The following are Dick Gallagher's predictions for the 2017 Western New York High School Football Season:
Lancaster should dominate Class AA.
Southwestern should be in the Class C Championship game at New Era Field.
Joe Andreessen and Ben Damiani, Lancaster linebackers, should be the best tackling duo in Western New York.
South Park, McKinley, and Burgard should be the 3 City of Buffalo teams making the playoffs.
Maple Grove will contend for another sectional title and Nick Fabrizio, senior LB/RB, will contend for All-WNY honors.
Keshone Beal will spark Cheektowaga to another playoff berth.
Canisius is the favorite again for the Msgr. Martin Championship.
Jalin Cooper and Izaiah Rhim will lead Medina to the Class B Playoffs.
Jared and Jacob Maurino will lead West Seneca East to another playoff berth.
15 Western New York players will rush for 1000 yards.
10 Western New York players will pass for 1000 yards.
Ryan Mansell to Max Giordana, Lancaster and Matt Myers to Justin Johnson Timon/St. Jude will be the best passing combinations as well as Jayce Johnson to Paul Woods, Canisius
2017 Section Championship Games
Class AA: Lancaster vs. Orchard Park
Class A: McKinley vs. South Park/Starpoint
Class B: Burgard vs. Cheektowaga
Class C: Cleveland Hill vs. Southwestern
Class D: Franklinville/Ellicottville vs. Maple Grove
Predictions for League Champions
Class AA: Lancaster
Class A North: Starpoint
Class A South: South Park
Class B-1: Cheektowaga
Class B-2: Dunkirk
Class B-3: Lackawanna
Class C North: Cleveland Hill
Class C South: Southwestern
Class D: Maple Grove
Msgr. Martin Association: Canisius