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2019 Class D Preview

Dick Gallagher gives his 2019 high school football team preview for the Class D Division.
Credit: WGRZ


1. Clymer/Sherman/Panama
2. Franklinville/Ellicottville
3. Maple Grove
4. Salamanca
5. Randolph
6. Cattaraugus/LV


Wolfpack had a dream season in 2018 going undefeated and winning a Class D State Championship. The JV squad was undefeated with an 8-0 record. Offense will be led by Cameron Barmore, Gerrit Hinsdale, Zavon Overton and John Swabik. Ty Harper’s squad will compete for another league, sectional and state championship. They will host Maple Grove in the opener and Cleveland Hill in week 6 in a non-league game. They return 11 players this season.

Head Coach: Ty Harper (27-20-0) 5 years
Assistant Coaches: Chris Payne, Dave Bodamer, Bob Newton, Brad Barmore, Bill Schneider
2018 Varsity Record: 13-0-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 4, Defense is 3.
Key Players: Cam Barmore, Gerrit Hinsdale, John Swabik, Zavon Overton, Lucas Rater, Connor Cooper, Alex Dunnewold
Key Losses: Derek Ecklund, Steven Ryan, Jordan Smouse, Mitchell Hovey
2018 JV Record: 8-0-0


Titans have a new head coach in Jason Marsh who replaced Chad Bartoszek. They return 9 starters on both sides of the and will compete for a league title. They have All-WNY players in Logan Frank, Clayton Rowland and Zach Wolfer. Other key players include Jordan Grinols, Wyatt Chudy and Niklas Logel. They host Allegany-Limestone at Franklinville in the opener. They also host CSP in week 3. They return 13 players this season.

Head Coach: Jason Marsh
Assistant Coaches: Mark Blecha, Chris Mendell, Scott Palmatier, Reed Mitrowski
2018 Varsity Record: 5-4-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 9, Defense is 9.
Key Players: Logan Frank, Tyler Clear, Zach Wolfer, Niklas Logel, Clayton Rowland, Jordan Grinols, Jordan Peplinski, Wyatt Chudy, Brett Kryniski, Gabe Hauri
Key Losses: Steven Rowland, Ben Mooney
2018 JV Record: 1-4-2


The Red Dragons have been to 8 consecutive sectional championships, winning 5. They open at CSP and play at Silver Creek/Forestville in week 2. They return 12 players this year. They have an All-WNY candidate in Jake Tomlinson who recorded 92 tackles in 2018. Other key players include Jackson Gowan, Carter Martin, Luke Tomlinson, Adam Reagle and Kyle Trimm. They will be a competitive team. Key to the season will be the play of the QB and line

Head Coach: Justin Hanft (6-4-0) 1 year
Assistant Coaches: Jake Swan
2018 Varsity Record: 6-4-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 3. Defense is 2.
Key Players: Jake Tomlinson, Adam Reagle, Kyle Trimm, Jackson Gowan, Carter Martin, Luke Tomlinson
Key Losses: Easton Tanner, Carson Crist, DJ Brown


Warriors return 14 players. Key players include Kody Shinners, Jarrett McKenna and Lucas McKenna. They will be competitive this year. They host Randolph in the opener. Chad Bartoszek is the new head coach for the Warriors.

Head Coach: Chad Bartoszek (43-16-0) 6 years
Assistant Coaches: unknown
2018 Varsity Record: 4-5-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 5, Defense is 5.
Key Players: Kody Shinners, Jerrett McKenna, Lucas McKenna
Key Losses: Asa John, Nik Milks, Tyler Hedlund


Cardinals achieved a 6-3 record in 2018 but only return 4 starters. They open at Salamanca and host Franklinville/Ellicottville in week 2. Key players will include Alex Finch, Josh Brown and QB Tyler Hind. They return 12 players this season. Brent Brown has a 35-8-0 record in 4 years as head coach.

Head Coach: Brent Brown (45-16-0) 6 years
Assistant Coaches: Nate Armella, JJ Peterson, Jeff Pagett, Chad Slade, Gerald Carlson, Lucas Burch
2018 Varsity Record: 6-3-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 2, Defense is 2.
Key Players: Tyler Hind, Josh Brown, Alex Finch
Key Losses: Andrew Bernard, Mason Pagett


The Timberwolves look to improve from last year’s 1-win season. Key players include Vinnie Pascarell and Hunter Furl. They return 14 players this season. They open at JFK and host Salamanca in week 2. They could struggle again this year.

Head Coach: Tim Miller (92-119-0) 23 years
Assistant Coaches: unknown
2018 Varsity Record: 1-8-0
Starters Returning: Offense is 5, Defense is 5.
Key Players: Vinnie Gascarella, Hunter Furl
Key Losses: Sam Grey, Damion Ly


QB – Gerrit Hinsdale, CSP
RB – John Swabik, CSP
RB – Wyatt Chudy, Franklinville/Ellicottville
RB – Hunter Furl, Cattaraugus/LV
WR – Savon Overton, CSP
WR – Jarrett McKenna, Salamanca
OL – Alex Dunnewald, CSP
OL – Vinnie Pascarella, Cattaraugus/LV
OL – Zachary Walter, Franklinville/Ellicottville
OL – Kody Shinners, Salamanca

DL – Lucas Rater, CSP
DL – Nicklas Logel, Franklinville/Ellicottville
DL – Josh Brown, Randolph
DL – Kyle Trimm, Maple Grove
LB – Clayton Rowland, Franklinville/Ellicottville
LB – Connor Cooper, CSP
LB – Alex Finch, Randolph
DB – Carter Martin, Maple Grove
DB – John Swabik, CSP
DB – Logan Frank, Franklinville/Ellicottville