Card, Ecklund, Sauerland Recognized For Top Performances

Trey Sauerland, back row second from left

Three area high school football players were included on the Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports top performers list after the first week of action.

Among the 15 recognized were Alex Card of Southwestern, Derek Ecklund of Clymer/Sherman/Panama and Trey Sauerland of Chautauqua Lake/Westfield.

Card caught eight passes from quarterback Cole Snyder for 104 yards and three touchdowns as the Trojans downed Franklinville/Ellicottville, 35-8, on Friday night. That same evening, Sauerland rushed for 136 yards and had a 25-yard scoring run to highlight the Thunderbirds’ 18-7 victory over Allegany-Limestone.

Finally, Ecklund had only six carries, but amassed 143 yards on first-quarter touchdown runs of 40 and 65 yards in the Wolfpack’s 46-6 victory over Portville on Saturday afternoon.

The Connolly Cup is presented annually to the outstanding high school football player in Western New York.