Dick Gallagher's Sidelines - Week 8

Quote of the Week: “We are all alike. We have ears, arms, legs, and a head. The difference is the heart.”

Booster Club President of the Week: Paul Frys, North Tonawanda

Academic Achievers of the Week:
Blake Haubeil, Canisius (90 GPA)
Niko Mullen, Clarence (94 GPA)
 

Top Football Complex: Grand Island

Referees of the Week: Craig Donnelly and Mike Roberts

Athletic Directors of the Week:
Brian Wild, Lancaster
Brian Hickson, Canisius

Top Band: Panama

Top Refreshment Stand: Cheektowaga

Top JV Program: Burgard

Tackling Machine: Elwin Gomez, Dunkirk

Best Voice: Liam Pacholec, St. Francis

Most Loquacious: P.J. Cauley, Hamburg

Comedian of the Week: Mason Hoose, Canisius

Cheerleaders of the Week: Williamsville South

Assistant Coaches of the Week: Hamburg

Unique Name: Thunder Dragons

Trainer of the Week: Merele Cortelluci, Burgard

Best Chain Crew: Lockport

Best Uniform: Lancaster

Class Act: J.R. Brandon, Canisius

Best Fans: Lake Shore

Best Dressed Coaches: Jamestown

Top Assistant: Beverly Capozzi,Maryvale

Best Nickname: Tyler “Dr. Sack” White, Kenmore West

Best Restaurant: Santora’s

Tom Ambassador: Mike Masters, Cross Training Football

Top Principal: Michael McElrath, Jamestown

Best Radio Station: Rock 97

Best Fan: Pat Nagy, Amherst Bee

Best Media Friendly Football Program: Cheektowaga

Most Photogenic: Chris Nelson, Williamsville South

Alumnus of the Week: Deshanaro Morris, Sweet Home

Best Dancer: Jayce Johnson, Canisius

Name for the Week: Travis Porterfield, Williamsville South

Fastest Player of the Week: Jacob Maurino, West Seneca East

Strongest Player of the Week: Anthony Robinson, Starpoint

Tallest Player of the Week: Nate Emer, Iroquois

Superintendents of the Week: Jeff Rabey, Depew and Doug Scotfield, Iroquois

Most Photogenic Coach: Jehuu Caulcrick, Southwestern

Question for the Week: If you saw a teammate drinking and/or using drugs, what should you do?

Nicknames

Hoose “The Magnificent”

