Quotes of the Week: “A champion must have the desire for perfection and the will to punish himself in the process.”
"Today is a new day, a new beginning. It has been given to me as a new gift. I can either use it or throw it away. What I do today will affect me tomorrow. I cannot blame anyone but myself if I do not success. I promise to use this day to the fullest by giving my best, realizing it can never come back again."
Booster Club Presidents of the Week: Kris Delcamp, Clymer/Sherman/Panama; Jeff Spears, Olean
Academic Achievers of the Week:
Ian Baker, Springville (GPA 3.3)
Jordan McLaughlin, Olean (GPA 94)
Albert Kramp, Newfane (94.7 GPA)
Top Football Complex: Sweet Home
Referee of the Week: Mike Binkowski
Athletic Directors of the Week: Dave Hack, Orchard Park; Kevin Lester, Williamsville South
Top Band: Orchard Park
Top Refreshment Stand: Sweet Home
Top JV Program: Lancaster
Marquez Lofton, Lackawanna
Best Voices: Marquel Lofton, Lackawanna
Most Loquacious: Todd Therrien, North Tonawanda
Comedian of the Week: Alex Barbaro, Lancaster
Best Dressed Jamestown Coach: Mike Baker, Lake Shore
Cheerleaders of the Week: Lake Shore
Assistant Coaches of the Week: Canisius
Unique Name: Depew Destroyers
Best Chain Crew: All-High (Buffalo)
Best Uniform: Clarence
Class Act: Mason Hoose, Canisius
Best Fans: Grand Island
Best Dressed Coaches: Clarence
Journalist of the Week: Budd Bailey, Buffalo News
Top Assistant: Mary Maisto, Jamestown
Top Statistician: Allen Roller, Maple Grove
Best Restaurant:Park Meadow
Tom Ambassador: Keith McShea, Buffalo News
Best Radio Station: WJJL
Best Fan: Bill Pukalo, Pioneer
Best Media Friendly Football Program: Jamestown
Most Photogenic: Naseer Jackson, St. Joe’s
Alumnus of the Week: James Starks, Niagara Falls
Best Dancer: Niko Mullen, Clarence
Question for the Week: Why do some people never stop talking?
Fastest Player of the Week: Cole Burniston, Hamburg
Strongest Player of the Week: Alex Pasinski, Williamsville South
Tallest Player of the Week: Jalin Cooper, Medina
Superintendent of the Week: Jon MacSwan, Cleveland Hill
Matt “Refrigerator” Eldridge, Cleveland Hill
Cordell “Crackerjack” O’Brien, Frewsburg
Tyler “House” Grisolla, St. Francis
Freddy “Pit Bull” Nixon, St. Joe’s
Riley “Bumps” Pastuszynski, Alden
Connor “King” Desiderio, Maryvale
Garrett “Dizzy” Boldt, Olean
Jon “Batman” Wolf, Depew
Brock “Wonder Boy” Blecha, Franklinville/Ellicottville
Marcus “Slippery” James, Springville
Jake Sisson, former Jamestown star, led Edinburo to a 62-14 win over Clarion as he passed for 5 touchdowns, rushed for a touchdown, and caught a pass for a TD. The junior recorded 395 yards on offense in the game. For his performance, Jake was named Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Offensive Player of the Week for the 2nd time in 3 weeks.
WNY teams will play 36 game in week 6. Friday there are 27 and Saturday there are 9.
Media day for the sectional championship games will be held Thursday, November 1st at 9:30 in the M and T Building at New Era Field.
Questions for Student Athletes
What level of college football do you expect to play?
What are your attributes (size, speed, academics, etc…)
What is your work ethic?
Do you have a passion for the game?
How much time do you spend on academics?
What is your workout program?
Do you have high expectations?
