprised when his name was called during the postgame session because he was pretty hard on himself and the way he played in South’s 28-6 loss to the North team that night.
But Bill said he’ll be ready for training camp. That camp is at the University of Rochester. Bill will head there in mid-August to continue playing football and the All-Star game just made him more anxious to put on the pads again.
“We have the team email thread right now talking about our goals and stuff like that,” he said. “I just can’t wait. Everybody is getting all pumped up about going out to play. Getting out there with the guys and getting after it at the next level is going to be great.”
Another thing the All-Star game helped Bill with is new friendships. After playing against many guys from the likes of Frontier and Orchard Park over the years, playing together with them on the same team helped them bond.
“I went from hating a lot of the Frontier kids, like A.J. [Licata] from playing against them, it was a big rivalry between us,” said Bill. “But being able to come out here and play with everyone and kind of come together as a team and play a great game, I think, I thought that was the best part.”
Also participating in the All-Star game, Licata made a case for Defensive MVP at linebacker. His Frontier teammate, Adrian Cannon, lined up at defensive back and kicker, while Elliot Buccieri of St. Francis and Eden’s Garrett DiStefano also played for the South team in the annual classic.
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