CLASS C NORTH PREVIEW
Cleveland Hill Favorite to Repeat
Cleveland Hill: Golden Eagles will be in the sectional title game.
Lackawanna: moving down a class puts Steelers in driver spot for playoff berth.
Wilson: No JV team this season. Lakemen's Tim Walch is effective leader.
Tonawanda: Warriors will b competitive with Pumm, Galley, and Boling. Could be sleeper team.
Akron: Lauricella is the real deal.
JFK: 2012 was a dream season winning league title for the
1st time since 1975. They only return 5 players from last year's squad.
Tonawanda: Tristan Boling
Lackawanna: Cameren Smith
Wilson: Tim Walch
JFK: Brian Rudnick
Akron: Austin Lauricella
Cleveland Hill: Brandon Thomas
Newfane: Bryan Gertz
CLEVELAND HILL GOLDEN EAGLES
Golden Eagles look to repeat as sectional champions. Glen Graham has won 59 games and the team is a favorite to win the title. The offense will be explosive led by QB Aaron Jackson who went 16-0 as a JV B. All-WNY RB Brandon Thomas is a threat to go the distance any time and should rush for 1500 yards and 20 touchdowns this season. Defense to be strength led by Josh "Mighty Mite" White, Jared Watkins and Steve Mcillwain. Open with Maryvale and Akron. Matchup in week 4 at Lackawanna could decide regular season title. They will compete for league, sectional, and state titles.
Head Coach: Glen Graham (59-26-0, 9 years)
Assistant Coaches: Chad Kuras, Dennis Mason.
2012 Varsity Record: 8-3-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 6, Defense - 5
Key Players: Brandon Thomas, Jared Watkins, Josh White, Steve Mcillwain, Wayne Jones
Key Losses: Jonathan Thomas, Jacob Ralick
2012 JV Record: 8-0
Steelers look to rebound from last year's disappointing 3-6 season. They return 5 starters on both sides of the ball led by All-WNY candidate Cameren Smith who accounted for 2192 all purpose yards and 20 touchdowns. Offense to be sparked by Smith, Dylan Gregoire, and Joe Linares. The defense's strength to be led by Linares, Smith, Brandon Sireika, and Angelo Miranda. They will compete for league and sectional titles. The key to the season will be the play of line. They open with Newfane and should be 3-0 when facing Cleveland Hill in Week 4.
Head Coach: Adam Tardiff (9-9-0, 2 years)
Assistant Coaches: Jeff Otremba, Kevin Shadle, Nick Stepien
2012 Varsity Record: 3-6-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 5, Defense - 5
Key Players: Cameren Smith, Joe Linares, Angelo Miranda, Dylan Gregoire, Brandon Sireika, Ryan Little, diamond Stevens, Marcus Webb, Michael Hall
Key Losses: Deron Adams, Shaquille Brooks
2012 JV Record: 2-4-0
Lakemen had excellent season in 2012. Offense to be sparked by QB Tim Walch while the defense will be keyed by Justin Westmoreland and Kevin Daunce. Westmoreland will anchor the line. Could struggle this season as Bill Atlas lost several starters to graduation and JV record past 2 seasons is 1 win and 15 losses. Will not field JV squad this season. They open at Akron. The future could bring a merging football program with another school.
Head Coach: Bill Atlas (26-28-0, 6 years)
Assistant Coaches: Scott Ullery
2012 Varsity Record: 6-3-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 5, Defense - 3
Key Players: Tim Walch, Kevin Daunce, Justin Westmoreland, Tyler Hedley
Key Losses: Justin Slango, Tyler Thilk
2012 JV Record: 1-7
The Warriors have struggled in recent years winning only 6 games in 3 years. JV squad was winless in 2012. They have a new football complex next to the high school which should help the program. The key players for Rob Gorss will be 6'5, 270 lb OL William Galley, 6'5, 235 lbs Connor Pumm, and Tristan Boling who runs a 4.6 forty. They have a tough matchup in week 2 with Lackawanna and will play rival at North Tonawanda in week 7 in the series 104th meeting.