Football Players Who Are Also Excellent Basketball Players Include:
Naseer Jackson, St. Joe’s
Shakur Harris, South Park
Derek Bishop, Bennett
Dominic Prince, Burgard
Anthonry Maniscalco, Williamsville North
Josh Foster, Williamsville South
Stephan Parker, Cheektowaga
Christian Snell, Alden
London Smith, Lackawanna
Khalil Horton, Lackawanna
Zach Prince, Orchard Park
Noble Smith, Lackawanna
Jalin Cooper, Medina
Tommy Mattison, Albion
Brock Blecha, Franklinville
Cordell O’Brien, Frewsburg
Kolby Parks, Sherman
Last Sectional Football Title
West Valley 1983
Little Valley 1982
West Seneca East 1981
Best Kick Returners
Terry Rutland, Starpoint
Chris Williams, Silver Creek
Sam Jacobi, Randolph
Duane Robertson, Hutch-Tech
Jared Maurino, West Seneca East
John McCabe, East Aurora/Holland
Todd Thompson, Pioneer
Jasey Jakubczak, East Aurora/Holland
Joell Colon, Fredonia/WB
Christian Snell, Alden
Jalin Cooper, Medina
Brandon Kohl, JFK
Kyle Backert, Lancaster
Erlonna Giardina, Kenmore West
Dylan Casey, Maryvale
Dalton Dubois, Maple Grove
Nate Faller, Sweet Home
Austin Grinois, Franklinville/Ellicottville
St. Francis has 38 players on the varsity squad. Schools which they came from include: Frontier Middle, St. Roch Catholic Secondary, West Seneca West, Lake Shore Middle, Hamburg Middle, Sweet Home, Orchard Park, Springville, Eden, Notre, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Holland, St. Peter and Paul, Central Technical, Southtowns Catholic, St. Bernadette, Annunciation, North Chautauqua.
Nominations are requested for the WNY High School Sports/Buffalo Bills Academic Football Team. The criteria are as follows. Nominees must participate in interscholastic football in WNY, must either be a starter or an important reserve with an overall grade pint average of 90, and must be a senior in high school. For information, contact Dick Gallagher at 245-3334. Please note that nomination forms have been sent to all WNY head football coaches. Deadline for nominations is November 15th.
Eden has won 17 division titles, 2 sectional championships and 1 regional championships.
Cheektowaga: Eric Bartnik
Clarence: Niko Mullen, Brett Naylor, Sean Kloss, Ross Kobiezecki, Garren Dudas
Maryvale: Austin Reamsnyder, Joey Cartonia, Nick Costanzo
Starpoint: Tajay Ahmed, Adam Lasal
Burgard: Dominic Prince, Anthony Maple
St. Francis: Devin Delmont, Jerry Hickson
South Park: Nick Schaefer, Elijah Winston, Jeremiah Sanders
Williamsville East: Nick Falkides, Joe Shifflet, Jordan Clement
Kenmore West: Tyler White
Albion: Tommy Mattison, Jared Hollinger, Branden McGurie
East Aurora/Holland: Matt Boss, Gian Rock
JFK: Jeff Rashko, Jason Kaye, Brandon Kohl, Jordan Snyder
Williamsville South: Antwanne Jones, Jack Steinmetz, Josh Foster, Ethan Stewart, Alex Pasinski
Pioneer: Todd Thompson, Jason Gauthier
Newfane: Albert Kramp, Trevor Tomtishen, Brandon Gross
Wilson: Justin Daul, Kele Weisinger
McKinley: Miles Haynes, Taelen Hollamon
Lackawanna: Marquez Loton
North Tonawanda: Zach Woodard, Tyler Beasock, Bryce Schmigel
Cardinal O’Hara: Stephen Byrd, Michon Dudley, William Willis, Cameron Klaiber
Bennett: Isaiah McDuffie, Monte Parish, Nigel Robinson
Hutch-Tech: Waulik Jeter, Duane Michael Carr-Johnson
Allegany-Limestone: Marcus Grove, Jake Lippert
Grand Island: Tyan McDonnell, Jim Thorpe
Tonawanda; Ethan Shattuck, Collin Smith, Zak Sajdak
Most Yards Passing in 2 Seasons:
Chad Kelly, St. Joe’s – 5209 yards
Jerry Hickson, St. Francis – 5113 yards
Joe Licata, Williamsville South – 5035 yards
Jake Sisson, Jamestown – 4811 yards
Dillon Janca, Orchard Park – 4533 yards
Tyree Brown, South Park – 4106 yards
Ryan Dougherty, Timon/St. Jude – 3951 yards
Sam Castronova, Williamsville South – 3806 yards
Michael Radon, St. Francis – 3794 yards
Sean Brady, Canisius – 3719 yards
Most State Football Championships
Aquinas – 7 Section V
Randolph – 5 Section VI
Maine-Endwell – 5 Section V
Chenango Forks – 5 Section IV
Jamestown – 4 Section VI
Caledonia-Mumford – 4 Section V
Dobbs Ferry – 4 Section I
Hornell – 3 Section V
Rye – 3 Section V
Edgemont – 3 Section I
Onondaga – 3 Section III
For A Successful Football Program
Band plays music.
