Class A South Preview

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1) Williamsville South
2) West Seneca East
3) Bennett
4) Williamsville East
5) Iroquois
6) Hamburg
7) South Park
8) Lake Shore

Top Players:
Greg Crane, Williamsville South
Andy Smigiera, West Seneca East
Kahalil Sommerville, Bennett
Nate Wilkinson, Iroquois
Kyle Violanti, Hamburg
Mitch Wagner, Williamsville East
Maurice Howie, South Park
Nick Evans, Lake Shore


Williamsville South Billies

Head Coach: Kraig Kurzanski (88-63-2, 17 years)
Assistant Coaches: Kevin Lester, Paul Pignataro, Brian Swatland, Chris Heximer, Rick Tomm, Dillon Gallagher, Chris Murphy, Chris Glenn
2011 Varsity Record: 9-1-0
Starters Returning: Offense 7 Defense 6
Key Players: Greg Crane, Trent Ferguson, Chaquille Nettles, Sam Cohen, Mark Nunziato, Jeff Munschauer, Ben Clement, Azaz Khan, Casey Nuchereno, Tyler Johnson, Tyler Piasecki, Anthony Liberatore
Key Losses: Cody Stumpf, TJ Scamurra, Jon Castronova, Luke Falzone
2011 JV Record: 2-7-0

Billies have recorded an 18-2 mark in the past two years, winning League Titles and losing in the Class A Title contest. Williamsville South should have an explosive offense, led by QB Trent Ferguson and WR Chaquille Nettles, one of the area's top passing combinations. The defense should also be solid, fronted by All-WNY candidates Greg Crane, Sam Cohen, Mark Nunziato and Casey Nuchereno. Ben Clement and Azaz Khan will also provide an offensive spark. Coach Kraig Kurzanski is one of the best in the area and will be joined with former North Tonawanda coach Rick Tomm. Look for the Billies to be in contention for a league and Sectional Title.

West Seneca East Trojans

Head Coach: Jim Maurino (34-45-0, 9 years)
Assistant Coaches: Paul Gregoire, Mark Kawalec, Jim Kuhn
2011 Varsity Record: 5-4-0
Starters Returning: Offense 6 Defense 6
Key Players: Andy Smigiera, Ryan Johnson, Scott Ackerman, Andy Theal, Brandon Reilly, Austin Spindler
Key Losses: Dakota Michels, Josh Carbone
2011 JV Record: 6-2-0

Trojans have 6 starters returning on both sides of the ball, and look to be competitive in 2012. The offense will be lead by All-WNY candidates QB Andy Smigiera and RB Scott Ackerman. Ryan Johnson is one of the top linebackers in the area and will be expected to spearhead the defense with the help of Brandon Reilly and company. Talent from 6-2-0 JV squad will help Coach Maurino. They have the look of a team who will challenge for both league and sectional titles in 2012.

Bennett Tigers

Head Coach: Steve McDuffie (6-3-0, 1 year)
Assistant Coach: Bob O'Connor, Aaron Young 
2011 Varsity Record: 6-3-0
Starters Returning: Offense 5 Defense 4
Key Players: Kahalil Sommerville, Steve Corry, Fred Ross, Joel Dean, Willie Adams, Paul Dixon
Key Losses: Marquel Foster, Javon Fogan, Justin Davis, Edward Bishop
2011 JV Record: 8-1-0

Tigers had a solid season before losing in the sectional semi-finals to Sweet Home. All-WNY candidate Kahlil Sommerville, along with Fred Ross and Willie Adams will look to learn from last year's loss and build upon it in the 2012 season. Steve Corry and Joel Dean will provide an offensive spark. The defense is set to be anchored by Paul Dixon, with talent from the 8-1-0 JV squad helping Coach Steve McDuffie in his second year at the helm. Look for Bennett to be in the mix for a league title. Key for season will be play of QB.

