Class B West Preview

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CHEEKTOWAGA, BURGARD, AND LACKAWANNA ARE THE MAIN CONTENDERS FOR THE TITLE

Forecast:
1) Lackawanna
2) Burgard
3) Cheektowaga
4) Amherst
5) Lew-Port
6) Maryvale
7) Tonawanda

Top Players:
Marquel Jackson, Cheektowaga
Shaquille Brooks, Lackawanna
Tyler Hughes, Tonawanda
Mike Wawrzyniak, Maryvale
Damar Denzler, Burgard
Justin Twarog, Amherst
Josh Daul, Lew-Port

Lackawanna Steelers

Head Coach: Adam Tardif (6-3-0, 1 year)
Assistant coaches: Jeff Otremba, Kevin Shadle, Nick Stepien, Steve Hebert, Laurent Swanson
2011 Varsity Record: 6-3-0
Starters Returning: Offense 4 Defense 4
Key Players: Cameron Smith, Shaquille Brooks, Joe Linares, Nick Rodriguez, Andrew Santiago, Ryan Militello, Javon Smith, Dan Shanley, Marcus Webb, Dylan Gregoire, Angelo Miranda, Brandon Sirieka
Key Losses: Larry Wright, Sean Dechent, Keith Taggert
2011 JV Record: 7-1-0

Steelers will compete for League and Sectional Titles. Offense can be very explosive with All-WNY candidates Shaquille Brooks, Cameron Smith, and Joe Linares. Ryan Militello, Dan Shanley, and Marcus Webb will anchor a solid line. Defense will be led by Brooks, Smith, Linares, and Javon Smith. Key to the season will be the play of the QB. Talent from 7-1-0 JV squad will help coach Adam Tardif guide his team to the playoffs. Lackawanna opens at Amherst and also plays a key league game at Cheektowaga in week 3.

Burgard Bulldogs

Head Coach: Jason Kolb (55-46-0, 10 years)
Assistant coaches: Keith Falkowski, Gary Braun & Nick Schmidle 
2011 Varsity Record: 2-7-0
Starters Returning: Offense 5 Defense 4
Key Players: Sean Marshall, Jamar Holmes, Damar Danzler, DeShawn Harmon, Joseph Goodman, Quinton Williams, Roddrick Murrow, DaQuan Walker
Key Losses: Terrell Hunter, Robert Sanders
2011 JV Record: 5-3-1

Bulldogs had a rare losing season in 2011, with Coach Jason Kolb at the helm. Look for Burgard to turn around last year's disappointment with a much better 2012 campaign. Offense is to be sparked by JR. QB DaQuan Walker, DeShawn Harmon and Quinton Williams. Line will be anchored by Damar Danzler and Roddrick Murrow. Defense is to be anchored by Sean Marshall, who transferred back from Canisius, Joseph Goodman, and Jamar Holmes. Bulldogs open at All-High vs. Lew-Port, Cheektowaga, and Springville. Look for Burgard to compete for the title.

Cheektowaga Warriors

Head Coach: Mike Fatta (1st year)
Assistant coaches: Aaron Vanderlip, Kyle Lackie, Bob Mucitelli
2011 Varsity Record: 7-2-0
Starters Returning: Offense 3 Defense 2
Key Players: Marquel Jackson, Davion Stallworth, Robert Pulley, James Hanners, Alec Morris, Josh Jones, Pretston Summers
Key Losses: Mike Morganstern
2011 JV Record: 5-3-1

Mike Fatta takes over for Scott Zipp as Head Coach. Warriors graduated 20 seniors from last year's team. Cheektowaga returns one of the top rushers in WNY with All-WNY candidate Marquel Jackson, who is also a candidate for 1,500 yards rushing. Line will be anchored by James Hanners and Alec Morris. Key players on both sides of the ball include Robert Pulley, Josh Jones, and Preston Summers. QB Davion Stallworth transferred from Lackawanna and will provide immediate offensive spark. Warriors open at Tonawanda. Key to the season will be the play of the line.

