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Dick Gallagher shares his thoughts, opinions, takes, and picks on the happenings surrounding WNY High School Football in week 6 of the regular season:
Top Booster Club President: Laura Farmer, Wilson
Best Cheerleaders: Fredonia
Best Game Program: West Seneca East
Best Uniform: Canisius
Best Booster Club: Cassadaga Valley
Best Refreshment Stand: Albion
Stat Man of the Week: Tim Wegrzyn
Best School Board President:  Joe DiMaeo, Jamestown
Versatile Player: Jeremiah Russin, Chautauqua Lake
Ben Holmes, Orchard Park senior quarterback, is being recruited by several colleges including Syracuse, University of Buffalo, Maine, and Albany.
A total of 43 games were played this weekend.
Congratulations to Chuck Tilley and the Eden Raiders for winning their third league title in 4 years.
Attention Coaches: the deadline for submitting nominations for 2012 WNY All-Academic football team is November 9th. Call Dick Gallagher at 856-1417 for information. Criteria: Nominees must participate in interscholastic football in Western New York, must be a starter or an important reserve with a good grade point average, and must be a senior in high school.
Prediction for Section Championships:
Class AA: Jamestown vs. Orchard Park
Class A: Sweet Home vs. West Seneca East
Class B: Alden vs. Depew
Class C: Cleveland Hill vs. Salamanca
Class D: Maple Grove vs. Randolph
Class DD: Clymer vs. Ellicottville/West Valley
East Aurora had to forfeit its game with Wilson since too many players were injured and the Blue Devils couldn't field a team with the 16 minimum players required by the state.
Best Rusher: Jason Kilburn, Pine Valley
Best Passer: Jason Hellwig, Medina
Lancaster had a ceremony prior to its game with Depew in which their athletic complex was named for Len Jankiewicz, long time Redskin athletic director and football coach.
Fact: St. Joe's has had only 4 head coaches from 1954 to present. The 2nd of those 4 was Tom "Tucker" Reddington who coached from 1960 through 1980. He has coached or mentored many of the current day SJCI coaching staff.
Tom was a South Buffalo guy; graduated from South Park and ran a successful funeral home on Abbot Ave., that is still open today. Tucker passed away from a battle with cancer this past July at the age of 82. He will forever be a part of the "other" rivalry vs. Timon and never forgotten.
Offensive Lines of the Week: Williamsville South: Jeff Munschauer, Greg Crane, Mark Nunziato, Mike O'Brien, Erik Jacobs; Timon/St. Jude: Sean Murphy, Joe Caufield, Ryan Bryne, Dylan Carbone.
Sweet Home, West Seneca East, Alden, Cheektowaga, Maple Grove, and Canisius are the only remaining unbeaten teams.
The combined record of City of Buffalo teams in 2011 was 20 wins and 51 losses. For the 2012 regular season, the combined record was 18 wins, 38 losses with 2 of the 8 teams making the playoffs, Burgard (6-1), and McKinley (5-2).
Bill Schiavitta, Lew-port senior LB, has recorded 110 tackles in 7 games.
Upset of the Week: JFK over Cleveland Hill
Best Comeback of the Week: Jamestown over Clarence
Best Rushing Teams: Randolph, Springville
Best Fans: Timon/St. Jude, JFK
Trick Master: Tim Bergan, Ellicottville/West Valley
Top Freshman: Jake Fuzak, Williamsville South
Top Sophomores: Jason Hellwig, Medina/Lyndonville; Zach Panebianco, Jamestown
Top Junior: Nick Anderson, JFK
Top Senior: Mike Torrillo, Sweet Home
Why didn't the executive director of the Msgr. Martin Association respond to inquires by the Buffalo News concerning the status of Josh Recor who transferred from Lancaster to Timon/St. Jude last year? Is this leadership?
Best 1-6 Team: Lancaster
Matt Keating Iroquois quarterback completed 63 of 122 passes for 972 yards and 14 touchdowns in the Chief's 7 games and a 6-1 record.
