Quotes of the Week: “A champion must have the desire for perfection and the will to punish himself in the process.”

"Today is a new day, a new beginning. It has been given to me as a new gift. I can either use it or throw it away. What I do today will affect me tomorrow. I cannot blame anyone but myself if I do not success. I promise to use this day to the fullest by giving my best, realizing it can never come back again."

Booster Club Presidents of the Week: Kris Delcamp, Clymer/Sherman/Panama; Jeff Spears, Olean

Academic Achievers of the Week:
Ian Baker, Springville (GPA 3.3)
Jordan McLaughlin, Olean (GPA 94)
Albert Kramp, Newfane (94.7 GPA)

Top Football Complex: Sweet Home

Referee of the Week: Mike Binkowski

Athletic Directors of the Week: Dave Hack, Orchard Park; Kevin Lester, Williamsville South

Top Band: Orchard Park

Top Refreshment Stand: Sweet Home

Top JV Program: Lancaster

Tackling Machines:
Marquez Lofton, Lackawanna

Best Voices: Marquel Lofton, Lackawanna

Most Loquacious: Todd Therrien, North Tonawanda

Comedian of the Week: Alex Barbaro, Lancaster

Best Dressed Jamestown Coach: Mike Baker, Lake Shore

Cheerleaders of the Week: Lake Shore

Assistant Coaches of the Week: Canisius

Unique Name: Depew Destroyers

Best Chain Crew: All-High (Buffalo)

Best Uniform: Clarence

Class Act: Mason Hoose, Canisius

Best Fans: Grand Island

Best Dressed Coaches: Clarence

Journalist of the Week: Budd Bailey, Buffalo News

Top Assistant: Mary Maisto, Jamestown

Top Statistician: Allen Roller, Maple Grove

Best Restaurant:Park Meadow

Tom Ambassador: Keith McShea, Buffalo News

Best Radio Station: WJJL

Best Fan: Bill Pukalo, Pioneer

Best Media Friendly Football Program: Jamestown

Most Photogenic: Naseer Jackson, St. Joe’s

Alumnus of the Week: James Starks, Niagara Falls

Best Dancer: Niko Mullen, Clarence

Question for the Week: Why do some people never stop talking?

Fastest Player of the Week: Cole Burniston, Hamburg

Strongest Player of the Week: Alex Pasinski, Williamsville South

Tallest Player of the Week: Jalin Cooper, Medina

Superintendent of the Week: Jon MacSwan, Cleveland Hill


Matt “Refrigerator” Eldridge, Cleveland Hill

Cordell “Crackerjack” O’Brien, Frewsburg

Tyler “House” Grisolla, St. Francis

Freddy “Pit Bull” Nixon, St. Joe’s

Riley “Bumps” Pastuszynski, Alden

Connor “King” Desiderio, Maryvale

Garrett “Dizzy” Boldt, Olean

Jon “Batman” Wolf, Depew

Brock “Wonder Boy” Blecha, Franklinville/Ellicottville

Marcus “Slippery” James, Springville

Jake Sisson, former Jamestown star, led Edinburo to a 62-14 win over Clarion as he passed for 5 touchdowns, rushed for a touchdown, and caught a pass for a TD. The junior recorded 395 yards on offense in the game. For his performance, Jake was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Offensive Player of the Week for the 2nd time in 3 weeks.

WNY teams will play 36 game in week 6. Friday there are 27 and Saturday there are 9.

Media day for the sectional championship games will be held Thursday, November 1st at 9:30 in the M and T Building at New Era Field.

Questions for Student Athletes

What level of college football do you expect to play?

What are your attributes (size, speed, academics, etc…)

What is your work ethic?

Do you have a passion for the game?

How much time do you spend on academics?

What is your workout program?

Do you have high expectations?

Football Players Who Are Also Excellent Basketball Players Include:

