Quote of the Week: “Greatness cannot be achieved without discipline.”

Booster Club President of the Week: Kris Delcamp, Clymer/Sherman/Panama

Academic Achievers of the Week:
Sean Crotty, Canisius (95 GPA)
Dylan Perlino, East Aurora/Holland (98 GPA)
Joe Dotterweich, North Tonawanda (99 GPA)

Top Football Complex: Tonawanda

Referees of the Week: Dave Coughlin

Athletic Directors of the Week:
Tom Sarkovics, Starpoint
Matt Librock, East Aurora

Top Band: Albion

Top Refreshment Stand: Jamestown

Top JV Program: Medina

Tackling Machine: Devin Delmont, St. Francis

Best Voice: Joe Ables, Orchard Park

Most Loquacious: Jason Kolb, Burgard

Comedian of the Week: Alex Barbaro, Lancaster

Cheerleaders of the Week: Lancaster

Assistant Coaches of the Week: Cheektowaga

Unique Name: Titan Nation

Trainer of the Week: Adam Domroes, Clarence

Best Chain Crew: Cleveland Hill

Best Uniform: Williamsville South

Class Acts:
Trevor Micek, Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake
Brian Strybel, Orchard Park

Best Fans: North Tonawanda

Best Dressed Coaches: Maryvale

Top Assistant: Mary Kay Biddle, West Seneca

Best Restaurant: Lebros and Curry’s

Tom Ambassador: Paul Hutzler “Stat Man”

Top Principal: Gil Liacata, Starpoint

Best Radio Station: WJTN

Best Fan: Timm Slade, Section VI

Superintendent of the Week: Steve Penhollow, Falconer

Most Photogenic Player: Owen Krouse, Eden

Most Media Friendly Football Program: Alden

Alumnus for the Week: Tyree Brown, South Park

Best Dancer: Stephan Parker, Cheektowaga

Question for the Week: Why is the kicking game below average in WNY?

Name for the Week: Garrett Boldt, Olean

Fastest Player of the Week: Leguim Castillo, Lancaster

Strongest Player of the Week: Greg Wilson, East Aurora/Holland

Tallest Player of the Week: Jeremiah Sanders, Timon/St. Jude

Most Photogenic Coach: Terry Gray, Frewsburg

Quarterback Stats

Ryan Mansell, Lancaster junior QB in 8 games has completed 92 of 125 passes for 1385 yards and 14 touchdowns. In addition, he has also rushed for 90 yards and 1 touchdown. Total offense is 1475 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Dillon Janca, Orchard Park senior QB, in 8 games has completed 116 of 223 passes for 1497 yards and 12 touchdowns. In addition, he has rushed for 229 yards and 8 touchdowns. Total offense is 1726 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Eric Bartnik, Cheektowaga senior QB, has completed 126 of 217 passes for 1636 yards and 18 touchdowns. He also ran for 442 yards and 7 touchdowns. Total offense is 2078 yards and 25 touchdowns.

Jerry Hickson, St. Francis senior QB in 7 games has completed 107 of 215 passes for 1577 yards and 15 touchdowns. The senior has also rushed for 133 yards and 2 touchdowns. Total offense is 1710 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Justin Daul, Wilson senior QB, completed 94 of 185 passes for 1468 yards and 14 touchdowns for the Lakemen.

