Quote of the Week: “The surest way not to fail is to be determined to succeed."
Booster Club President of the Week: Bob Pugh, Lockport
Academic Achievers of the Week:
Brandon Yax, Iroquois
Sean Crotty, Canisius
Joe Dotterweich, North Tonawanda
Jon Wolf, Depew
Top Football Complex: St. Francis
Referee of the Week: David Michaels
Athletic Directors of the Week:
Ben Drake, Jamestown
Steve Ferency, Williamsville North
Top Band: Williamsville South
Top Refreshment Stand: St. Joe’s
Top JV Program: Franklinville/Ellicottville
Tackling Machine: Matt Eldridge, Cleveland Hill
Best Voice: Zach Frey, Clarence
Most Loquacious: Dan Kaplan, Alden
Comedian of the Week: Zack Edwards, Iroquois
Best Dressed Jamestown Coach: Tom Langworthy
Cheerleaders of the Week: Amherst
Assistant Coaches of the Week: North Tonawanda
Unique Name: Crusader Crunches
Best Chain Crew: Southwestern
Best Uniform: Frewsburg
Class Act: Zach Prince, Orchard Park
Best Fans: Southwestern
Best Dressed Coaches: Hamburg
Top Assistant: Kelly Marcarian, Williamsville North
Best Nickname: Jeremy “Hulk” Bush, Jamestown
Best Restaurant: Pautlers
Tom Ambassador: Carl Kuras, Co-Chair of Trench-Trophy
Top Statistician: Bryan Bucklin, Southwestern
Best Radio Station: WECK
Best Fan: Rik Haubeil
Best Media Friendly Football Program: Pioneer
Most Photogenic: Tom Langworthy, Jamestown
Alumnus of the Week: David Fluellen, Lockport
Best Dancer: Eric Neace, Medina
Question for the Week: Why don’t all quarterbacks take out their offensive line for lunch during the season?
Name for the Week: Dawson Tyger, St. Francis
Fastest Player of the Week: Jason Jaskolka, Hamburg
Strongest Player of the Week: Alex Adimey, Canisius
Tallest Player of the Week: Jermaine Boyd, McKinley
Superintendent of the Week: Michael Cornell, Hamburg
Cam “Wheels” Sionko, Grand Island
Miles “Smiley” Haynes, McKinley
Jesse “Cookie” Broad, West Seneca West
Anthony “Thunder” Robinson, Starpoint
Joe “Skippy” Dotterweich” North Tonawanda
Elijah “Hollywood” Winston, South Park
Ian “Dude” Dolac, West Seneca East
Jazzy “Sunshine” Rivera, Dunkirk
Matt “Ice” Myers, Timon/St. Jude
Nick “Bucky” Schaefer, South Park
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
Cole Burniston, Canisius
Brad Benson, Maple Grove
Medina won their first league title since 1988 with a win over rival Albion.
Cheektowaga defeated Maryvale in overtime to clinch the league title for the 6th time.
Pioneer upset Gowanda in a non-league encounter.
Williamsville South improved to 4-3 with a victory over Grand Island.
East Aurora/Holland improved its playoff chances with a convincing victory over Springville.
Silver Creek/Forestville defeated Franklinville/Ellicottville in a Class D matchup.
North Tonawanda defeated rival Tonawanda for the 16th consecutive year.
Niagara Falls improved to 6-1 by upsetting Orchard Park 26-23.
Canisius defeated rival St. Joe’s for the 7th consecutive time. The win ties the Crusader record with consecutive wins in the 87 games played.
Newfane won its first game with a win over Wilson.
Timon/St. Jude defeated Aquinas to improve their record to 2-4.
Hutch Tech improved to 5-2 with a win over Clarence.
Clarence’s newly renovated athletic complex is outstanding. Kudos to the administration, coaches, architects, and construction companies for making the Red Devils’ complex fun to play on and making it happen. Aldo can’t forget the tax payers of Clarence for approving the initiative.
Questions for Members of the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Classes
What are you going to do in the off season for you to become a better football player, teammate, and leader?
What will your workout plan and program be between now and next season?