Naseer Jackson, St. Joe’s

Shakur Harris, South Park

Derek Bishop, Bennett

Dominic Prince, Burgard

Anthonry Maniscalco, Williamsville North

Josh Foster, Williamsville South

Stephan Parker, Cheektowaga

Christian Snell, Alden

London Smith, Lackawanna

Khalil Horton, Lackawanna

Zach Prince, Orchard Park

Noble Smith, Lackawanna

Jalin Cooper, Medina

Tommy Mattison, Albion

Brock Blecha, Franklinville

Cordell O’Brien, Frewsburg

Kolby Parks, Sherman

Last Sectional Football Title

Maryvale 1985

Frontier 1984

Starpoint 1984

West Valley 1983

Little Valley 1982

Lewiston-Porter 1982

Panama 1981

West Seneca East 1981

Best Kick Returners

Terry Rutland, Starpoint

Chris Williams, Silver Creek

Sam Jacobi, Randolph

Duane Robertson, Hutch-Tech

Jared Maurino, West Seneca East

John McCabe, East Aurora/Holland

Todd Thompson, Pioneer

Jasey Jakubczak, East Aurora/Holland

Joell Colon, Fredonia/WB

Christian Snell, Alden

Jalin Cooper, Medina

Brandon Kohl, JFK

Kyle Backert, Lancaster

Erlonna Giardina, Kenmore West

Dylan Casey, Maryvale

Dalton Dubois, Maple Grove

Nate Faller, Sweet Home

Austin Grinois, Franklinville/Ellicottville

St. Francis has 38 players on the varsity squad. Schools which they came from include: Frontier Middle, St. Roch Catholic Secondary, West Seneca West, Lake Shore Middle, Hamburg Middle, Sweet Home, Orchard Park, Springville, Eden, Notre, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Holland, St. Peter and Paul, Central Technical, Southtowns Catholic, St. Bernadette, Annunciation, North Chautauqua.

Nominations are requested for the WNY High School Sports/Buffalo Bills Academic Football Team. The criteria are as follows. Nominees must participate in interscholastic football in WNY, must either be a starter or an important reserve with an overall grade pint average of 90, and must be a senior in high school. For information, contact Dick Gallagher at 245-3334. Please note that nomination forms have been sent to all WNY head football coaches. Deadline for nominations is November 15th.

Eden has won 17 division titles, 2 sectional championships and 1 regional championships.


Cheektowaga: Eric Bartnik

Clarence: Niko Mullen, Brett Naylor, Sean Kloss, Ross Kobiezecki, Garren Dudas

Maryvale: Austin Reamsnyder, Joey Cartonia, Nick Costanzo

Starpoint: Tajay Ahmed, Adam Lasal

Burgard: Dominic Prince, Anthony Maple

St. Francis: Devin Delmont, Jerry Hickson

South Park: Nick Schaefer, Elijah Winston, Jeremiah Sanders

Williamsville East: Nick Falkides, Joe Shifflet, Jordan Clement

Kenmore West: Tyler White

Albion: Tommy Mattison, Jared Hollinger, Branden McGurie

East Aurora/Holland: Matt Boss, Gian Rock

JFK: Jeff Rashko, Jason Kaye, Brandon Kohl, Jordan Snyder

Williamsville South: Antwanne Jones, Jack Steinmetz, Josh Foster, Ethan Stewart, Alex Pasinski

Pioneer: Todd Thompson, Jason Gauthier

Newfane: Albert Kramp, Trevor Tomtishen, Brandon Gross

Wilson: Justin Daul, Kele Weisinger

McKinley: Miles Haynes, Taelen Hollamon

Lackawanna: Marquez Loton

North Tonawanda: Zach Woodard, Tyler Beasock, Bryce Schmigel

Cardinal O’Hara: Stephen Byrd, Michon Dudley, William Willis, Cameron Klaiber

Bennett: Isaiah McDuffie, Monte Parish, Nigel Robinson

Hutch-Tech: Waulik Jeter, Duane Michael Carr-Johnson

Allegany-Limestone: Marcus Grove, Jake Lippert

Grand Island: Tyan McDonnell, Jim Thorpe

Tonawanda; Ethan Shattuck, Collin Smith, Zak Sajdak

Most Yards Passing in 2 Seasons:

Chad Kelly, St. Joe’s – 5209 yards

Jerry Hickson, St. Francis – 5113 yards

Joe Licata, Williamsville South – 5035 yards

Jake Sisson, Jamestown – 4811 yards

Dillon Janca, Orchard Park – 4533 yards

Tyree Brown, South Park – 4106 yards

Ryan Dougherty, Timon/St. Jude – 3951 yards

Sam Castronova, Williamsville South – 3806 yards

Michael Radon, St. Francis – 3794 yards

Sean Brady, Canisius – 3719 yards

Most State Football Championships

Aquinas – 7 Section V

Randolph – 5 Section VI

Maine-Endwell – 5 Section V

Chenango Forks – 5 Section IV

Jamestown – 4 Section VI

Caledonia-Mumford – 4 Section V

Dobbs Ferry – 4 Section I

Hornell – 3 Section V

Rye – 3 Section V

Edgemont – 3 Section I

Onondaga – 3 Section III

For A Successful Football Program

Coaches coach.

