Dick Gallagher gives you his news and notes for week 3 of the high school football season:

Prediction Playoff Teams:

Class A South: West Seneca West, West Seneca East, South Park, McKinley

Class A North: Sweet Home, Starpoint, Williamsville South, Grand Island

Class D: All 8 teams in the league qualify.

Class C South: Southwestern, Cassadaga Valley/Falconer, Allegany-Limestone, Gowanda/Pine Valley

Class C North: Cleveland Hill, JFK, Wilson, Akron

Class B: Cheektowaga, Maryvale, Albion, Olean, Dunkirk, Medina, Lackawanna, Alden

Class AA: Lancaster, Orchard Park, Williamsville North, Jamestown, Bennett, Clarence, Niagara Wheatfield, Hutch-Tech

Jamestown plays 4 consecutive home games starting with week 3. The Red Raiders have a new turf at Strider Field.

Timon/St. Jude has 24 on their roster. Class breakdown:
Seniors: 7
Juniors: 2
Sophomore: 9
Freshmen: 5

Nicholas has 28 on their roster. Class breakdown:
Seniors: 5
Juniors: 8
Sophomores: 10
Freshmen: 5

Timon/St. Jude assistant coaches include:
Rich Brodnicki, Defensive Coordinator
T.J. Scamurra, Offensive Coordinator
Kyle Briggs, WR/DB
Tom Gioia, Special Teams
Tom Gioia Jr., Special Teams
Sean Mulhern, Defensive Line
Anthony Scamurra, Offensive Assistant
Charlie Gioia, Operations

In the first 2 games for Canisius, Joe Jamison has 18 tackles, 2 sacks. Keenan Ollison has recorded 20 tackles, 1 sack and Raymond Miranda has 18 tackles and 1 sack.

Game that should have been scheduled this season was Canisius or St. Joe’s playing Lancaster.

Cardiac Panthers: Sweet Home has overcome deficits in each of their 3 games.

Franklinville/Ellicottville defeat of Maple Grove was their first Section VI loss in 4 years.

Transfer: J Aivon Martin from McKinley to Sweet Home

After 2 games, these are the players that lead in tackles:
Keenan Ollison – 20
Joe Jamison – 18
Joel Nicholas – 18

Rob Giancarlo, Sweet Home Junior, recorded 5 sacks against Cheektowaga and has a 99 GPA.

Top Announcer: Mark Favata, Lancaster

Best Kick Returners:

Jacob Maurino, West Seneca East

Issiah Velez, Dunkirk

John McCabe, Hamburg

Christian Snell, Alden

Nico Haney, Lockport

Dylan Casey, Maryvale

Eric Johnson, Sweet Home

Roland McCarthy, St. Joe’s

Kenyatta Huston, Canisius

Nick Marsh, Randolph/Frewsburg

Michael Allender, Lew-Port

Tyler Eganski, Jamestown

Brendan Gawel, Starpoint

Ryan Dietz, Orchard Park

For week 3, Brendan Gawel, Starpoint JR RB, is the Jim Kelly offensive underclassmen player of the week while Mike Ziegler, Niagara Wheatfield JR DB is the defensive player.

Schools which do not forward game and season stats include: Cardinal O’Hara, Timon/St. Jude, Niagara Falls, Hutch-Tech, Bennett, Williamsville East, Kenmore East, East Aurora/Holland, Lewiston Porter, Tonawanda, Roy Hart/Barker, Silver Creek, Eden/NC, Salamanca, Cassadaga Valley/Falconer, Chautauqua Lake, Portville, Randolph/Frewsburg, Cattaraugus/LV. If you want to have a player considered for recognition, make sure your coaches are sending game and season stats.

Top Program: Lancaster. No one is close to matching what the Legends produce and for only 5 dollars a copy.

Congratulations to Newfane’s head coach who was selected Buffalo Bills/AdPro Sports Coach of the Week for Week 2.

Top Freshmen
Savon Vansickle, Jamestown

Top Sophmores
Aaron Smith, Bennett
D’Jae Perry, St. Mary’s
CJ Ozolins, St. Mary’s

Top Juniors
Juston Johnson, West Seneca West
Ugene Harrison, Albion
Keshone Beal, Cheektowaga
Rashad Law, Maryvale
Casey Kelly, St. Joe’s
Scott Becht, Williamsville North

Top Seniors
Tom Cecere, Grand Island
Chad Biersbach, Depew
Joe Shifflet, Williamsville South
Matt Myers, West Seneca West

Upset of the Week: Newfane’s win over Medina at the grand re-opening of ta renovated veteran’s memorial park. The Mustangs party was upset by the Panthers.

In the Aquinas shootout win over St. Joe’s, the Marauders had 23 first downs to the Irish 13, 463 total yards to 433 but the difference was St. Joe’s losing 4 fumbles.

Dylan McDuffie’s Sweet Home SR RB ejection in the Kenmore West game requires him to sit out in the week 4 game and also hurts him as a contender for player of the year honors.

Unbeaten Teams Through Week 3

Lancaster, Sweet home, Grand Island, West Seneca West, Dunkirk, Albion, Clymer/Sherman/Panama, Williamsville North, South Park, St. Mary’s, Starpoint, Maryvale, Lackawanna, Southwestern, Franklinville/Ellicottville

Shutouts: Hutch-Tech, Jamestown, Cheektowaga, Southwestern, Canisius

Offensive Line of the Week: Lancaster

When was the last time Orchard Park was 1-2 after 3 weeks and allowing 98 points? The future however looks somewhat bright for the Quakers as their JVs defeated the Legends 44-6.

Winless Teams: Timon/St. Jude, North Tonawanda, Amherst, East Aurora/Holland, Lew-Port, Springville, Tonawanda, Gowanda/Pine Valley, Randolph/Frewsburg, Portville, Lockport, Frontier

21 visiting teams won in week 3 while 16 home teams won.

The Good: Sweet Home, Williamsville East and Hamburg won exciting comeback victories in the last minute or last play.

The Bad: Several coaches are not calling games in to the media and also not providing game and season stats to the media.

The Ugly: Canisius won 78-0, Chautauqua Lake won 69-0 and Falconer/CV puts up 65 points against Nichols. Why the hug amount? Whatever happened to sportsmanship?

Dedication for the new athletic complext at Williamsville South was outstanding Friday. Kudos to everyone who made it happen, including the tax payers. Once a Billie always a Billie. Dedication for the Williamsville East complex is September 22nd when te Flames host Sweet Home.

Jim Kelly's underclassmen for week 3 are Casey Kelly and Mike Rigerman.

Mike Rigerman, Pioneer JR LB broke the Panthers tackles in a game with 21 in the loss to Cheektowaga.

Casey Kelly, St. Joe's JR Qb, passed for 3 touchdowns and rushed for 133 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Maruauders loss to Aquinas.

Prediction: The Yankees will be in the world series in 2017.

Canisius vs. Timon/St. Jude. The score at halftime was 50 to 0. From what I understand, Canisius coaches discussed with the Timon coaches the opportunity to keep the clock running without stoppage in the second half. That offer was not accepted by Timon, thus the Crusaders played only their backups for the rest of the game. In the middle of the 4th quarter, the Crusaders took 4 consecutive kneel downs to stop from scoring. When you consider Canisius is one of the best teams in Western New York and New York State, their roster is 40 compared to 23 for Timon. Timon coaches should have accepted the offer from Canisius as common sense should have prevailed.

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