CLASS A CENTRAL PREVIEW
Several Teams to Battle for Title
Williamsville North: Spartans loaded on offense; could win League Title
Williamsville South: Will be young and explosive. Key to season will be ability to run ball.
McKinley: Macks go as far as Rutledge takes them.
Williamsville East: Battle is the real deal. Other flames need to excel on both sides of the ball if flames are to contend.
Buffalo East: Never know what to expect from the Panthers.
Riverside: Frontiers face long possible winless season.
Williamsville North - Kolbe Hughes
Riverside - Patrick St. John
Williamsville - Jaleel Battle
McKinley - Jamar Rutledge
Williamsville South - Sam Castronova
East (Buffalo) - DaJuan Sylvester
WILLIAMSVILLE NORTH SPARTANS
Spartans look to rebound from last year's 3-win season. They have All-WNY candidates in Kolbe "Franchise" Hughes, Derick Isler who is candidate for 1,000 yards rushing, and Ryan Majewski, who will be a three-year starter and who will pass for over 1,000 yards this season. Skill positions are set. Key to the season will be the play of the line, which will be anchored by 6'4, 255-lb. George Attea. Defense to be led by Isler, Zac Kelly, Nick Ames, and Jake Ames.
Open at McKinley and at Williamsville South, which should be the toughest League opponents. They have tough non-leaguers in Lackawanna and Grand Island. Spartans can win the Title.
Head Coach: Mike Mammoliti (41-62-0, 12 years)
Assistant Coaches: Rob Westmiller, Derek Swader, Ron Luders, Brandon Sanders, Paul Polizay
2012 Varsity Record: 3-6-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 5, Defense - 5
Key Players: Kolbe Hughes, Derick Isler, Ryan Majewski, Zac Kelly, Jake Ames, Nick Ames, George Attea
Key Losses: Tyler Green, Mo Siam, Harshdeep Mander
WILLIAMSVILLE SOUTH BILLIES
Billies return 2 on offense and defense from last season's playoff squad. Offense can be explosive led by Jr. QB Sam Castronova, Ben Clement, Jake Huber, Kam Varner, and Kevin Mason, Jr. Line will be anchored by 6'4, 270-lb. Sr. Eric Jacobs, and 6'4, 200-lb. Sophomore LB Jake Fuzak. The defense is to be anchored by Fuzak and Alex Tuskes.
The key to the season will be to avoid turnovers and play of the line. The Billies have been one of the top football programs in WNY the past 5 years. They open with East and Williamsville North in the first two weeks. The matchup on week 6 with McKinley will have an impact on the League Title. The Billies will be young, but will compete for League and Sectional Titles. Coach Kraig Kurzanski had acheived a 38-30-0 record at South and an overall 100-68-1 record in 18 years. Billies will miss 6'3, 240-lb. Jr. lineman Austin Gallagher, who broke his arm in an off-season accident. Kurzanski won his 100th game in 2012 against McKinley in the playoffs.
Head Coach: Kraig Kurzanski (100-68-1, 18 years)
Assistant Coaches: Kevin Lester, Brian Swatland, Paul Pignatarom Chris Heyimer, Rick Tomm, Chris Murphy, Chris Glenn
2012 Varsity Record: 5-4-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 2, Defense - 2
Key Players: Sam Castronova, Jake Huber, Erik Jacobs, Jake Fuzak, Kevin Mason, Jr., Kam Varner, Ben Clement, Alex Tuskes, Matt Foster, Jordan Beull, Taylor O'Brien, Darren Geska
Key Losses: Chaquille Nettles, Anthony Liberatore, Casey Nuchereno, Sam Cohen
2012 JV Record: 7-2
Macks return 4 starters on both sides of the ball. Offense is to be led by QB and 3-year starter Jamar Rutledge. The line will be anchored by Earl Rainey and Nathan Burnett. Defense is to be strength led by Tyrell Wilson, Chris Smith and Jeremy Kelly.
Macks will compete for League Title and playoff berth. Macks are athletic and explosive. They open with Williamsville North.
Head Coach: Ed Wilson (15-11-0, 3 years)
Assistant Coaches: Kenneth Boone, Matt Frank
2012 Varsity Record: 5-4-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 4, Defense - 4
Key Players: Jamar Rutledge, Earl Rainey, Nathan Barnett, Tyrell Wilson, Chris Smith, Jeremy Kelley
Key Losses: Stephon Johnson, Reyjzon Jordan, Chris Brown
2012 JV Record: 5-4-0
WILLIAMSVILLE EAST FLAMES
The Flames will be led by 6'1, 190-lb. QB/LB Jaleel Battle. Line will be strong with 1,350 lbs. of granite in Pat Kelly, Chris Tideswell, Pat Faracca. Nick Molnar, Aiden Lacavalier and Jack Moser. Team will be young. The key to the season will be the play of Battle, who is an All-WNY Candidate at LB and putting points on the board. They open with Riverside and Amherst. Flames will be competitive and could surprise. Battle is the real deal. The loss of Cort Williams will hurt the offense. East's JV team has been 3-13-0 over the past two seasons.
