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Section VI Preview
Class B East
"Alden and Depew Main Contenders For Title"
DICK'S PICKS
1. Depew
2. Alden
3. Medina
4. Newfane
5. East
6. Albion
TEAM PREVIEWS
Depew Wildcats
Wildcats return several quality players from last seasons 8-1-0 mark led by All-WNY candidates 6' 6", 315lb. Jaden Cotton who has committed to UB and 6' 1" 300lb. Andrew Burgio.  Offense will be sparked by Aaron Ertel and RB Joe Miller who is candidate for 1000 yards rushing.  Other key players for Dan McGrath's squad are Bryan Sokolofsky, Nathan Epolito, Zachary Krieb and Derick Sekuterski.  Talent from 8-1 JV squad will help.  Open with Cheektowaga and host Alden in week 5 which could determine league title.  Will be contender for League and Sectional titles.  
Head Coach:  Dan McGrath (71-45-0, 13 years)
Assistant Coaches: Harry Sugg, Brian Wilson and Dick Buckenroth
2010 Varsity Record:  8-1
Starters Returning: Offense - 4, Defense - 3
Key Players:  Andrew Burgio, Aaron Ertel, Bryan Sokolofsky, Joe Miller, Nathan Epolito, Zachary Krieb, Jaden Cotton and Derrick Sekuterski
Key Losses:  John Wiechelt, Anthony Emmanuele
2010 JV Record:  8-1-0
Alden Bulldogs
Dick Diminuco has achieved a 17-4-0 varsity record in 2 seasons at the helm for the Bulldogs.  Return 4 starters on defense led by All-WNY candidate Ryan Sosnowski who benches 300lbs.  Other key defensive players include Eric Roth and Mike Steffan.  Line will be strength anchored by Josh Chase, John Ridlespurg, Mason Lambert and Stefan.  Sophomore Brian Stoldt will replace brother Ty at QB.  Justin Patterson will provide the offensive spark and is candidate for 1,000 yards rushing.  Talent from JV squad that has won 17 consecutive games will help.  Travel to play Depew in week five which should determine league champion.  Diminuco has 221 victories.  Will contend for League and Sectional titles.  Bulldogs strong contender for 3rd consecutive trip to championship game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Head Coach:  Dick Diminuco (221-69-0, 32 years)
Assistant Coaches:  Rob Currin, Tom Zaccardo and Joe Gawron
2010 Varsity Record:  10-1-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 5, Defense - 4
Key Players:  Ryan Sosnowski, Justin Patterson, Eric Roth, John Chase, Mason Lambert, Mike Steffan, John Ridlespurg, Jacob Trimm, Brian Stoldt, Alex Darrow, Corey Barczykowski
Key Losses:  Tyler Stoldt, Dakota Peel, Nick Foss, Nate Bailey
2010 JV Record:  9-0
Medina Mustangs
Eric Valley returns 7 on offense and 5 on defense from last years 6-3-0 record.  Have All-WNY candidate in 6' 2" Jr. WR Devon Griffin who along with QB Stephen Rogenmoser and Ron Washak will provide the offensive spark.  Kyle Barna, Frankie Hartway and 6' 6", 305lb. Jr. Roy Bishop will key the defense.  Line will be anchored by Ryan Schepis.  Open at home with Eden and Akron.  Will contend for playoff berth and could be league sleeper. 
Head Coach:  Eric Valley (11-16-0, 3 years)
Assistant Coaches:  Gordy Luthart, Jody Sargent, Neal Hermann, Nick Benedetti
2010 Varsity Record:  6-3-0
Starters Returning:  Offense - 7, Defense - 5
Key Players:  Devon Griffin, Stephen Rogenmoser, Ryan Schepis, Kyle Barna, Ron Washak, Roy Bishop
Key Losses:  Dylan Duncanson, David Stupnick, Shane Kruger
2010 JV Record:  5-4-0
Newfane Panthers
Panthers return 7 starters on offense and 6 on defense.  Have All-WNY candidate and one of areas most versatile players in Sean Seefeldt.  Last year the Sr. recorded 73 tackles and 21 interceptions, threw for 908 yds. And 8 Td's, rushed for 825 yds averaging 8.4 yds. per carry, averaged 40 yds. punting and booted 7 field goals.  Other key players for Alex Haney's squad is RB Steve Lakes, WR Nick Berning and LB C.J, Knight.  Key to season will be play of line.  Open at Lew-Port and Wilson first 2 weeks; will be competitive.  Seefeldt is the real deal and can beat you in several ways.  Talent from JV squad will help Alex Haney.
Head Coach:  Alex Haney (4-14-0, 2 years)
Assistant Coaches:  Pat Wright, Anthony Patterson
2010 Varsity Record:  2-6-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 7, Defense - 6
Key Players: Sean Seefeldt, Nick Berning, C.J. Knight, Steve Lakes
Key Losses:  Jake Summers
2010 JV Record:  6-2-0
Albion Purple Eagles
Tony Osburn returns 4 starters on both sides of the ball led by team captains and All-WNY candidates Levi Boyer and Pete Nesbitt.  Boyer benches 310lbs. and has a 95 GPA.  Nesbitt is a candidate for 1,000 yds. Rushing and has a 97 GPA.  Line should be strength with Boyer, 6'6 275 Soph. Steven Stauss, John Trembley, and Tom Kovelski.  Travis Downs will direct the offense at QB and Nick Santos will be one of his favorite targets.  Host Depew in week 3 and travel to Alden in week 6.  JV's were only 2-7-0 last year.  Nesbitt averaged 14.6 yds on 21 carries.  Will be competitive.