Coaches Award

Best Trick Play Coach: Tim Bergan, Franklinville/Ellicottville

Most Loquacious Coach: Jason Kolb, Burgard

Most Entertaining Coach: Kraig Kurzanski, Williamsville South

Most Photogenic Coach: Jehuu Caulcrick, Southwestern

Best Dressed Coach: Mark Layer, Clarence

Most Intense Coach: Henry Fumerelle North Tonawanda

Most Energetic Coach: Jim Maurino, West Seneca East

Most Successful Coach: Cut Fischer, Maple Grove

Best Assistant JV Coach: Steve Ferrentino, Orchard Park

Most Cooperative Assistant Coach: Brian Wild, Lancaster

Coach With the Best Pedigree: John Faller, Sweet Home

Most Underrated Coach: Jim Maurino, West Seneca East

Best Young Coach: Mike Fatta, Cheektowaga

Best JV Coach: Brandon Sanders, Williamsville North

Best Assistant Coach: Scott Zaipp, Cheektowaga

Best JV Coaches: Jeff McGill, Cheektowaga; Brandon Sanders, Williamsville North

Player of the Year Contenders

Brad Benson, Maple Grove

Cole Burnistonn, Canisius

Dillon Janca, Orchard Park

Eric Bartnik, Cheektowaga

Ian Baker, Springville

Isaiah McDuffie, Bennett

Jerry Hickson, St. Francis

Kameron Alexander, Gowanda

Matt Eldridge, Cleveland Hill

Ryan Mansell, Lancaster

Top 5 Quarterbacks

Eric Bartnik, Cheektowaga

Jerry Hickson, St. Francis

Dillon Janca, Orchard Park

Ryan Mansell, Lancaster

Matt Myers, Timon/St. Jude

Top 5 Running Backs

Kameron Alexander, Gowanda

Ian Baker, Springville

Brad Benson, Maple Grove

Isaiah McDuffie, Bennett

Brandon Yax, Iroquois

Top 5 Wide Receivers

LG Castillo, Lancaster

Retson Johnson, Timon/St. Jude

Stephan Parker, Cheektowaga

Paul Woods, Canisius

Top 5 Offensive Linemen

Alex Adimey, Canisius

Tyler Beasock, North Tonawanda

Nick Kloss, Clarence

Dan Kubik, Orchard Park

Joe Ramunno, West Seneca East

Top 5 Kickers

Connor Day, Iroquois

Brian Strybel, Orchard Park

Max Giordana, Lancaster

Blake Haubeil, Canisius

Riley Pastuszynski, Alden

Top 5 Utility

Derek Bishop, Bennett

Jalin Cooper, Medina

Joe Montgomery, East Aurora/Holland

Dominic Prince, Burgard

Nick Schaefer, South Park

Christian Snell, Alden

Top 5 Defensive Linemen

Nate Emer, Iroquois

Mason Hoose, Canisius

Nick Kelsch, St. Joe’s

Tyler White, Kenmore West

J.B. Wilkes, Grand Island

Top 5 Linebackers

Solomon Brown, Orchard Park

Cole Burniston, Canisius

Matt Eldridge, Cleveland Hill

Connor Kelly, Williamsville North

Trevor Micek, Maple Grove

Top 5 Defensive Backs

Devonte Fountain, South Park

Jamir Lynch, Kenmore West

Anthony Maniscalco, Williamsville North

DeJean McCullough, Burgard

Zach Woodard, North Tonawanda

Preseason 2017 All-WNY Team

QB – Jayce Johnson, Canisius

QB – Ryan Mansell, Lancaster

QB – Matt Myers, Timon/St. Jude

RB – Kaiyer Fields, McKinley

RB – Dylan McDuffie, St. Francis

RB – Jacob Sarow, Akron

WR – Jalin Cooper, Medina

WR – Retsen Daley, St. Francis

OL – Calik Kennedy, Amherst

OL – Brad Currell, Canisius

OL – Jordan Holmes, North Tonawanda

OL – Adam Bellaus, Cheektowaga

OL – Jeremiah Sanders, Timon/St. Jude

K – Brian Strybel, Orchard Park

U – Joe Shifflet, Williamsville East

U – Ryan Majerowski, Cleveland Hill

RS – Aaron Wahler, Cleveland Hll

DL – Jeremiah Sanders, Timon/St. Jude

DL – Tariq Whitaker, Cheektowaga

LB – Jack Shaver, Clarence

LB – Nick Julian, St .Joe’s

LB – Kevin Steele, Williamsville East

LB – Joe Andreessen, Lancaster

LB – Miles Haynes, McKinley

LB – Scott Becht, Williamsville North

DB – Jared Maurino, West Seneca East

