Quote of the Week: “The surest way not to fail is to be determined to succeed."

Booster Club President of the Week: Bob Pugh, Lockport

Academic Achievers of the Week:
Brandon Yax, Iroquois
Sean Crotty, Canisius
Joe Dotterweich, North Tonawanda
Jon Wolf, Depew

Top Football Complex: St. Francis

Referee of the Week: David Michaels

Athletic Directors of the Week:
Ben Drake, Jamestown
Steve Ferency, Williamsville North

Top Band: Williamsville South

Top Refreshment Stand: St. Joe’s

Top JV Program: Franklinville/Ellicottville

Tackling Machine: Matt Eldridge, Cleveland Hill

Best Voice: Zach Frey, Clarence

Most Loquacious: Dan Kaplan, Alden

Comedian of the Week: Zack Edwards, Iroquois

Best Dressed Jamestown Coach: Tom Langworthy

Cheerleaders of the Week: Amherst

Assistant Coaches of the Week: North Tonawanda

Unique Name: Crusader Crunches

Best Chain Crew: Southwestern

Best Uniform: Frewsburg

Class Act: Zach Prince, Orchard Park

Best Fans: Southwestern

Best Dressed Coaches: Hamburg

Top Assistant: Kelly Marcarian, Williamsville North

Best Nickname: Jeremy “Hulk” Bush, Jamestown

Best Restaurant: Pautlers

Tom Ambassador: Carl Kuras, Co-Chair of Trench-Trophy

Top Statistician: Bryan Bucklin, Southwestern

Best Radio Station: WECK

Best Fan: Rik Haubeil

Best Media Friendly Football Program: Pioneer

Most Photogenic: Tom Langworthy, Jamestown

Alumnus of the Week: David Fluellen, Lockport

Best Dancer: Eric Neace, Medina

Question for the Week: Why don’t all quarterbacks take out their offensive line for lunch during the season?

Name for the Week: Dawson Tyger, St. Francis

Fastest Player of the Week: Jason Jaskolka, Hamburg

Strongest Player of the Week: Alex Adimey, Canisius

Tallest Player of the Week: Jermaine Boyd, McKinley

Superintendent of the Week: Michael Cornell, Hamburg


Cam “Wheels” Sionko, Grand Island

Miles “Smiley” Haynes, McKinley

Jesse “Cookie” Broad, West Seneca West

Anthony “Thunder” Robinson, Starpoint

Joe “Skippy” Dotterweich” North Tonawanda

Elijah “Hollywood” Winston, South Park

Ian “Dude” Dolac, West Seneca East

Jazzy “Sunshine” Rivera, Dunkirk

Matt “Ice” Myers, Timon/St. Jude

Nick “Bucky” Schaefer, South Park

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

Cole Burniston, Canisius

Brad Benson, Maple Grove

Team Highlights

Medina won their first league title since 1988 with a win over rival Albion.

Cheektowaga defeated Maryvale in overtime to clinch the league title for the 6th time.

Pioneer upset Gowanda in a non-league encounter.

Williamsville South improved to 4-3 with a victory over Grand Island.

East Aurora/Holland improved its playoff chances with a convincing victory over Springville.

Silver Creek/Forestville defeated Franklinville/Ellicottville in a Class D matchup.

North Tonawanda defeated rival Tonawanda for the 16th consecutive year.

Niagara Falls improved to 6-1 by upsetting Orchard Park 26-23.

Canisius defeated rival St. Joe’s for the 7th consecutive time. The win ties the Crusader record with consecutive wins in the 87 games played.

Newfane won its first game with a win over Wilson.

Timon/St. Jude defeated Aquinas to improve their record to 2-4.

Hutch Tech improved to 5-2 with a win over Clarence.

Clarence’s newly renovated athletic complex is outstanding. Kudos to the administration, coaches, architects, and construction companies for making the Red Devils’ complex fun to play on and making it happen. Aldo can’t forget the tax payers of Clarence for approving the initiative.

Questions for Members of the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Classes

What are you going to do in the off season for you to become a better football player, teammate, and leader?

What will your workout plan and program be between now and next season?

What commitment will you make toward improving your academic performance?

Do you know the difference between being good and great? It is you.

Do you know the difference between being a champ and a chump? It is you.

You are the engine, driver, and have the keys to your success. You can make a difference and be a special player if you work at it.

Note: First games for the 2017 football season will be played in nine months. Will you be ready?