What commitment will you make toward improving your academic performance?
Do you know the difference between being good and great? It is you.
Do you know the difference between being a champ and a chump? It is you.
You are the engine, driver, and have the keys to your success. You can make a difference and be a special player if you work at it.
Note: First games for the 2017 football season will be played in nine months. Will you be ready?
Top WNY Alumni Playing Collegiate Football
Chad Kelly, St. Joe’s – Mississippi
Akeel Lynch, St. Francis – Nevada
TJ Wheatley, Canisius – Michigan
Ryan Hunter, Canisius – Bowling Green
Qadree Ollison, Canisius – Pittsburg
Michael Tarbutt, Canisius – Connecticut
Demone Harris, Timon/St. Jude – Buffalo
Andy Smigiera, West Seneca East – Robert Morris
Alec Dietsch, Clarnence – St. Lawrence
Jake Dolegala, St. Francis – Central Conn
Tommy Doctor, Grand Island – UNC/Charlotte
Jake Fuzak, Williamsville South – University at Buffalo
Jason Vranic, Niagara Wheatfield – Penn State
The following WNY Alumni are on the Alfred Saxons Roster:
Eric Graham, Maryvale
Chucj Martin, Olean
Bryce Morrison, Randolph
Ralph Pagliei, Orchard Park
Jared Watkins, Cleveland Hill
Brady Colliver, Frewsburg
AJ Licata, Frontier
Ben Burk, Southwestern
Maleke Fuentes, Olean
Miguel Alicea, Dunkirk
Marcus Ford, Maryvale
Andrfew Daricko, Niagara Wheatfield
Kwaine Davis, Maryvale
Patrick Hannon, Alfred
Caleb Rinko, Franklinville
Wesley Senn, Maple Grove
Sean Murphy, Timon/St. Jude
Jacob Wilcox, Forestville
Tyler Tanevski, Orchard Park
Tyler Jansen, Cardinal O’Hara
Brandon Parker, Alfred
Michael Kellecher, Maryvale
Years Orchard Park Played in Sectional Championships
1979 – won
1987 – won
1992 – won
1993 – lost
1996 – won
1997 – won
1998 – won
2001 – won
2002 – lost
2003 – lost
2004 – won
2005 – won
2006 – won
2007 – won
2008 – won
2010 – lost
2011 – won
2012 – won
2014 – lost
2015 – won
Total: 15 wins, 6 losses
Top 5 Passers in One Season
Jake Sisson, Jamestown – 3184 yards in 2013
Chad Kelly, St. Joe’s – 3050 yards in 2011
Jerry Hickson, St. Francis – 2664 yards in 2014
Tyree Brown, South Park – 2604 yards in 2015
Joe Licata, Williamsville South – 2573 yards in 2010
Top 5 Rushers in One Season
Chris Doubek, Randolph – 2536 yards in 2013
Dustin Bowser, Southwestern – 2453 yards in 2003
Keien Williams, Eden – 2363 yards in 2003
Aaron Leeper, Jamestown – 2276 yards in 2000
David Hinson, Jamestown – 2260 yards in 1994
Amazin Year: 2009 – 4 State Champions
Class AA: Orchard Park 13-0
Class A: Sweet Home 13-0
Class C: Southwestern 13-0
Class D: Maple Grove 13-0
WNY teams will play 39 games in week 7. Friday there are 29 and Saturday there are 10.
It is extremely difficult to win a state football championship. When one considers to win a Class AA title, there are 176 schools. In Class A there are 158, Class B 137, Class C 90 and Class D 76.
247sports.com selected top recruits from the Class of 2017. Top number of recruits by state include:
Florida – 195
Texas – 176
Georgia – 130
North Carolina – 45
Alabama – 42
Tennessee – 43
Louisiana – 37
Virginia – 33
New Jersey – 30
New York had 9 recruits on the list.