Players play.

Referees referee.

Parents support.

Band plays music.

Cheerleaders cheer.

Announcers announce.

Bus driver drive.

Note: Each of the above have their own responsibilities and no one interferes with the other. The result is a successful program.

Brockport State is 2-2 after 4 games. WNY players on the roster include:

Ryan Johnson, West Seneca East

Eric Yeager, Starpoint

Alaan Montgomery, Canisius

Mike Torillo, Sweet Home

Jason Hellwig, Medina

Ian Gilhousen, North Tonawanda

Dan Hogan, Lew-Port

Dennis Thomas III, Cleveland Hill

Matt Szymanski, Lancaster

Nathaniel Keith III, St. Mary’s

Daquan Hubbard, Niagara Falls

Tyler Pena, West Seneca West

The Golden Eagles are coached by Jason Mangone, former Lancaster star player.

Facts: 7 WNY coaches have coached 200 wins. They are as follows:

Johnny Barnes, Canisius – 287 wins

Gene Masters, Brocton/Grand Island – 248 wins

Dick Diminuco, Albion/Alden – 242 wins

John Faller, Sweet Home – 213 wins

Pat Slater, Randolph – 213 wins

Joe Shifflet, Sweet Home/Tonawanda/Niagara Falls/Williamsville East – 200 wins

Curt Fischer, Maple Grove – 205 wins

Eric Jantz’s record is 93-25-0 in 13 years as head coach at North Tonawanda and Springville. Jantzi was All-WNY first team at LB for Springville in 1986.

Tough Week Teams: North Tonawanda, Pioneer

St. Lawrence Saints are unbeaten with a 5-0 record and have outscored their opponents 180-28. Key players from WNY include:

Alec Dietsch, Clarence

Austen Lauricella, Akron

Rod Payne, St. Joe’s

Casey Nuchereno, Williamsville South

Ryan Brynce, Timon/St. Jude

Andrew Stoldtman, Timon/St. Jude

Grant Haffenden, East Aurora

Cade Kennedy, Timon/St. Jude

Saints are 28-8 in the past 4 seasons.

Top Players Class of 2018

Christian Snell, Alden

Matt Myers, Timon/St. Jude

Paul Woods, Canisius

Jeremiah Sanders, Timon/St. Jude

Jalin Cooper, Medina

Devonte Fountain, South Park

Jordan Holmes, North Tonawanda

Brad Currell, Canisius

Jayce Johnson, Canisius

Kenyatta Huston, Canisius

Retsen Daley, St. Francis

Player of the Year Contenders

Ian Baker, Springville

Jerry Hickson, St. Francis

Dillon Janca, Orchard Park

Ryan Mansell, Lancaster

Isaiah McDuffie, Bennett

Eric Bartnik, Cheektowaga

Matt Eldridge, Cleveland Hill

Kameron Alexander, Gowanda

Tajay Ahmed, Starpoint

Cole Burniston, Canisius

Top Passer: Jerry Hickson

Top Rusher: Kaiyer Fields

Top Defender: Jake Beaver, Randolph

Top Offensive Line: Canisius

Top Defensive Line: Cleveland Hill

Top Linebackers: Canisius

Top Defensive Backs: Alden

Players of the Week:

Jerry Hickson, St. Francis
Mason Hoose, Canisius

Teams of the Week: Kenmore West, Canisius

Upset of the Week: Iroquois over West Seneca East

As we near the playoffs, schools that are struggling include:

Williamsville North

West Seneca East


East Aurora/Holland


John Fallther, head coach at Sweet Home, is one of the best coaches ever in WNY. After 31 years, his record is 213 wins, 80 losses, and 1 tie. He has 8 sectional titles and several league titles. His amazing record includes playing in 10 consecutive sectional championship games, winning 7 and losing 3. In addition, the Panthers won 69 consecutive games against Section VI opponents. Quite a career that included coaching lacrosse for several years.

Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week for week 5 is Jeff Bucceri, head coach at Maryvale. The Flyers football program will receive $1,000.00 from the Bills, Ad-Pro Sports and the National Guard.

Favorite for the 2016 player of the year is Isaiah McDuffie from Bennett. The Tiger is a 2 time first team Buffalo News All-WNY player and excels at RB/LB. McDuffie has committed to attend and play football for Boston College in 2017.