Mastro Angelo Nation

Touchdown Baker

Sir Prince Dancing With The Stars

Bazooka Explosion Kelly and Becht

Swinging With Eldridge

Top 5 Quarterbacks

Eric Bartnik, Cheektowaga

Jerry Hickson, St. Francis

Dillon Janca, Orchard Park

Ryan Mansell, Lancaster

Matt Myers, Timon/St. Jude

Top 5 Running Backs

Kameron Alexander, Gowanda

Ian Baker, Springville

Brad Benson, Maple Grove

Isaiah McDuffie, Bennett

Brandon Yax, Iroquois

Top 5 Wide Receivers

LG Castillo, Lancaster

Retson Daley, St. Francis

Juston Johnson, Timon/St. Jude

Stephan Parker, Cheektowaga

Paul Woods, Canisius

Top 5 Offensive Lineman

Alex Adminey, Canisius

Tyler Beasock, North Tonawanda

Nick Kloss, Clarence

Dan Kubik, Orchard Park

Joe Ramunno, West Seneca East

Top 5 Kickers

Connor Day, Iroquois

Max Giordano, Lancaster

Blake Haubeil, Canisius

Riley Pastuszynski, Alden

Bill Seiders, Silver Creek/Forestville

Top 5 Utility

Derek Bishop, Bennett

Jalin Cooper, Medina

Joe Montgomery, East Aurora/Holland

Dominic Prince, Burgard

Nick Schaefer, South Park

Christian Snell, Alden

Top 5 Defensive Lineman

Nate Emer, Iroquois

Mason Hoose, Canisius

Nick Kelsch, St. Joe’s

Tyler White, Kenmore West

J.B. Wilkes, Grand Island

Top 5 Linebackers

Solomon Brown, Orchard Park

Cole Burniston, Canisius

Matt Eldridge, Cleveland Hill

Connor Kelly, Williamsville North

Trevor Micek, Maple Grove

Top 5 Defensive Backs

Devonte Fountain, South Park

Jamir Lynch, Kenmore West

Anthony Maniscalco, Williamsville North

DeJean McCullough, Burgard

Zach Woodard, North Tonawanda

Coach of the Year Candidates

Eric Rupp, Lancaster

Don Bass, Niagara Falls

Al Cavagnaro, Starpoint

Rich Robbins, Canisius

Brian Hillery, McKinley

Keith Marshall, Iroquois

Henry Fumerelee, North Tonawanda

Eric Valley, Medina

Mike Fatta, Cheektowaga

Curt Fischer, Maple Grove

Glen Graham, Cleveland Hill

Jehuu Caulcrick, Southwestern

Phil Vecchio, Olean

Jeff Buccieri, Maryvale

Mike Sarratori, Dunkirk

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

Nominations are requested for the WNY High School Sports/Buffalo Bills Academic Football Team. Criteria – Nominees must participate in interscholastic football in WNY, 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.

It will be interesting to see if the transfer of a South Park player to Timon/St. Jude one week before the season began will have an effect on Catholic schools playing teams from Section VI. For 2016, only 5 or 6 games were scheduled between the 2 organizations.

Section VI teams have won 22 state championships:

Randolph – 5

Jamestown – 4

Lackawanna – 2

Maple Grove – 2

Sweet Home – 2

Southwestern – 2

Orchard Park – 2

Springville- 1

North Tonawanda – 1

South Park – 1

It is interesting to note that Southern Tier teams have won 13 of the 22 championships.

Schools in Washington State are refusing to play Archbishop Malloy as a result of having 18 players on their team weighing more than 200 lbs. Three games have been cancelled due to safety considerations and Malloy has won 3 games by scores of 73-6, 59-0, and 38-0.

In 7 games Medina’s defense has the following highlights:

Mustang’s defense has given up 16.4 points per game this season, including our starting defense giving up 11.9.

They have allowed 3.03 yards per rush this season.

They have allowed 44 completed passes in 110 attempts for a 44.5 completion percentage.

As a team, they have accumulated 60.0 tackles for a loss, 26 sacks, and 8 INTs.

Junoir CB Mason Lewis has allowed only TWO pass completions this season in almost exclusive man coverage. He also has 2 INTs and 5 pass break ups.

Senior FS Lucas Porter has 5 INTs to go along with 43 tackles.

Senior LB Dawson Joy has made 63 tackles, including 18.5 TFL, and 3.0 sacks.

Senior LB Eric Neace has 6.0 sacks, senior DT Tyler Howard 5.0, senior DE Jake Cotter 4.0, and junior DE Jalin Cooper 3.5.

Chad Kelly former St. Joe’s All-WNY and All-State player has completed for the University of Mississippi in his career has completed 346 passes in 671 attempts for 5,891 yards and 45 TD’s. He has also rushed for 713 yards and 13 TD’s. His total offense is 6,604 yards and 58 TD’s for the Rebels.

Canisius has only allowed 72 points in 7 games. Leading tackles for the Crusaders are Mason Hoose with 86, Cole Burniston with 45 and Cych with 35. Hoose also has 6 sacks.

Trojan defense has helped lead Southwestern to a 6-1 record. Leading tacklers are Wyatt Perry with 69 tackles, Faizon Munir 46, Alex Calabrese 50, Niko Pannes 47, and Vinnie Certo with 32.

Cole Snyder Southwestern Soph QB in 7 games has completed 81 of 148 passes for 1,128 yards and 16 TD’s.

Reminder: Sectional Championships at New Era Field

Friday November 4th: Class D 5:00pm

Friday November 4th: Class A 8:00pm

Saturday November 5th: Class C 12:00 Noon

Saturday November 5th: Class AA 3:15pm

Saturday November 5th: Class B 6:30pm

Todd Therrien Asst. Football Coach at North Tonawanda excelled at checkers, marbles, and jumping jacks while a student at Williamsville North. In middle school his 3 favorite classes were gym, lunch, and recess.