DB – Zane Johnson, Grand Island

DB – Faizon Munir, Southwestern

DB – Dylan Casey, Maryvale

DB – Kenyetta Huston, Canisius

D – Patrick Cuddihy, Eden/North Collins

U – Anthony Robinson, Starpoint

Coach of the Year Candidates

Eric Rupp, Lancaster

Al Cavagnato, Starpoint

Rich Robbins, Canisius

Brian Hilery, McKinley

Henry Fumerelle, North Tonawanda

Charlie Comerford, Timon/St. Jude

Mike Fatta, Cheektowaga

Curt Fischer, Maple Grove

Glen Graham, Cleveland Hill

Jehuu Caulcrick, Southwestern

Phil Vecchio, Olean

Mike Sarratori, Dunkirk

Connolly Cup Trivia

Don McGree, Eden RB, was the first recipient in 1972.

There have been 44 recipients of this prestigious award.

Clymer’s Jehuu Caulcrick and Lackawanna’s Ray Braxton and Wade Turner were the only 3 time finalists.

Orchard Park has the most finalists with 22 followed by St. Joe’s and Jamestown.

276 finalists were running backs, followed by 99 at QB.

28 recipients were running backs, followed by 13 at QB, 2 at WR, and one at DE.

10 finalists have played in the NFL.

Lackawanna has the most recipients with 5, followed by Jamestown and St. Francis with 4 and St. Joe’s with 3.

Msgr. Martin league has produced 10 recipients of the Connolly Cup.

The only primary defensive specialist who was a recipient in 1997 was Frank Pavlcich, Niagara Wheatfield.

Tyrone Wheatley, junior former All-WNY and All-State player at Canisius is a tight end at the University of Michigan and scored his first TD against Michigan State.

Kickers in championship games include:

Max Giordano, Lancaster

Bryan Strybel, Orchard Park

Dan Scroi, Starpoint

Alex Sarbel, Cheektowaga

Alex Card, Southwestern

Brock Blecha, Franklinville/Ellicottville

Mitch Padilla, Maple Grove

Maple Grove leads offensive stats, averaging 43.6 points per game followed by Lancaster with 43.7 points per game.

Cleveland Hill leads the defensive stats only allowing 54 points in 9 games for a 6 point average.

Best Program: Clarence

Congratulations to South Park, Niagara Wheatfield, East Aurora/Holland, Falconer/CV, and CSP for winning Chuck Funke Bowl Championships.

Bennett is the first school to play in sectional title games in 3 different classes (C, B, and A).

Longest Win Streaks: 9 by Cheektowaga, Maple Grove, Starpoint, and Lancaster.

Jake Sisson, former All-WNY and All-State player from Jamestown has led Edinburo to a 7-2 record by passing for 2730 yards and 32 touchdowns this season for the Scots.

Ridiculous: No one from Bennett or North Tonawanda called in a box score to the media.

4 of 5 sectional championship 2016 games feature rematches. The only matchup who hasn’t played each other is Bennett vs. Starpoint.

Championship Game Records

Orchard Park 15-6

Lancaster 2-7

Starpoint 1-2

Bennett 0-2

Cheektowaga 3-1

Dunkirk – first time

Southwestern 4-5

Cleveland Hill 6-3

Maple Grove 7-10

Franklinville/Ellicottville 6-7

Last Year in Championship Game

Orchard Park – 2015

Lancaster – 2009

Starpoint – 1989

Bennett – 2015

Cheektowaga – 2015

Dunkirk – first time

Southwestern – 2014

Cleveland Hill – 2013

Maple Grove – 2015

Maple Grove will play in their 6th consecutive championship game this year against Franklinville/Ellicottville. They have a 3-2 record in prior title games.

Bennet will play in their 3rd consecutive title game. They have a 0-2 record.

Orchard Park will play in their 6 of last 7 Class AA title games. They have a 3-2 record in the last 5 games.