Williamsville East Flames

Head Coach: Chris McDuffie (7-11-0, 2 years)
Assistant Coaches: Jonathan Gibson, Brendan Brady, Todd Robertson
2011 Varsity Record: 2-7-0
Starters Returning: Offense 8 Defense 7
Key Players: Mitch Wagner, Ryan Wayne, Hank Ransom, Rick Runfola, Jaleel Battle, Macauley Macintosh, Matt Schulenberg, Tim O'Neil, Christian Baumler, Mike Losi, Pat Kelly, Cort Williams, Nick Swain, Sam Burgett, Alex DiBernardo
Key Losses: Mike Wheeler, John White
2011 JV Record: 2-6-0

Flames look to bounce back from a 2 win season in 2011. Mitch Wagner is an All-WNY candidate at LB, who runs a sub 4.5 forty, as are Hank Ransom and Jaleel Battle. Other Key players include Matt Schulenberg and Ricky Runfola on offense, while Ryan Wayne and Cort Williams will spearhead the defense. The Flames return 15 starters from last year's squad and hope to improve in Coach Chris McDuffie's third season at the helm. Will compete for playoff berth.

Iroquois Chiefs

Head Coach: Keith Marshall (3-6-0, 1 year)
Assistant Coaches: Paul Shaffner
2011 Varsity Record: 3-6-0
Starters Returning: Offense 6 Defense 6
Key Players: Nate Wilkinson, Tyler Miller, Mason Bonafede, Matt Dolegowski, Lewis Kester, Justin Ziegler
Key Losses: Casey Erhardt, Tim King
2011 JV Record: 7-1-0

Chiefs look to rebound from last year's 3 win season. Coach Keith Marshall returns 6 starters on both sides of the ball and look for that experience to help improve upon the 2011 season. Nate Wilkinson and Tyler Miller should provide an offensive spark, while Mason Bonafede will be set to charge up the defense. Matt Dolegowski is poised to anchor the line, which along with the play of the QB, will be the key to Iroquois success in 2012. Look for the Chiefs to be competitive.

Hamburg Bulldogs

Head Coach: Mike McFadden (16-29-0, 5 years)
Assistant Coaches: Pat Cauley, Tom Butera, Kevin Pagliei
2011 Varsity Record: 3-7-0
Starters Returning: Offense 5 Defense 6
Key Players: Jeremiah Bill, Kyle Violanti, Luke Kramer, Wes Riley, Kyle Brown, Evan Smith, Sean Simano, Mark Myles, Austin Bishop 
Key Losses: Jake Fiore, Sam Buffa, Aaron Derby
2011 JV Record: 6-2-0

Bulldogs look to get back to winning ways and improve upon their 3 win 2011 season. Offense is set to be headed by Luke Kramer and Kyle Violanti, one of the area's top receivers. All-WNY candidates Jeremiah Bill and Wes Riley will anchor the line, while Sean Simano, Evan Smith, and Bill key the defense. Talent from Hamburg's 6-2-0 JV squad will help Coach Mike McFadden in his fifth season. Bulldogs have the possibility to surprise and compete for a coveted playoff berth.

South Park Sparks

Head Coach: Tim Delaney (11-24-0, 4 years)
Assistant Coaches: Nick Todaro, Bobby Dickerson, Sammy Smith, Tim Delany Sr.
2011 Varsity Record: 4-5-0
Starters Returning: Offense 6 Defense 6
Key Players: Maurice Howie, Edgardo Berrios, Christian Gille, Jake Weber, DeQuan Coleman, Mike Degrafenre, Antonzo Leonard, Laron Watkins, Brian Slisz, Brandon Lott, Joe Fortson, John Nuetcki, Savaugh Smith
Key Losses: Dylan Van Volkenberg, Nick Woodard
2011 JV Record: 0-7-0

Sparks look to rebound after consecutive losing seasons, Coach Tim Delaney returns 6 starters on both sides of the ball, led by All-WNY candidate QB Maurice Howie, who has thrown for almost 2,500 yards and 24 TD's. Line will be anchored by Christian Gillie, Jake Weber, and Brandon Lott, while the defense is expected to be fronted by standout player Edgardo Berrios, along with DeQuan Coleman, and Mike Degrafenre. Will miss WR Chaquille Nettles who transferred over to Williamsville South. Look for South Park to be in contention for a playoff berth come seasons end.

Lake Shore Eagles

Head Coach: Chuck Kowalski (5-13-0, 2 years)
Assistant Coaches: Joe Marvin, Drew Takcas
2011 Varsity Record: 1-6-0
Starters Returning: Offense 5 Defense 5
Key Players: Nick Winters, Nick Evans, Bruce Friedenberg, Dalton Moore, Kenny Labarge, Hunter Whitney
Key Losses: Pat Gilman, Rory Jimerson
2011 JV Record: 3-4-0

Eagles look to improve from a 1 win season in 2011. Key players for Coach Chuck Kowalski's squad include All-WNY candidates and 4.6 forty runners, Nick Evans and Nick Winters. Evans is a viable candidate for 1,000 yards rushing. The defense will be anchored by Evans, Dalton Moore, Nick Winters, and Kenny Labarge. Tyler Mascio, who transferred to Canisius, will be a big loss for the Eagles this season. Look for some improvements for Lakeshore in 2012. Evans is a candidate for 1,000 yards rushing.

