High School Football Class B-2 Preview

 

 

 

 

FORECAST:

1. Olean
2. Depew
3. Dunkirk
4. Springville
5. Albion
6. Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton
 

Offensive Players of the Year:
Jaziah Rivera, Dunkirk

Defensive Players of the Year:
Dylan Vinvent, Olean
Meach Gardiner, Albion

Linemen of the Year:
Zack Parr, Olean
Mike Hannon, Springville

Unsung Players of the Year:
Chad Biersbach, Depew
Isaiah Velez, Dunkirk

Underclassmen of the Year:
Icar Simon, Olean
Tywon Wright, Dunkirk

 

OLEAN HUSKIES

Huskies return 14 starters from last year’s league champion and their 8-1 record. They have All-WNY candidates in Dylan Vincent who is one of the area’s most versatile players. Other key players include Luke Chapman, Nick Fratercangelo, Mourace Gayton, Zach Parr, and Icar Simon. They will miss Garrett Boldt. They host Allegany-Limestone, Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton and Maryvale. Should compete for league title and be in the playoffs. Key to the season will be the play of the QB. JVs were 2-7 last season.

Head Coach: Paul Vecchio (8-1-0) first year
Assistant Coaches: Ken Wright, Terry Burrows, Steve Anastasia, Les Degolier
2016 Varsity Record: 8-1-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 8. Defense is 6.
Key Players: Alex Pantuso, Dylan Vincent, Icar Simon, Zach Parr, Nick Fratercangelo, Shermar Turner, Luke Chapman, Mourece Gayton, Daunte Jeter
Key Losses: Jordan McLaughlin, Garrett Boldt, Nate Bradley
2016 JV Record: 2-7-0

 

DEPEW WILDCATS

Wildcats had a rare losing season in 2016 with its 2-7-0 record. They look to rebound this season. Key players include Chad Biersbach, Carter Post, Zach Dwyer, and Jordan Clesielski all of whom are All-WNY candidates. They return 6 starters on offense and 5 on defense. JVs were 7-1-0 last year and talent from that team will help Brian Wilson’s squad. They host Dunkirk and Albion in the first 2 games. Should improve and compete for a playoff berth. Defense yielded 301 points last year and needs to improve in 2017. Biersbach is an outstanding athlete.

Head Coach: Brian Wilson (27-20-0) 5 years
Assistant Coaches: Anthony Buono, Harry Sugg, Chris Frankowski, Mark Diriezno
2016 Varsity Record: 2-7-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 6, Defense is 5.
Key Players: Chad Biersbach, Carter Post, Zach Dwyer, Jordan Ciesielski
Key Losses: Jon Wolf, John Mietus, Austin Pilley
2016 JV Record: 7-1-0

 

DUNKIRK MARAUDERS

Mike Sarrotori and the Marauders had a dream season advancing to the state semi-finals in 2016 after winning their first sectional and regional titles. They have All-WNY candidates in Peyton Moreland and Jaziah Rivera. Other key players include Isaiah Velez, Jamall Gaines, and Tywon Wright. They will be competitive. Marauders play Depew and Springville in the first 2 games. They host Olean in week 4 in a key league matchup. Marauders are 14-5 in the past 2 seasons. Key to the season will be the play of line.

Head Coach: Mike Sarratori (20-8-0) 3 years
Assistant Coaches: Robert Krenzer, Tim Kachlemeyer, Dana Smith, Issaiah Rivera, Josh Case
2016 Varsity Record: 8-3-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 4, Defense is 1.
Key Players: Isaiah Velez, Jaziah Rivera, Peyton Moreland, Jamall Gaines, Tywon Wright
Key Losses: Alton Ingram, Nick Jones, Chauval Black, Elwin Gomez
2016 JV Record: 3-4-1
 

SPRINGVILLE GRIFFINS

Rob Valenti returns as a head coach replacing Eric Jantzi. Griffins will miss Ian Baker who made first team All-WNY DB. Key players include Josh Steff, Andrew Lazarus, Austin Lux, Mike Hannon Jr, Sean Barry, Bryson Black, Topher Elkins, and Matt Evans. They return 4 starters on offense and 7 on defense. They play Albion and Dunkirk in the first 2 weeks. Griffins disappointed last season. Key to the season will be play of the QB. Griffins JVs were 2-6 last year. Could be the league's sleeper team. 

Head Coach: Rob Valenti (8-3-0) 2 years
Assistant Coaches: Erik D’Anna, Brian Kader
2016 Varsity Record: 4-5
Starters Returning: Offense is 4, Defense is 7.
Key Players: Mike Hannon Jr., Josh Steff, Andrew Lazarus, Austin Lux, Seaon Barry, Bryson Black, Topher Elkins, Matt Evans
Key Losses: Marcus James, Ian Baker, John Domes
2016 JV Record: 2-6-0

 

ALBION PURPLE EAGLES

Adam Kressing takes over from Gary Parisi as head coach. Graduated 12 players from last year’s squad and return 24. They will look to improve from last year’s 3 wins. Key players include Ben Restivo, Meach Gardiner, Nate Moore, Bryce Pritchard, and Kirk Ellison. They play Springville and Depew in the first 2 weeks. They will be competitive

Head Coach: Adam Krenning (first year)
Assistant Coaches: Ocie Bennett, Wayne Wadhams, Alex Veltz, Pat Uveino, Travis Downs, Jeremy Petrus, Mike Fahy, David Kozar
2016 Varsity Record: 3-5-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 6, Defense is 7.
Key Players: Ben Restivo, Meach Gardner, Nate Moore, Bryce Pritchard 
Key Losses: Tommy Mattison, Jared Hollinder
 

FREDONIA/WESTFIELD/BROCTON

Mike Marshall looks to improve on last year’s 3 wins. Key players include Jamison Horch, Shawn Horr, Drew Coniglio, and Nico Pucci. They host East Aurora/Holland (Brocton) in week 1 and play Olean in week 2. Keys to the season will be to put points on the board and play of the QB. No questionnaire was returned for the third consecutive year.

Head Coach: Mike Marshall
Assistant Coaches: Dan Martin, Frank Quagliana, Tim Wright, Terry Bates, Mike Williams, Rob Fetterick, Bill Piper, Steve Haas
2016 Varsity Record: 3-5-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 5, Defense is 6.
Key Players: Jamison Horch, Shawn Horr, Drew Coniglio, Nico Pucci
Key Losses: Jake Green, Max Bates, Nick Piper

 

PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE

Offense
QB – Jaziah Rivera, Dunkirk
RB – Tywon Wright, Dunkirk
RB – Dylan Vincent, Olean
RB – Sean Barry, Springville
WR – Andrew Lazarus, Springville
WR – Chad Biersbach, Depew
OL – Mike Hannon Jr., Springville
OL – Jamison Horch, Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton
OL – Peyton Moreland, Dunkirk
OL – Carter Post, Depew
OL – Zach Parr, Olean
K – Zach Linderman, Olean
RS – Isaiah Velez, Dunkirk

Defense
Dl – Josh Steff, Springville
DL – Zachary Dwyer, Depew
DL – Kirk Ellison, Albion
LB – Meach Gardner, Albion
LB – Nico Pucci, Fredonia/Westfield/Brocton
LB -  Icar Simon, Olean
DB – Jordan Clesielski, Depew
DB – Austin Lux, Springville
DB – Bryce Pritchard, Albion
 

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