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Dick Gallagher's Sidelines: Week 8

Dick Gallagher gives a mixture of information concerning players, coaches and teams after week 8 of the high school football season.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Sidelines is a weekly feature for WGRZ which includes a mixture of information concerning players, coaches and teams.

The record for teams in the Msgr. Martin Association League B are 4-17. They have been outscored 551 to 175.

St. Francis is 7-1 and averaging 41 points a game.

Jake Ritts, St. Francis junior QB, has passed for 2189 yards and 24 touchdowns in 8 games this season. Last year, he set a new WNY season passing record with 3366 yards, 36 touchdowns and rushed for 6 touchdowns. What an amazing career for the Red Raider and he is only a junior.

One word for the kicking game in Western New York this season – terrible.

Surprise Teams: McKinley, WNY Maritime/Health Sciences, Sweet Home, Williamsville South, Iroquois, Depew, St. Joe’s, JFK, Franklinville/Ellicottville, Portville

Best Defenses: Southwestern, McKinley, West Seneca West, South Park, Wilson, Portville, Akron, Tonawanda, Orchard Park, Lancaster

Best Dancer: Brian Wild, Lancaster

Most State Football Championships: Randolph (5)

Best RB Duo: D’Jae Perry and Justin Campbell, Bennett

Top Scoring Team: St. Francis averages 41.5 points per game

The Strongest: Nashawn Oliver, Bennett

Shutouts: Williamsville South

Unbeaten Teams: McKinley, South Park, Wilson, Southwestern, Franklinville/Ellicottville

Jerry Smith, head football coach at St. Francis is in his 31st year starting in 1988 with a record of 168-146-4.

In September, 71 football teams started playing games. After 8 weeks, there are only 25 schools still playing.

Dean Santorio, Grand Island head coach was selected the Buffalo Bills Ad Pro Sports Coach of the Week for the Vikings comeback victory over Amherst.

The best offensive line in week 8 goes to St. Francis with Zach Jaworski, Eric Schon, Tyler Braeuner, Austin Hill and Jake Szymanski.

Comebacks of the Week: Olean over Newfane and Pioneer over Cheektowaga

Top Teams From Section V: McQuaid, Aquinas, Eastridge, Rochester East, Leroy, Notre Dame, Alexander

Grand Island, Pioneer, Lancaster, West Seneca West, Olean and Chautauqua Lake won away games to advance in the playoffs.

Sweet Home and Wiliamsville North are to be commended for their effort in almost defeating McKinley and South Park.

College Football Recruiting Night is taking place on Tuesday, December 3rd from 6pm to 8:30pm at the Pepsi Club at New Era Field. For additional information contact Len Jankiewicz at ljankiewicz@roadrunner.com.

Jim Kelly Underclassmen for Week 8 is Railey Silvis from Olean and Aidan Ostrowski from Williamsville South.

Leading Tacklers

Jared Montgomery, East Aurora/Holland – 98

Jake Skinner, Fredonia – 93

Jaden Heers, Newfane – 86

Marqwan Fluitt, South Park – 84

CJ Ozolins, Canisius – 83

Cameron Chandler, Cheektowaga – 68

Matt Jaworski, St. Francis – 64

Top Freshmen

Trey Drake, Jamestown

Rashard Perry, Bennett

Top Sophomores

Jaylen Butera, Jamestown

Isaiah Simmons, West Seneca West

Railey Silvis, Olean

Top Juniors

Jake Ritts, St. Francis

Jo Dixon, Canisius

Callum Wither, St. Joe’s

Tra’e Hill, Pioneer

Top Seniors

Denton Tiley, Pioneer

Xzavier Janczylik, St. Francis

Zac Boyes, Kenmore West

Jack Sharp, Orchard Park

Dillon Weir, West Seneca West

Gavin Kulp, Olean

Joe Carlson, Starpoint senior, is one of the most versatile players in Western New York. He has caught 36 passes for 589 yards. He has also passed for 237 yards. He has 1 touchdown rushed for 223 yards and recorded 4 interceptions turning into 2 touchdowns.

Top Offenses (Points Scored) 

St. Francis – 332

South Park – 330

Southwestern – 330

Orchard Park – 299

McKinley – 279

Lancaster – 279

Jamestown – 269

Franklinville/Ellicottville – 264

Williamsville South – 263

Pioneer – 254

CSP – 245

Portville – 242

WNY Maritime/Health Sciences – 238

Top Ambassadors for WNY High School Football

Len Jankiewicz – combines Coordinator

Dennis Sarow – Connolly Cup Coordinator

Carl Kuras – Trench Trophy Coordinator

Ken Stoldt – Chairperson Section VI Football Federation

Denny Lynch – WNY Football Alliance

Miggy Rodriguez – Buffalo News Sports Reporter

Matt Palma – President, Football Officials Organization

Pete Schneider – Msgr. Martin Association

Tom Prince – WNY Athletics

Frank Wolf – WNY Athletics

First Year Coaching Records

Tom Callen, Allegany-Limestone (4-4)

Brian Davis, McKinley (8-0)

Rick Tomm, North Tonawanda (1-7)

Tyree Parker, WNY Maritime/Health Sciences (7-1)

Mark Heichberger, Springville (0-8)

Marcus Wyche, Roy-Hart (0-8)

Bryan Bongiovanni, Chautauqua Lake (4-4)

Chad Bartoszek, Salamanca (4-4)

Matt Ard, St. Mary’s (1-7)

JV Highlights

The JV football Warriors finished the season with an overall record of 6-2 after escaping Pioneer with a 24-20 victory last Wednesday night. The Warriors turned things around offensively to grab an early lead in the 2nd half. They held strong defensively to seal the win. Jalen Henlon rushed for 167 yards and 3 touchdowns while Jeremy Gray had 2 interceptions to help close out the game.