Sidelines: By Dick Gallagher

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Interesting Fact: Sherill "Tiny" Ogden played football for Hutch-Tech from 1965-68, earning All-League Honors. He played college football and lived in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Odgen gave birth to a son in 1974 named Jonathan who was drafted in the first round in the NFL draft in 1996 by Baltimore. John retired in 2007 after earning 11 Pro Bowl selections and six first-team All Pro selections. He won a Super Bowl in 2000 and is a certain hall-of-famer in 2012.

Tom, Matt, and Pat Langworthy from Southwestern all made the First-Team All-WNY football team in 1998, 2004, and 2010 respectively. Quite an amazing accomplishment and family.

Suggestion: Any RB who gains 1,000 yards should make sure they acknowledge their offensive line. The RB receives the glory while the linemen fight in the trenches, but rarely receive any recognition.

Recruiting: Want help being recruited? Highly recommended gametime productions. Call 716-479-3008.

Remember: When you are watching television or playing games on your computer, another player is working on preparing for the season. Which player will be at the awards banquet in December?

Coach with the best win percentage: Jay Sirianni, Southwestern (89%)

Question: Who are the leaders of your team and why are you not one of them?

Top Running Backs: Randolph, Sweet Home, St. Francis, I-Prep @ Grover, Kenmore West, Clarence, Orchard Park, and Canisius.

Top Defensive Line: Cardinal O'Hara, Cleveland Hill, Orchard Park, and St. Francis.

Top Offensive Line: Williamsville South, Canisius, St. Francis, Orchard Park, and St. Joseph's.

Top Linebackers: Pioneer and Alden.

Top Defensive Backs: Sweet Home and Southwestern.

Top Kickers: Clarence, Orchard Park, Williamsville South, and Timon/St. Jude.

Replacing players and leaders such as: Dominic Bargnesi from St. Joseph's, Robert Davis from Cardinal O'Hara, Phil Stasiak and Joe Licata from Williamsville South, Mikal Coleman from Sweet Home, Willie Jefferson from Riverside, Tyler Stoldt from Alden, Zach Lauricella from Clarence, and Vinnie Bomasuto from Dunkirk will be difficult.

Which WNY teams will utilize the tight end more in the passing?

Bruise Brothers: Marquis Artis and Matt Gallineau, Amherst

Best Team Banquet: Alden

Interesting Item: The number of football players in WNY who bench over 300 pounds has decreased dramatically over the past few years. Why is this?

North Tonawanda has the most players 6'3 and taller for this football season.

All one has to do to determine importance and impact of leadership and team chemistry to team success is to look at what Zach Lauricella, Sean Wolf, James Phillips, and Cooper Wittig did for Clarence last year.

Seinfeld: Scott Zipp, Cheektowaga

Statistician of the Century: Tim Wegrzyn, St. Joe's football

Best Dressed Alumni: Cody Williams from Orchard Park, Zach Lauricella from Clarence, and Aaron Leeper from Jamestown.

Defending Class A Champion Aquinas is a favorite to repeat as the Little Irish return 22 players, including (QB) Cory Benedetto and 6'3 (OL) Jarron Jones, who has scholarship offers from over 20 colleges. The senior made a "soft" verbal commitment to Penn State, which he recently dropped. His four final colleges are Notre Dame, Penn State, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina. Predicted he will go to Notre Dame.

Eric Jantzi, former head coach at North Tonawanda is at helping out at Orchard Park. His record for the Jacks in 11 years was 86-22-0 (80% win record) including several League and Sectional Titles, and one State Championship.

Thunder and Lightning: Brandon and Devonte Davis, Cleveland Hill

The Bomb Squad: Falzone and Devin Stives, Williamsville South

Listen every Friday during the high school football season to kiss 98.5 FM with Janet, Nick, and Wease at 7:05pm for "Friday Night Lights".

Last Season I-Prep at Grover were 8-0 in Class C North until Fredonia dominated the Presidents in the Section Semi-Finals. This year Grover has dropped to Class D. It will be interesting to see how teams in Class D will compete against Grover.

Football players who are outstanding wrestlers include:  Brandon Lathrop from Kenmore West), Ben Haas* from Salamanca, Tony Lock from Pioneer, Corey Vail from Pioneer, Jon Nickerson from Maple Grove, Luke Falzone from Williamsville South, and T.J. Scammura from Williamsville South. (*Has won a State Title)

Andrew Burgio (OL) Depew Senior excels in the shot put.

