Sidelines is a weekly feature for WGRZ which includes a mixture of information concerning players, coaches and teams.
Unbeaten Teams After Week 3: Orchard Park, Starpoint, South Park, Pioneer, WNY Maritime, Albion, Akron, Wilson, Southwestern, Lackawanna and Franklinville/Ellicottville.
Winless Teams: Hutch-Tech, Lockport, Amherst, Kenmore East, Springville, Roy-Hart, Gowanda, Timon/St. Jude, St. Mary’s, Cardinal O’Hara
Least Points Scored: Gowanda 12, Roy-Hart 12, Cardinal O’Hara 0
Mount Union College Football Program has won 13 NCAA Divison 3 championships.
In 3 games, Jack Sharp from Orchard Park has passed for 718 yards and 12 touchdowns to lead the Quakers to a 3-0 record.
Jake Ritts, St. Francis JR QB, has passed for 860 yards and 9 touchdowns to lead the Red Raiders to a 2-1 record.
Al Cavagnaro, Starpoint head football coach, announced his retirement after this season. The Spartan legend has won 98 games and with 2 more wins can join the prestigious 100 win club.
Unsung Player: Gianluca Fulciniti, Lancaster
At one time, the Msgr. Martin Association had 16 teams. Now they only have 6.
At one time Section VI had 90 teams. Today they have 66 which includes 2 playing 8-man football.
At one time the City of Buffalo had 10 teams in the Harvard Cup League. Today they have 5 teams in Section VI, 4 of the teams that played 100 years of football each dropped football.
It is time to drop reference to 8 man football since girls also play the sport.
Why doesn’t Amherst hall of fame committee select the undefeated 1975 football team to their next hall of fame induction? It would be nice to see the players and coaches honored while they are still on this side of the grass.
Jake Ritts, St. Francis
Mykell Hepburn, South Park
Jake Sharp, Orchard Park
Zac Boyes, Kenmore West
Connor Desiderio, Maryvale
Tyler Baker, Canisius
Callum Wither, St. Joe’s
Nick Cascia, Lockport
Jason Mansell, Lancaster
Gerrit Hinsdale, CSP
Jamel Lucas, Sweet Home
Carson Marcus, Starpoint
Trey Drake, Jamestown
Top Freshman: Trey Drake, Jamestown
Top Sophomore: Carson Marcus, Starpoint
Top Juniors: Adam Meitz, Akron & Callum Wither, St. Joe’s
Top Seniors: Jack Sharp, Orchard Park & Zac Boyes, Kenmore East
Most Tackles After Week 3: Jake Skinner, Fredonia & Jake Dean, Starpoint
Max Obie, Williamsville North K, booted 3 PATS to give the Spartans a 21-20 win over Hamburg.
Savon Van Sickle, Jamestown JR RB has rushed for 397 yards and 8 touchdowns in 3 games.
The kicking game in Western New York continues to struggle this season.
Buffalo Bills Coach For Week 2: John Swiniuch, East Aurora/Holland
Jaden Heers, Newfane SR RB/LB has rushed for 351 yards, 7 touchdowns and recorded 29 tackles in 3 games.
Roster Number of Players in Class AA
Orchard Park 54
Niagara Falls 43
D’Jae Perry, Bennett star RB, touched the ball once in the first overtime and didn’t score. He touched the ball all 4 times in the second overtime and the Tigers won the game. Why did he get only one touch in the first overtime?
Best Announcer: Vic Martucci, Clarence
Impact Transfers: Conrad Thomas and Tywon Wright who transferred from Dunkirk to Southwestern are leading the Trojans to an undefeated 3-0 record and the favorite to win the Class C sectional title.
Donovan Cornelius, Canisius SR OL, benches 400lbs and squats 600lbs. He is a very powerful Crusader.
Outstanding Offensive Coordinator: Justin Baumann, Starpoint. He has the Spartans on a roll.
Franklinville/Ellicottville ended the 15 game win streak of CSP by defeating the Wolfpack.
Frewsburg and Maple Grove lost int heir 8-man opening games. The Bears lost to Pembroke 28-12 and the Red Dragons lost to Oakfield-Alabama/Elba, the defending Section V 8 man champion 60-12.
Bennett for the most part shut down Savon Van Sickle in the second half in their overtime win over the Red Raiders.
Over 165 Western New York football alumni have played professional football with the majority in the NFL. For 2019, 9 alumni are in the NFL and 2 in the CFL. With so much talent in Western New York, why don’t college football coaches recruit in the area more?
Top Defenses Week 3 Points Allowed
South Park 23
Top Offenses After Week 3
Orchard Park – 162 points
South Park – 128 points
Southwestern – 122 points
St. Francis – 116 points
Lancaster – 110 points
Akron – 107 points
Williamsville South – 106 points
St. Joe’s – 102 points
Starpoint – 102 points
Iroquois – 94 points
Sweet Home – 92 points
Kenmore West – 87 points
Top Games Week 4
Jamestown at Clarence
South Park at West Seneca East
Maryvale at Iroquois
Cheektowaga at Pioneer
Akron at Wilson
Bennett at Orchard Park
Starpoint at Sweet Home
MCS/Health Sciences at Canisius
Albion at Lackawanna