WNY Players with the Most Professional Football Players
Canisius – 11
St. Joe’s – 10
Orchard Park – 7
Masten Park – 6
Williamsville North – 6
St. Francis – 6
North Tonawanda – 5
Clarence – 4
Layfayette – 4
West Seneca West – 4
WNY Undefeated and Unscored Upon Teams
1898 – Jamestown 8-0
1926 – St. Joe’s 7-0-1
1931 – Lafayette 8-0
1933 – East (Buffalo) 6-0-1
1936 – Canisius 5-0-1
1936 – East (Buffalo) 5-0-1
1937 – East (Buffalo) 4-0-2
1938 – East (Buffalo) 6-0
Section VI Most Consecutive Championships
6 – Sweet Home 2007-2012
5 – Orchard Park 2004 – 2008
4 – Grand Island 1989-1992
4 – Lackawanna 1997-2000
4 – Clymer 1999-2002
4 - Orchard Park 2004-2007
3 – Jamestown 1993-1995
3 – Orchard Park 1996-1998
3 – Maple Grove 1996-1998
3 – Alden 2010-2012
Top 10 High School Football Schedules in America
Bishop Gorman, Las Vegas
St. Johns Bosco, Bellflower
IMG Academy, Bradenton
Orange Lutheran, California
St. Thomas Aquinas, Fort Lauderdale
Cedar Hills, Texas
Colquitt County, Moultrie
St. John’s, Washington DC
St. Xavier, Cincinnati
Nominations are requested for the WNY high school sports/Buffalo Bills Academic Football Team. Criteria:
Nominees must participate in interscholastic football in WNY.
Nominees must either be a starter or an important reserve with an overall grade point 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.
Sweet Home, Maple Grove, and Orchard Park have the best records in sectional football championships from 2006-2015.
From 2006 through 2015, 39 schools played in sectional championship games over the past 10 years. Sweet Home dominated with 7 titles and 2 losses while Orchard Park recorded a solid 6-2 record in 8 title games. Maple Grove posted a 4-2 record before its merger of their football program with Chatauqua Lake in which the Thunder Dragons posted a 2-0 record. Thus Maple Grove participated overall 6-2 mark. Other teams that recorded winning records included Cheektowaga 3-1, Randolph 5-1, Alden 3-2, and Cleveland Hill 4-1.
Sweet Home 7-2
Orchard Park 6-2
Maple Grove 6-2
Cleveland Hill 4-1
Williamsvillle North 1-0
North Tonawanda 1-1
South Park 1-1
Silver Creek 1-2
Chautauqua Lake 0-1
Grand Island 0-1
East Aurora 0-1
Kenmore West 0-1
West Seneca East 0-1
Williamsville South 0-2
Playoff Impact Players
Lancaster: Ryan Mansell, Joe Andr
Orchard Park: Josh Daul, Solomon Brown
Hutch-Tech: Waulik Jeader, Duane Robertson
Jamestown: Devan Jackson, Noah Turzillo
Clarence: Jacob Reger, Sean Kloss
Niagara Falls: Dee Hunt, Cortese Myles
Williamsville North: Andrew Hwang, Connor Kelly
Kenmore West: Erriono Giardina, Tyler White
Starpoint: Aaron Chase, Tajay Ahmed
Grand Island: Zane Johnson, JB Wilkes
North Tonawanda: Zach Woodard, Alex Johnson
Williamsville South: Josh Foster, Antwanne Jones
Bennett: Derrick Bishop, Isaiah McDuffie
West Seneca East: Jacob Maurino, Ian Dolac
McKinley: Kaiyer Fields, Miles Haynes
Iroquois: Brandon Yax, Nate Emer
Medina: Jake Cotter, Dawson Joy
Alden: Christian Snell, Handley’s
Lackawanna: Khalil Horton, Jakwon Ingram
Depew: Jon Wolf, John Mietus
Cheektowaga: Eric Bartnik, Trevor Darlak
Maryvale; Dylan Casey, Rashad Law
Burgard: Dominic Prince, DaJean McCullough
Tonawanda: Ethan Shattuck
Olean: Garrett Boldt, Darius Williams
Dunkrik: Alton Ingram, Chaucel Black
Springville: Ian Baker, John Somes
Cleveland Hill: Aaron Wahler, Matt Eldridge
Wilson: Justin Daul, Matt Kitcho
JFK: James Bailey, Donta Daniels
Akron: Jacob Sarow, Michael James
Southwestern: Cole Snyder, Wyatt Perry
Gowanda: Kameron Alexander, Gilberto Ortiz
Chautauqua Lake: Devin Pope, Bryce Rowe
Falconer/CV: Connor Crabtree, Henry Nunez
Maple Grove: Brad Benson, Trevor Micek
Franklinville/Ellicottville: Brock Blecho, Preston Hutchinson
Silver Creek: Bill Seiders, Chris Williams
CSP: Nolan Eggleston, Dylan Marsh
Randolph: Jake Beaver, Andrew Bernard
Frewsburg: Trent Gray, Cordell O’Brien
Portville: Matt Waugh, Donovan Gayton
Cattaraugus/LV: Riiley Hill, Tim Ulinger
With 15 seconds left on the clock before halftime, Lancaster was leading Depew 44-14. The Legends completed a pass and later led the ball to another player. Is this a perfect example of running up the score? Where was the sportsmanship on this play?