Under 6ft All-WNY Team

Offense

QB – Dillion Janca, Orchard Park

QB – Jason Hwang, Williamsville North

RB – Zach Samborski, Lancaster

RB – Jaden Lofton, St. Joe’s

RB – Dominic Prince, Burgard

RB – Jake Cotter, Medina

WR – Kolby Parks, CSP

WR – Max Giordano, Lancaster

OL – Michael Hannon, Springville

OL – Ryan Kostek, West Seneca East

OL – Zak Trim, Maple Grove

OL – Joe Pandolfi, Sweet Home

OL – Noah Turzillo, Jamestown

K – Riley Pastuszynski, Alden

Defense

DL – Antwanne Jones, Williamsville South

DL – Matt Eldridge, Cleveland Hill

DL – Freddie Nixon, St. Joe’s

LB – Devin Delmont, St. Francis

LB – Louis Surace Jr., St. Joe’s

LB – Tajay Ahmed, Starpoint

LB – Marcellus Tolliver, Bennett

DB – Niko Mullen, Clarence

DB – Connor Miller, St. Francis

DB – Javaughn Williams, Cheektowaga

DB – Devonte Fountain, South Park

P – Garrett Boldt, Olean

U – Nick Schaefer, South Park

RS – Terry Rutland, Starpoint

RS – Michael Gray III, Cheektowaga

 

Attributes Necessary to be a Great Football Player and Teammate:

Character: Who you are

Attitude: Always positive

Focus: On every play at practice and game

Passion for the game of football

Perseverance: Able to overcome adversity

Work Ethic: Always trying to be better

Workout Regimen: Always trying to be stronger, faster, and better

 

Fact: There are 24 hours in a day that is a gift. 8 hours for sleeping, 8 hours for school, and what you do with the other 8 hours defines who you are.

 

Commentary

Time to Change Class AA

For several years there have been 10 teams in Class AA in 2 leagues with 5 teams each. In this format 4 of the 5 make the playoffs and this year Jamestown with 1 win and Niagara Wheatfield with 2 made the playoffs. Suggestion: In 2017 the Section Football Federation should place all 10 teams in one league, have six teams make the playoffs with the number one and two seeds drawing a bye in the sectional quarterfinals. This format will only enhance the competition in Class AA during the season. The only reason for the current format to continue is not wanting to miss playoffs.

 

Most Students – NYS High Schools

Brentwood High School – 4,451

New Rochelle High School – 2,528

Newburgh Free Academy – 2,474

Shenendowa High School – 2,377

Arlington High School – 2,276

Cicero-North Syracuse High School – 2,111

Schenectady High School – 2,068

William Floyd High School – 2,043

Longwood High School – 2,014

MT Vernon High School – 1,951

Note: The most enrollment for a WNY school is 1,506.

 

Predictions Sectional Title Games

Class AA: Orchard Park vs. Lancaster

Class A: Bennett vs. McKinley

Class B: Dunkirk vs. Cheektowaga

Class C: Cleveland Hill vs. Southwestern

Class C: Maple Grove vs. Silver Creek/Forestville

 

Jayvee Coaches of the Year: Jeff McGill, Cheektowaga and Brandon Sanders, Williamsville North

 

Class B Playoff Surprises: #1 Medina losing to #8 Lackawanna 16-8 after the Mustangs in Week 2 defeated the Steelers 48-6; #5 Maryvale losing to #4 Dunkirk 59-0.

 

Mike Fatta, Cheektowaga Head Coach has a 39-6 record in 5 years including 2 sectional and regional titles.

 

After 8 games there are 5 unbeaten teams left: Lancast, Starpoint, Cheektowaga, Olean, Maple Grove – All teams 8-0.

 

Iroquois had 268 yards rushing but -7 passing in the Chiefs loss to the Jacks.

 

When was the last year Jamestown finished with a one win season?

 

In sectional playoffs 3 teams from Class C South won quarterfinal games while Class AA South were 3-1.

 

Of the 20 sectional quarterfinal games 16 were won by the home teams. Lackawanna, Allegany-Limestone, Hutch-Tech and Randolph won games as visitors.

 

Niko Mullen, Clarence SR averaged 39.8 yards for 19 punts this season.

 

For 8 games Brandon Yax, Iroquois SR RB rushed for 1,164 yards and 17 TDs.

 

Nate Emer, Iroquois SR DL recorded 51 tackles in 8 games including 6 sacks.

 

Connor Day, Iroquois SR K averaged 39.90 for 20 punts this season for the Chiefs.

 

Record for the MSGR Martin Assn. this season is 16-29.

 

Winless Teams: Nichols, Cardinal O’Hara, Salamanca, Portville

 

1 Win Teams: Jamestown, Frontier, Sweet Home, Amherst, Lake Shore, Newfane, Cattaraugus Little Valley

 

In 7 games Williamsville South’s defense was led by Jack Steinmetz (66 tackles), Antwanne Jones 56 tackles and Matt Chrzanowski (50 tackles).

