Quote of the Week: When you play, leave everything on the field in practice and in games.
Booster Club President of the Week: Melissa Huber, Williamsville South
Academic Achievers of the Week:
Erik Bartnik (94 GPA)
Jerry Hickson, (97 GPA)
Top Football Complexes: St. Joe’s, Tonawanda
Referee of the Week: George Santora
Athletic Directors of the Week: Greg Kaszubski, Clarence; Jon Roth, Grand Island
Top Band: Lancaster
Top Refreshment Stand: Clarence
Top JV Program: Canisius
Tackling Machine: Nate Emer, Iroquois
Best Voice: Baylee Vercruysee
Most Loquacious: Sean Bruso, Springville
Comedian of the Week: Noah Turzillo, Jamestown
Best Dressed Jamestown Coach: Richie Joy
Cheerleaders of the Week: Lancaster
Assistant Coaches of the Week: Williamsville North
Unique Name: Barking Bulldogs
Best Chain Crew: Williamsville East
Best Uniform: Canisius
Class Act: Blake Haubeil, Canisius; Jerry Hickson, St. Francis
Best Fans: South Park
Best Dressed Coaches: Franklinville/Ellicottville
Best Game Program: Jamestown
Top Statistician: John O’Brien, Jamestown
Best Announcer: Brother Joe, St. Joe’s
Journalist of the Week: Miggy Rodriguez, Buffalo News
Top Assistant: Nancy Ells, Lake Shore
Best Restaurant: Chef’s
Tom Ambassador: Milt Dickerson, All-Star Classic Chairman
Best Radio Station: WBEN AM
Best Media Friendly Football Program: Medina
Best Fan: Jerry Obstein, South Park
Alumnus of the Week: John Urschel, Canisius
Best Dancer: Shakur Harris, South Park
Name of the Week: Riley Hummel, Hamburg
Fastest Player of the Week: Kolby Parks, Clymer/Sherman/Panama
Strongest Player of the Week: Ryan Kostek, West Seneca East
Tallest Player of the Week: Greg Wilson, East Aurora/Holland
Most Photogenic Coach of the Week: Todd Therrien, North Tonawanda Assistant
Best Media Friendly Football Program: Williamsville South
Most Inspirational: Justin Svetz, Clymer/Sherman/Panama
Best Highlight Film: Mike Penny, Williamsville East
Cheerleader of the Week: Taylor Lynn Domanowski, Lancaster
Jake “Boss” Cotter, Medina
Jake “Professor” Lutz, Canisius
Isaiah “Thunder” McDuffie, Bennett
Devin “Gladiator” Delmont, St. Francis
Brave “Bus” Williams, Lake Shore
Jalin “Cadillac” Cooper, Medina
Nick “Spiderman” Huber, Williamsville South
Brock “Ironhead” Blecha, Franklinville/Ellicottville
Scott “Moost” Becht, Williamsville North
Joe “Knuckles” Montgomery, East Aurora
Alex “Monster” Sweeney, Clarence
Duane “Franchise” Robertson, Hutch-Tech
Devan “Shaggy” Jackson, Jamestown
Projected 100 Tackle Club
Isaiah McDuffie, Bennett
Jamal Lofton, Bennett
Matt Eldridge, Cleveland Hill
Trevor Micek, Maple Grove
Louis Surace, Jr., St. Joe’s
Elwin Gomez, Dunkirk
Devin Delmont, St. Francis
Nick Shaefer, South Park
Gilberto Ortiz, Gowanda
Marquez Lofton, Lackawanna
Jeremy Bush, Jamestown
Connor Kellu, Williamsville North
Antwanne Jones, Williamsville South
Paul Brinson, Nichols
Given that Section VI moved Bennett up 2 classes from C to A and were recommending Maple Grove/Chautauqua Lake from Class C to B, one has to ask whether htat was a one time move or should other schools be concerned about where Section VI may try to move them after the 2016 season. How about the section taking losing teams like Newfane, Riverside and moving them down a class. This will make for an interesting off season for Section VI football.
Injury Update: Sean Barry, Springville sophomore RB, is lost for the season. Tough loss for Sean and the Griffiths.
What was the benefit of Timon/St. Jude playing national powers in Georgia, Ohio, and Texas in their first 3 games? The Tigers were outscored 153 to 18 points and no players were seen by WNY fans or local media.
Jake Sisson, former Jamestown All-WNY and All-State player, accounted for 508 yards and 6 touchdowns in Edinboro’s win over Lock Haven.
The diocese of Camden, New Jersey, gave a message to high school football players. Either respect the national anthem or be prepared to ride the bench with a 2 game suspension.