Top WNY Alumni Playing Collegiate Football

Chad Kelly, St. Joe’s – Mississippi

Akeel Lynch, St. Francis – Nevada

TJ Wheatley, Canisius – Michigan

Ryan Hunter, Canisius – Bowling Green

Qadree Ollison, Canisius – Pittsburg

Michael Tarbutt, Canisius – Connecticut

Demone Harris, Timon/St. Jude – Buffalo

Andy Smigiera, West Seneca East – Robert Morris

Alec Dietsch, Clarnence – St. Lawrence

Jake Dolegala, St. Francis – Central Conn

Tommy Doctor, Grand Island – UNC/Charlotte

Jake Fuzak, Williamsville South – University at Buffalo

Jason Vranic, Niagara Wheatfield – Penn State

The following WNY Alumni are on the Alfred Saxons Roster:

Eric Graham, Maryvale

Chucj Martin, Olean

Bryce Morrison, Randolph

Ralph Pagliei, Orchard Park

Jared Watkins, Cleveland Hill

Brady Colliver, Frewsburg

AJ Licata, Frontier

Ben Burk, Southwestern

Maleke Fuentes, Olean

Miguel Alicea, Dunkirk

Marcus Ford, Maryvale

Andrfew Daricko, Niagara Wheatfield

Kwaine Davis, Maryvale

Patrick Hannon, Alfred

Caleb Rinko, Franklinville

Wesley Senn, Maple Grove

Sean Murphy, Timon/St. Jude

Jacob Wilcox, Forestville

Tyler Tanevski, Orchard Park

Tyler Jansen, Cardinal O’Hara

Brandon Parker, Alfred

Michael Kellecher, Maryvale

Years Orchard Park Played in Sectional Championships

1979 – won

1986- lost

1987 – won

1992 – won

1993 – lost

1996 – won

1997 – won

1998 – won

2001 – won

2002 – lost

2003 – lost

2004 – won

2005 – won

2006 – won

2007 – won

2008 – won

2010 – lost

2011 – won

2012 – won

2014 – lost

2015 – won

Total: 15 wins, 6 losses

Top 5 Passers in One Season

Jake Sisson, Jamestown – 3184 yards in 2013

Chad Kelly, St. Joe’s – 3050 yards in 2011

Jerry Hickson, St. Francis – 2664 yards in 2014

Tyree Brown, South Park – 2604 yards in 2015

Joe Licata, Williamsville South – 2573 yards in 2010

Top 5 Rushers in One Season

Chris Doubek, Randolph – 2536 yards in 2013

Dustin Bowser, Southwestern – 2453 yards in 2003

Keien Williams, Eden – 2363 yards in 2003

Aaron Leeper, Jamestown – 2276 yards in 2000

David Hinson, Jamestown – 2260 yards in 1994

Amazin Year: 2009 – 4 State Champions

Class AA: Orchard Park 13-0

Class A: Sweet Home 13-0

Class C: Southwestern 13-0

Class D: Maple Grove 13-0

WNY teams will play 39 games in week 7. Friday there are 29 and Saturday there are 10.

It is extremely difficult to win a state football championship. When one considers to win a Class AA title, there are 176 schools. In Class A there are 158, Class B 137, Class C 90 and Class D 76.

247sports.com selected top recruits from the Class of 2017. Top number of recruits by state include:

Florida – 195

Texas – 176

Georgia – 130

North Carolina – 45

Alabama – 42

Tennessee – 43

Louisiana – 37

Virginia – 33

New Jersey – 30

New York had 9 recruits on the list.

WNY Players with the Most Professional Football Players

Canisius – 11

St. Joe’s – 10

Orchard Park – 7

Masten Park – 6

Williamsville North – 6

St. Francis – 6

North Tonawanda – 5

Clarence – 4

Layfayette – 4

West Seneca West – 4

WNY Undefeated and Unscored Upon Teams

1898 – Jamestown 8-0

1926 – St. Joe’s 7-0-1

1931 – Lafayette 8-0

1933 – East (Buffalo) 6-0-1

1936 – Canisius 5-0-1

1936 – East (Buffalo) 5-0-1

1937 – East (Buffalo) 4-0-2

1938 – East (Buffalo) 6-0

Section VI Most Consecutive Championships

6 – Sweet Home 2007-2012

5 – Orchard Park 2004 – 2008

4 – Grand Island 1989-1992

4 – Lackawanna 1997-2000

4 – Clymer 1999-2002

4 - Orchard Park 2004-2007

3 – Jamestown 1993-1995

3 – Orchard Park 1996-1998

3 – Maple Grove 1996-1998

3 – Alden 2010-2012

Top 10 High School Football Schedules in America

Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas

St. Johns Bosco, Bellflower

IMG Academy, Bradenton

Orange Lutheran, California

St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale

Servite, Anaheim

Cedar Hills, Texas

Colquitt County, Moultrie

St. John’s, Washington DC

St. Xavier, Cincinnati

Nominations are requested for the WNY high school sports/Buffalo Bills Academic Football Team. Criteria:

Nominees must participate in interscholastic football in WNY.