Mr. Fitness: Rick Tomm, North Tonawanda and Jay Sirianni, Southwestern.

Worst Announcer: Bob DiVita, Williamsville South

Best Dressed Assistant Coaches: Mark Kensy, Clarence and Ryan Calkins, Jamestown.

JV Coach to Make a Mark: Jim Lidner, St. Joseph's.

Best Buy: Martucci Burger at Clarence refreshment stand.

Mitch Wagner (DB) Williamsville East Junior recorded 7 interceptions as a Sophomore. He is 6'2, 180 lbs., runs a 4.7 forty and has a 96% GPA.

Sack record for WNY was set by Josh Thomas (DE) from Orchard Park in 1999 with 23.5 sacks.

Saints: All coaches wives.

Heroes: Referees wives.

Teams with tough openers: Kenmore West (vs. Orchard Park); Cheektowaga (vs. Depew); Falconer (vs. Southwestern); Frewsburg (vs. Randolph); Williamsville East (vs. Sweet Home); Olean (vs. Bradford); Dunkirk (vs. Silver Creek).

Fact: The number of athletes who play collegiate football from the City of Buffalo Public High Schools has to be one of the worst records in comparison to any major city in the United States.

The Stongest: Dan Garcia, Williamsville South.

The Tallest: Jaden Cotton, Depew.

The Fastest: Akeel Lynch from St. Francis), Nickolay Mohan from Clarence, and Stephan Johnson from McKinley.

High Schools in Southern states have it right: JV's play Thursday night; Varsity play Friday nights; colleges play Saturday and professional football plays Sunday.

Fact: Too many parents are destroying the journey of sports for their children in youth and high school sports.

Personal Trainer: Contact Kevin Mason at 716-609-4304.

Is there anything better than watching a High School Football game on Friday under the lights?

Strongest Sophomore: Steven Stauss, Alden.

Strongest Junior: Cortland Haines, Jamestown.

Strongest Senior: Dan Garcia, Williamsville South (benches 345 pounds).

Most players benching 300 pounds: Albion and St. Francis.

Excellent training center for athletes: Performance Sports Training. Contact John Opfer, CSCS at 716-510-7136.

D.J. Nettles, Sweet Home (2010 All-WNY and All-State) is playing at Bethune Cookman in North Carolina.

Unsung Hero: Gene Zinni, Kensington Lions and Assistant Football Coach at Buffalo State.

Dominating JV Teams: Sweet Home, Alden, and Orchard Park.

Most Photogenic: Tim Delaney, South Park

Best Dancer: Brian Wild, Lancaster Athletic Director

Toughest Leagues: Msgr. Martin League, Section VI Class AA South, Class A North, Class B East, and Class D.

Mr. Intensity: Tony Lock, Pioneer

Top Preseason Teams: Orchard Park, Sweet Home, St. Joseph's, and St. Francis.

Niagara Catholic dropped Varsity football for this season, but will field a JV team.

Sean Karl (OT) a 6'6", 285-lbs from East Point South Manor Central in Manorville, NY, has committed to the University of Virginia.

Best Name: Stephano Tofano Anzalone, Lockport.

Class Act: Sam Buffa, Hamburg.

Corey Madlock (2nd-Team All-WNY Lineman) from Canisius transferred to Cleveland Hill.

A matchup between Orchard Park and/or Sweet Home vs. St. Francis or St. Joseph's would be outstanding for WNY High School football, but it is not going to happen...sad, but true.

After years of futility, programs which have turned the corner and are enjoying success include Williamsville South, Jamestown, Pioneer, and Chautauqua Lake. Special kudos to the Head Coaches.

The only team that will beat Orchard Park this season will be the Quakers themselves.

Hard to believe that Williamsville East or Williamsville North have never played in a Sectional Championship football game at the Stadium, considering the First Title games for Section VI started in 1979.

Randy Colling, former All-WNYer from Pioneer is a preseason All-American at Gannon University (PA). The 6'4, 290 lb. DE is on the draft board of 5 NFL teams.

The next coaches with 200 wins will be: Pat Slater from Randolph (198 wins), Bob Krenzer from Sherman (174 wins), and John Faller from Sweet Home (169 wins).