The Good: Canisius and St. Joe’s played for the 87th time in a rivalry that started in 1921.
The Bad: All the hype regarding the Timon/St. Jude vs. The St. Joe’s brawl.
The Ugly: Over 20 penalties were called in the game with a few for personal fouls. At halftime, each team had 9 penalties. Why? Whaty was the problem? Loss of focus and understanding the rules of the game. With thousands in attendance, no team looked good.
Brandon Yax, Iroquois senior RB, has rushed for 1012 yards and 15 touchdowns this season.
Canisius 45, St. Joe’s 6
Cheektowaga 49, Maryvale 6
JV Players of the Week
Keshone Beal, Cheektowaga (5 touchdowns, and 295 total yards)
Caleb Graves, Cheektowaga (12 tackles, 4 sacks)
Todd Thompson, Pioneer senior RB, has rushed for 1118 yards and 13 touchdowns for the Panthers this season.
Matt Boss, East Aurora/Holland
Eric Bartnik, Cheektowaga
Marquell Wells, Williamsville North
Jacob Sarow, Akron
Joe Montgomery, East Aurora/Holland
Top Offensive Line: Hutch-Tech
Top Linebackers: Williamsville North
Top Defensive Backs:
Zach Woodard, North Tonawanda
Jared Maurino, West Seneca East
Players of the Week:
DeJean McCullough, Burgard
Nick Falkides, Williamsville East
Teams of the Week:
Upsets of the Week:
Iroquois over South Park, Niagara Falls over Orchard Park
Best Kickoff Return:
Chris Smith, Frontier – 81 yards
Marielle Fowler, McKinley – 98 yards
Best Punt Return:
Jalin Cooper, Medina – 81 yards
Best Touchdown Run:
Zach Samborski, Lancaster – 87 yards
Best Touchdown Interception:
Parker Valvo, Iroquois – 96 yards
League record for the Msgr. Martin Association after 7 games is 13-26.
Jacob Sarow, Akron junior RB/LB, in 7 games has rushed for 1234 yards and 10 touchdowns while recording 47 tackles and 2 defensive touchdowns.
Shutouts: Iroquois, Dunkirk, Southwestern, Pioneer
Unbeaten Teams: Lancaster, Canisius, Starpoint, Cheektowaga, Olean, Maple Grove
Class AA Playoffs:
Jamestown at Clarence, Friday at 7pm
Kenmore West at Lancaster, Friday at 7:30pm
Hutch-Tech at Niagara Falls, TBD
Williamsville North at Orchard Park, Friday at 7pm
Comparison After 7 Games:
West Seneca East:
Dillon Janca, Orchard Park senior QB with his 198 passing yards against Niagara Falls passed Maple Grove's Randall Secky and moved into 3rd place in career passing yards in Western New York.
Statement from the Msgr. Martin Assocation Regarding the Timon/St. Joe's Game
Since 1948, the Monsignor Martin High School Athletic Association, through its member schools has sought to instill personal values and sportsmanship in the students who attend our high schools. Although no young person was injured, the incident which occurred last Friday evening is not representative of the standards we set.
