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2019 Class C North Preview

Dick Gallagher gives his 2019 high school football team preview for the Class C North Division.
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1. Cleveland Hill
2. Wilson
3. Akron
4. Silver Creek/Forestville
5. JFK
6. Roy-Hart


Golden Eagles have won 3 consecutive sectional titles. They return 10 players and host the town rivalry Maryvale in week 1. They have All-WNY candidates in Chris Diem and Alex Rojek. Other key players include Carl Jackson, Pierre Brown, Thomas Johnson, and Harley Cash. They will compete for league and sectional titles.

Head Coach: Glen Graham (113-38-0) 16 years
Assistant Coaches: Chad Kuras, Dennis Mason, Charles Barth
2018 Varsity Record: 10-2-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 5. Defense is 5.
Key Players: Alex Rojek, Chris Diem, Carl Jackson, Thomas Johnson, Jayden Kreuger, Harley Cash
Key Losses: Aaron Wahler, Javon Thomas, D’Mario Grant
2018 JV Record: 6-3-0


Lakemen were 7-2 last season and return 8 starters on both sides of the ball. They have All-WNY candidates in Declan Faery, Drew Westmoreland and Brayden Dunlap. Other key players include Bobby Atlas and Brayden Thompson. They open at Roy-Hart and play JFK in week 2. Key to the season will be the play of line and QB. They will be in the playoffs but will miss Steven Frerichs.

Head Coach: Bill Atlas (43-63-0) 11 years
Assistant Coaches: Matt Faery, Al Scarpine, Zach Ganshaw, Bob Schruise
2018 Varsity Record: 7-2-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 8, Defense is 8.
Key Players: Declan Faery, Drew Westmoreland, Robert Atlas, Marc Dolyk, Mitch Maher, Braden Thompson
Key Losses: Steven Frerichs, Marcel Wilson
2018 JV Record: 5-3-0


Tigers return 13 starters and talent from 7-1 JV squad will have the team competing for a league title. They have All-WNY candidates in QB Adam Mietz and Nick Wood. Other key players include Ardan Smith, Mitchell Holtz, David Kalinowski and Mitchell Dugan. They host the Black Knights in week 1 and play Timon/St. Jude in week 2. They return 15 players this season.

Head Coach: Andrew Crouse (13-20-0) 4 years
Assistant Coaches: Steve Patterson, Eric Gestung, Ken Stoldt
2018 Varsity Record: 4-4-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 6, Defense is 7.
Key Players: Andy Mietz, Nick Wood, David Kalinowski, Mitch Dugan, Ardan Smith, Mitchell Holtz
Key Losses: Brandon Orr, Tim Longwell, Millard Young
2018 JV Record: 7-1-0


Black Knights look to rebound from last year’s 2 win season. Sean Helmer returns 7 starters on offense and 6 on defense. They have All-WNY candidates in Chandler Eggleston and Angel Carraballo. Other key players include Sam Braidich and Hunter Larson. They return 17 players and will miss Like Szumigala. They play the Tigers in week 1 and host CSP in week 2. They will be in the playoffs. Austin Rott transferred to Southwestern this year.

Head Coach: Sean Helmer (71-46-0) 13 years
Assistant Coaches: Wayne Griem, Scot Greenough, Greg Greenough
2018 Varsity Record: 2-6-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 8, Defense is 6.
Key Players: Angel Caraballo, Sam Braidich, Chandler Eggleston, Hunter Larson
Key Losses: Luke Szumigala


Bears look to improve in 2019 with 17 starters returning. Key players include Jax Lighten, Da’Rell Dabney, Santino Aramini, Robert Witnauer, Jayden Pace, Curtis Flakes and Alan Suarez. They will compete for a playoff berth. They host Cattaraugus/LV in the opener and Wilson in week 2. Key to the season will be play of QB.

Head Coach: Jeff Sabatino (14-22-0) 4 years
Assistant Coaches: Mark Ostempowski
2018 Varsity Record: 2-7-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 9, Defense is 8.
Key Players: Da’Rell Dabney, Jax Lighten, Robert Witnauer, Santino Aramini, Curtis Flakes
Key Losses: Zach Manzella, Scott Prell
2018 JV Record: 5-4-0


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QB – Adam Mietz, Akron
RB – Drew Westmoreland, Wilson
RB – Pierre Brown, Cleveland Hill
WR – Nick Wood, Akron
WR – Thomas Johnson, Cleveland Hill
OL – Alex Rojek, Cleveland Hill
OL – Jayden Krueger, Cleveland Hill
OL – Harley Cash, Cleveland Hill
OL – Brayden Thompson, Wilson
K – Alex Rojek, Cleveland Hill
RS – Jaden Pace, JFK

DL – Declan Faery, Wilson
DL – Chandler Eggleston, Silver Creek/Forestville
DL – Curtis Flakes, JFK
LB – David Kalinowski, Akron
LB – Angel Carraballo, Silver Creek/Forestville
LB – Chris Dieum, Cleveland Hill
LB – Hunter Larson, Silver Creek/Forestville
DB – Aidan Smith, Akron
DB – Brayden Dunlap, Wilson
DB – Sam Braidich, Silver Creek/Forestville
DB – Jax Lighten, JFK
DB – Jaden Pack, JFK
RS – Mitchell Holtz, Akron