Bus driver drive.
Note: Each of the above have their own responsibilities and no one interferes with the other. The result is a successful program.
Brockport State is 2-2 after 4 games. WNY players on the roster include:
Ryan Johnson, West Seneca East
Eric Yeager, Starpoint
Alaan Montgomery, Canisius
Mike Torillo, Sweet Home
Jason Hellwig, Medina
Ian Gilhousen, North Tonawanda
Dan Hogan, Lew-Port
Dennis Thomas III, Cleveland Hill
Matt Szymanski, Lancaster
Nathaniel Keith III, St. Mary’s
Daquan Hubbard, Niagara Falls
Tyler Pena, West Seneca West
The Golden Eagles are coached by Jason Mangone, former Lancaster star player.
Facts: 7 WNY coaches have coached 200 wins. They are as follows:
Johnny Barnes, Canisius – 287 wins
Gene Masters, Brocton/Grand Island – 248 wins
Dick Diminuco, Albion/Alden – 242 wins
John Faller, Sweet Home – 213 wins
Pat Slater, Randolph – 213 wins
Joe Shifflet, Sweet Home/Tonawanda/Niagara Falls/Williamsville East – 200 wins
Curt Fischer, Maple Grove – 205 wins
Eric Jantz’s record is 93-25-0 in 13 years as head coach at North Tonawanda and Springville. Jantzi was All-WNY first team at LB for Springville in 1986.
Tough Week Teams: North Tonawanda, Pioneer
St. Lawrence Saints are unbeaten with a 5-0 record and have outscored their opponents 180-28. Key players from WNY include:
Alec Dietsch, Clarence
Austen Lauricella, Akron
Rod Payne, St. Joe’s
Casey Nuchereno, Williamsville South
Ryan Brynce, Timon/St. Jude
Andrew Stoldtman, Timon/St. Jude
Grant Haffenden, East Aurora
Cade Kennedy, Timon/St. Jude
Saints are 28-8 in the past 4 seasons.
Top Players Class of 2018
Christian Snell, Alden
Matt Myers, Timon/St. Jude
Paul Woods, Canisius
Jeremiah Sanders, Timon/St. Jude
Jalin Cooper, Medina
Devonte Fountain, South Park
Jordan Holmes, North Tonawanda
Brad Currell, Canisius
Jayce Johnson, Canisius
Kenyatta Huston, Canisius
Retsen Daley, St. Francis
Player of the Year Contenders
Ian Baker, Springville
Jerry Hickson, St. Francis
Dillon Janca, Orchard Park
Ryan Mansell, Lancaster
Isaiah McDuffie, Bennett
Eric Bartnik, Cheektowaga
Matt Eldridge, Cleveland Hill
Kameron Alexander, Gowanda
Tajay Ahmed, Starpoint
Cole Burniston, Canisius
Top Passer: Jerry Hickson
Top Rusher: Kaiyer Fields
Top Defender: Jake Beaver, Randolph
Top Offensive Line: Canisius
Top Defensive Line: Cleveland Hill
Top Linebackers: Canisius
Top Defensive Backs: Alden
Players of the Week:
Jerry Hickson, St. Francis
Mason Hoose, Canisius
Teams of the Week: Kenmore West, Canisius
Upset of the Week: Iroquois over West Seneca East
As we near the playoffs, schools that are struggling include:
West Seneca East
John Fallther, head coach at Sweet Home, is one of the best coaches ever in WNY. After 31 years, his record is 213 wins, 80 losses, and 1 tie. He has 8 sectional titles and several league titles. His amazing record includes playing in 10 consecutive sectional championship games, winning 7 and losing 3. In addition, the Panthers won 69 consecutive games against Section VI opponents. Quite a career that included coaching lacrosse for several years.
Buffalo Bills Coach of the Week for week 5 is Jeff Bucceri, head coach at Maryvale. The Flyers football program will receive $1,000.00 from the Bills, Ad-Pro Sports and the National Guard.
Favorite for the 2016 player of the year is Isaiah McDuffie from Bennett. The Tiger is a 2 time first team Buffalo News All-WNY player and excels at RB/LB. McDuffie has committed to attend and play football for Boston College in 2017.
Top Freshman: Connor Desiderio, Maryvale
Top Sophomore: Kaiyer Fields, McKinley
Top Juniors: Ryan Mansell, Lancaster; Juan Damas, Dunkirk
Top Seniors: Jerry Hickson, St. Francis; Mason Hoose, Canisius
Where were the Orchard Park fans at the Quakers/Tigers game at All-High Stadium? Embarrassing!
