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ORCHARD PARK IS THE CLASS OF THE LEAGUE

Forecast:
1) Orchard Park
2) Jamestown
3) Clarence
4) Frontier
5) Lancaster
6) West Seneca West

Top Players:
Hayden Schonert, Lancaster
Alec Dietsch, Clarence
Michael Senn, Orchard Park
Nick King, Frontier
Cortland Haines, Jamestown
Matt Wheelock, West Seneca West

Orchard Park Quakers

Head Coach: Gene Tundo (159-26-0, 18 years)
Assistant Coaches: Chuck Senn, Craig Dana, Eric Jantzi
2011 Varsity Record: 13-0-0
Starters Returning: Offense 5 Defense 4
Key Players: Ben Holmes, Mike Senn, Jeff Modkins, Chris Sanfillipo, Adam Bellica, Austin Goltz, Connor Eddy, Quinton Kelson, Bobby Akinyele, Hans Weisansal, Ralph Pagliei, Mitch Wilson, Dawson Hillis, Kyle Brewer 
Key Losses: Okoya Anderson, Ben Johnson, Jim Fitzgerald, Austin Reese, Dave Crowley, Devon Leach
2011 JV Record: 8-2-0

Quakers look to defend State Championship with several quality players returning. Defense to be anchored by All-WNY candidates Mike Senn, Chris Sanfillipo and Connor Eddy. The offensive side of the ball will be sparked by QB Ben Holmes, Jeff Modkins, Mitch Wilson, and Austin Goltz. Adam Bellca, Quinton Kelson and Senn will anchor the line. Talent from the 8-2-0 JV squad will help Coach Gene Tundo's Quakers, which have posted a 21-2 record over the past two seasons. Considered the class of the league and the favorite to win their seventeenth Sectional Championship.

Jamestown Red Raiders

Head Coach: Tom Langworthy (20-17-0, 4 years)
Assistant Coaches: Ryan Calkins, Richie Joly, Dave Munella, John O'Brien, Andy Lata, Matt Langworthy
2011 Varsity Record: 8-2-0
Starters Returning: Offense 6 Defense 7
Key Players: Cortland Haines, John Czech, Dennis Drew, Zack Panebianco, Mike Watson, Connor Anderson, Brandon Kellom, DaQuan Hollingsworth
Key Losses: Ben Whitney, Spencer Decinque, Jake Dwaileebee
2011 JV Record: 3-6-0

Red Raiders played in the Sectional Championship game for the first time since 2000 last year and hope to play again in 2012. Coach Tom Langworthy will look to All-WNY candidates Cortland Haines and John Czech to anchor the defensive line. QB Dennis Drew IV and company will lead the offense, with the help of Brandon Kellom, Connor Anderson, and DaQuan Hollingsworth. Jamestown should be right at the top in contending for a League Championship.

Clarence Red Devils

Head Coach: Mark Layer (5-3-0, 1 year)
Assistant Coaches: Mark Kensy, Paul Burgio
2011 Varsity Record: 5-3-0
Starters Returning: Offense 5 Defense 4
Key Players: Alec Dietsch, Anthony Principale, Vince Taverna, Nate Ward, Dominic Webster, Mark Armstrong, Ben Reinhardt, Emaure Williams
Key Losses: Mike Gelz, Mike Arcuri
2011 JV Record: 7-1-0

Red Devils finished 5-3 in Coach Mark Layer's first season, and look to improve upon their initial success in 2012. The Defense will be led by All-WNY candidate LB Alec Dietsch, VinceTaverna, and Anthony Principale. Expect Mark Armstrong to be one of the top QB's in the area, and being helped along by the RB duo of Ben Reihnardt and Emaure Williams. The Line will be anchored by Nate Ward and Principale, with Domenic Webster providing versatile play, including punter. Look for Clarence to be making some noise come playoff time.

Frontier Falcons

Head Coach: Tim Myslinski (10-8-0, 2 years)
Assistant Coaches: Mark Privateer, Kevin Sheffield
2011 Varsity Record: 4-5-0
Starters Returning: Offense 4 Defense 4
Key Players: Nick King, Kenny Kahler, Cameron Coon, Ben Koch, Bernie Cathbert, Adrian Connor, Luvas Bartore, Rickey Fitzgerald, Brandon Wichleski
Key Losses: Taylor Eberl, Jimmy May
2011 JV Record: 9-0-0

Falcons look to improve on last year's record, led by All WNY-candidate and QB Ben Koch, directing the offense. Cam Coon, Adrian Connor, Kenny Kahler, Bernie Cathbert, and company, will be called to key the offense. Expect the defense to be lead by All-WNY candidate Nick "Hammertime" King and Luvas Bartore. The line will include young talent from last year's 9-0-0 JV, and should make a push for a playoff berth.

Lancaster Redskins

Head Coach: Chris Dickson (first year)
Assistant Coaches: Brian Wild, Joe Foyle, Tom O'Donnel, Toddy Suckow, Dave Mansell
2011 Varsity Record: 4-5-0
Starters Returning: Offense 2 Defense 4
Key Players: Hayden Schonert, Matt Szymanski, Ted Wilson, Bryan Koscielny, Kevin Colafranceschi, Mitch Fuller
Key Losses: Ryan Radke, Jordan Kihl, Liam O'Brien
2011 JV Record: 3-5-1

Redskins have a new head coach in Chris Dickson, who replaces Len Janklewicz after 29 seasons at the helm. Lancaster will try to find their way out of consecutive losing seasons and will be led by LB Hayden Schonert. The Defense should be anchored by Matt Szymanski and Schonert, while Bryan Koscielny provides an offensive spark. Could struggle in Dickson's first season. Key to season will be to put points on the board.