Head Coach: Chris McDuffie (11-15-0, 3 years)
Assistant Coaches: Todd Robertson, Dan Troy, Kurt Diesfeld, Jaye Pratt, Derrick Kise
2012 Varsity Record: 4-4-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 3, Defense - 3
Key Players: Jaleel Battle, Pat Kelly, Chris Tideswell, Nick Molnar, Chris Tideswell, Nick Molnar, Aiden LeCavalier, Jack Moser, Collin Willis, Matt Zygg, Mike Losi, Demetrius Mack
Key Losses: Ryan Wayne, Hank Ransom
2012 JV Record: 1-7-0
Key players for Starling Bryant include Da'Juan Sylvester, Dorian Johnson, Jagale Thompson, who runs a 4.6-forty, Terrence Parken and Myron Harden will be competitive. They open with Williamsville South, St. Mary's and McKinley.
Head Coach: Starling Bryant (25-38-0, 8 years)
Assistant Coaches: Joe Kelly, Brad Keltz
2012 Varsity Record: 3-6-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 5, Defense - 4
Key Players: Da'Juan Sylvester, Myron HArden, Dorian Johnson, Jagale Thompson, Terrance Parken
Key Losses: Da'Quan Quarles
Frontiers look to rebound from last year's winless season. Jose Rodriguez returns 8 on offense to be sparked by O'Hara transfer Patrick St. John, and Avenzo Thomas. Defense is to be led by St. John, Winston Wideman and Rob Johnson. They open with Williamsville East and McKinley. It could be another long season for the Frontiers.
Head Coach: Jose Rodriguez (0-7-0, 1 year)
Assistant Coaches: Anthony Adams, Frank Fusco, Roland Davis, Pat Foster, Anthony Pugleise
2012 Varsity Record: 1-8-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 8, Defense - 6
Key Players: Dyrell Harris, Patrick St. John, Rob Johnson, Manuel Castillo, Avenzo Thomas, Winston Wideman
CLASS A CENTRAL PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE TEAM:
QB - Sam Castronova, Williamsville South
QB - Ryan Majewski, Williamsville North
RB - Derick Isler, Williamsville North
RB - Ben Clement, Williamsville South
RB - Demetrius Mack, Williamsville East
TE - Jake Ames, Williamsville North
WR - Kolbe Hughes, Williamsville North
WR - Kevin Mason, Jr., Williamsville South
OL - Earl Rainey, McKinley
OL - George Attea, Williamsville North
OL - Pat Faraca, Williamsville East
OL - Nathan Burnett, McKinley
OL - Eric Jacobs, Williamsville South
U - Kam Varner, Williamsville South
RS - Jake Huber, Williamsville South
DL - Myron Harden, East
DL - Erik Jacobs, Williamsville South
DL - Rob Johnson, Riverside
DL - Pat Kelly, Williamsville East
DL - Chris Tideswell, Williamsville East
LB - Jaleel Battle, Williamsville East
LB - Patrick St. John, Riverside
LB - Jake Fuzak, Williamsville South
LB - Da'Juan Sylvester, East
LB - Nick Ames, Williamsville North
DB - Zac Kelly, Williamsville North
DB - Dorian Johnson, East
DB - Jamar Rutledge, McKinley
DB - Tyrell Wilson, McKinley
NEWS & NOTES:
Coach with the most wins: 100, Kraig Kurzanski, Williamsville South
Top academic achiever: Alex Tuskes, Williamsville South
Strongest: Chris Tideswell, Aiden Lecavalier, Williamsville East
Fastest: Kolbe Hughes, Williamsville North
Biggest: George Attea, Williamsville North
Best nickname: Jaleel "Ironman" Battle, Williamsville East
Best cheerleaders: Williamsville South
Top complex: All-High Stadium
Best rusher: Derick Isler, Williamsville North
Top wide receiver: Kolbe Hughes, Williamsville North; Kevin Mason, Jr., Williamsville South
Top defensive player: Jaleel Battle, Williamsville East
Top lineman: Chris Tideswell, Williamsville East
Major impact player: Kolbe Hughes, Williamsville North
Team with most Section Titles: Williamsville South
Best dressed: Jamar Rutledge, McKinley
Most photogenic: Ryan Majewski, Williamsville North
Best dancer: Da'Juan Sylvester, East
Game-changers: Jaleel Battle, Williamsville North; Sam Castronova, Williamsville South