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Class C South Preview

8:14 PM, Aug 15, 2012   |    comments
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Forecast:
1) Southwestern
2) Salamanca
3) Allegany-Limestone
4) Cassadaga Valley
5) Westfield/Brocton
6) Falconer

Top Players:
Josh Harrington, Allegany-Limestone
Jordan Boughton, Cassadaga Valley
Jacob Youngburg, Falconer
Tanner John, Salamanca,
Peter Trathen, Southwestern
Mike Okerlund, Westfield

 

Southwestern Trojans

Head Coach: Jay Sirianni (87-13-0, 9 years)
Assistant Coaches: Kevin Salisbury, Aaron Rounds, Pat Johnson, Zach Agett
2011 Varsity Record: 11-2-0
Starters Returning: Offense 5 Defense 5
Key Players: Peter Trathen, Jake Pilling, Tanner Hoose, Ryan Schutte, Kevin Bellardo, Kyle Moran
Key Losses: Jake Swan, Tyler Uber, Dan Petruccello
2011 JV Record: 3-5-0

Trojans return 10 starters from their 2011 Sectional Championship squad, and will look to repeat last year's performance. Coach Jay Sirianni will look to Peter Trathen, Jake Pilling, and company to spark his team to a fifth consecutive trip to the Sectional Championship. Southwestern appears to be the class of the league and will look to continue its success of years past. Have outstanding kicker in Jr. Tanner Hoose who tied WNY record last season with 9 field goals.

Salamanca Warriors

Head Coach: Paul Furlong (9-8-0, 2 years)
Assistant Coaches: Travis Happoldt, Aaron Hill, Paul Haley
2011 Varsity Record: 6-2-0
Starters Returning: Offense 3 Defense 3
Key Players: Tanner John, Cameron Caputi, Dustin Lewis
Key Losses: Ben Haas, Jackson John
2011 JV Record: 3-3-2

Warriors return 6 starters from last year's squad and will look to contend for the Sectional Title under new Head Coach Paul Furlong. Salamanca will lean on the play of QB Tanner John and OL Kyle Moran to put points on the board, while DL Cameron Caputi is expected to lead the defensive front. Expect the Warriors to be competitive in Class C.

Allegany-Limestone Gators

Head Coach: Chad Lyter (10-15-1, 3 years)
Assistant Coaches: Glenn Anderson, Mike Wilber
2011 Varsity Record: 4-5-0
Starters Returning: Offense 6 Defense 6
Key Players: Kyle Stover, Dakota Woodgie, Josh Harrington, Mackenzie Zemack, Trevin Barber
Key Losses: Chris McCullough, Tom Ayers
2011 JV Record: 5-3-0

Gators return 12 starters from last year's squad and will look toward that consistency to improve in 2012. RB Josh Harrington should lead the way on the ground with the help of OL Lucian Greco's blocking, while LB Dakota Woodgie and Mackenzie Zemack are expected to anchor the linebacking corps. Look for the Gators to be a potential sleeper team in the mix of Class C.

Cassadaga Valley Cougars

Head Coach: Nick Spitzer (6-11-0, 2 years)
Assistant Coaches: Tim Wissman, Jeff Smith, Joe Misstreta
2011 Varsity Record: 2-6-0
Starters Returning: Offense 3 Defense 5
Key Players: Zack Kubera, Brady Simpson, Jordan Boughten, Brendon Werder, Jordan Crabtree
Key Losses: Charles Clutter

Cougars look to improve their 2011 season with the help of 8 returning starters from last year's squad. Coach Nick Spitzer will require impressive play from RB Jordan Boughten and Brady Simpson to help turn around a disappointing 2011 campaign, and lead Cassdaga Valley to a winning season.

Westfield/Brocton Wolverines

Head Coach: Robert North (6-15-0, 3 years)
Assistant Coaches: Dan Martin, Frank Quagliana
2011 Varsity Record: 4-4-0
Starters Returning: Offense 5 Defense 4
Key Players: Jon Coe, Mike Okerlund, Cameron Wright, William Nanell, Dylen Marcubbin
Key Losses: Trey North, Mason Samonia, Austin Alonge
2011 JV Record: 1-7-0

Wolverines return 9 starters from last year's squad and expect to make the jump over the .500 border. WR Jon Coe and RB Mike Okerlund will be expected to balance out the passing and rushing attack on offense, while LB Cameron Wright leads the defensive charge. Look for the Wolverines to be competitive this season.

