Msgr. Martin Assciation and Independent Preview

 

 

 

 

FORECAST:

1. Canisius
2. St. Joe’s
3. St. Francis
4. Timon/St. Jude
5. Cardinal O’Hara
6. St. Mary’s
 

Offensive Players of the Year:
Casey Kelly, St. Joe’s
Kenyatta Huston, Canisius
Jayce Johnson, Canisius
Paul Woods, Canisius
CJ Ozolins, St. Mary's

Defensive Players of the Year:
Michon Dudley, Cardinal O’Hara
Nick Julian, St. Joe’s

Linemen of the Year:
Brad Currell, Canisius
Michon Dudley, Cardinal O’Hara
Nick Julian, St. Joe’s

Unsung Players of the Year:
Joel Nicholas, Canisius
Cole Gambino, St. Joe's

Underclassmen of the Year:
Tyler Doty, St. Joe’s
CJ Ozulins, St. Mary’s

 

CANISIUS CRUSADERS

The Crusaders led by Rich Robbins and his coaching staff are one of the top teams in WNY and NYS in the past several years, including 2 state titles. They have quality All-WNY candidates in Jayce Johnson, Paul Woods, Brad Currell, Kenyatta Huston, and Keenan Ollison. They will need to replace kicker Blake Haubeil who is at Ohio State. They return 6 on offense and 3 on defense. Talent from 8-1 JV squad will help Robbin’s team. The varsity record in the past 6 seasons is 54-14-0 while the JV team are 28-6-1 in the past 4 years. Huston averaged 13.1 yards per carry and is an explosive player on both sides of the ball. They open with Pittsford and travel to Bishop McDevitt in week 2. They have a tough schedule as usual and will compete for league and state championships. The offense will be explosive. Will McGennis is a lineman who benches 385 lbs.

Head Coach: Rick Robbins (54-14-0) 6 years
Assistant Coaches: Brendan Barthel, Clinton Hawkins, James Cunningham, Bryce Hopkins, Delano Fabor, Mike Luchey, Martin Glose, Matt Glose, Brian Taylor, Bryan Gorman
2016 Varsity Record: 10-2-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 6. Defense is 3.
Key Players: Kenyatta Huston, Paul Woods, Jayce Johnson, Keenan Ollison, R.J. Brandon, Brad Curell, Nick DeLuca, Jon Minouge, Will McGennis, Ryan Falk, Chris Loulsos, Giovanni Gilchristi, Ray Miranda, Joe Jamison, Joel Nicholas, Ben Schoenle
Key Losses: Steve Dillon, Jeremy Cych
2016 JV Record: 8-1-0

 

ST. JOE’S MARAUDERS

Marauders look to rebound from last year’s 3 win season. Offense will be sparked by junior QB Casey Kelly who is an All-WNY candidate. Other key players include Nick Julian, Jaden Lofton, Charlie Niesciur, Jim Grable, Cameron Dabill, and Tyler Doty, a 6’5 295lb junior lineman. They open with Archbishop Ryan (PA) and host Aquinas in week 3. They play rival Canisius in week 4 and should improve this season. Key to the season will be the play of their defense. Coaches need to expedite play calling in games which was a problem in 2016. Derek Landri received early Christmas gifts with the transfers of 3 linemen to the Marauders. 

Head Coach: Derek Landri (2-7-0
Assistant Coaches: Mike McCarthy, Tony Formato, Earl Perrin
2016 Varsity Record: 3-6-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 5, Defense is 6.
Key Players: Nick Julian, Casey Kelly, Jaden Lofton, Charlie Niesciur, Jim Grable, Cameron Dabill, Patrick “Rambo” Gilbert
Key Losses: Freddie Nixon, Jaylin Nelson, Louie Surace
 

TIMON/ST.JUDE TIGERS

The Tigers look to improve on last year’s 5-5 record. Joe Licata, former Williamsville South and University at Buffalo star is the new head coach and athletic director, replacing Charlie Comerford. Last Year’s All-WNY lineman Jeremiah Sanders transferred back to South Park. Other key players include Javon Thomas, Jaurney Boyland, Jordan Hill, and Justin Campbell. They will miss Joe Harrison and will compete for the league title. They do have a tough schedule though. They play Canisius in week 3 and Aquinas in week 5. Myers will attend Univeristy at Buffalo on a football scholarship. Key to the season will be the play of the line. Please note that with several players transferring to other schools, there is a possibility of the Tigers only being able to field a JV team this season. Tigers will have varsity football in 2017. 