Nominees must either be a starter or an important reserve with an overall grade point 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.

Sweet Home, Maple Grove, and Orchard Park have the best records in sectional football championships from 2006-2015.

From 2006 through 2015, 39 schools played in sectional championship games over the past 10 years. Sweet Home dominated with 7 titles and 2 losses while Orchard Park recorded a solid 6-2 record in 8 title games. Maple Grove posted a 4-2 record before its merger of their football program with Chatauqua Lake in which the Thunder Dragons posted a 2-0 record. Thus Maple Grove participated overall 6-2 mark. Other teams that recorded winning records included Cheektowaga 3-1, Randolph 5-1, Alden 3-2, and Cleveland Hill 4-1.

Team Records:

Sweet Home 7-2

Orchard Park 6-2

Maple Grove 6-2

Randolph 5-1

Alden 3-2

Cleveland Hill 4-1

Cheektowaga 3-1

Southwestern 3-2

Jamestown 2-2

Depew 2-1

Lackawanna 2-1

Williamsvillle North 1-0

Ellicottville 1-0

Clarence 1-1

North Tonawanda 1-1

Iroquois 1-1

Falconer 1-1

Cattaraugus/LV 1-1

South Park 1-1

Portville 1-1

Franklinville/Ellicottville 1-1

Silver Creek 1-2

Fredonia 1-3

Frewsburg 1-4

Chautauqua Lake 0-1

Grand Island 0-1

Maryvale 0-1

Eden 0-1

East Aurora 0-1

Kenmore West 0-1

Burgard 0-1

Springville 0-1

Frontier 0-1

West Seneca East 0-1

Lancaster 0-2

Williamsville South 0-2

Bennett 0-2

Clymer 0-2

Playoff Impact Players

Lancaster: Ryan Mansell, Joe Andr

Orchard Park: Josh Daul, Solomon Brown

Hutch-Tech: Waulik Jeader, Duane Robertson

Jamestown: Devan Jackson, Noah Turzillo

Clarence: Jacob Reger, Sean Kloss

Niagara Falls: Dee Hunt, Cortese Myles

Williamsville North: Andrew Hwang, Connor Kelly

Kenmore West: Erriono Giardina, Tyler White

Starpoint: Aaron Chase, Tajay Ahmed

Grand Island: Zane Johnson, JB Wilkes

North Tonawanda: Zach Woodard, Alex Johnson

Williamsville South: Josh Foster, Antwanne Jones

Bennett: Derrick Bishop, Isaiah McDuffie

West Seneca East: Jacob Maurino, Ian Dolac

McKinley: Kaiyer Fields, Miles Haynes

Iroquois: Brandon Yax, Nate Emer

Medina: Jake Cotter, Dawson Joy

Alden: Christian Snell, Handley’s

Lackawanna: Khalil Horton, Jakwon Ingram

Depew: Jon Wolf, John Mietus

Cheektowaga: Eric Bartnik, Trevor Darlak

Maryvale; Dylan Casey, Rashad Law

Burgard: Dominic Prince, DaJean McCullough

Tonawanda: Ethan Shattuck

Olean: Garrett Boldt, Darius Williams

Dunkrik: Alton Ingram, Chaucel Black

Springville: Ian Baker, John Somes

Cleveland Hill: Aaron Wahler, Matt Eldridge

Wilson: Justin Daul, Matt Kitcho

JFK: James Bailey, Donta Daniels

Akron: Jacob Sarow, Michael James

Southwestern: Cole Snyder, Wyatt Perry

Gowanda: Kameron Alexander, Gilberto Ortiz

Chautauqua Lake: Devin Pope, Bryce Rowe

Falconer/CV: Connor Crabtree, Henry Nunez

Maple Grove: Brad Benson, Trevor Micek

Franklinville/Ellicottville: Brock Blecho, Preston Hutchinson

Silver Creek: Bill Seiders, Chris Williams

CSP: Nolan Eggleston, Dylan Marsh

Randolph: Jake Beaver, Andrew Bernard

Frewsburg: Trent Gray, Cordell O’Brien

Portville: Matt Waugh, Donovan Gayton

Cattaraugus/LV: Riiley Hill, Tim Ulinger

With 15 seconds left on the clock before halftime, Lancaster was leading Depew 44-14. The Legends completed a pass and later led the ball to another player. Is this a perfect example of running up the score? Where was the sportsmanship on this play?

