BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sidelines is a weekly feature for WGRZ which includes a mixture of information concerning players, coaches and teams.

Best Chain Gang: Grand Island

Stat Updates

Garrett Stock, Newfane, has rushed for 589 yards and 6 touchdowns while Jayden Heers, Newfane, has rushed for 493 yards and 8 touchdowns. They are known as the “Panthers Dynamic Duo.”

Jack Sharpe, Orchard Park SR QB, has completed 80 of 117 passes for 1012 yard and 16 touchdowns to lead the Quakers to a 4-0 record.

Mykell Hepburn, South Park JR QB, has completed 52 of 74 passes for 1050 yards and 11 touchdowns to lead the Sparks to a 4-0 record.

Marquan Fluitt, South Park DE has recorded 10 sacks in the first 4 games to lead the Sparks defense.

Jake Ritts, St. Francis JR QB, has passed for 1173 yards and 13 touchdowns to lead the Red Raiders to a 3-1 record.

Zac Boyes, Kenmore West SR QB, has passed for 516 yards and 6 touchdowns while rushing for 141 yards and 6 touchdowns. 

Jake Skinner, Fredonia SR LB, has recorded 41 tackles in 4 games include 21 TFL. 

Marquan Fluitt, South Park SR DE, has recorded 34 tackles and 10 sacks in 4 games.

Cooper Pannes, Southwestern SR lineman, has recorded 27 tackles this season. 

Winless Teams: Hutch-Tech, Lockport, Williamsville East, Kenmore East, Springville, Burgard, Roy-Hart, Falconer/CV, Gowanda, Timon/St. Jude, Cardinal O’Hara, St. Mary’s

Suggestion: Mike Masters, long time football coach and founder and president of Cross Training Athletics should be inducted into the 2020 Section VI Hall of Fame. What he has done with Cross Training Football and Cross Training Athletics has had a tremendous and positive experience for players, coaches, students, teachers and parents.

Starpoint had very limited rushing yards against Sweet home. Turnovers hurt both teams in their game.

Congratulations to Casey Kacz, former Sweet Home All-WNY and All-State player who led the Panthers to a state championship for being inducted into the Sweet Home Hall of Fame. John Faller, Sweet Home legend, was also inducted.

The Hind brothers scored 4 touchdowns in the Cardinals win this week.

Most Tackles: Jake Skinner, Jake Dean, Michael Pataky

Unbeaten Teams: Orchard Park, Kenmore West, McKinley, South Park, Albion, Wilson, Southwestern, Franklinville/Ellicottville

The Jim Kelly Underclassmen of the week are Jake Ritts from St. Francis and Tyrell Laws from Sweet Home.

Timon/St. Jude are 0-4 and opponents have outscored the Tigers 158 to 31.

Wilson opened their new turf field with a win over previously unbeaten Akron.

Jake Sisson, former Jamestown All-State player, played professional football in Serbia but returned to Jamestown. He is a mentor and teach for QB Trey Drake.

Logan Klice, Allegany-Limestone RB has the nickname “L-Train.”

St. Joe’s lost 42-0 to LaSalle in Cincinnati, Ohio. The team is ranked 67th nationally and 8th state wide. The Marauders in the second half only had possession for 3 minutes and 35 seconds.

Adam Mietz, Akron JR QB, was hurt in the first play of the Tigers game with Wilson.

Top Offenses Through Week 4

South Park – 200 points

Orchard Park – 190 points

Southwestern – 173 points

St. Francis – 158 points

Sweet Home – 138 points

Starpoint – 138 points

Iroquois – 124 points

Kenmore West – 121 points

Albion – 120 points

Canisius – 117 points

Jamestown – 116 points

The Sparks are averaging 50 points a game while Orchard Park is averaging 47 points.

Top Defenses (Points Allowed)

Southwestern 16

McKinley 18

Wilson 18

Akron 26

Kenmore West 28

Franklinville/Ellicottville 32

Top Freshmen: Trey Drake, Jamestown & Camren Warburton, Cheektowaga

Top Sophomores:

Carson Marcus, Starpoint

Isaiah Simmons, West Seneca West

Trey Kleitz, Iroquois

Top Junior: Jake Ritts, St. Francis

Top Seniors:

PJ Burns, Depew

Nick O’Neill, Amherst

Jamel Lucas, Sweet Home

Shutouts: Albion, Canisius, CSP, Dunkirk, East Aurora/Holland, Niagara Falls, Orchard Park, Southwestern

We wish the best for Jehuu Caulcrick, Southwestern head coach, who will be coaching his last game for the Trojans when they face Lackawanna in week 5 before he relocates to Michigan. He has had an outstanding career in high school at Clymer, college at Michigan State, playing for 4 teams in the NFL and coaching the Trojans.

Cardinal O’Hara forfeited their game with Binghamton in week 4. The Hawks are having problems fielding a team this season and the future is very questionable.

Playoff Forecast After Week 4

Class AA: Orchard Park, Jamestown, Lancaster, Clarence and Bennett will vie for the semi-final sectional matchups.

Class A-1: McKinley, West Seneca West, Kenmore West, Williamsville North and Hamburg will vie for the 4 playoff berths.

Class A-2: South Park, Sweet Home, Starpoint should be locks for playoff berths. The final slot will either be West Seneca East, Williamsville South or Grand Island.

Class B-1: Cheektowaga and Pioneer will both make the playoffs.

Class B-2: WNY Maritime and Iroquois will both make the playoffs.

Class B-3: Albion and either Olean or Lackawanna will make the playoffs.

Class B-4: Newfane and Tonawanda will make the playoffs.

Class C North: Wilson, Akron, JFK, Silver Creek or Cleveland Hill will make the playoffs.

Class C South: Southwestern, Portville, Allegany-Limestone, Chautauqua Lake or Fredonia will make the playoffs.

Class D: Franklinville/Ellicottville and Clymer/Sherman/Panama should play in the Class D sectional championship in November at New Era Field.

Dick Gallagher’s Top Games Week 5

Bennett at Lancaster

Starpoint at South Park

Lackawanna at Southwestern

St. Joe’s at St. Francis

Olean at Albion

St. Joe's at St. Francis game on Saturday, October 5th is now at 7pm. 

JV Highlights

The JV football Warriors improved their record to 2-1 on the season with a 26-14 win over Pioneer on Saturday. The Warriors played an all around great game limiting Pioneer's offense and dominating on defense. The offensive line of Coby Toy, Markeith Mingo, Jamell Bishop, Jeff Ngyuyen and Jamario Winston led the way as the Warriors rushed for over 300 yards on the day. Jalen Henlon rushed for a total of 293 yards and 3 touchdowns to pace the offense. Jeff Ngyuyen also added an interception for the defense. The team face Grand Island on Thursday night with a 7pm start. 

Character Awards

The honorees are selected for setting positive examples in speech, conduct, love, faith and integrity of the game

Tom Callen, Allegany-Limestone

Demonte Minter, Burgard

Jason Young, Cattaraugus/LV

Connor Cooper, CSP

Matt Russo, Depew

Josh Rice, Eden

Aaron Barlow, Gowanda

Patrick Gerbec, Kenmore West

Josh Everett, Newfane

Nick Pantuso, Olean

Zach Scime, Springville

Ethan Dalton, Williamsville