With his kickoffs, punts, field goals, and pats, Blake Haubeil is a tremendous weapon for the Canisius Crusaders. Just think 2 years ago he was playing 5 different positions at Amherst. In 2017, we can see him kicking for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Jason and Andrew Hwang, Williamsville North
Jacob and Jared Maurino, West Seneca East
Michael and Alex Handley, Alden
Section VI Playoff Format:
Class AA/A/C: Top 4 finishers in each division make the playoffs. 1 North plays 4 South, 2 North plays 3 South etc…We follow brackets to the stadium. We do not reseed after the first round. The 5 and 6 seeds qualify for Funke Bowls.
Class B: 3 divisions. The division winners get 1-3 seeds. 2nd place finishers get 3-6 seeds. The next two best 3rd place finishers get the 7-8 seeds. The remaining 3rd place team and the 4th place finishers qualify for the Funke Bowl
Class D: 8 teams. They all make the play-offs. 1 plays 8, 2 plays 7 etc. After the first round, the highest two seeded losing teams will play in the Funke Championships.
Toughest Opponents Week 3
Timon/St. Jude vs Permian (Texas)
Canisius vs. Aquinas
Jamestown vs. Orchard Park
Burgard vs. West Seneca East
Questions for High School Athletes Being Recruited
Is it a formally accredited, highly rated institution?
Does it offer my preferred major?
Will my high school grades be good enough?
What does my guidance counselor think about the colleges with respect to my academic ability and the major I plan to pursue?
How many hours a day will athletics and other responsibilities involved in maintaining my scholarship take me away from my studies?
Will the athletic department pay for any tutoring I may require?
Are they offering a four-year scholarship, or can they terminate it any time they choose?
What happens to the scholarship if I am injured and unable to play?
How much will it cost me to go to school on top of the scholarship?
Must I work for my room and board? What are the hours of this job?
Can I afford to travel home during vacation periods, and can my parents afford to travel to college to see me play as often as they wish?
Would I like to play for the head coach who is recruiting me? Will he be the head coach next year?
What do the present and former athletes have to say about the athletic department and the institution in general?
Does my high school coach feel that I can play at this level?
Does the college environment appear to be one in which I’d care to spend for years?
How many players were red shirted last season? How many play my position?
Do I have a passion for the game of football and am I willing to pay the price?
Tim “Air” Delaney, South Park
Tim “The Magician” Bergan, Ellicottville/Franklinville
Jerry “Media Man” Smith, St. Francis
Brent “Mr. Cool” Brown, Randolph
Mike “Run and Gun” Fatta, Cheektowaga
Dean “The Dinosaur” Santorio, Grand Island
Kraig “Rapid Fire” Kurzanski, Williamsville South
Mike “GQ” Torillo, Sweet Home
Rich “The Prez” Robbins, Canisius
Chris “Photogenic” Glenn, Williamsville East
Gene “The Hammer” Tundo, Orchard Park
Jason “Smiley” Kolb, Burgard
Best Coach Not Coaching: John Scibetta
Playing High School Football:
Thousands of student-athletes will participate in football throughout WNY.
Championship games are being held at New Era Field.
Sectional Champions competing for state championships.
Players being offered scholarships.
Banquets in December honoring players, coaches, and All-Athletic teams.
Cheerleaders and bands performing at games.
Parents volunteering in the refreshment stands, chain crews, etc.
Cross training Football Initiative for character awards at games.
Section VI Football Federation.
Msgr. Martin Association.
Buffalo News All-WNY teams.
Local and state polls.
NYSSWA All-State Football teams.
Teams winning games by 30 points and starters are still playing in the fourth quarter.
Players using steroids.
Out of control parents.
WNY Trivia Football Quiz:
How many alumni have Super Bowl rings?
Who holds the WNY record for passing yards in a season?
Who holds the WNY records for touchdowns in a season?
What WNY alumnus scored the most points in his football career?
What WNY team has won the most state championships?
What WNY alumni has 3 Super Bowl rings?
What year did Section VI win 4 state football titles with undefeated seasons?
What was the largest attendance for a high school football game in WNY history?
What WNY alumnus kicked the most field goals in one season?
Note: Answers will be in the next Sidelines Recap.
Nickname Mascot Changes:
In 1972, Stanford dropped the Indian mascot.
In 1979 Syracuse dropped the Saline Warrior mascot.
In 1979, St. Bonaventure dropped Brown Indians and Brown Squaw mascots.
In 1988, public schools in Wisconsin began to change their American related sports team logos, mascots, and nicknames.
In 1991, the Nebraska commission on Indian affairs requested 27 public schools in that state to end their use of Indian mascots and nicknames.
In 1995 St. John’s changed their nickname from Redmen to Redstorm.
WNY teams will play 37 games in week 3. Friday there are 28 and Saturday there are 9.