The Good: Canisius and St. Joe’s played for the 87th time in a rivalry that started in 1921.

The Bad: All the hype regarding the Timon/St. Jude vs. The St. Joe’s brawl.

The Ugly: Over 20 penalties were called in the game with a few for personal fouls. At halftime, each team had 9 penalties. Why? Whaty was the problem? Loss of focus and understanding the rules of the game. With thousands in attendance, no team looked good.

Brandon Yax, Iroquois senior RB, has rushed for 1012 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.

JV Scores

Canisius 45, St. Joe’s 6

Cheektowaga 49, Maryvale 6

JV Players of the Week

Keshone Beal, Cheektowaga (5 touchdowns, and 295 total yards)

Caleb Graves, Cheektowaga (12 tackles, 4 sacks)

Todd Thompson, Pioneer senior RB, has rushed for 1118 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Panthers this season.

Top Passers:
Matt Boss, East Aurora/Holland
Eric Bartnik, Cheektowaga

Top Rushers:
Marquell Wells, Williamsville North
Jacob Sarow, Akron

Top Defender:
Joe Montgomery, East Aurora/Holland

Top Offensive Line: Hutch-Tech

Top Linebackers: Williamsville North

Top Defensive Backs:
Zach Woodard, North Tonawanda
Jared Maurino, West Seneca East

Players of the Week:
DeJean McCullough, Burgard
Nick Falkides, Williamsville East

Teams of the Week:
Niagara Falls

Upsets of the Week:
Iroquois over South Park, Niagara Falls over Orchard Park

Best Kickoff Return:
Chris Smith, Frontier – 81 yards
Marielle Fowler, McKinley – 98 yards

Best Punt Return:
Jalin Cooper, Medina – 81 yards

Best Touchdown Run:
Zach Samborski, Lancaster – 87 yards

Best Touchdown Interception:
Parker Valvo, Iroquois – 96 yards

League record for the Msgr. Martin Association after 7 games is 13-26.

Jacob Sarow, Akron junior RB/LB, in 7 games has rushed for 1234 yards and 10 touchdowns while recording 47 tackles and 2 defensive touchdowns.

Shutouts: Iroquois, Dunkirk, Southwestern, Pioneer

Unbeaten Teams: Lancaster, Canisius, Starpoint, Cheektowaga, Olean, Maple Grove

Class AA Playoffs:

Jamestown at Clarence, Friday at 7pm

Kenmore West at Lancaster, Friday at 7:30pm

Hutch-Tech at Niagara Falls, TBD

Williamsville North at Orchard Park, Friday at 7pm

Comparison After 7 Games:

Prediction: 6-1
Actual 7-0

Prediction: 6-1
Actual: 7-0

Cleveland Hill:
Prediction: 5-2
Actual: 6-1

Prediction: 5-2
Actual: 5-2

Prediction: 6-1
Actual: 3-4

Prediction: 5-2
Actual: 4-3

Prediction: 5-2
Actual: 4-3

Orchard Park:
Prediction: 6-1
Actual: 4-3

Prediction: 5-2
Actual: 1-6

Williamsville North:
Prediction: 5-2
Actual: 4-3

North Tonawanda:
Prediction: 6-1
Actual: 5-2

Prediction: 7-0
Actual: 7-0

Williamsville South:
Prediction: 4-3
Actual: 4-3

South Park:
Prediction: 5-2
Actual: 4-3

West Seneca East:
Prediction: 5-2
Actual: 5-2

Prediction: 5-2
Actual: 5-2

Prediction: 3-4
Actual: 5-2

St. Francis:
Prediction: 4-3
Actual: 2-4

Prediction: 6-1
Actual: 7-0

Dillon Janca, Orchard Park senior QB with his 198 passing yards against Niagara Falls passed Maple Grove's Randall Secky and moved into 3rd place in career passing yards in Western New York.