Most Appearances Section VI Championships

Orchard Park – 22

Jamestown – 18

Maple Grove – 18

Sweet home – 16

Randolph – 15

Springville – 14

Salamanca – 14

Grand Island – 13

Ellicottville/Franklinville – 15

Clarence – 12

Lackawanna – 11

Alden – 10

Most Section VI Football Titles

Orchard Park – 15

Jamestown – 11

Randolph – 10

Lackawanna – 9

Salamanca – 9

Sweet Home – 8

Most Losses

Maple Grove – 10

Springville- 8

Sweet Home – 8

Jamestown – 7

Lancaster – 7

Grand Island – 7

Observations Section VI Semi-Finals and Finals

Class AA

Josh Daul was the Quaker MVP with an outstanding game on both sides of the ball. His pick in the 3rd quarter was the impact play of the game. The Red Devils were scrappy throughout the game but couldn’t overcome 6 turnovers.

The Legends’ offense continues to explode as Samborski, Giardono, and Mansell excelled. Engineers scored on 2 touchdown passes from Jeader but halftime score was 28-6.

The matchup with the Quakers and Legends will be interesting. OP won the title last year and the Legends last title was in 1999. The Legends defeated the Quakers in week 5. Winner will more than likely face Victor in the state regionals.

Class A

Starpoint’s Robinson and Chase did most of the damage in speaking by McKinley. Spartans defense excelled particularly in the 4th quarter. Bennett’s Isaiah McDuffie, Jamal Lofton, and Derek Bishop provided the offensive spark and the defense caused several turnovers to spark the Tigers to their 3rd consecutive sectional title game.

The matchup between Bennett and Starpoint will be smash mouth football at its best. Spartans need to limit production of McDuffie and Lofton and control the clock. Tigers need to limit production of Rutland, Robinson, and Ahmed and avoid turnovers. Opponent’s record for the Tigers was 14-34 compared to the Spartans 33-44. Teams did not play in the regular season. The winner will play Greece Athena or Brighton in the state quarterfinals.

Class B

Cheektowaga’s Eric Bartnik put the team on his shoulders and led the Warriors to victory over Olean by accounting for 430 yards and 5 touchdowns. Warriors’ defense looked shaky throughout the game. Warriors defeated Dunkirk 27-13 at home in week 1. Warriors Gray and Turpin need to have big games against the Marauders while the defense has limited opponents to 73 points in 9 games. This game will be physical and both teams have speed to burn. Cheektowaga is attempting to win their 3rd consecutive sectional title while the Marauders with Ingram, Velez, and Gomez will attempt to win their first sectional championship.

A caution note for the Warriors is that in week 7 they defeated Maryvale in overtime and in week 8, Dunkirk defeated the Flyers 59-0. The winner will face Hornell or Batavia in the state quarterfinals

Class C

Cleveland Hill advanced to the championship game as Matt Eldridge, senior LB/RB, rushed for 148 yards and 2 touchdowns and recorded 10 tackles. Golden Eagles have an 8 game win streak and have only allowed 54 points in 9 games while averaging 36 points.

In week 3, they dominated Southwestern 44-3 to give the Trojans their only loss. Jehuu Caulcrick’s squad has played well led by Wyatt Perry, Cole Snyder, Niko Pannes, and Faizon Munir in defeating Allegany-Limestone in the semi-finals.

The Trojans need to avoid turnovers and penalties if they can pull of an upset. Caulcrick won 4 championships at Clymer. Winner will probably face Bishop Kearney or Rochester in the state quarterfinals.

Class D

Maple Grove is 9-0 and have dominated opponents 392 points to 60 points. The Red Dragons have 2 potential All-WNY players in Brad Benson, and Trevor Micek who has over 300 tackles in his career. In week 5, Maple Grove defeated Franklinville/Ellicottville 43-12.

The Titans, who won a sectional title in Class D last year, defeated Silver Creek in the semi-finals. They have several quality players led by Brock Blecha, Austin Whitmer, and Griffin Chudy. They have to look at the winner facing Cly-Savannah or Red Jacket in the state regionals with Rochester.

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