After an investigation of this incident, the league has imposed a double forfeit, meaning that Friday's suspended game will be recorded as a loss for the varsity football teams of both St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute and Bishop Timon/St. Jude High School.
The league has also taken other appropriate disciplinary action against some players from both teams. Moving forward, the league and each of its member schools will continue to provide a safe atmosphere for our students and student-athletes, and continue to teach those values consistent with our ministries.
Most Yards Passing in a Career
Jerry Hickson, St. Francis – 7026 yards in 4 years
Joe Licata, Williamsville South – 6671 yards in 3 years
Dillon Janca, Orchard Park – 5956 yards in 3 years
Randall Secky, Maple Grove – 5915 yards in 4 years
Chad Kelly, St. Joe’s – 5209 yards in 2 years
Jake Sisson, Jamestown – 4839 yards in 2 years
Mike Radon, St. Francis – 4719 yards in 3 years
Ryan Dougherty, Timon/St. Jude – 4654 yards in 3 years
Maurice Howie, South Park – 4520 yards in 3 years
Sam Castronova, Williamsville South – 4443 yards in 3 years
Canisius had 195 yards on 17 penalties in the Crusaders game with St. Joe’s.
It is possible that Pittsford from Section V which beat Orchard Park in week 1 will have to forfeit their wins due to an ineligible player. Victor is the best in Class AA entering the playoffs.
Todd Thompson, Pioneer senior RB, is the 12th player to reach 1000 yards rushing for the Panthers. He has 1118 yards for the season.
Zach Samborski, Lancaster senior RB, has rushed for 806 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Legends this season.
Ryan Mansell, Lancaster junior QB, has completed 76 of 113 passes for 1447 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has rushed for 74 yards and 1 touchdown for the Legends.
LG Castillo, Lancaster senior WR, has caught 26 passes for 610 yards and 7 touchdowns for the Legends in 7 games.
Stephan Parker, Cheektowaga senior WT, has caught 51 passes for 749 yards and 7 touchdowns for the Warriors.
Eric Bartnik, Cheektowaga senior QB, has completed 120 of 198 passes for 1580 yards, 18 touchdowns, and has rushed for 375 yards and 7 touchdowns for the unbeaten Warriors this season.
Niagara Falls has only allowed 11 touchdowns in 7 games and only 3 passing touchdowns.
Will Niagara Falls’ defense spark the Wolverines to a sectional title game?
Which players will lead their teams to a sectional title and enhance their selection to the Connolly Cup finalist list?
Will Derek Bishop and Isaiah McDuffie lead the Tigers to a 3rd consecutive sectional championship game?
Will Benson, Micek, Nelson, and Reagle lead Maple Grove to a sectional title game for the 6th consecutive year?
Will the Trojans of West Seneca East limit the offensive production of Starpoint and upset the Spartans?
Will the smash mouth football of Cleveland Hill with Eldridge, Wahler, and Majerowski carry the Golden Eagles to a 5th sectional championship?
Will the Jacks of North Tonawanda play 48 minutes and with their huge line, strength, and play of Woodard, Dotterweich, and Labonte, advance in the playoffs with a win over Iroquois?
Will Clarence end its 2 game losing streak, defeating Jamestown and advance in the playoffs?
Will 2 City of Buffalo schools, Bennett and McKinley, advance to the semi-finals and will opponents be able to stop Fields and McDuffie?
Will Mansell, Samborski, Hersey, and Castillo continue to light up the scoreboard in the playoffs?
Starpoint had its second consecutive undefeated season and Class A North title.
South Park JVs were undefeated with a 7-0 record and outscored the opposition 230 to 43 for the season. The Sparks will be back next year.
Jamestown JVs won the 4th straight against Niagara Wheatfield. Drew Boggs passed for 241 yards and 4 touchdowns. Other key players were Gavin Bowen, Tyler Eganski, Isaiah Quigley, and Taige White.
Interesting that Jamestown, Randolph, and South Park who have won recent state titles did not qualify for the playoffs this year.
West Seneca East
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