FORECAST:

1. Canisius

2. St. Joseph's

3. St. Francis

Offensive Players of the Year:

Xzavier Janczyk, St. Francis

Joe Jamison, Canisius

Dawson Tyger, St. Francis

Defensive Players of the Year:

Tyler Doty, St. Joe’s

Joel Nicholas, Canisius

Linemen of the Year:

Ben Schoenle, Canisius

Tyler Doty, St. Joe’s

Cole Gambino, St. Joe’s

Eric Schon, St. Francis

Unsung Players of the Year:

Jack Brandon, Canisius

Will McDonald, St. Joe’s

Underclassmen of the Year:

Jack Brandon, Canisius

Eric Schon, St. Francis

Strongest Players:

Tyler Doty, St. Joe’s

Eric Schon, St. Francis

Fastest Player: Joel Nicholas, Canisius

Top Scholar Athletes:

Harrison Davis, St. Francis

Mitchel Theal, Timon/St. Jude

Conklin Masters, Cardinal O’Hara

Most Versatile Athlete: Dawson Tyger, St. Francis

CANISIUS CRUSADERS

Crusaders have dominated the league for several years and championships. The Association has divided teams into 2 leagues with 3 teams each. At one time, the Association was comprised of 16 teams. Rich Robbin’s squad returns All-WNY candidates Jaurney Boyland, Joe Jamison, Joel Nicholas, Ben Schoenle, and Tristan Vandenberg. Jack Brandon takes over at QB from Jayce Johnson. They host Health Sciences/Maritime Charter in week 1 and play McQuaid in week 2. They play their rivals, St. Joe’s, in week 5. They will compete for league and state titles. Key to the season will be the play of the QB and line. C.J. Ozolins who starred at St. Mary’s will help the Crusaders’ defense this season.

Head Coach: Rich Robbins (62-18-0, 6 years)

Assistant Coaches: Brendan Barthel, Bryce Hopkins, Delano Fabor, Brian Taylor, Jon Miller, Dan Alexander, Jesse Black, Kyree Carter, Morgan Collins, Clint Hawkins, Mike Luchey

2017 Varsity Record: 8-4-0

Starters Returning: Offense is 5. Defense is 5.

Key Players: Joe Jamison, Joel Nicholas, Jack Brandon, Ben Schoenle, Tristan Vandenberg, Jaurney Boyland, Jim Desiderio, Doovan Cornelius, Christian Veileux

Key Losses: Kenyetta Huston, Paul Woods, Jyace Johnson, RJ Brandon, Brad Currell, Will McGennis, Ray Miranda

2017 JV Record: 4-4-1

ST. JOSEPH’S MARAUDERS

Marauders came close to winning the league championship in 2017. They have several quality potential All-WNY Players in Tyler Doty, Cole Gambino and Micah Brown. They play Bennett and host Canisius in week 5. St. Joe’s will try to defeat the Crusaders for the first time in 9 games. Marauders lead in the rivalry 47-39-3. 18 seniors graduated from the 2017 team. Their line will be their strength with Gambino, Doty, and McDonald. Casey Kelly has transferred to a school in North Carolina which is a huge loss for the Marauders. Nick DiCarlo, last year’s JV QB will compete for the position.

Head Coach: Derek Landri (9-10-0, 2 years)

Assistant Coaches: Mike McCarthy, Earl Perrin, Matt O’Malley

2017 Varsity Record: 7-5-0

Starters Returning: unknown

Key Players: Tyler Doty, Micah Brown, Cole Gambino, Will McDonald, Sam Kline, Kemychal Calrk, Anthony McCarley

Key Losses: Nick Julian, Cameron Dabill, Andrew Gradolph

2017 JV Record: unknown

ST. FRANCIS RED RAIDERS

Jerry Smith is in his 31st year as head coach. They return 18 starters on offense led by All-WNY candidates Eric Schon, Dominic Thomas, Jake Ritts, Xzavier Janczylik, Jacob Reilly and Austin Hall. Jake Ritts takes over at QB. They open at McDowell and host Erie in week 2. Offense to be led by Ritts, Thomas, and Dawson Tyger. Line to be anchored by Hill, Miller, and Schon. Defense to be led by Nolan Thomas, Schon, and Grayson Myers. They will compete for the league championship. Smith has won 156 games in 29 years.

Head Coach: Jerry Smith (156-138-4, 29 years)

Assistant Coaches: Steve Otremba, Mike Chuchla, Mike Hoak, Tom Bestpitch, Matt Jaworski

2017 Varsity Record: 4-6-0

Starters Returning: Offense is 9, Defense is 9.

Key Players: Dominik Thomas, Dawson Tyger, Eric Schon, Nolan Thomas, Dan Browning, Grayson Meyer, Reilly Miller, Jack Lauer, Dave Hayes, Jaron Alexander, Jake Ritts, Xzavier Janczylik

Key Losses: Cole O’Connor, Jadd Dolegala, Melique Straker

PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE

Offense

QB – Jake Ritts, St. Francis

QB – Jack Brandon, Canisius

QB - Micah Brown, St. Joe's

RB – Joe Jamison, Canisius

RB – Xzavieiz Janczylik, St. Francis

TE – Tristian Vandenberg, St. Francis

WR – Micah Brown, St. Joe’s

WR – Dominik Thomas, St. Francis

WR – Micah Brown, St. Joe’s

WR – Dominik Thomas, St. Francis

OL – Tyler Doty, St. Joe’s

OL – Ben Schoenle, Canisius

OL – Luke McMahon, Timon/St. Jude

OL – Eric Schon, St. Francis

OL – James Desiderio, Canisius

K – Tristian Vandenberg, Canisius

RS – Micah Brown, St. Joe’s

U – Will McDonald, St. Joe’s

Defense

DL – Austin Hill, St. Francis

DL – Jim Desiderio, Canisius

DL – Cole Gambino, St. Joe’s

DL – Connor Dean, Timon/St. Jude

LB – Joel Nicholas, Canisius

LB – Nolan Thomas, St. Francis

LB – CJ Ozolins, Canisius

LB – Riley Wood, St. Joe’s

DB – Jaron Alexander, St. Francis

DB – Anthony McCarley, St. Joe’s

DB – Dan Browning, St. Francis

DB – Dawson Tyger, St. Francis

P – Reilly Miller, St. Francis