Amherst Tigers

Head Coach: Jason Beckman (1st year)
Assistant coaches: Pat Murphy, Rob Close, Pete Battaglia, Erik Zobel
2011 Varsity Record: 5-4-0
Starters Returning: Offense 3 Defense 2
Key Players: Justin Twarog, Malik Holiday, Lloyd Morris, Tom Springer, Dion Lewis, Devin Kyle, Kasey Brown, Tadrik Johnson, John Dalton
Key Losses: Marquis Artis, Matt Gallineau, Justin Burke, Brandon Borden
2011 JV Record: 4-4-0

Tigers have new Head Coach in Jason Beckman, who replaces Pat Murphy, now the Athletic Director and assistant coach at Amherst. The Tigers lost several starters to graduation, including ALL-WNY LB Marquis Artis, and Matt Gallineau. Return Justin Twarog at QB, who completed 80 of 149 passes for over 1,000 yards and 12 TD's. Brian Roberts is an excellent kicker and should provide a nice spark in the kicking game. Malik Holiday is a candidate for 1,000 yards rushing, while Lloyd Morris should prove to be one of the better return specialists in the area. Have tough opening matchup with Lackawanna, but should be able to compete for a playoff berth.

Lewiston Porter Lancers

Head Coach: Jon Hoover (1st year)
Assistant coaches: Chris D'Anna, Eric D'Anna, Mike Antonelli 
2011 Varsity Record: 1-6-0
Starters Returning: Offense 5 Defense 5
Key Players: Billy Schiavitti, Dan Hogan, Josh Daul, Howie Lehman
Key Losses: Kevin McMurray
2011 JV Record: 6-2-0

Lancers look to improve upon their 1 win 2011 campaign. Billy Schiavitti is an All-WNY candidate at WR and is very explosive. Coach Jon Hoover will look to Schiavitti, as well as Dan Hogan, Josh Daul, Howie Lehman, and company to right the ship in 2012. Daul to Schiavitti should be one of the top passing combinations in the area. Key to the season will be the play of the defense. Expect Lew-Port to improve in 2012.

Maryvale Flyers

Head Coach: Jeff Buccieri (3-6-0,1 year)
Assistant coaches: Paul Rath, Tim Kurht, Shane Griffin
2011 Varsity Record: 3-6-0
Starters Returning: Offense 5 Defense 5
Key Players: Mike Wawrzyniak, John DiPasquale, Zach Walkowski, Brian Klein, Tyler Graham, Demetri McCallie, Taylor Jordan, Adam Kelley, Frank Maurin, Javon Wise
Key Losses: Taylor Pyc
2011 JV Record: 0-6-1

Flyers returns 5 starters on both sides of the ball. Mike Wawrzyniak takes over at QB, while John DiPasquale is an All-WNY candidate at LB. Other key players for Coach Jeff Buccieri include Tyler Graham, Zach Walkowski, Taylor Jordan, and Brian Kern. Maryvale hosts in-town rival Cleveland Hill in week 1. Could struggle again this season.

Tonawanda Warriors

Head Coach: Rob Gross (27-40-0, 8 years)
Assistant coaches: Kevin Eldridge, Bernie Ozolins, Hank Fumerelle, Bob Gross, Kevin Mason 
2011 Varsity Record: 4-5-0
Starters Returning: Offense 5 Defense 6
Key Players: Steve Warthling, Tyler Hughes, Will Galley, Clayton Hess, Jeff Noworyta, Josh Westervelt
Key Losses: Justin Bacon, Kyle Gallivan, Gorey Law 
2011 JV Record: 3-5-0

Coach Rob Gross has improved the Warrior's performance in the past two years, and has quality players returning in Steve Warthling, Tyler Hughes, Will Galley, Clayton Hess and Josh Westervelt. Look for Tonawanda to build upon last season and be competitive. Host Cheektowaga in a tough opener, but still should improve upon last year's mark. They could be a surprise team.