Must be tough times for the City of Buffalo finances. After several games, the city can’t afford to print rosters for both teams playing at All-High and Riverside. Sad.
Shutouts: Jamestown, Burgard, Cheektowaga, St. Francis
The 4 Bulldozers: Trevor Micek, Taige Jones, Brandon Reagle, Nash Nelson
The Wrecking Crew: Jake Reger, Sean Kloss, Russ Kobierscki, Jack Shaver
Jerry Hickson has broken 3 of Joe Licata’s records, namely passing attempts, passes completed, and career yards passing. One record he won’t break is the 87 touchdown passes thrown by the Billie great. Hickson has 67 after 4 games this season.
After 6 weeks, there are only 7 unbeaten teams: Canisius, Maple Grove, Lancaster, Starpoint, Cheektowaga, Maryvale, Olean
The Good: Teams playing 36 games with thousands playing and enjoying the game the game of football in WNY.
The Bad: Too many penalties. Going offside is a lack of focus and preparation for a game. A player who cannot remember the play and snap count within 30-25 seconds should be relegated to the bench and earn the nickname “your honor.”
The Ugly: St. Joe’s at Timon/St. Jude game that was suspended due to a brawl that broke out in the 2nd quarter. The brawl made local TV on Time-Warner Cable and also made national news on ESPN.
Possible Championship Matchups
Class AA: Lancaster vs. Orchard Park
Class A: Bennett vs. McKinley
Class B: Cheektowaga vs. Maryvale
Class C: Cleveland Hill vs. Southwestern
Class D: Maple Grove vs. Franklinville/Ellicottville
Jamestown 34, Frontier 6
Depew 22, Barker/RH 16
Cheektowaga 43, Lew-Port 0
JV Players of the Week
Joe Pagano, Depew
Dante Direnzo, Depew
Ben Yelich, Depew
Keshone Beal, Cheektowaga
Lamar Reeves, Cheektowaga
Drew Boggs, Jamestown
Gavin Bowen, Jamestown
Isaiah Quigley, Jamestown
JV Game of the Week
Lancaster 5-1 at Depew 6-0
In week 6, home teams won 17 games compared to 16 for visiting teams.
Brandon Yax, Iroquois senior RB, has rushed for 899 yards and 15 touchdowns in 6 games.
Mike Rigerman, Pioneer sophomore RB, has rushed for 899 yards and 11 touchdowns this season.
After the brawl at Timon/St. Joe’s game, it would be in the best interest of everyone if the Msgr. Martin league has a different structure for its athletic programs.
Winless Teams: Nichols, Niagara Wheatfield, Lockport, Kenmore East, Newfane, Salamanca, Portville, Cattaraugus/LB, Cardinal O’Hara, St. Mary’s
Kameron Alexander, Gowanda 1326 yards
Ian Baker, Springville 1250 yards
Leading in Touchdowns
Kameron Alexander, Gowanda 20
Ian Baker, Springville 12
Jerry Hickson, St. Francis senior QB, started as a freshman for the Red Rainders due to an injury to Jake Dolegala. The senior continues to have an excellent career and is close to breaking some of the legendary Williamsville South’s Joe Licata.
In Saturday’s game against Cardinal O’Hara, O’Hara passed for 292 yards to break Licata’s record of 6671 yards. The Red Raider has now thrown for 6797 yards.
Joe Licata currently holds the record for most touchdowns in a season with 36.
Most Points Allowed Through 6 Games
Kenmore East 279
Cardinal O’Hara 240
Alton Ingram, Dunkrik (SR RB/LB), rushed for a TD, 108 yds and recorded 9 tackles in the Marauders win over Springville.
Garrett Boldt, Olean (SR QB), rushed for 173 yds and 3 tds in the Huskies win in overtime over East Aurora/ Holland.
Solomon Brown, Orchard Park (SR LB) recorded 13 tackles in the Quakers win over Bennett.
Todd Thompson, Pioneer (SR RB), carried the ball 40 times in rushing for 177 yds and 2 td in the Chiefs upset win over West Seneca East.
Ryan Mansell, Lancaster (JR QB), passed for 144 and 3tds in the Legends win over Hutch-Tech.
Josh Dahl, Orchard Park (SR RB) rushed for a career high 170 yds and a TD in the Quakers win over Bennett.