Matt Wilkenson, Iroquois WR, has caught 31 passes for 557 yards and scored 11 touchdowns to lead the Chief's to a 6-1 record.
Mason Bonafede, Iroquois LB, has recorded 56 tackles this season.
Panama, Amherst, and Chautauqua Lake really tailed off in the second half of the regular season. 
Austin Reese, All-WNY kicker from Orchard Park, will be enrolling at Edinboro in January and will play football in 2013. 
Best Dressed Coaching Staff: Jamestown
Most Wins Coaching in WNY: 287 Canisius, Gene Masters; 248 Brocton/Grand Island and 238 Dick Diminuco, Albion/Alden
Tanner John, Salamanca senior quarterback, rushed for 218 yards against Falconer.
Austin Reese, All-WNY kicker from Orchard Park, will be enrolling at Edinboro in January and will play football in 2013. 
Playoff Sleepers: Class AA Clarence, Class A Iroquois, Class B Springville, Class C Westfield, Class D Silver Creek, Class DD Clymer.
Marquel Jackson, Cheektowaga senior QB, was suspended and did not play in the warriors win over Maryvale. It is possible that he is done for the season.
Best Williamsville East Fan: Janet Snyder
Best Brother Passing Combination: Kevin to Austin Goltz, Orchard Park
Amazing how few students from St. Joe's attended the game at Timon. Where were they?
Rush-Henrietta, which last year lost to Orchard Park in the state quarterfinals, is undefeated this season and dominating opponents. The Royal Comets are led by quarterback Chauncey Scissum and have tremendous skill players, they will be a major force in the playoffs and will be a tough matchup for any Section VI team. The Comets have won the Monroe County division League Title for their fourth consecutive year.
Rivalries: 
North Tonawanda 63, Tonawanda 31 - ties: 9 - 103 years
Hamburg 29, Frontier 27 - ties: 2 - 58 years
Albion 64, Medina 46 - ties: 5 - 115 years
Dunkirk 63, Fredonia 47 - ties: 11 - 121 years
Kenmore West 35, Kenmore East - ties: 2 - 54 years
Offensive Lineman Deserve Some Glory: 
Players who are offensive linemen have to be the most humble and unselfish players since they receive little of the glory while the offensive backfield receives all the press and recognition. A few of this year's offensive lineman include:
Jason Bunk, Alden
John Czech, Jamestown
Adam Bellica, Orchard Park
Khalil Summerville, Bennett
Connor Johnson, Pioneer
Damar Danzler, Burgard
Steven Strauss, Albion
Nick Nocek, Fredonia
Tom Furlong, Lockport
Steve Wilde, Starpoint
Peter Trathen, Southwestern
Anthony Pezzulo, Chautauqua Lake
Andrew Pezzulo, Chautauqua Lake
Zachary Osmanski, West Seneca East
Nate Ward Clarence
Pat Haley, Canisius
Ryan Hunter, Canisius
Franklin Spina, St. Joe's
Tory Grupa, Fredonia
Adam Eick, Medina
Jake Swan, Maple Grove
Jeff Tampe, Maple Grove
Brandon Reilly, West Seneca East
Jake Muscarella, Canisius
Sam Bonk, Clarence
Jeff Pinto, Sweet Home
Greg Crane, Williamsville South
Jeff Munschauer, Williamsville South
Sean Murphy, Timon/St. Jude
Dylan Carbone, Timon/St. Jude
Ryan Bryne, Timon/St. Jude
Joe Caufield, Timon/St. Jude
Top 10 Tackling Machines: 
Josh White, Cleveland Hill
Nick King, Frontier
Peter Trathen, Southwestern
Alec Dietsch, Clarence
Hayden Schonert, Lancaster
Mike Sharpe, Canisius
Jackson Brown, Timon/St. Jude
Roderick Morrow, Burgard
Cortland Haines, Jamestown
Ryan Johnson, West Seneca East

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