The next coaches to achieve 100 victories are: Kraig Kurzanski from Williamsville South (79 wins), Jay Sirianni from Southwestern (76 wins), Dan McGrath from Depew (71 wins), and Chuck Tilley from Eden (86 wins).

Marcy Gerlach from Sweet Home is "Ttrainer of the Decade".

Coaches: Please call the results of your games this season.

Players starting as a Sophomore stand a better chance at obtaining a scholarship, particularly if they are big and/or fast and agile.

Parents: Check your son's birth certificate. If he will graduate at 17, it is unfortunate since that extra year is huge in having more opportunities to receive scholarships.

John Gagliardi, Head Football Coach at St. John's College in Minnesota, has achieved a remarkable 478-129-11 record in 63 years.

Washington and Jefferson College coached by Mike Sirianni, former Southwestern and Mount Union star player has recorded 27 consecutive winning seasons. Sirianni has been Head Coach for 8 years.

Orchard Park plays at Kenmore West in the first week of the season and could also play each other again in the Class AA Sectional Championship.

James Gaines, former All-WNY player from Canisius, will be starting at Safety for the University of Miami Hurricanes this season.

John Urschel, former All-WNY player from Canisius, will be starting at Guard for Penn State this fall.

Joe Licata, Williamsville South (2008-2010) was the most prolific passer in WNY High School football history. Now, at the University of Buffalo, the former Billie holds 8 passing records.

Outstanding organization: The NYS Association of Certified Football Officials, Inc. Western New York Chapter headed by Dick Schwede.

High School Football Boosters: Dennis and Michael DiPaolo.

Mr. Energy: Dan Greco, Chautauqua Lake.

Mr. Perseverance: Mark Blecha, Franklinville.

Best Brother Act: Bob and Fonz Ferrentino, Orchard Park. Bob has all the attributes that Steve would like to have.

Tony Calligiuri and Brian Koziol do an excellent job in broadcasting High School football games on WGR550 AM.

Upcoming Announcers: Paul Nasca and Mark Simon, St. Joseph's.

Hang with people who bring you up and avoid people who bring you down.

Excellent football camp: Jim Kelly's in June/July. Call 716-204-0900 or log onto

Prediction: Both Chad Kelly from St. Joe's) and Joe Licata from Williamsville South will be red-shirted this season by their respective college coaches.

Best Dressed Referees: Doug Hartmayer, Bruce Hoffman, Joe Jastremski, and Matt Palma.

Class Act: Drew Chorey from Grand Island, Mike Turillo from Sweet Home, Kevin Layer from Clarence, and Alec Dietsch from Clarence.

Impact Transfers: Justin Burke (RB) Amherst Senior, transfers from St. Mary's, rushed for 1,741 yards last season for the Lancers. Justin Bacon (RB/QB), Tonawanda Senior, transfers from North Tonawanda, where he played several positions. He will help get the Tonawanda program back to being competitive. Trent Ferguson (QB), WIlliamsville South Junior, transfers from St. Jospeh's, where he is expected to take over for All-State Joe Licata. Jeremiah Cormack, transfers from Riverside to Orchard Park. Luke Hinton, transfers from Canisius to Lockport, where he will be a two-way starter.  Corey Madlock (OL) Cleveland Hills, transfers from Canisius.

Fact: 73% of graduates in Williamsville schools go to college, while 98% of graduate from catholic schools attend college.

St. Francis has sent 190 student athletes to play collegiate football the past 28 years. In addition, 24 alumni are coaching at the High School or college, playing professional football or are connected with the NFL. Much credit goes to Jerry Smith and John Scibetta for this very impressive accomplishment. The Red Raiders rank first in WNY connecting their student athletes to play college football.

North Tonawanda/Tonawanda rivarly began in 1896 with the Lumberjacks holding a 61-31-9 series lead. The Jacks have won 10 consecutive games.

Orchard Park holds a 20-18-2 lead in its games with Clarence.

Fact: There are 650 high school football programs in the state with 30,000 players.

Steve Means (DE) University at Buffalo Junior (Grover Cleveland Graduate) will play in the NFL after his college career.

Schools with multiple returning All-State players from Section VI include Clarence, Randolph, and Silver Creek.

Southwestern's win streak of 38 consecutive victories was the 16th longest ever in NYS. Massena Central holds the record of 55. Canisius holds the Msgr. Martin Association unbeaten record of 42, and Riverside holds the Harvard Cup unbeaten record with 40. The Trojan's now hold the Section VI record.

