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Dick Gallagher's Sidelines: Week 9

Dick Gallagher gives a mixture of information concerning players, coaches and teams after week 9 of the high school football season.
Credit: WGRZ

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

Congratulations to Kraig Kurzanski, Williamsville head coach, for an excellent 6-3 record this season. Also he established a WNY kicking record by his team not punting at all during the season. His philosophy is to not give the opponent the ball.

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Top Passing Combinations

Jake Ritts to Antonio Corsi, St. Francis

Jake Sharp to Peter Liberatore, Orchard Park

Jason Mansell to Shawn Davis, Lancaster

Zac Boyes to Eddie Vona, Kenmore West

Gerrit Hinsdale to Cameron Barmore, Clymer/Sherman/Panama

Carson Marcus to Joe Carlson, Starpoint

Trey Drake to Simeon Leeper, Jamestown

Railey Silvis to Gavin Kulp, Olean

Tyler Baker to Nik McMillan, Canisius

Callum Withers to Sam Kline, St. Joe’s

Mykell Helpburn to Brandon Brown, South Park

Will Girzone to Jeremy Matute, Williamsville South

Top Transfers

Tywon Wright – Southwestern from Dunkirk

Conrad Thomas – Southwestern from Dunkirk

Ron McCarley – Amherst from St. Joe’s

Aidan Ostrowski – Williamsville South from Canisius

Sam Torrie – Cardinal O’Hara from Lew-Port

Possible Regional Opponents in Week 11 For Section VI Champions

Class AA – McQuaid, Aquinas

Class A – Eastridge, Rochester East

Class B – University Prep

Class C – Leroy, Attica

Class D – Notre Dame, Alexander

Congratulations to Connor Desiderio, Maryvale senior QB, for his outstanding 4 year football career with the Flyers. He set records for total offense, total touchdowns, most wins, most starts, most passing yards in a season, most career passing yards and most career passing touchdowns. Connor was a 4-year starter at QB and will play baseball for St. Bonaventure after he graduates.

Holley defeated Maple Grove 34-28 in 8-man football. Ayden Reagle scored 4 touchdowns for Maple Grove.

Canisius will play at St. Joe’s on November 9th to determine the opponent for St. Francis in the Msgr. Martin Championship game November 16th at the University at Buffalo.

College Football Recruiting Night is Tuesday, December 3rd from 6:00pm to 8:30pm at the Pepsi Club at New Era Field for all senior and junior high school football players in Western New York. For additional information contact Len Jankiewicz at ljankiewicz@roadrunner.com.

Best Chain Gang: Jamestown

Best Referee: Brian Majday

Unsung Player: Niklas Logel, Franklinville/Ellicottville

Best JV Team: Hamburg

Best Ball Boys: Orchard Park and Clymer/Sherman/Panama

Most Sectional Football Title Appearances: 22, Orchard Park

Best Stat Man: Brian Anken, St. Joe’s

Most Sacks: 17, Marquan Fluitt, South Park

Best Fan: Tom Prince

Best Bands: Hamburg and Lancaster

Why are there so few schools that have rosters available for high school football games?

Best Defenses: Lancaster, West Seneca West, WNY Maritime/Health Sciences, Southwestern, Franklinville/Ellicottville, St Francis

It’s unfortunate that Justin Campbell, Bennett senior RB/LB was ejected at the quarterfinal playoff game versus Niagara Falls and as a result was not available for the Tigers’ semi-final game versus Orchard Park.

Best Student Athlete: Matt Marschner, Lancaster

The impact by WNY Athletics for Western New York student athletes is tremendous. Frank Wolf and his team should be commended for enhancing the recognition and publicity for the athletes, teams and coaches for high school sports.

It will be nice to see Len Jankiewicz, former head coach and AD at Lancaster inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame on November 7th. It’s a well-deserved recognition.

Best Athletic Director: Brian Wild, Lancaster

Surprise Teams: WNY Maritime/Health Sciences, Sweet Home, Williamsville South, Grand Island, Olean, JFK, Portville, Franklinville/Ellicottville

Steven Carlson, who starred for Jamestown and Princeton was recently added to the Cleveland Browns 53 man roster. He was with the Browns in Preseason until he was cut. Another WNY Alumnus playing professional football in the NFL, Congratulations.

Savon Van Sickle, Jamestown junior RB/LB did not play in the Lancaster game as a result of a knee injury.

Top Freshman: Trey Drake, Jamestown and Rashad Perry, Bennett

Top Sophomores: 

Jaylen Butera, Jamestown

Trey Kleitz, Iroquois

Devare Mathis, West Seneca East

Top Juniors: Jake Ritts, St. Francis and Blake Nolan, Iroquois

Top Seniors: 

Xzavier Janczylik, St. Francis

Jack Sharp, Orchard Park

Marquan Fluitt, South Park

Jake Skinner, Fredonia

Cooper Pannes, Southwestern

Best Linebacker Duo: Conor Mahony and Matt Marschner, Lancaster

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

Smash Mouth Line Backer: CJ Ozolins, Canisius

Best Lineman: Donovan Cornelius, Canisius

Most Versatile Player: Joe Carlson, Starpoint

Best Field Goal Kickers: Devin Connolly, Depew and Karson Hurlburt, Pioneer

Best Retired AD: Kevin Lester, Williamsville South

Best Program: Lancaster

Good luck to Starpoint’s Al Cavagnaro on his retirement as head football coach.

Record Breaker: Jake Ritts, St. Francis

Top Players

Jake Ritts, St. Francis

Conor Mahony, Lancaster

Zac Boyes, Kenmore West

Denton Tilly, Pioneer

Cooper Pannes, Southwestern

Cam Barmore, Clymer/Sherman/Panama

Unsung Player: Connor Desiderio, Maryvale

Top Offenses (Points Scored)

Southwestern – 379 points

St. Francis – 374 points

South Park – 366 points

Orchard Park – 320 points

Lancaster – 307 points

Top Defenses (Points Allowed)

Franklinville/Ellicottville – 46 points

Southwestern – 51 points

McKinley – 76 points

First Year Coaching Records

Tom Callen, Allegany-Limestone: 4-4

Brian Davis, McKinley: 9-0

Rick Tomm, North Tonawanda: 1-7

Tyree Parker, WNY Maritime/Health Sciences: 8-1

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