West Seneca West Indians

Head Coach: Joe Cantafio (20-37-0, 7 years)
Assistant Coaches: Dave Recor, Rob Lares
2011 Varsity Record: 3-5-0
Starters Returning: Offense 7 Defense 8
Key Players: Matt Wheelock, Devin Reynolds, Adam Zawadzki, Zach Marshall, Tyler Perna, John Lobdell, Tim Manuszewski
Key Losses: Steve Riggs, Tyler Schmidt
2011 JV Record: 3-5-0

Indians improved to 3-5-0 in 2011 and should get better with 15 returning starters from last year's squad. Matt Wheelock is an All-WNY candidate at DL/TE and will be expected to lead West Seneca West. Other key players for Coach Joe Cantafio include Devin Reynolds, Tyler Perna, Zach Marshall, and Adam Zawadzki. Expected to be competitive and make a push for a playoff berth.

Preseason All-League:
Offense:
QB Mark Armstrong, Clarence
QB Ben Holmes, Orchard Park
FB Vince Taverna, Clarence
RB DaQuan Hollingsworth, Jamestown
RB Matt Szymanski, Lancaster
RB Jeff Modkins, Orchard Park
TE Matt Wheelock, West Seneca West
WR Austin Goltz, Orchard Park
WR Mike Watson, Jamestown
OL John Czech, Jamestown
OL Anthony Principale, Clarence
OL Adama Bellica, Orchard Park
OL Quinten Kelson,Orchard Park
OL Nate Ward, Clarence
K Tyler Perna, West Seneca West
RS Austin Goltz, Orchard Park
U Kenny Kahler, Frontier

Defense:
DL Mike Senn, Orchard Park
DL Chris Sanfillipo, Orchard Park
DL Cortland Haines, Jamestown
LB Nick King, Frontier
LB Hayden Schonert, Lancaster
LB Connor Eddy, Orchard Park
LB Alec Dietsch, Clarence
LB Zach Marshall, West Seneca West
DB Ted Wilson, Lancaster
DB Vince Taverna, Clarence
DB Ben Reinhardt, Clarence
DB Brandon Kellom, Jamestown
P Domenic Webster, Clarence
RS Devin Reynolds, West Seneca West

Best Backfield: Orchard Park
Best Offense: Orchard Park
Best Defense: Orchard Park
Sleeper: Frontier

News and Notes:

  • Coach with most wins: Gene Tundo (150) 
  • Top Academic Achievers: Chris Sanfillipo, Orchard Park & Alec Dietsch, Clarence 
  • Strongest: Mike Senn, Orchard Park & Ted Wilson, Lancaster 
  • Fastest: Ben Holmes, Orchard Park 
  • Biggest: Mark Armstrong, Clarence 
  • Best Nickname: Ben "Bambi" Holmes, Orchard Park 
  • Best Cheerleaders: Frontier 
  • Top Complex: Jamestown 
  • Best Rushers: Jeff Modkins, Orchard Park & Mitch Wilson, Orchard Park 
  • Top WR: Austin Goltz, Orchard Park
  • Top Defensive Players: Cortland Haines, Jamestown & Nick King, Frontier 
  • Top Lineman: Mike Senn, Orchard Park 
  • Major Impact Player: Alec Dietsch, Clarence 
  • Preseason Offensive Player of Year: Ben Holmes, Orchard Park 
  • Preseason Defensive Player of Year: Cortland Haines, Jamestown 
  • Team with Most Sectional Titles: Orchard Park 
  • Most Photogenic: Hayden Schonert, Lancaster 
  • Best Dancer: Chris Sanfillipo, Orchard Park 
  • Game changer: Ben Holmes, Orchard Park 
  • Must See Game: Orchard Park @ Jamestown (Week 6) 
  • Unsung Players: Vince Taverna, Clarence & Kenny Kahler, Frontier
  • Frontier JV are 16-2 in the past 2 seasons, including an unbeaten 9-0-0 season in 2011 
  • Lancaster has consecutive losing seasons in 2010 & 2011, prior to their last losing season in 1997
  • Player you will get to know: Ben Koch, Frontier 
  • Biggest Question: Who will take over at RB for Spencer DeCinque at Jamestown and for Okoya Anderson at Orchard Park? Whomever replaces Anderson has some very big shoes to fill. In his career, the former Quaker scored 69 touchdowns and 2 two-point conversions for a total of 418 points. This was the sixth best in WNY high school football history - the record which stands at 706 points was set by Clymer RB Jehuu Caulcrick (1999-2002) - Frank Payne will be Head JV coach and Brad Dietsch will coach Modified at Clarence

Last time in Section VI Championship Game: 
Clarence: 2010 
Frontier: 1984 
Jamestown: 2011 
Lancaster: 2009
Orchard Park: 2011 
West Seneca West: Never

Last time Won Sectional Championship:
Clarence: 2010
Frontier: 1984
Jamestown: 2000
Lancaster: 1999
Orchard Park: 2011
West Seneca West: Never

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