Slogan for the Week:

Every play, “Be a champion”.

Every day, “Be a champion”.

Football Players Who Are Also good Baseball Players:

Jack Putney, Clarence

Connor Desiderio, Maryvale

Drew Boggs, Jamestown

Keith Murphy, Sweet Home

Joe Battaglia, Williamsville South

Aaron Chase, Starpoint

Cory Day, Iroquois

Joe Pagano, Depew

Dante DiRienzo, Depew

Colton Stetz, Eden

Nate Murdie, Kenmore East

Logan Klice, Allegany-Limestone

Griffin Chudy, Ellicottville

Easton Tanner, Maple Grove

“Commentary by Dick Gallagher”

For 2018 there are 15 new head football coaches. Two coaches who were head coaches Gene Tundo, Orchard Park (23 years) and Gary Swetland, Portville (27 years), retired leaving coach Jerry Smith, St. Francis who has been head coach for 30 years and Curt Fischer, who coached Maple Grove for 25 years and is now the head coach at Chautauqua Lake. Other remaining coaches with longevity were Kraig Kurzanski, Williamsville South (23 years) and Tim Miller, Cattaraugus/LV (22 years).

For the 2018 season 63% of head coaches will have less than 5 years at the position. One of the major reasons that some of the coaches retired is the “out of control behavior” by a number of parents who thinks their child is a scholarship player and school boards who let the parents decide the future of coaches because their child is, “not getting enough playing time.

Many of the retired coaches for boys and girls were tremendous mentors and it is unfortunate that administrators and school boards don’t ban some of these parents from attending any sports events because of their behavior. These are just a few examples on why parents are destroying youth and high school sports in the USA.

Top Ten Passing Combinations

Jake Ritts to Dominik Thomas, St. Francis

Cam Sionko to Justin Gorrell, Grand Island

Aaron Chase to Matt Spina, Joe Carlson, and Max Bowden, Starpoint

Cole Snyder to Alex Card, Southwestern

Nick Cascia to Malik Brooks, Lockport

Carson Crist to Easton Tanner, Maple Grove

Jack Sharp to Archie Bartolotti, Orchard Park

Jack Putney to Jon Stephens, Clarence

Joe Nusall to Dylan Kelly, Williamsville North

Mitchell Theal to Jake Blidy, Timon/St. Jude

Schools with Most Connolly Cup Finalists

Orchard Park – 22

St. Joseph’s – 19

Sweet Home – 16

Canisius – 16

St. Francis – 16

Jamestown – 16

Lackawanna – 14

Springville – 14

Alden – 14

Lancaster – 13

Grand Island – 12

Southwestern – 11

Albion – 10

Williamsville South – 10

South Park – 9

Most Connolly Cups

Jamestown – 5

Lackawanna – 5

St. Francis – 4

St. Joseph’s – 3

Springville – 2

Lew-Port – 2

Eden – 2

Williamsville South – 2

Niagara Wheatfield – 2

Players from 29 schools have won 46 Connolly Cups.

Catholic Schools have 82 finalists and won 10 Connolly Cups.

City of Buffalo have won 2 Connolly Cups.

Section VI has won 34 Connolly Cups.

Tallest Football Players 2018

Cody Wilson, Albion – 6’5

Andrew Baribeau, Chautauqua Lake – 6’5

Tyler Doty, St. Joe’s – 6’5

Will McDonald, St. Joe’s – 6’6

David Motten, Cardinal O’Hara – 6’5

Cameron Holmes, North Tonawanda – 6’5

Trevor Smith, Pioneer – 6’5

Zach Madej, Orchard Park – 6’7

Christian Gillette, Orchard Park – 6’6

Colin Wiley, West Seneca West – 6’5

For a Successful Football Program

Coaches Coach

Players Play

Referees Referee

Parents Support

Bands Play Music

Cheerleaders Cheer

Announcers Announce

Bus Drivers Drive

Note: Each of the above have their own responsibilities and no one should interfere with the other. The end result is a successful football program.

CSP (Clymer, Sherman, Panama) won their first Class D sectional championship since the schools merged in 2015.

Jim Kelly Underclassmen of the Week include Xzavier Janczylik, St. Francis and Ethan Jurkowski, Lancaster.

Casey Kelly, former St. Joe's QB who transferred to Mallard Creek High School in North Carolina has thrown for 1260 yards, 19 touchdowns and has rushed for 5 touchdowns in 7 games.

Cheektowaga has the best defense only allowing 61 points in 10 games.

Starpoint averaged 40.3 points in 10 games while CSP has averaged 37.5 points in 10 games.

Clymer/Sherman/Panama is undefeated in both varsity and JV football. The Wolfpack have been number one in the Class D State Poll for 10 weeks. Quite an accomplishment for Ty Harper and the team.

Msgr. Martin Football Championships

Saturday, November 10th at UB Stadium

Canisius vs. St. Francis - 5pm

Cardinal O'Hara vs. Timon/St. Jude 2:30pm

Updated Sectional Championship Records

Bennett 1-3

Lancaster 5-7

Clymer/Sherman/Panama 1-0

Maple Grove 7-11

Cheektowaga 5-2

Pioneer 3-1

West Seneca East 2-3

West Seneca West 1-1

Cleveland Hill 9-4

Southwestern 4-7

Lancaster has accumulated a 31-3 record in 3 years.

Cole Snyder, Southwestern's senior QB, passed for 215 yards and 2 touchdowns in the Class C title game. The touchdowns gave him a total of 37 touchdowns which broke Joe Licata's record of 36 for Williamsville South in 2009.

Top Contenders For Player of the Year

Cole Snyder, Southwestern

Mike Rigerman, Pioneer

Shaun Dolac, West Seneca East

Dylan Kelly, Williamsville North

Aaron Wahler, Cleveland Hill

Aaron Chase, Starpoint

Keshone Beal, Cheektowaga

Rashad Law, Maryvale

Malik Brooks, Lockport

Steven Frerichs, Wilson

Numbers of Players Returning For 2019

Southwestern 26

Cleveland Hill 15

West Seneca East 15

West Seneca West 34

Maple Grove 12

Bennett 21

Lancaster 32

Cheektowaga 14

Pioneer 23

Regional Finals Schedule At Clarence High School

Friday, November 9th

Letchworth/Warsaw vs. Cleveland Hill - 5pm

Irondequoit vs. West Seneca East - 8pm

Saturday, November 10th

Alexander vs. Clymer/Sherman/Panama - 12pm

Aquinas vs. Lancaster - 3:15pm

Batavia vs. Cheektowaga - 6:30pm