Ashton Broyld (QB) of Rush-Henrietta's State Championship Team will not play football for Syracuse in 2011. The State MVP accepted an athletic scholarship from Syracuse in February, but failed to join the Orange team on campus for a summer program.

Congratulations to members of the Kenmore East and Kenmore West football teams for having a car wash in July and raising over $1,000.00 for Kids Escaping Drugs.

Talent level with the Class of 2012 is one of the best in years.

Over 300 WNY High School Football Alumni are playing collegiate football.

Mike Masters and Vince Weselak from Cross-Training football are to be commended for a successful impact camp in July at Sahlen's Sports Park. For information on next year's camp, contact Mike at 716-432-5152.

Offensive Line for Class C State Champions Bronxville last year are now playing for Boston College, Harvard, Yale and Dartmouth. Quite an amazing accomplishment.

Don Majowski (DB), Depew, made Second-Team All-WNY in 1980. He made the Pro-Bowl playing for the Green Bay Packers.

Mason Burch, Randolph, Sr., rushed for over 1,000 yards last season. Mason is also an excellent bowler who rolled a 735 against Frewsburg in January.

Top Mascots: Lancaster, Randolph, Orchard Park, and Depew.

Top six angels for WNY High School Football are: Paul Hutzler, Milt Dickerson, Dennis Sparrow, Carl Kuras, Len Jankiewicz, and Tony Calligiuri.

From 1948 to 2010, St. Joseph's had a record of 73% winning seasons.

From 1948 to 2010, Canisius had a record of 60% winning seasons.

Prediction: Luke Connell will be an All-WNY Linebacker in 2026.

Most Points Scored in a Season: 282 by Aaron Leeper, Jamestown, (2000).

Dynamic Duo: Brent Robbins and Jason Burch, Randolph.

Dale Stewart, Niagara Falls All-WNY and All-State player, failed to qualify academically at the University of Buffalo, and will play at Iowa Western Community College.

The Empower NYS Upstate vs. Downstate High Schol Football Classic in June at the Carrier Doem drew an estimated crowd of 500. Also in June, the Empire Classic All-Star football game at Hofstra University with Long Island playing NYC had a record crowd of 11,992 fans.

Batman: John Lally, Clarence.

Robin: Nickolay Mohan, Clarence.

Superman: Brandon Lathrop, Kenmore West.

Superboy: Nick Hersey, Kenmore West.

Iron Man: Andrew Burgio, Depew.

Former Portville star, Boomer Connell, should be in the Panther's Hall of Fame

Least Photogenic: Steve Ferrentino, Orchard Park.

The largest single game attendance for a high school football game was 50,988 for Bennett vs. Kensington on October 21st, 1948.

Criteria for Success: Coaching + talent + chemistry + commitment to excellence.

Student Athletes: Remember your attitude is just as important as your ability. Any player seen taunting another player or displaying poor sportsmanship will not be eligible for post-season awards selected by WNY High School sports.

Players: Note that someone is always watching you play. A reputation that you have a non-stop motor and hustle every play is far better than to be noticed that you take downs off.

Parents: Let your coaches coach and forget the backbiting, talking, etc. behind their backs. If you are one of these parents, think about how embarassing it is to your children.

The annual Kickoff Classic at the Carrier Dome is scheduled for the first weeked of the football season; includes the following WNY teams: West Seneca West, who will play East Syracuse on Friday, September 2 at 5pm; Alden who will play Cobbleskill-Richmond at 4pm on Saturday; St. Francis vs. Liverpool at 6:30pm also on Saturday. A total of 13 games will be played.

Suggestion: Why not have a WNY High School Football Classic at Ralph Wilson Stadium, playing four games in the first week. Schedule this year could have featured the following contests: Orchard Park vs. Sweet Home, St. Joseph's vs. Kenmore West, Cleveland Hill vs. Burgard, and Southwestern vs. Silver Creek.

Steve Means, former All-WNY player from Grover Cleveland and currently playing DE for UB, is considered the best player in the MAC Conference by sporting news to be interviewed.

Depew has compiled an overall record of 373-292-38. The Wildcats did not lose a game in 1940, '45, '59, and '72.

North Tonawanda has an overall record of 14-2-0 against St. Joseph's and a 5-15-1 record against Sweet Home.

Lancaster has compiled a 433-270-38 record in 91 years starting in 1919.

