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Dick Gallagher's Sidelines: Week 3

Dick Gallagher gives a mixture of information concerning players, coaches and teams after week 3 of the high school football season.
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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.

Top Quarterbacks

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

Lancaster 49

Clarence 48

Niagara Falls 43

Hutch-Tech 37

Bennett 34

Frontier 33

Jamestown 33

Lockport 32

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

Akron 6

Southwestern 8

Franklinville/Ellicottville 20

Lackawanna 23

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