Head Coach:  Tony Osburn (9-9-0, 2 years)
Assistant Coaches:  Keith Picirilli, Gary Parisi, Mark Vanderkarr
2010 Varsity Record:  5-5-0
Starters Returning:  Offense - 4, Defense - 4
Key Players:  Levi Boyer, Pete Nesbitt, Travis Downs, Nick Santos, Steven Stauss, John Trembly, Tom Koveleski
Key Losses:  Sean Narburgh, Scott Knaak
2010 JV Record:  2-7-0
East Panthers
Panthers surprised last season with 6-3-0 record in first season in Section VI.  Offense will be sparked by All-WNY candidate Devonte Glover 6'1 175 Soph. RB.  And Javon Janoy.  Defense to be anchored by Maurice Kidd and Mark Threet, 6'4 290lbs.  Return 5 starters on offense.  Glover is the real deal.  Host East Aurora, and Albion First 2 weeks.  Will compete for playoff berth
Head Coach:  Starling Bryant (21-25-0, 6 years)
Assistant Coaches: Joe Kelly and Brad Keitz
2010 Varsity Record:  6-3-0
Starters Returning:  Offense - 5, Defense - 3
Key Players:  Devonte Glover, Maurice Kidd, Mark Threet, Jayvon Janoy
Key Losses:  Jason Oden
2010 JV Record:  2-6-0
PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE
Offense
QB - Aaron Ertel, Depew
QB - Sean Seefeldt, Newfane
QB - Brian Stoldt, Alden
RB - Justin Patterson, Alden
RB - Pete Nesbitt, Albion
RB - Joe Miller, Depew
TE - Derrick Sekuterski, Depew
WR - Devon Griffin, Medina
WR - Eric Roth, Alden
OL - Jaden Cotton, Depew
OL - Ryan Schepis, Medina
OL - Josh Chase, Alden
OL - Steven Stauss, Albion
OL - Maurice Kidd, East
OL - John Ridlespurg, Alden
K - Sean Seefeldt, Newfane
Defense
DL - Levi Boyer, Albion
DL - Andrew Burgio, Depew
DL - Zachary Krieb, Depew
LB - Steve Lakes, Newfane
LB - Kyle Barna, Medina
LB - C.J. Knight, Newfane
LB - Devonte Glover, East
LB - Ryan Sosnowski, Alden
LB - Maurice Kiad, East
DB - Frankie Hartway, Medina
DB - Nick Berning, Newfane
DB - Travis Downs, Albion
DB - Devonte Glover, East
DB - Nick Santos, Albion
TOP PLAYERS
Levi Boyer, Albion
Andrew Burgio, Depew
Jaden Cotton, Depew
Aaron Ertel, Depew
Devonte Glover, East
Devon Griffin, Medina
Joe Miller, Depew
Justin Patterson, Alden
Sean Seefeldt, Newfane
Ryan Sosnowski, Alden
BEST BACKFIELDS
Depew, Alden
BEST OFFENSES
Alden, Depew
BEST DEFENSES
Alden, Depew
SLEEPER
East
NEWS & NOTES
Alden Varsity achieved a 25-5-0 record and Bulldogs JV a 23-3-0 record past 3 seasons
Top underclassman class of 2014 Devonte Glover East
Mark Threet (OL), Senior from East is 6'4 285lbs, benches 300lbs and possesses a 90 GPA|
The Slammer and Hammer: Andrew Burgio and Jaden Cotton, Depew
Depew varsity recorded a 14-4 mark and JV's recorded a 15-3 mark past 2 seasons.
Purple Eagles Dynamic Duo: Levi Boyer and Pete Nesbitt, Albion
Most Versatile:  Sean Seefeldt, Newfanei
Coach With Most Wins: Dick Diminuco, Albion/Alden 221
Top Academic Achiever:  Pete Nesbitt, Albion
Best Nickname:  Ryan " Bull dog" Sosnowski, Alden
Best Cheerleaders:  Albion
Top Complex: Depew
Best Passer:  Aaron Ertel, Depew
Best Rusher:  Joe Miller, Depew
Top Wide Receiver:  Devon Griffin, Medina
Top Defensive Player:  Ryan Sosnowski, Alden
Top Lineman:  Jaden Cotton
Major Impact Player:  Sean Seefeldt, Newfane
Team With Most Section Titles:  Albion
Most Photogenic: Maurice Kidd, East
Best Dancer:  Justin Patterson, Alden
Best Comedian:  Brian Wilson, Depew
Game Changer:  Aaron Ertel, Depew
Alden is looking for its 3rd consecutive trip to Ralph Wilson Stadium.  The Bulldogs defeated lackawanna after losing to Cheektowaga in 2009
Dick Diminuco Alden head coach has recorded 221 wins which is the 20th best record in NYS high school football.  Quite an accomplishment.
Most Dangerous:  Sean Seefeldt, Newfane
Best Kicker: Sean Seefeldt, Newfane
Biggest Question Mark:  Who will replace offensive fire power of Nate Bailey, Dakota Peel and Tyler Stoldt for Alden
Depew has overall record of 373-292-38
Must See Game: Alden at Depew, Sept. 30th
Fastest:  Devonte Glover, East
Strongest:  Steven Stauss, Albion
Biggest:  Jaden Cotton, Depew
Forecast:  Title should be decided on Sept. 30th when Depew hosts Alden. League will be competitive
Top College Prospects: Andrew Burgio - Depew, Jaden Cotton - Depew, Devon Griffin - Medina, Sean Seefeldt - Newfane, and Ryan Sosnowski - Alden

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