Head Coach: Joe Licata (first year)
Assistant Coaches: unknown
2016 Varsity Record: 5-5-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 6, Defense is 6.
Key Players: Jayon Renfro, Jaurney Boyland, Arsie Carmichael, Jordan Hill, Connor Dean, Justin Campbell, Javon Thomes, Greg Braswell, Jonathan Stachowski
Key Losses: Joe Harrison, Liam Grogran, Mike Weaver
2016 JV Record: 4-2-0
 

ST. FRANCIS RED RAIDERS

Red Raiders Jerry Smith needs to replace Jerry Hickson, a 4 year starter at QB who passed for a WNY career 7610 yards. Dylan McDuffie who rushed for 1255 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2016 has left the school, leaving a void in the rushing attack. Key players include Retsen Daley, Melique Straker, Dawson Tyger, Grayson Myers, and Cole Gambino. They return 4 starters on both sides of the ball. Smith is entering his 30th year as head coach and has recorded 152 wins. JVs were 1-7 in 2016 and will compete for the title. They open with McDowell and University Prep. They have a tough matchup with Cathedral Prep in week 5. Key to the season will be the play of the QB.

Head Coach: Jerry Smith (152-132-4) 29 years
Assistant Coaches: Steve Otremba, K Thie, Bill Gambino, Larry Tyger, Mike Chuchla, Joe Smith, Anthony Stachowski, Tim Smith
2016 Varsity Record: 4-6-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 5, Defense is 5.
Key Players: Retsen Daley, Melique Straker, Dawson Tyger, Grayson Myers, Cole Gambino, Connor Miller, Jadd Dolgala
Key Losses: Jerry Hickson, Tyler Grisolia, Devin Delmont
2016 JV Record: 1-7

CARDINAL O’HARA HAWKS

Hawks look to improve on last year’s 2 wins. Shaquille Dudley returns quality players in All-WNY candidates Michon Dudley, Stephen Boyd,and Michael Clark. They will miss William Willis. Other key players include Jamall Lewis Jr, Rene Velazquez, Brandon Broadnax, and Jamall Lewis Jr. They open with Mount St. Joseph’s in Baltimore and have a tough matchup in week 7 at Steubinville, Ohio. They play Canisius, St. Joe’s, St. Francis, and Aquinas which is a credit to Shaquille Dudley, coaching staff, and athletic director.

Head Coach: Shaquille Dudley (2-7-0)
Assistant Coaches: Sam Harmon, Sherman Nelson, Doug Buczak, Jim Maher, Mario Hall, Dave Griffin, Kyree Carter
2016 Varsity Record: 1-7-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 5, Defense is 6.
Key Players: Michael Clark, Michon Dudley, Stephen Boyd, Rene Valazquez, Brandon Broadnax, Jamall Lewis Jr.
Key Losses: William Willis, Nick Buscaglia
 

ST. MARY’S LANCERS

Chris Dickson will have the Lancers improving after last year’s one win season. The team will be young. Last year’s team had 25 underclassmen including 10 freshmen. Key players include James Miller, Matt Ciezki, CJ Ozolins, Djae Perry, Jashawn Collins, Derek Johnson, and Jacob Fay. They return 19 starters from last year’s squad. Key to the season will be the play of the line. Ozolins is a candidate for 1000 yards rushing. They have a tough matchup in week 6 at Stubenville, Ohio. Lancers do not play any of MMA big four. They open with Bishop Kearney and have 2 open dates.

Head Coach: Chris Dickson (16-31-0, 5 years)
Assistant Coaches: Brandon Benham, Tom Zaccardo, Beck O’Connor, Nick Castillo, Greg Hughes, Matt Ard
2016 Varsity Record: 1-9-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 6, Defense is 7.
Key Players: CJ Ozolins, Djae Perry, James Miller, Matt Ciezki, Jashawn Collins, Derek Johnson, Jacob Fay
Key Losses: Daquan Hunt

 

INDEPENDENT PREVIEW

NICHOLS VIKINGS

The Vikings have merged with Niagara Catholic and Christian Central Academy. Last year they were winless. Key players are Julian Freeman, Matt Glinski, Aiden HOran, and Ben Lekeuneu. They will play 7 games this year. 

 

PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE

Offense
QB – Casey Kelly, St. Joe’s
QB – Jayce Johnson, Canisius
RB – Kenyatta Huston, Canisius
RB – Jaden Lofton, St. Joe’s
TE – Ray Miranda, Canisius
WR – Retsen Daley, St. Francis
WR – Paul Woods, Canisius
OL – Stephen Boyd, Cardinal O’Hara
OL – Brad Currell, Canisisius
OL – Will McGennis, Canisius
RS – Connor Miller, St. Francis
RS – CJ Ozolins, St. Mary’s
U – Michael Clark, Cardinal O’Hara

Defense
DL – Nick Julian St. Joe’s
DL – Michon Dudley, Cardinal O’Hara
DL – Jaylon Renfro, Timon/St. Jude
LB – Jordan Hill, Timon/St. Jude
LB – Seth Penn, St. Francis
LB – Djae Perry, St. Mary’s
LB – Grayson Myers, St. Francis
DB – Keenan Ollison, Canisius
DB – RJ Brandon, Canisius
DB – Dawson Tyger, St. Francis
DB – Melique Straker, St. Francis
 

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