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Observations by Dick Gallagher

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Class AA North
All five teams lost with the League's best performance in Lockport losing to Orchard Park and the running of James Chambers, who will be a major factor in all contests after scoring 2 TD's and rushing for 175 yards.

 

Hutch-Tech lost a tough one to Iroquois, but the Engineers have vastly improved since last season.

 

Niagara Falls had a 10-0 first-quarter lead over Lancaster, but the Wolverines offense was shut down in the last 3 quarters.

 

Kenmore West is a young team and played a tough game against Jamestown. The Blue Devils need to win against Hutch-Tech in week 2.

 

There is a possibility of no team from Class AA North advancing to Playoff Semi-finals

 

Class AA South

Orchard Park played a sloppy game but still were able to defeat Lockport behind the play of Ben Holmes, Mitch Wilson, Mike Senn, and Connor Eddy. They will need to play much better at Clarence next Saturday. Jamestown had a nice win over Kenmore West; it was Joe Sisson's first start at QB; The Red Raiders were sparked by 3 TD's from DaQuan Hollingsworth. Lancaster came from behind to defeat Niagara Falls to earn the New Head Coach Chris Simpson his first victory.

 

Jamestown had a nice win over Kenmore West; it was Joe Sisson's first start at QB; The Red Raiders were sparked by 3 TD's from DaQuan Hollingsworth.

 

Lancaster came from behind to defeat Niagara Falls to earn the New Head Coach Chris Simpson his first victory.

 

West Seneca West earned a key victory in defeating Frontier behind a powerful rushing attack led by a Kevin Reynolds, Steve Walker and Peter Walsh; all of whom rushed for 100 yards. The Falcons are a young team and will get better as the season progresses.

 

The Indians will play Lancaster in Week 2, with the winner in the driver's seat for a playoff berth.

 

Clarence played a tough West Genesee team that was a state semi-finalist last year. Mark Armstrong threw for 275 yards and had 3 TD's as Clarence defeated West Genesee 34-33.

 

Class A North

Sweet Home won its 51st consecutive game against Section VI opponents by dominating North Tonawanda 46-19, spoiling Tony Truilizio's first game as Head Coach of the Jacks. The Panthers were led by Khalil Humphrey.

 

The Mack's of McKinley showed they are a force to be reckoned with, by shutting out Niagara Wheatfield 52-0. Jamar Rutledge and Rayson Jordan sparked McKinley's win.

 

Starpoint edged Williamsville North in the Battle of the Spartans, with Evan Majewski rushing for his standard 100 yards per game. North's Tyler Green played well on both sides of the ball.

 

Grand Island won a tough battle against Kenmore East, which gave the Bulldogs hope for the future.

 

Top teams in this class are Sweet Home, McKinley and Starpoint. Week 4 will feature a matchup between the Panthers and the Macks.


Class A South

West Seneca dominated Bennett behind the play of Andy Smigiera, Ryan Johnson and Scott Ackerman, who scored 4 TDs. The Tigers were missing several players who are ineligible for the first two games.

 

Williamsville South lost a non-Leaguer to Timon/St. Jude in a contest in which the Tigers totally dominated the Billies. Trent Ferguson had an off night, completing only 17 of 47 passes and throwing 3 interceptions. The Billies look to get back on track against Hamburg in week 2.

 

Williamsville East was too much for Lake Shore as Mitch Wagner led the Flames on both sides of the ball, scoring 3 touchdowns and making several tackles.

 

South Park outscored Hamburg 18-6 with the Sparks, led by Maurice Howe and Edgardo Berrios.

 

Iroquois overcame an 11 point deficit, coming back to defeat Hutch-Tech in a non-Leaguer. The Chiefs were led by the play of Matt Keating and Tyler Miller. This League is up for grabs with the Trojans hosting the Billies in week 4.

 

Class B East

 

Alden, Depew and East won in dominating fashion. Bulldogs Brian Stoldt threw for 3 TD's. Wildcats Rodney Turner ran for 3 TD's and East's DeVante Glover accounted for 4 TD's and recorded 9 tackles on defense.

 

Albion, Medina, Newfane and Barker/Roy-Hart need to regroup and get ready for week 2.

 

Class B South

 

Pioneer had a good win over Dunkirk and Dorian Theriault is the real deal. The Panthers appear to be the class of the league.

 

Eden edged East Aurora in a very competitive game. The Raiders were led by Matt Baily and Alex Smythe while the Blue Devils were sparked by Alex Hibit and Dan Reischuck. Tim Wades squad demonstrated they will be very competitive in future games.