 

Week 8

Top Freshman: Ayden Reagle, Maple Grove

Top Sophomores: Kalyer Fields, McKinley; Willie Belton, Cheektowaga; Casey Kelly, St. Joe’s

Top Juniors: Brock Blecha, Franklinville/Ellicottville; Joe Andreesen, Lancaster; Joe Harrison, Timon/St. Jude

Top Senior: Joe Harrison, Timon/St. Jude; Zack Woodward, North Tonawanda

Predictions Week 9

Orchard Park

Lancaster

McKinley

Bennett

Dunkirk

Cheektowaga

Cleveland Hill

Southwestern

Maple Grove

Silver Creek

Cathedral Prep

Cardinal O’Hara

Timon/St. Jude

St. Joe’s

The Good: 20 teams advance to the section semi-finals.

The Bad: The number of turnovers.

The Ugly: The weather – too much rain particularly those who played on the grass fields.

Top Passer: Brock Blecha, Franklinville/Ellicottville

Top Rusher: Brandon Yax, Iroquois

Top Defender: Zack Woodard, North Tonawanda

Top Offensive Line: Starpoint

Top Defensive Line: Bennett

Top Linebacks: Maple Grove

Top Defensive Backs: Lackawanna

Player of the Week: Joe Harrison

Teams of the Week: Timon/St. Jude, Olean, Lackawanna

Upsets of the Week: Timon over Canisius, Lackawanna over Medina

Best Kickoff Return: Marquell Wells, Williamsville North – 94 yards

Best Punt Return: Brandon Cimerman, Clarence – 40 yards

Best TD Run: Andrew Hersey, Lancaster – 80 yards

Section VI Semi-Finals

Class AA

Clarence at Orchard Park

Hutch Tech at Lancaster

Class A

McKinley at Starpoint

North Tonawanda at Bennett

Class B

Lackawanna at Dunkirk

Olean at Cheektowaga

Class C

Gowanda at Cleveland Hill

Allegany-Limestone at Southwestern

Class D

Randolph at Maple Grove

Franklinville/Ellicottville at Silver Creek/Forestville

Chuck Funke Memorial Classic Championship Bowls schedule is as follows:

Lockport vs. Niagara Wheatfield Thursday 10/27 at Depew at 8pm

Hamburg vs. South Park, Thursday 10/27 at Depew, 5:30pm

Springville vs. East Aurora/Holland, Thursday 10/27 at Pioneer, 7:30pm

 

Teams with winning records this season include: Canisius, Clarence, Niagara Falls, Kenmore West, Lancaster, Orchard Park, Hutch-Tech, Starpoint, North Tonawanda, Grand Island, Bennett, McKinley, West Seneca East, South Park, Hamburg, Medina, Alden, Lackawanna, Olean, Dunkirk, Cheektowaga, Maryvale, Cleveland Hill, Southwestern, Gowanda, Maple Grove, Silver Creek/Forestville, Franklinville/Ellicottville

Matt Myers, Timon/St. Jude junior QB in 6 games has completed 73 of 121 passes for 644 yards, 6 touchdowns, and has rushed for 450 yards and 5 touchdowns. In addition, he has averaged 45 yards a punt.

Jeremiah Sanders, Timon/St. Jude junior lineman has recorded 38 tackles and one sack for the Tigers this season.

3 City of Buffalo schools are in sectional semi-finals: Hutch-Tech, Bennett, and McKinley.

The Cheetowaga JV Warriors finished the season undefeated at 8-0 after defeating the Burgard Bulldogs last Thrusday night 36-12. Keshone Beal had an outstanding game on both sides of the ball. On defense, Keshone had a fumble recovery, returned for a touchdown, an interception returned for a touchdowns, along with multiple sacks. On offense, Keshone had 2 total touchdowns and over 130 total yards.

Aaron Wahler, Cleveland Hill sophomore RB, has rushed for 785 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Golden Eagles this season.

Tyree Brown, South Park 2015 Connolly Cup recipient is attending school at Canada Prep. He is being recruited by North Dakota, Maine, and Central Michigan.

Colton Stetz with 59 tackles, Jarrett Eck with 60 and Casey Bennett with 70 led Eden/North Collins defensively this season.

St. Joe’s defense limited St. Francis QB Jerry Hickson to just 2/7 for 5 yards in the 2nd half to spark the Marauders victory.

Jerry Hickson, St. Francis senior QB, has passed for 7117 yards in his career including 7 games this season. The Red Raider holds the WNY career passing record.