Best Youth Football Coaches: Tony Caliguri, Niagara Falls and Boomer Connell, Williamsville
Top WNY Alumni Playing Collegiate Football:
Chad Kelly, St. Joe’s – Mississippi
Akeel Lynch, St. Francis – Neveda
TJ Wheatley, Canisus – Michigan
Ryan Hunter, Canisius – Bowling Green
Qadree Ollison, Canisius – Pittsburgh
Michael Tarbutt, Canisius – Connecticut
Demone Harris, Timon/St. Jude – Buffalo
Andy Smigiera, West Seneca East – Robert Morris
Alex Dietsch, Clarence – St. Lawrence
Jake Dolegala, St. Francis – Central Catholic
Tommy Doctor, Grand Island – UNC/Charlotte
Jake Fuzak, Williamsville South – University at Buffalo
Jason Vranic, Niagara Wheatfield – Penn State
The Empire State has produced 48 NFL drafters since 2006.
Rob Gronkowski was taken in the 2nd round of the 2010 NFL draft. Dan Gronkowski was taken in the 7th round of the 2009 draft while Chris and Glenn Gronkowski were signed as free agents.
Fredonia which merged with Brocton and Westfield for this season has only one home game when they host rival Dunkirk. Brocton has 2 home games while Westfield has one.
Concussion rates per sport:
The amount of sports concussions taking place for 100,000 athletic exposures is as follows:
Boys ice hockey: 54%
Girl’s soccer: 33%
Boy’s lacrosse: 40-46.6%
Girl’s lacrosse: 31-35%
Boy’s soccer: 19.2%
Question: How can Doug Worthington, former St. Francis great who played at Ohio State and in the NFL not be in the St. Francis Hall of Fame?
Last Sectional Football Title:
Silver Creek 2010
North Tonawanda 2009
Grand Island 2005
Players: Please be advised that any players displaying poor sportsmanship during the season will not be invited to attend the WNY high school football awards banquet in December. Also, keep in mind that if you are ejected from a game, you also have to sit out the next game.
Toughest schedules: Timon/St. Jude, St. Joe’s, St. Francis
Did You Know:
Tim Delaney, South Park and Kraig Kurzanski, Williamsville South were captains of their miniature golf team.
Jim Maurino, West Seneca East and Scott Zipp are former Yankee pinstripe models.
Dave Munella, Jamestown participated in dancing with the stars. Unfortunately he finished last in the competition. However, he finished first in the costume competition since he was an excellent actor.
Steve “Ballboy” Ferrentino has his haircut by a lawnmower.
In 3 games, Dillon Janca, Orchard Park senior QB, has completed 49 of 85 passes for 717 yards, 5 touchdowns, and has rushed for 4 touchdowns for the Quakers.
Shutouts: South Park, Randolph, Dunkirk
Upset: Lackawanna over Depew. Niagara Falls over Kenmore West.
Snap, Crackle, and Pop: Matt Eldridge, Ryan Majerowski, Ammari Wooten from Cleveland Hill.
Mike Alessi, Eden/North Collins, was selected Buffalo Bills high school coach of the week for week 2.
Best Preseason Predictions: Orchard Park, Lancaster, Medina, Cheektowaga, Maryvale, Springville, Cheektowaga, JFK, Gowanda, Maple Grove, Franklinville/Ellicottville, Williamsville North, Clarence, Starpoint, North Tonawanda
Worst Preseason Predictions: Lackawanna to win Class B East, Olean to be #4 in B South, Southwestern to be #3 in C South, Niagara Falls to finish last in AA South.
Starpoint and Williamsville North dedicated their new athletic complexes on Friday night before packed houses. The complexes are outstanding and much credit goes to the district and the school administrators as well as the coaches and the residents who approved the project. The scoreboards included a video component in which everyone in attendance could see replays. They now have two of the top athletic complexes in Western New York.
Forecast for Championship Games:
Class AA: Lancaster vs. Orchard Park
Class A: Bennett vs. South Park
Class B: Cheektowaga vs. Springville
Class C: Cleveland Hill vs. JFK
Class D: Maple Grove vs. Franklinville/Ellicottville
After 3 weeks, only 14 of 72 schools are unbeaten.
Top Passer: Jerry Hickson, St. Francis
Top Rusher: Chris Labonte, North Tonawanda
Top Defender: Mason Hoose, Canisius
Top Offensive Line: North Tonawanda
Top Defensive Line: Canisius
Top Linebackers: Bennett
Top Defensive Backs: South Park
Player of the Week: James Bailey, JFK
Team of the Week: Niagara Falls
Upset of the Week: Lackawanna over Depew
Winless Teams: Timon/St. Jude, St. Mary’s, Niagara-Wheatfield, Lockport, Riverside, Lake Shore, Kenmore West, Newfane, Cardinal O’Hara, Wilson, Chautauqua Lake, Salamanca, Cattaraugus/LV, Clymer/Sherman/Panama, Allegany-Limestone, Nichols
Pat Bagy from the Amherst Bee is a gift to the town’s athletic community for his excellent coverage of high school sports.