Jerry Hickson, St Francis (SR QB) passed for 292 yds and 4 tds in the Red Raiders win over O’Hara. In the game he broke Joe Licatas WNY yds passing in a career with 6797 yds
Jon Wolf, Depew (SR QB) passed for 114 yds and 3 tds in Wildcats win over Barker/ RH.
KJ Welch, Niagara Wheatfield (SR RB), rushed for 135 yds, td and returned a kickoff for a td in the Falcons 1st win of the season.
Retson Daley, St. Francis (JR WR), caught 4 passes for 184 yds and 2 tds in the Red Raiders victory over the Hawks.
Mason Hoose, Canisius (SR DE), recorded 21 tackles, forced a fumble, recorved a fumble to lead the Crusader defensive in their win over Cardinal O’Hara.
Paul Brinson, Nichols (SR RB/LB), rushed for 101 yds, 2 tds and recorded 10 tackles in the Vikings loss to Mynderse.
Colt Miller, CSP (SR), Recorded 11 tackles, forced 2 fumbles and returned a kickoff for a td in the Wolfpacks win over Catt/ LV.
Kaiyer Fields, McKinley (soph RB) rushed for 236 yds and a td in the Macks win over the Indians.
Aaron Chase, Starpoint (Soph QB), completed 8-12 passes for 123 yds and 2 tds in the Spartans victory over Starpoint.
Kevin Steele, Williamsville East (JR/LB), recorded 21 tackles in the Flames win over Sweet Home.
Dominic Prince, Burgard (SR LB), rushed for 139 yds 2 tds and returned an interception for a td in the Bulldogs win over Tonawanda.
Brad Benson, Maple Grove (SR RB) rushed for 149 yds and 3 tds in the Red Dragons win over Silver Creek
Zach Woodard, North Tonawanda (SR QB), passed for 182 passing yds and 2 tds in the Jacks victory over Amherst.
Trevor Micek, Maple Grove (SR RB/LB) rushed for 105 yds, a td and recorded 17 tackles in the Red Dragons victory.
Nick Constanzo, Maryvale (Soph LB), recorded 12 tackles in the Flyers win over Newfane.
David Janca, Orchard Park senior QB, has completed 87 of 159 passes for 1220 yards and 10 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 85 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Jerry Hickson, St. Francis senior QB, has completed 79 of 159 passes for 1257 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has also rushed for 154 yards and 1 touchdown.
Solomon Brown, Orchard Park senior LB, has recorded 54.5 tackles, including 10.5 for loss this season.
Eric Bartnik, Cheektowaga senior QB, has completed 94 of 62 passes for 1235 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also rushed for 197 yards and 4 touchdowns in 2016.
The Buffalo Bills Ad-Pro sports coach for week 6 was Glen Graham, head coach of Cleveland Hill. The Golden Eagles improved their record to 5-1 by defeating previously unbeaten Medina. The school’s football program will receive a $1000.00 contribution and will be eligible for the coach of the year award at the end of the season.
Former Clarence head football coach Tom Goodard is in his second season as head football coach at Groton High School out of Section IV. His team is 6-0 and plays state champ Tioga to complete the regular season.
Point Differential (Through 6 Games)
Class AA South: Lancaster +67, Orchard Park +59
Class AA North: Clarence +50, Niagara Falls +45
Class A North: Starpoint +60, North Tonawanda +72, Williamsville South +92
Class A South: South Park +63, McKinley +58, Bennett +45
Class B South: Dunkirk +54, Olean +40
Class B East: Medina +74, Alden +52
Class B West: Cheektowaga +80, Maryvale +62
Class C North: Cleveland Hill +60, JFK +22
Class C South: Gowanda +78, Southwestern +62
Class D: Maple Grove +120, Silver Creek +65, Franklinville/Ellicottville +52
Canisius vs. St. Joe’s (87th Game)
Marauders lead the series 47 wins and 36 losses. There have been 3 ties.
The first game was in 1921 when Canisius won 7-6
From 1932-1947, there were not any games played. The bishop claimed the sabbatical was necessary due to the intensity of the games by the players and coaches.
Longest win streak by St. Joe’s, is 17 consecutive games from 1983-1998.
Lonest win streak by Canisius is 7 consecutive games from 1971-1977.
Most shutouts: St. Joe’s 16, Canisius 8
Most points scored: Canisius 58 in 2009 and St. Joe’s 52 in 1990.
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