I spoke with co-owner Ronnie Anderson this past week and I’m happy to announce a new Semi-Pro football franchise is coming to the city of Buffalo. The South Buffalo Celtics will be making their debut in 2011 and playing their home games at Tift Field.
The not-for-profit team will be playing in the Elite American League, which consists of a whopping 28 teams spread out through seven states. The Buffalo franchise will be made up mostly of guys who were football stars in high school throughout Western New York.
Anderson says that the Celtics franchise will provide the Buffalo area with its best 18-years and older semi-pro football team.
“Our players all share a tremendous passion for the game and will have the opportunity to display their talents against other, very high levels of competition.” Anderson said.
Just days after their inception was made public, the team announced the signing of stud running back James Henley, who over the course of the last three seasons as a member of the Lackawanna Dynasty of the EAFL Semi-Pro league accumulated nearly 4,000 yards rushing.
Since their first move, the Celtics have added several dynamic weapons to what is now looking to become an offensive machine.
Teaming up with Henley in the backfield will be running back Zak Kedron, a former 2004 Connolly Cup winner from St. Francis high school. The Henley-Kedron combination immediately ranks the Celtics’ backfield among the best in all Semi-Pro football.
Assuring that the unit won’t be one-dimensional, the team has added four wide outs just as impressive to help in the passing game. Topping that list is Derrick Dilbert, a five-time EAFL All Star with the Lackawanna Dynasty, where he holds every team receiving record. Across the field from Dilbert will be his former Dynasty teammate and two-time All Star Ricky Winston. Adding to the mix is slot receiver Mike Bruno, a former All-WNY star from Seneca and Donnie Bender, another former All-WNY athlete from Riverside.
Along the offensive line, the team also announced the signing of another former Dynasty star left tackle Malcolm Ransom and Buffalo State alum Tyrell Ford at guard.
Make sure to keep checking back here at Buffalo Sports Daily for all Celtics news as the team readies itself for its exciting inaugural campaign.