Statement from the Msgr. Martin Assocation Regarding the Timon/St. Joe's Game

Since 1948, the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association, through its member schools has sought to instill personal values and sportsmanship in the students who attend our high schools. Although no young person was injured, the incident which occurred last Friday evening is not representative of the standards we set.

After an investigation of this incident, the league has imposed a double forfeit, meaning that Friday's suspended game will be recorded as a loss for the varsity football teams of both St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and Bishop Timon/St. Jude High School.

The league has also taken other appropriate disciplinary action against some players from both teams. Moving forward, the league and each of its member schools will continue to provide a safe atmosphere for our students and student-athletes, and continue to teach those values consistent with our ministries.

Most Yards Passing in a Career

Jerry Hickson, St. Francis – 7026 yards in 4 years

Joe Licata, Williamsville South – 6671 yards in 3 years

Dillon Janca, Orchard Park – 5956 yards in 3 years

Randall Secky, Maple Grove – 5915 yards in 4 years

Chad Kelly, St. Joe’s – 5209 yards in 2 years

Jake Sisson, Jamestown – 4839 yards in 2 years

Mike Radon, St. Francis – 4719 yards in 3 years

Ryan Dougherty, Timon/St. Jude – 4654 yards in 3 years

Maurice Howie, South Park – 4520 yards in 3 years

Sam Castronova, Williamsville South – 4443 yards in 3 years

Canisius had 195 yards on 17 penalties in the Crusaders game with St. Joe’s.

It is possible that Pittsford from Section V which beat Orchard Park in week 1 will have to forfeit their wins due to an ineligible player. Victor is the best in Class AA entering the playoffs.

Todd Thompson, Pioneer senior RB, is the 12th player to reach 1000 yards rushing for the Panthers. He has 1118 yards for the season.

Zach Samborski, Lancaster senior RB, has rushed for 806 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Legends this season.

Ryan Mansell, Lancaster junior QB, has completed 76 of 113 passes for 1447 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has rushed for 74 yards and 1 touchdown for the Legends.

LG Castillo, Lancaster senior WR, has caught 26 passes for 610 yards and 7 touchdowns for the Legends in 7 games.

Stephan Parker, Cheektowaga senior WT, has caught 51 passes for 749 yards and 7 touchdowns for the Warriors.

Eric Bartnik, Cheektowaga senior QB, has completed 120 of 198 passes for 1580 yards, 18 touchdowns, and has rushed for 375 yards and 7 touchdowns for the unbeaten Warriors this season.

Niagara Falls has only allowed 11 touchdowns in 7 games and only 3 passing touchdowns.

Playoff Questions

Will Niagara Falls’ defense spark the Wolverines to a sectional title game?

Which players will lead their teams to a sectional title and enhance their selection to the Connolly Cup finalist list?

Will Derek Bishop and Isaiah McDuffie lead the Tigers to a 3rd consecutive sectional championship game?

Will Benson, Micek, Nelson, and Reagle lead Maple Grove to a sectional title game for the 6th consecutive year?

Will the Trojans of West Seneca East limit the offensive production of Starpoint and upset the Spartans?

Will the smash mouth football of Cleveland Hill with Eldridge, Wahler, and Majerowski carry the Golden Eagles to a 5th sectional championship?

Will the Jacks of North Tonawanda play 48 minutes and with their huge line, strength, and play of Woodard, Dotterweich, and Labonte, advance in the playoffs with a win over Iroquois?

Will Clarence end its 2 game losing streak, defeating Jamestown and advance in the playoffs?

Will 2 City of Buffalo schools, Bennett and McKinley, advance to the semi-finals and will opponents be able to stop Fields and McDuffie?

Will Mansell, Samborski, Hersey, and Castillo continue to light up the scoreboard in the playoffs?

Starpoint had its second consecutive undefeated season and Class A North title.

South Park JVs were undefeated with a 7-0 record and outscored the opposition 230 to 43 for the season. The Sparks will be back next year.

Jamestown JVs won the 4th straight against Niagara Wheatfield. Drew Boggs passed for 241 yards and 4 touchdowns. Other key players were Gavin Bowen, Tyler Eganski, Isaiah Quigley, and Taige White.

Interesting that Jamestown, Randolph, and South Park who have won recent state titles did not qualify for the playoffs this year.

Quarterfinals Bracket

Class AA


Orchard Park

Kenmore West

Niagara Falls

Class A

West Seneca East

Williamsville South

Grand Island

North Tonawanda

Class B





Class C

Cleveland Hill
Chautauqua Lake




Class D

Maple Grove


Silver Creek/Forestville


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