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Dick Gallagher's Sidelines: Week 10

Dick Gallagher gives a mixture of information concerning players, coaches and teams after week 10 of the high school football season.
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Congratulations to the following players who have been selected as finalists for the Connolly Cup

Anthony McCarley, Amherst 

Djae Perry, Bennett

CJ Ozolins, Canisius

Marqwan Fluitt, South Park

Keith Jackson, South Park

Tywon Wright, Southwestern

Jake Ritts, St. Francis

Xavier Janczylik, St. Francis

Michah Brown, St. Joe's

Joe Carlson, Starpoint

Week 10 Scores

Orchard Park 17, Lancaster 23

St. Joe’s 6, Canisius 15

St. Mary’s 28, Cardinal O’Hara 0

South Park 38, McKinley 0

WNY Maritime/Health Sciences 34, Albion 20

Southwestern 53, Wilson 21

Franklinville/Ellicottville 0, Clymer/Sherman/Panama 22

Lancaster won their 4th consecutive Class AA sectional championship, defeating Orchard Park 23-17. The Legends overall record in the title games is 6-7. The Quakers overall record is 15-8.

Albion’s record in the title games is 4 and 7.

WNY Maritime/Health Sciences won their first Class B championship, defeating Albion 34-20.

South Park has a 2-2 record in the title games at New Era Field.

Franklinville/Ellicottville’s record at New Era Field is now 1-3 after the Titans’ loss to Clymer/Sherman/Panama.

Southwestern’s record in the title games is now 5-7.

All 5 Section VI championship teams have the ability, talent and coaching to win in the Far West Regionals.

Wilson’s record in the title games is 0-2.

McQuaid defeated Aquinas in Section V’s Class AA championship game for the first time since 1998.

Jim Kelly Underclassmen of the week are Keith Jackson from South Park and Josh Jelonek from Lancaster.

Eric Rupp, Lancaster head football coach has a 40-6 record after 5 years.

Ty Harper and his coaching staff’s defensive game plan against the Titans was outstanding.

Tyler Clear, Titans senior RB/DB was not eligible to play in the Class D title game. He was missed big time.

State Rankings

Class AA – St. Francis is ranked #8

Class A – South Park is ranked #6

Class B – WNY Maritime/Health Sciences is ranked #7

Class C – Southwestern is ranked #2

Class D – Clymer/Sherman/Panama is ranked #2

Canisius defeated St. Joe’s for the 11th time in 12 games to earn a berth in the Msgr. Martin championship on Saturday, November 16th at University at Buffalo. The game starts at 6pm. The Crusaders will play St. Francis. Timon/St. Jude will play at 3pm at University at Buffalo for the League B title vs. St. Mary’s.

Derek Landri, St. Joe’s coach is 1-5 in the rivalry series and 22-21 overall since 2016.

If Tyler Clearly was eligible to play against Clymer/Sherman/Panama, could there have been a more competitive game?

Tywon Wright, Southwestern senior RB and a transfer from Dunkirk had an outstanding game, rushing for 356 yards and 5 touchdowns. The record for the most rushing yards in a sectional title game is 363 yards by Cattaraugus/Little Valley.

Lancaster’s front 7 were the starts of the Legends’ victory.

Give the Lakemen a round of applause for hustling on every play. They left everything on the field. Kudos to Bill Atlas and the coaching staff.

The 33rd annual WNY High School Football Awards Banquet is scheduled to be held on December 28th at 12:30pm at Classics V on Niagara Falls Boulevard. John Murphy will be the emcee.

Nomination forms for the All-WNY Academic football team have been mailed to all coaches. Criteria for selection is that all nominees must have a 90 GPA or better, they must be a senior and they must be a starter or important reserve. For additional information contact Dick Gallagher.

Why did the Bills refuse to let the teams use the locker rooms for the games? Our tax dollars built this stadium. Ridiculous decision.

The kicking game continued to be terrible although Tom Hollender and Clark Whiteside kicked 30 yard field goals.

Blake Haubeil, former All-WNY kicker from Canisius is the field goal kicker for Ohio State. In 27 games he has kicked 10 of 13 field goals and 37 for 37 PATS. Amazing career. The junior will be in the NFL. His brother, Beau Haubeil, will be a junior at Amherst and will be one of the top kickers in 2020.

Contenders For Coach of the Year Honors

Eric Rupp, Lancaster

Brian Davis, McKinley

Tim Delaney, South Park

Jerry Smith, St. Francis

Ty Harper, Clymer/Sherman/Panama

Jake Burkholder, Southwestern

Tyree Parker, WNY Maritime/Health Sciences

Bill Atlas, Wilson

Most Appearances in Sectional Football Championships

Orchard Park 23

Jamestown 18

Maple Grove 18

Sweet Home 15

Randolph 15

Springville 14

Grand Island 13

Lancaster 13

Southwestern 13

Clarence 12

Albion 11

Most Sectional Football Championships 1979-2019

Orchard Park 14

Jamestown 11

Cleveland Hill 10

Randolph 9

Salamanca 9

Lackawanna 9

Sweet Home 8

Maple Grove 7

Clarence 6

Springville 6

Grand Island 6

Lancaster 6

Connolly Cup Nominees Week 10

Cameron Barmore, Clymer/Sherman/Panama

Brandan Brown, South Park

Addison Copeland, WNY Maritime/Health Sciences

Ja’Qwan Manuel, St. Mary’s

Drew Westmoreland, Wilson

Tywon Wright, Southwestern

Trench Trophy Nominees Week 10

Andrew Baribeau, Chautauqua Lake

Cameron Barmore, Clymer/Sherman/Panama

James Carrington, St. Joe’s

Dylan Farner, South Park

Niklas Logel, Franklinville/Ellicottville

Nashawn Oliver, Bennett

Cody Wilson, Albion