Lancaster teams were unbeaten in 1928, '31, '34, '45, '57, '73, and '88.

Dyamic Duo: Chris Driver and Larry Middlebrooks, Cardinal O'Hara.

Of the 50 state high school football champions, Aquinas has 5 titles; Bishop Ludden and Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse) with one each -- the only private/catholic schools to win a State Title.

Ben Whitney (LB), Jamestown Senior, recorded 101 tackles in 2010.

Nick Mitchell (LB), Frewsburg Swnior, was a First-Team All-League selection as a Junior.

Rich Robbins, former Defensive Coordinator at Canisius, replaces Brandon Harris as Head Coach of the Crusaders. Harris compiled a 26-16 record in four seasons. In 2009, the Crusader's won the Msgr. Martin Association League AA Title.

55 WNY coaches won 100 games during their career. The most wins are 287, by Johnny Barnes from Canisius.

With two wins, Pat Slater, Randolph Head Coach, will become the fifth coach in WNY High School football to win 200 games.

Toughest Schedule: Canisius, St. Francis, and St. Joseph's.

Must-See Games: Canisius vs. St. Joseph's, McKinley vs. Sweet Home, and Clarence vs. Orchard Park.

Tremendous Athlete: Zeddie Williams, Silver Creek.

In 2004, James Starks (RB) from Niagara Falls, rushed for 1,049 yards, averaging 8 yards per carry for the Wolverines.

Walter Camp is the father of American football. As the first Head Coach of the University of Yale, he compiled a record of 218-11-8.

Michael Gelz (RB),  Clarence Senior, (6'2", 220-lbs.) has a 91.5% GPA.

According to Sports Illustrated and CBS, 7% of 2,837 players or 204 total among the magazine's 2010 Preseason Top 25 Football Teams were found to have police records before or after entering college. Schools with the most included Pittsburgh, Iowa, and Arkansas.

St. Joseph's has had three head coaches from 1960-2011: Tucker Reddington (122-40-8 from 1960-80), Bob O'Connor (162-50-6 from 1981-2009), and Dennis Gilbert (6-5-0 from 2010-Present).

Fact: Only cheaters use steroids in sports.

In 2010, Section V (Rochester) defeated Section VI (Buffalo) four games to one. For the overall series (state quarterfinals), Section V holds a commanding 53-34 lead.

Note: State Regional Playoffs this year will be played in Rochester.

History Question: How many U.S. Presidents played college football? Four: Dwight Eisenhower (HB) Army in 1912, Richard Nixon (OL) Whittier College from 1931-33, Gerald Ford (C) Michigan from 1932-34), and Ronald Reagan (HB) Eureka College from 1930-31.

In 1969, a new rule was instituted for high school football. A run or pass for an extra point was now two points.

In 1971, legislation passed by the NYS Board of Regents allowed teams to play a 9th game.

Special thanks to Milt Dickerson and the Kensington Lions for raising $10,000 for Kids Escaping Drugs.

Connolly Cup Committee will award the WNY High School Football Player of the Year in December for the 40th year.

Connolly Cup Committee will award the WNY High School Football Player of the Year in December for the 40th year.

WNY High School Sports will sponsor the annual Football Awards Banquet in December for the 25th year.

A WNY player will become the 600th to rush for 1,000 yards in a season.

Section VI will play the championship games at Ralph Wilson Stadium for the 32nd year.

The Trench Trophy Committee will award the Lineman of the Year in December at their annual banquet for the 9th year.

The Msgr. Martin Association will play their championship game in November at a site to be determined.

An average 64,000 high school football players suffered concussions each school year from 2005 through 2008, according to Dawn Comstock of the Center for Injury Research and Policy. More than 35% returned to play too soon, under well-accepted medical guidelines, and 16% who lost conciousness were allowed back on the field the same day (from USA Today).

An average 64,000 high school football players suffered concussions each school year from 2005 through 2008, according to Dawn Comstock of the Center for Injury Research and Policy. More than 35% returned to play too soon, under well-accepted medical guidelines, and 16% who lost conciousness were allowed back on the field the same day (from USA Today).

Top Rivalries League: Class AA - Orchard Park vs. Clarence, Class A - Sweet Home vs. Grand Island, Class B - Albion vs. Medina, Class C - Falconer vs. Southwestern, Class D - Maple Grove vs. Randolph, and Msgr. Martin Association- Canisius vs. St. Joseph's.

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