Top Freshman: Connor Desiderio, Maryvale

Top Sophomore: Kaiyer Fields, McKinley

Top Juniors: Ryan Mansell, Lancaster; Juan Damas, Dunkirk

Top Seniors: Jerry Hickson, St. Francis; Mason Hoose, Canisius

Where were the Orchard Park fans at the Quakers/Tigers game at All-High Stadium? Embarrassing!

Must be tough times for the City of Buffalo finances. After several games, the city can’t afford to print rosters for both teams playing at All-High and Riverside. Sad.

Shutouts: Jamestown, Burgard, Cheektowaga, St. Francis

The 4 Bulldozers: Trevor Micek, Taige Jones, Brandon Reagle, Nash Nelson

The Wrecking Crew: Jake Reger, Sean Kloss, Russ Kobierscki, Jack Shaver

Jerry Hickson has broken 3 of Joe Licata’s records, namely passing attempts, passes completed, and career yards passing. One record he won’t break is the 87 touchdown passes thrown by the Billie great. Hickson has 67 after 4 games this season.

After 6 weeks, there are only 7 unbeaten teams: Canisius, Maple Grove, Lancaster, Starpoint, Cheektowaga, Maryvale, Olean

The Good: Teams playing 36 games with thousands playing and enjoying the game the game of football in WNY.

The Bad: Too many penalties. Going offside is a lack of focus and preparation for a game. A player who cannot remember the play and snap count within 30-25 seconds should be relegated to the bench and earn the nickname “your honor.”

The Ugly: St. Joe’s at Timon/St. Jude game that was suspended due to a brawl that broke out in the 2nd quarter. The brawl made local TV on Time-Warner Cable and also made national news on ESPN.

Possible Championship Matchups

Class AA: Lancaster vs. Orchard Park

Class A: Bennett vs. McKinley

Class B: Cheektowaga vs. Maryvale

Class C: Cleveland Hill vs. Southwestern

Class D: Maple Grove vs. Franklinville/Ellicottville

JV Scores

Jamestown 34, Frontier 6

Depew 22, Barker/RH 16

Cheektowaga 43, Lew-Port 0

JV Players of the Week

Joe Pagano, Depew

Dante Direnzo, Depew

Ben Yelich, Depew

Keshone Beal, Cheektowaga

Lamar Reeves, Cheektowaga

Drew Boggs, Jamestown

Gavin Bowen, Jamestown

Isaiah Quigley, Jamestown

JV Game of the Week

Lancaster 5-1 at Depew 6-0

In week 6, home teams won 17 games compared to 16 for visiting teams.

Brandon Yax, Iroquois senior RB, has rushed for 899 yards and 15 touchdowns in 6 games.

Mike Rigerman, Pioneer sophomore RB, has rushed for 899 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.

After the brawl at Timon/St. Joe’s game, it would be in the best interest of everyone if the Msgr. Martin league has a different structure for its athletic programs.

Winless Teams: Nichols, Niagara Wheatfield, Lockport, Kenmore East, Newfane, Salamanca, Portville, Cattaraugus/LB, Cardinal O’Hara, St. Mary’s

Leading Rushers

Kameron Alexander, Gowanda 1326 yards

Ian Baker, Springville 1250 yards

Leading in Touchdowns

Kameron Alexander, Gowanda 20

Ian Baker, Springville 12

Jerry Hickson, St. Francis senior QB, started as a freshman for the Red Rainders due to an injury to Jake Dolegala. The senior continues to have an excellent career and is close to breaking some of the legendary Williamsville South’s Joe Licata.

In Saturday’s game against Cardinal O’Hara, O’Hara passed for 292 yards to break Licata’s record of 6671 yards. The Red Raider has now thrown for 6797 yards.

Joe Licata currently holds the record for most touchdowns in a season with 36.

Most Points Allowed Through 6 Games

Kenmore East 279

Lockport 269

Cattaraugus/LV 273

Frontier 246

Cardinal O’Hara 240

Riverside 230

Tonawanda 220

Salamanca 216

Newfane 210

Outstanding Performances

Alton Ingram, Dunkrik (SR RB/LB), rushed for a TD, 108 yds and recorded 9 tackles in the Marauders win over Springville.

Garrett Boldt, Olean (SR QB), rushed for 173 yds and 3 tds in the Huskies win in overtime over East Aurora/ Holland.

Solomon Brown, Orchard Park (SR LB) recorded 13 tackles in the Quakers win over Bennett.

Todd Thompson, Pioneer (SR RB), carried the ball 40 times in rushing for 177 yds and 2 td in the Chiefs upset win over West Seneca East.

Ryan Mansell, Lancaster (JR QB), passed for 144 and 3tds in the Legends win over Hutch-Tech.

