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Week 1
Best Uniform: Bennett
Booster Club Presidents of the Week: Mike Faracca, Williamsville East and Vic Martucci, Clarence
Best Football Game Program: Lancaster
Top Band: Hamburg
Top Chain Gang: Jamestown
A total of 316 regular season games will be played this season. How Many will you attend?
Southwestern has only lost one league game in the past four years (Salamanca in 2011).
AD Pro Sports is providing t-shirts to the weekly Connolly Cup Nominees as well as jackets to the ten finalists.
Injury Update: Ben Clement, Williamsville South RB, has a dislocated shoulder; Ryan Dougherty, Timon/St. Jude QB has a torn ACL and is out for the season; Brant Fulton, Timon/St. Jude WR has a broken Tibula and is out for the season.
Connolly Cup Fact: There has been 40 recipients of the Connolly Cup. Running backs have won 27, Quarterbacks have won 11, a wide receiver and a defensive end have each won 1.
Last Year's State Champions: Class AA, Orchard Park 13-0; Class B, Hornell 13-0; Class C, Dobbs Ferry 12-1; Class D, Letchworth 12-1.
Most Media Friendly School Football Programs: Canisius and St. Joe's
Unbeaten Streaks: Orchard Park 14, Chautauqua Lake 10, Hornell has the longest win streak with 40.
Key players for Cattaraugus/Little Valley include QB Sam Agnew, Matt Booth, Justin Forester, Gil Keenan, and TJ Magara.
Joe Rizzuto, former star lineman from Canisius is now line coach for North Tonawanda.
Cassadaga Valley has rented lights for its homecoming game against Westfield/Brocton on Friady, September 28th at 7:00pm.
Glenn Gronkowski, former Williamsville North All-WNY player is at Kansas State playing running back.
Bob Space and Steve Ferrentino who were varsity coaches for Orchard Park's two state championships are now coaches of the Quaker Freshman team along with former JV head coach, Tony Agnello.
WNY Passing Trivia:
Chad Kelly in 2011 became the only WNY QB to pass for 3000 yards in a season.
Twelve quarterbacks have passed for 2000 yards in a season with Williamsville South's Joe Licata being the only repeat performer (2009 and 2010) plus Chad Kelly.
250 quarterbacks have thrown for 1000 yards in a season.
WNY High School football coaches who have been inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame include John Barnes, Canisius (1999), Ace Cacciatore, Niagara Wheatfield (2002); Frank Constantino (1992); Charlie Dingboom, Riverside (2010), Paul Fitzpatrick, Timon/St. Jude; Joe Foyle, Lancaster (2007); Wally Huckno, Jamestown (2005); Gene Masters, Grand Island; Art Serotte, Grover Cleveland (2003); Joe Shifflet (2008); and Jules Takapovich, Hutch Tech (2008).
Length of Coaching - Years
One to Five - 41
Six to Ten - 14
Eleven to Fifteen - 8
Sixteen to Twenty - 8
Twenty-one to twenty-five - 3
Twenty-six to thirty - 2
Note: Over 50 percent of head football coaches have 5 years or less experience while only 8 have over twenty years experience as head coach.
Consequences of Using Anabolic Steroids: heart disease, kidney caner, liver cancer, depression, hostility and aggression, eating disorders, stunted heart, beard, acne, risk of hive
State News:
Maine-Endwell won the Class A championship last year, defeating Aquinas in the Semi-Final and Burnt Hills in the Title game. For 2012, the Spartans are favorites to repeat as 17 starters return but due to a change in enrollment, Matt Gallagher's squad will compete in Class B.
Hornell, which won 3 consecutive Class B State Championships and has the state's longest win streak at 40 is competing in Class C this season.
David Fluellen who earned All-WNY and All-State honors at Lockport is the starting running back for the University of Toledo. As a sophomore the 6' 215lb rushed for 507 years and 4 touchdowns while averaging 5.1 yards per carry. David is the only player from New York on the roster. His brother, Jhsmal, was a running back at Syracuse and Maine. The junior will be playing in Buffalo on October 27th against the University at Buffalo. In his first game this season, David rushed for one touchdown and 72 yards.
Mark Adair published his first edition of Upstate Weekly for the 2012 WNY high school football season. The publication is sent to thousands of subscribers including hundreds of college coaches. This helps our student-athletes to be recognized and recruited by colleges. What was alarming was that 17 schools did not meet the deadline and provide information for the first edition. They include: Akron, Bennett, Timon/St. Jude, Cardinal O'Hara, Dunkirk, Franklinville, Frontier, McKinley, Niagara Wheatfield, Orchard Park, Panama, Portville, St. Francis, St. Joe's, St. Mary's, Sherman, and Sweet Home.

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