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Dick Gallagher's Observations

Dick Gallagher gives his observations on the Section VI Championships.
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Observations about Championships

Sparks dominated Macks by being more physical, having speed, and playing smash mouth football throughout the game. An amazing stat is that the Sparks were 0 for 8 for 3rd down conversations and the Macks were 0-11 on conversions.

Clymer/Sherman/Panama had a 6-0 lead at the half until Swabik completed a pass to Barmore for a TD. Wolfpack’s defense was outstanding. Titans were 4 of 14 in 3rd down conversions. The loss of star RB Tyler Cleary to suspension had a huge negative impact on their offense.

Trojans recorded 53 points and 478 offensive yards to defeat the Lakemen. Tywon Wright put on an amazing display at RB with 346 yards and 5 TDs. Wilson gained 312 yards offensively led by Atlas and Westmorland. Loss of Declan Faery to injury before the game had a negative impact. The Lakemen had 4 turnovers.

Falcons had 384 yards offensively compared to the Purple Eagles 226 yards and had 4 of 5 scoring in red zone chances. Falcons dominated the clock by 29:02 to 18:58. They also shut down the Purple Eagles passing game.

Davis and Jurkowski made the big plays for the Legends. The Quakers were in Legends territory 6 times in the first half, but could only score a field goal. The Quakers only converted 4 of 15 3rd down plays. The Legends only had 1 penalty. Legends shut down Quakers rushing to 52 yards and credit goes to their defense.

All Section VI Championship teams can win all Far West Regional Games.

Section VI Championship Most Valuable Players

Class AA Offense:

Shawn Davis, Lancaster
Jack Sharp, Orchard Park

Class AA Defense:

Josh Jelonek, Lancaster
Ethan Jurkowski, Lancaster
Tyler Pirritano, Orchard Park

Class A Offense

Keith Jackson, South Park

Class A Defense

Brandon Brown, South Park
Romar Cayles, South Park

Class B Offense

John Washington, WNY Maritime/Health Sciences

Class B Defense

Mekhi Bridgers, WNY Maritime/Health Sciences
Tyray White, Albion

Class C Offense

Drew Westmorland, Wilson
Tywon Wright, Southwestern

Class C Defense

Jon Pearson, Southwestern
Garrett Swan, Southwestern

Class D Offense

Cam Barmore, CSP

Class D Defense

Alex Dunnewold
John Swabik, CSP

Team Roster Numbers

Lancaster has 55 players on its roster. 28 are seniors, so the Legends will return 27 from their championship squad. The Legends JV team were 7-1 this season.

Orchard Park has 57 players on its roster and 24 will graduate returning 33 players. The Quaker JV team were 7-1.

McKinley has 47 players on its roster with 26 seniors leaving 21 to return.

South Park has 43 players with 18 SR’s and will be returning 25.

Albion has 38 players, 15 seniors and will return 23.

WNY Maritime/Health Sciences has 34 players, 10 SR’s and will return 26.

Wilson has 29 players, 14 will graduate and 15 will return.

Southwestern has 38 players, 12 seniors and will return 26.

Clymer/Sherman/Panama has 37 players, 11 SR’s and will return 26.

Franklinville/Ellicottville has 39 players, 10 seniors and will return 29.