Joey Shifflet, Williamsville East junior WR/DB, has caught 32 passes for 477 yards, 3 touchdowns, and has intercepted 4 passes for the Flames this season.

Nick Schaefer, South Park QB/LB, rushed for 410 yards, 7 touchdowns, passed for 871 yards, 3 touchdowns, and recorded 58 tackles and recovered 2 fumbles for the Sparks.

South Park JVs ended the season with an 8-0 record outscoring the opponents 252 to 43 which included 5 shutouts. Key players were Clarence Thomas, Dabian Humphrey, Brandon Brown, and Dorell Rederick.

Stephan Parker, Cheektowaga senior WR has caught 53 passes for 756 yards and 7 touchdowns for the Warriors this season.

Out of the top assistant coaches in WNY is Todd Therrien, North Tonawanda.

Starpoint’s offensive line which has played outstanding throughout the season includes Kyle Schreader, Matt Oehm, Jake Kiff, Eric Shugats, and Ricky Schwarz Mueller.

It is a tradition for teams to exchange tapes in playoff games. Unfortunately, Bennett has refused to do this during the regular season and playoffs this year. Why?

Buffalo Bills and AdPro Sports High School Football Coach in Week 7 was Mike Fatta, head coach at Cheektowaga with the Warriors. They defeated the Flyers in overtime to remain unbeaten.

The Jamestown JV football team finished their season with their fifth win in a row on Saturday. Harry Monfort led the offense with 184 yards and 3 touchdowns. Josh Zielinski, Taige White, Dom Johnson, Dyan Neid and Grant Moore made huge blocks up front. Caleb Abbey ran the ball for 55 yards on 5 carries. Dom Johnson led the defense with 9 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery. Xavier Williams had 6 tackles and a safety. The JV football team finished their season with a record of 5-3.

Maple Grove has the top offense, averaging 45.5 followed by Lancaster with 44.5 and Cleveland Hill with 43.4

Msgr Martin Games Week 9

Canisius at Cathedral Prep, Friday at 7:30pm

Cardinal O’Hara at St. Mary’s, Saturday at 1:00pm

Timon/St. Jude at St. Francis, Saturday at 7:00pm

McDowell at St. Joe’s, Saturday at 1:00pm

Semi-Finals Impact Players

Jack Putney, Clarence

LG Castillo, Lancaster

Solomon Brown, Orchard Park

Waulik Jeader, Hutch-Tech

Austin Meenaghan, Starpoint

Joe Dotterweich, North Tonawanda

Isaiah McDuffie, Bennett

Miles Haynes, McKinley

Jaekwon Ingram, Dunkirk

Eric Bartnik, Cheektowaga

Ryan Majerowski, Cleveland Hill

Wyatt Perry, Southwestern

Gilberto Ortiz, Gowanda

Marcus Grove, Allegany-Limestone

Dalton Dubois, Maple Grove

Bill Seiders, Silver Creek

Brock Blecha, Franklinville/Ellicottville

Jake Beaver, Randolph

Semi-Finals Playoff Notes

Orchard Park with Janca, Dahl, Solomon, and Prince are favored in their battle with the Red Devils who have a young team but its defense has only allowed 100 points in 8 games. Putney, Shaver, Kloss, and company will be ready to play the Quakers. Red Devils need to avoid turnovers and penalties if they are to advance to the championship game.

Lancaster dominated Hutch-Tech in week 6 and are averaging 45 points a game. The Legends better come ready to play after the Engineers’ upset win over the Wolverines.

Question: Will Orchard Park run with Dahl and Janca or will Janca pass? Quakers can’t afford penalties or turnovers.

Tough matchup for the Jacks vs. Bennett. Tough to score on the Tigers with Lofton, McDuffie, Tolliver, and Robinson.

Spartans with Chase are getting better every game. Haynes and Fields from the Macks could be the difference although the Macks need to contain the 3 amigos: Rutland, Ahmed, and Robinson.

Biggest question for the Huskies is if they have the speed to matchup with Bartnik, Parker, and the rest of the Warriors.

Dunkirk has been explosive and averages 35 points while only allowing 8 points per game. Marauders can’t underestimate the Steelers after their surprise win over Medina after the Mustangs defeated them by 40 in week 2.

Cleveland Hill with Eldredge, Phillips, and Majerowski as well as Southwestern with Perry, Snyder, and Pannes are on track to meet at New Era Field in November.

Maple Grove has dominated all opponents led by Benson, Dubois, Micek, and Padilla during the regular season and should repeat the pattern in the playoffs.

 

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