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
Bands Play Music
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
Maple Grove 7-11
West Seneca East 2-3
West Seneca West 1-1
Cleveland Hill 9-4
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
Cleveland Hill 15
West Seneca East 15
West Seneca West 34
Maple Grove 12
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