Preseason All-League:
QB Maurice Howie, South Park
QB Trent Ferguson, Williamsville South
QB Andy Smigiera, West Seneca East
FB Mason Bonafede, Iroquois
RB Ben Clement, Williamsville South
RB Mike Degrafenre, South Park
RB Scott Ackerman, West Seneca East
RB Joel Dean, Bennet
WR Chaquille Nettles, Williamsville South
WR Kyle Violanti, Hamburg
OL Pat Kelly, Williamsville East
OL Brendon Reilly, West Seneca East
OL Wes Riley, Hamburg
OL Fred Ross, Bennet
OL Mark Nunziato, Williamsville South
OL Matt Dolegowski, Iroquois
K Justin Petrocy, Iroquois
RS Azaz Khan, Williamsville South

DL Greg Crane, Williamsville South
DL Jeremiah Bill, Hamburg
DL Kahalil Sommerville, Bennet
DL Hank Ransom, Williamsville East
LB Ryan Johnson, West Seneca East
LB Edgardo Berrios, South Park
LB Sam Cohen, Williamsville South
LB Nick Evans, Lake Shore
LB Jaleel Battle, Williamsville East
LB Tyler Miller, Iroquois
LB Casey Nucherno, Williamsville South
DB Mitch Wagner, Williamsville East
DB Nick Winters, Lake Shore
DB Luke Kramer, Hamburg
DB Nate Wilkerson, Iroquois
DB Joe Fortson, South Park
RS Steve Corry, Bennet
RS Nick Winters, Lake Shore
U Andy Theal, West Seneca East

Best Backfield: West Seneca East & Williamsville South
Best Offense: Williamsville South
Best Defense: West Seneca East & Williamsville South
Sleeper: Bennett

News and Notes:

  • Top Underclassmen: Jeremiah Bill, Hamburg Jaleel Battle, Williamsville East, Maurice Howie, South Park, Ben Clement, Williamsville South 
  • Impact Transfer: Chaquille Nettles, Williamsville South 
  • Names to know: Ryan Wayne, Williamsville East, Edgardo Berrios, South Park, Kyle Violanti, Hamburg 
  • Dynamic Duo: QB Trent Ferguson to WR Chaquille Nettles, Williamsville South 
  • Players to Watch: Greg Crane, Williamsville South and Hank Ransom, Williamsville East 
  • Best Dressed: Edgardo Berrios, South Park 
  • Best Dancer: Nick Winters, Lake Shore 
  • Sleeper: Hamburg 
  • Biggest Question: Who will play QB for Iroquois and who will replace Javon Fogan at RB for Bennett?
  • Strongest: Wes Riley, Hamburg 
  • Fastest: Andy Smigiera, West Seneca East 
  • Biggest: Jeremiah Bill, Hamburg 
  • Unsung Player: Ben Clement, Williamsville South 
  • Mr. Intensity: Ryan Johnson, West Seneca East 
  • Best Football Fan: Tom Delaney SR. 
  • Most Versatile: Andy Smigiera, West Seneca East and Mitch Wagner, Williamsville East 
  • The Hogs: Fred Ross, Khalil Sommerville, and Willie Adams, Bennett 
  • Fact: The only 2 games which Williamsville South has lost in the past 2 season have been to Sweet Home in Class A Title Games at the Ralph   
  • Lake Shore lost Tyler Mascio on a transfer to Canisius
    Williamsville South has 57 players trying out for Varsity Football in 2012 
  • QB Trent Ferguson of Williamsville South threw for over 1,500 yards and 16 TD's as a JR. while also rushing for 450 yards and 10 TD's 
  • Preseason Offensive Players of Year: Trent Ferguson, Williamsville South & Andy Smigiera, West Seneca East 
  • Preseason Defensive Players of Year: Edgardo Berrios, South Park & Greg Crane, Williamsville South
  • Forecast: Bennett, Williamsville South, and West Seneca East are all primary contenders for the League and Sectional Titles

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