Preseason All-League:

Offense:
QB Josh Daul, Lew-Port
QB Justin Twarog, Amherst
FB Javon Smith, Amherst
RB Marquel Jackson, Cheektowaga
RB DeShawn Harmon, Burgard
RB Malik Holiday, Amherst
TE Brandon Sirieka, Lackawanna
WR Shaquille Brooks, Lackawanna
WR Bill Schiavitti, Lew-Port
OL Mike Wawrzyniak, Maryvale
OL Alec Morris, Cheektowaga
OL Ryan Militello, Lackawanna
OL Roddrick Morrow, Burgard
OL Dan Shanley, Lackawanna
K Brian Roberts, Amherst
RS Preston Summers, Cheektowaga
RS Tyler Hughes, Tonawanda 

Defense:
DL Damar Danzler, Burgard
DL Steve Warthling, Tonawanda
DL James Hanners, Cheektowaga
DL Brian Klein, Maryvale
LB Robert Pulley, Cheektowaga
LB John DiPasquale, Maryvale
LB Joe Linares, Lackawanna
LB Sean Marshall, Burgard
DB Cameron Smith, Lackawanna
DB Jamar Holmes, Burgard
DB Josh Jones, Cheektowaga
DB Tyler Graham, Maryvale
DB Dylan Gregoire, Lackawanna
DB Clayton Hess, Tonawanda
P Nick Rodriguez, Lackawanna
RS Lloyd Morris, Amherst

Best backfield: Cheektowaga/ Lackawanna
Best offense: Cheektowaga
Best defense: Lackawanna
Sleeper: Burgard

News & Notes:

  • In the past two seasons there have been 4 new head coaches in Class B West 
  • Best Dressed Coaches: Cheektowaga 
  • Cheektowaga has a 23-6-0 record in the past 3 years 
  • Davion Stallworth transferred from Lackawanna to Cheektowaga 
  • Cheektowaga RB Marquel Jackson rushed for over 1,000 yds. and 12 TD's in 8 games for the Warriors in 2011 
  • Marcus Rivers, former Lackawanna All-WNY and graduate from University of Buffalo, signed with the Green Bay Packers as a UFA, but was released in June 
  • Jason Beckman takes over as head coach at Amherst for Pat Murphy, who is the new Athletic director and remains as an assistant coach.
  • This will be the last year for football at Clint Small Stadium. A New Stadium with Artificial Turf will be built at Tonawanda High School for the 2013 season. 
  • Coach with most wins: Jason Kolb 
  • Top Academic Achiever: Marcus Webb, Lackawanna 
  • Strongest: Damar Danzler, Burgard
  • Fastest: Marquel Jackson, Cheektowaga 
  • Biggest: Shaquille Brooks, Lackawanna 
  • Game changer: Shaquille Brooks, Lackawanna 
  • Best Cheerleaders: Maryvale 
  • Best Nickname: Joe "Tiger" Linares, Lackawanna 
  • Top Complex: Amherst 
  • Best Rusher: Marquel Jackson, Cheektowaga 
  • Top WR: Shaquille Brooks, Lackawanna 
  • Top Lineman: Damar Danzler, Burgard 
  • Major Impact Player: Cameron Smith, Lackawanna 
  • Team with most Sectional Titles: Lackawanna 
  • Most Photogenic: Sean Marshall, Burgard 
  • Best Comedian: Dan Kaplan, Cheektowaga 
  • Must See Game: Lackawanna @ Cheektowaga (Week 3) 
  • Most Loquacious: Jason Kolb, Burgard 
  • Unsung Players: Mike Wawrzyniak, Maryvale and Clayton Hess, Tonawanda 
  • Player you'll get to know: DeShawn Harmon, Burgard 
  • Biggest Question: Who will take over at QB for Cheektowaga?
  • Jon Hoover, former Assistant Coach, is the new Head Coach at Lew-Port? 
  • Marquis Artis and Matt Gallineau combined for 200 tackles for Amherst in 2011
  • Preseason Offensive Player of the Year: Marquel Jackson, Cheektowaga
  • Preseason Defensive Player of the Year: Damar Danzler, Burgard
  • Forecast: Tossup among Cheektowaga, Burgard and Lackawanna

Last time in Sectional Championship:
Amherst: 1993
Burgard: Never
Cheektowaga: 2009
Lackawanna: 2010
Lew-Port: 2004
Maryvale: 2006
Tonawanda: 1999

Last time Won Sectional Championship:
Amherst: 1993
Burgard: Never
Cheektowaga: 2009
Lackawanna: 2008
Lew-Port: 1982
Maryvale: 1985
Tonawanda: Never

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