Josh Dahl, Orchard Park (SR RB) rushed for a career high 170 yds and a TD in the Quakers win over Bennett.

Jerry Hickson, St Francis (SR QB) passed for 292 yds and 4 tds in the Red Raiders win over O’Hara. In the game he broke Joe Licatas WNY yds passing in a career with 6797 yds

Jon Wolf, Depew (SR QB) passed for 114 yds and 3 tds in Wildcats win over Barker/ RH.

KJ Welch, Niagara Wheatfield (SR RB), rushed for 135 yds, td and returned a kickoff for a td in the Falcons 1st win of the season.

Retson Daley, St. Francis (JR WR), caught 4 passes for 184 yds and 2 tds in the Red Raiders victory over the Hawks.

Mason Hoose, Canisius (SR DE), recorded 21 tackles, forced a fumble, recorved a fumble to lead the Crusader defensive in their win over Cardinal O’Hara.

Paul Brinson, Nichols (SR RB/LB), rushed for 101 yds, 2 tds and recorded 10 tackles in the Vikings loss to Mynderse.

Colt Miller, CSP (SR), Recorded 11 tackles, forced 2 fumbles and returned a kickoff for a td in the Wolfpacks win over Catt/ LV.

Kaiyer Fields, McKinley (soph RB) rushed for 236 yds and a td in the Macks win over the Indians.

Aaron Chase, Starpoint (Soph QB), completed 8-12 passes for 123 yds and 2 tds in the Spartans victory over Starpoint.

Kevin Steele, Williamsville East (JR/LB), recorded 21 tackles in the Flames win over Sweet Home.

Dominic Prince, Burgard (SR LB), rushed for 139 yds 2 tds and returned an interception for a td in the Bulldogs win over Tonawanda.

Brad Benson, Maple Grove (SR RB) rushed for 149 yds and 3 tds in the Red Dragons win over Silver Creek

Zach Woodard, North Tonawanda (SR QB), passed for 182 passing yds and 2 tds in the Jacks victory over Amherst.

Trevor Micek, Maple Grove (SR RB/LB) rushed for 105 yds, a td and recorded 17 tackles in the Red Dragons victory.

Nick Constanzo, Maryvale (Soph LB), recorded 12 tackles in the Flyers win over Newfane.

David Janca, Orchard Park senior QB, has completed 87 of 159 passes for 1220 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 85 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Jerry Hickson, St. Francis senior QB, has completed 79 of 159 passes for 1257 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 154 yards and 1 touchdown.

Solomon Brown, Orchard Park senior LB, has recorded 54.5 tackles, including 10.5 for loss this season.

Eric Bartnik, Cheektowaga senior QB, has completed 94 of 62 passes for 1235 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also rushed for 197 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2016.

The Buffalo Bills Ad-Pro sports coach for week 6 was Glen Graham, head coach of Cleveland Hill. The Golden Eagles improved their record to 5-1 by defeating previously unbeaten Medina. The school’s football program will receive a $1000.00 contribution and will be eligible for the coach of the year award at the end of the season.

Former Clarence head football coach Tom Goodard is in his second season as head football coach at Groton High School out of Section IV. His team is 6-0 and plays state champ Tioga to complete the regular season.

Point Differential (Through 6 Games)

Class AA South: Lancaster +67, Orchard Park +59

Class AA North: Clarence +50, Niagara Falls +45

Class A North: Starpoint +60, North Tonawanda +72, Williamsville South +92

Class A South: South Park +63, McKinley +58, Bennett +45

Class B South: Dunkirk +54, Olean +40

Class B East: Medina +74, Alden +52

Class B West: Cheektowaga +80, Maryvale +62

Class C North: Cleveland Hill +60, JFK +22

Class C South: Gowanda +78, Southwestern +62

Class D: Maple Grove +120, Silver Creek +65, Franklinville/Ellicottville +52

Canisius vs. St. Joe’s (87th Game)

Marauders lead the series 47 wins and 36 losses. There have been 3 ties.

The first game was in 1921 when Canisius won 7-6

From 1932-1947, there were not any games played. The bishop claimed the sabbatical was necessary due to the intensity of the games by the players and coaches.

Longest win streak by St. Joe’s, is 17 consecutive games from 1983-1998.

Lonest win streak by Canisius is 7 consecutive games from 1971-1977.

Most shutouts: St. Joe’s 16, Canisius 8

Most points scored: Canisius 58 in 2009 and St. Joe’s 52 in 1990.

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