 

Springville lost a squeaker to Salamanca in a non-league contest while Olean lost 20-7 to rival Bradford.

Class B West

Amherst earned a hard-fought victory over Lackawanna and the Tigers are ready to compete for League and Sectional Titles. Justin Twarog, Maliik Holliday, Tadriek Johnson, and Brian Roberts had outstanding performances, while Cameron Smith had a solid game for the Steelers.

 

Marquell Jackson scored 4 TD's in Cheektowaga's win over Tonawanda. The Warriors face Burgard in a very important matchup in week 2.

 

The Bulldogs' had an excellent game against Lew-Port, sparked by DaQuan Walker's performance. Tonawanda is more competitive this season, while Maryvale had a tough opponent in Amherst in week 2. The Flyers could struggle this season.

 

Class C North

Fredonia, Wilson, Akron, and Cleveland Hill all had impressive wins.

 

The Hillbillies were led by Weston Lex and Zach Buckley in defeating JFK 28-14. The Bears dressed 18 players and will struggle this season.

 

Akron was led by Austin Meitz and Connor Ladd in their win over Medina/Lyndenville.

 

Wilson, behind 4 TD's by Justin Slango, slammed Gowanda 48-0. The Panther's might have trouble winning a game this season.

 

Cleveland Hill got off to an impressive start in their win over Maryvale. Week 3 will have Akron hosting Cleveland Hill, while Wilson will host Fredonia.

Class C South

Southwestern continues its success by shutting out rival Falconer to start the season.

 

Major competition will come from Salamanca, who squeaked by Springville 7-6.

 

Allegany-Limestone was operating on all cylinders in the Gators' defeat of Westfield Brocton, with Todd Mason and Trevor Barber having huge games.

 

Cassadaga Valley dominated Pine Valley 44-12 in their season opener behind the play of JB Boughton, who rushed for 145 yards and 2 TDs. The Falcons will struggle again this season.

 

Class D

Maple Grove's running game, sparked by Oliver Simpson and the offensive line, defeated Silver Creek in a huge opening win.

 

Frewsburg recorded a solid win over Randolph. The Bears have excellent talent in Devone Adelgren and Nick Munella.

 

Chautauqua Lake has a solid win over I-Prep, led by Adam Carpenter and Anthony and Andrew Pezzullo. The Presidents suited 17 players; wouldn't be surprised if I-Prep doesn't field a team this year.

 

Portville's Zack Wood (formerly Pilger) led the Panthers to a nice win over Cattaraugus/Little Valley.

 

Maple Grove and Frewsburg appear to be the best teams, but watch out for the Thunderbirds, coached by Dan Greco.

Class DD

Panama, Ellicottville/WV, and Sherman recorded solid wins in Week 1.

 

The Panthers' Robbie Benson and Steven Enlows broke the school's record by scoring 5 TDs.

 

The Eagles' Phalla Musall led Tim Bergan's team to victory, while the Wildcats' stunned Clymer with a shutout victory.

 

It appears that Sherman and Panama are the Class of the League.

 

Msgr. Martin Assn.

Canisius' starting QB Tyler Mascio transferred from Lake Shore and the Junior helped the Crusaders win over their Jesuit rival  36-17. He passed for 15 yards and accounted for 3 touchdowns.

 

St. Joe's Junior Quarterback Tyler Hill transferred last year from Newfane, and in his first start threw for 4 touchdowns, rushed for a TD to lead the Marauders to a big win against Wilson (Canada).

 

Timon/St. Jude dominated the first half of the Tigers' game with Williamsville South. They led by 21 at halftime and defeated the Billies 21-14. The Tigers, however, lost All-WNY candidate Senior QB Ryan Dougherty and WR Bryant Fulton to season-ending injuries. Adam DiMillo, Junior star RB, is out for a month due to an injury, but JD Recor sparked the Tigers to victory with his 180 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns.

 

St. Francis was overwhelmed by Aquinas and the Little Irish led 30-0 after the first quarter.

 

St. Mary's had a solid win over Franklin with Nick Vallone, rushing for 246 yards and two touchdowns.

 

Cardinal O'Hara lost to Edison Tech with Anthony DiFrancesco and Khari Wright.

 

The League is up for grabs with Canisius and St. Joe's being main contenders. The loss of Dougherty and Fulton to season-ending injuries is a huge loss for Charlie Comerford's squad.

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