Surprise Team: JFK, Niagara Falls, Clarence, Olean
Jerry Hickson, St. Francis
James Bailer, JFK
Austin Breidenstein, West Seneca East
Top Running Backs:
Cole Burniston, Canisius
Jake Sarow, Akron
Iran Baker, Orchard Park
Top Wide Receivers:
Justin Johnson, Timon/St. Jude
Duane Robertson, Hutch-Tech
Nic Bruce, Orchard Park
Nick Constanzo, Maryvale
Connor Kelly, Williamsville North
Matt Eldridge, Cleveland Hill
Mason Hose, Canisius
Nick Kelsch, St. Joe’s
Jacob Kiff, Starpoint
Fewest Points Scored Through Week 3:
St. Mary’s – 6
Cattaraugus/LV – 12
CSP – 14
Lake Shore – 14
Allegany-Limestone – 14
Riverside – 18
Timon/St. Jude – 18
Salamanca – 20
Newfane – 24
Lackawanna – 26
Most Points Allowed Through Week 3:
Cattaraugus/LV – 154
Timon/St. Jude – 153
Riverside – 153
Kenmore East – 148
St. Mary’s – 136
Lake Shore – 132
Jamestown – 131
Tonawanda – 121
Barker/RH – 114
Lew-Port – 114
Chris Battaglia, head football coach at Aquinas, was ejected from the Canisius game for unsportsmanship behavior and will also have to sit out the team’s next game.
Caution fans in Class AA. Pittsford defeated Orchard Park in week 2 35-22. In week 3, Victor dominated Pittsford which was ranked number 1 in Class AA in the state poll 42-15.
Dynamic duo: Cheektowaga’s Sevin Turpin and Michael Gray III.
Ryan Mansell, Lancaster junior QB, has completed 24 of 33 passes for 547 yards and 6 touchdowns while LG Castillo, senior WR, has caught 7 passes for 246 yards and 4 touchdowns.
Listen to WGR 550 radio AM on Saturdays for the high school sports show from 10-11am with Tony Caliguri.
Patrick Gilbert, St. Joe’s junior WR and son of former head coach Dennis, caught a touchdown pass in the Maurauder’s win over Cardinal O’Hara. Congratulations.
Matt Boss, East Aurora senior QB, has completed 28 of 50 passes for 448 yards and 6 touchdowns in the first 3 games this season.
Football fans will have the opportunity of watching sectional championships and NYS regional championships at New Era Field in Orchard Park on November 4th, 5th, 11th, and 12th. Tickets will be $10.00
Jacob Schum, former Frontier player, is this year’s punter for the Green Bay Packers.
Chad Kelly, former St. Joe’s QB in 3 games this season as QB at Mississippi has completed 67 of 107 passes (62.6 percent) for 953 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions.
WNY has 2 teams ranked number 1 in the state poll. In Class AA, Canisius is #1 after defeating Aquinas. In Class D, Maple Grove is ranked number one with a 3-0 mark. In Class A, Bennett is ranked #8, Class C JFK is #5 and Class B, Cheektowaga is #3.
Orchard Park 30 – Jamestown 12
Canisius 33 – Aquinas 20
Cheektowaga 31 – Newfane 31
JV Players of the Week:
Gavin Bowen, Jamestown
Taige White, Jamestown
Ty Roach, Cheektowaga
Jabari McDonald, Cheektowaga
Cole Burniston, Canisius senior RB/LB in 3 games has rushed for 271 yards and 5 touchdowns. He has recorded 16 tackles including 5 for loss.
Aaron Wahler, Cleveland Hill sophomore RB, has rushed for 424 yards and 7 touchdowns in 3 games.
Matt Eldridge, Cleveland Hill senior LB, has recorded 37 tackles in 3 games.
Dillon Janca, Orchard Park senior QB has completed 49 of 85 passes for 717 yards and 5 touchdowns for the Quakers in the first 3 games this season. For his career, he has passed for 5250 yards and 53 touchdowns.
League Records Through Week 3
Msgr. Martin Association 5-11
Class AA North 10-8
Class AA South 8-7
Class A North 10-10
Class A South 13-14
Class B East 8-10
Class B South 9-9
Class B West 10-8
Class C North 8-7
Class C South 7-11
Class D 12-12
Connor Allen, East Aurora, is now starting at WR for Wooster College in Ohio. Last week he caught 8 passes for 166 yards and for the season is averaging 20.5 yards per catch. He is now 4th in the conference with 266 receiving yards.
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