Falconer Falcons

Head Coach: Mike Ginestre (6-19-0, 3 years)
Assistant Coaches: Rob Thompson, Aaron Erickson, Matt Lodestro
2011 Varsity Record: 2-6-0
Starters Returning: Offense 6 Defense 6
Key Players: Jacob Youngberg, Devon Cameron, Don Williamson, Jacob Penhollow, Jimmy Schwab, James McDonald, Javen Newman 
Key Losses: Nate Sharp, Tyler LaMonica
2011 JV Record: 4-4-0

Falcons return several starters and will look to improve in Coach Mike Ginestre's fourth season. Falconer should have a solid defensive unit led by the trio of LB Dan Williamson, All-League DB Devon Cameron and DB Jacob Youngberg. Could struggle again this season.

News and Notes:

  • Paul Furlong takes over as Head Coach for Jason Marsh (31-32-0, 7 years)at Salamanca 
  • Southwestern is looking for a fifth consecutive trip to the Sectional Championship at Ralph Wilson Stadium. 
  • Best Dressed: Kevin Salisbury, Southwestern 
  • Best Beard: Peter Trathen, Southwestern 
  • Southwestern has won 15 consecutive games against Falconer, in a series which started in 1927 
  • Coach with most wins: Jay Sirianni, Southwestern
  • Top Academic Achiever: Ryan Schutte, Southwestern
  • Strongest: Brady Simpson. Cassadaga Valley 
  • Fastest: Jordan Boughton, Cassadaga Valley 
  • Biggest: Tanner John, Salamanca 
  • Best Nickname: Cameron "Wizard" Wright, Westfield 
  • Best Cheerleaders: Cassadaga Valley 
  • Top Complex: Southwestern 
  • Best Rusher: Josh Harrington, Allegany/Limestone 
  • Top WR: Ryan Schutte, Southwestern
  • Top Offensive Players: Jake Pilling, Southwestern and Tanner John, Salamanca 
  • Top Defensive Player: Peter Trathen, Southwestern 
  • Top Lineman: Kyle Moran, Southwestern 
  • Major Impact Player: Tanner John, Salamanca 
  • Team with most Sectional Titles: Salamanca 
  • Most Photogenic: Tanner John, Salamanca 
  • Best Dancer: Jake Pilling, Southwestern 
  • Game Changer: Tanner Hoose, Southwestern 
  • Must See Game: Salamanca @ Southwestern (Sep. 21) 
  • Unsung Player: Brady Simpson, Cassadaga Valley 
  • Player you will get to know: Tanner John, Salamanca 
  • Biggest Question: Who will be the RB for Southwestern?
  • Preseason Offensive Players of the Year: Jake Pilling, Southwestern; Tanner John, Salamanca
  • Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Peter Trathen, Southwestern 

Last Time in Sectional Championship:
Allegany-Limestone: 1988
Cassadaga Valley: 2005
Falconer: 2007
Salamanca: 2001
Southwestern: 2011
Westfield/Broction: 1995

Last Time Won Sectional Championship
Allegany-Limestone: 1988
Cassadaga Valley: Never
Falconer: 2006
Salamanca: 2001
Southwestern: 2011
Westfield/Broction: Never

Preseason All-League:
Offense:
QB Tanner John, Salamanca
QB Jake Pilling, Southwestern
RB Jordan Boughton, Cassadaga Valley
RB Mike Okerlund, Westfield
RB Kevin Bellardo, Southwestern
WR Jon Coe, Westfield
WR Ryan Schutte, Southwestern
OL Dustin Lewis, Salamanca
OL Kyle Moran, Southwestern
OL Lucian Greco, Allegany-Limestone
OL William Nowell, Westfield
K Tanner Hoose, Southwestern
RS Jordan Crabtree, Cassadaga Valley

Defense:
DL Cameron Caputi, Salamanca
DL Brady Simpson, Cassadaga Valley
DL Dan Williamson, Falconer
LB Peter Trathen, Southwestern
LB Mackenize Zemack, Allegany-Limestone
LB Cameron Wright, Westfield
LB Zack Kubera, Cassadaga Valley
LB Dakota Woodgee, Allegany-Limestone
DB Devon Cameron, Falconer
DB Jacob Youngberg, Falconer
DB Dylan McKibben, Westfield

Best backfield: Southwestern
Best Offense: Southwestern
Best Defense: Southwestern
Sleeper: Allegany-Limestone

 

 

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