Head Coach: Rob Gross (30-47-0)
Assistant Coaches: Hank Fumerelle, Scott Orndoff
2012 Varsity Record: 2-7-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 6, Defense - 5
Key Players: William galley, Connor Pumm, Tristan Boling, Tim Barnard, Larenz Jefferson, Corbin Snyder, Chris Mana, Austin Henderson, Brandon Fringe
Key Losses: Tyler Hughes, Clayton Hess
The Tigers had an excellent 6-3 record last season and should have made the playoffs, performance of Austin Mietz, Connor Ladd, and Austin Lauricella was outstanding. They will be competitive this year. Key players will be All-WNY candidate Lauricella, Garrett Schultz, Dave Case, and Tommy James. They open with Wilson and Cleveland Hill.
Head Coach: Mike Dean (12-15-0, 3 years)
Assistant Coaches: Justin Getung, Anay Clouse
2012 Varsity Record: 6-3-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 5, Defense - 4
Key Players: Austin Lauricella, Garrett Schultz, Dave Case, Tommy James
Key Losses: Austin Mietz, Connor Ladd
The Bears won their first league title since 1975 last season. They could struggle this year as head coaches Mark Ostempowski and Jeff Sabatino return only 5 players. Brian Rudnick will anchor the line and Shawn McPhail will provide the offensive spark. They open with Tonawanda and Gowanda.
Head Coach: Mark Ostempowski, Jeff Sabatino (33-37-0, 8 years)
2012 Varsity Record: 7-2-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 1, Defense - 1
Key Players: Brian Rudnick, Shawn Mcphail
Key Losses: Nick Anderson, Joey Burkowski
The Panthers had a tough season in 2012 and look to be more competitive. The offense is to be led by Josh Kneeland, Stone Geise, a and Luke Adams. The defense is to be keyed by Bran Gertz, Sean Costello, and Nathen Avernhamer. They open with Albion and Lew-Port. The keys to the season will be play of QB and the line should improve. Moved down from Class B for this season.
Head Coach: Chuck Nagel 91-8-0, 1 year)
Assistant Coaches: John Clark, Anthony Patterson
2012 Varsity Record: 1-8-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 4, Defense - 4
Key Players: Bryan Gertz, Josh Kneeland, Sean Costello, Stone Geise, Luke Adams, Nathan Avernhamer, Kyle Burdick, Kyle Guerriera, Josh Wilti, Nick O'Lay.
Key Losses: Connor Sears, Todd Capen
2012 JV Record: 1-7-0
CLASS C NORTH PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE TEAM:
QB - Aaron Jackson, Cleveland Hill
QB - Tim Walch, Wilson
RB - Brandon Thomas, Cleveland Hill
RB - Cameren Smith, Lackawanna
RB - Shawn McPhail, JFK
TE - Bryan Gertz, Newfane
WR - Austin Lauricella, Akron
WR - Jared Watkins, Cleveland Hill
OL - William Galley, Tonawanda
OL - Justin Westmoreland - Wilson
OL - Tommy James, Akron
OL - Diamond Stevens, Lackawanna
OL - Brian Rudnick, JFK
RS - Aaron Jackson, Cleveland Hill
DL - Ryan Little, Lackawanna
DL - Kevin Daunce - Wilson
DL - Connor Pumm, Tonawanda
LB - Brandon Sireika, Lackawanna
LB - Josh White, Cleveland Hill
LB - Joe Linares, Lackawanna
LB - Steve McIllwain, Cleveland Hill
DD - Chris Mana, Tonawanda
DB - Tristan Boling, Tonawanda
DB - Angel Miranda, Lackawanna
DB - Dylan Gregoire, Lackawanna
RS - Corbin Snyder, Tonawanda
NEWS & NOTES:
Coach with the most wins: 59, Glen Graham, Cleveland Hill
Top academic achievers: Joe Linares, Lackawanna; Justin Westmoreland, Wilson; Bryan Gertz, Newfane
Strongest: Brandon Thomas, Cleveland Hill
Fastest: Brandon Thomas, Cleveland Hill
Best cheerleaders: Wilson
Top complex: Lackawanna
Best rushers: Brandon Thomas, Cleveland Hill; Cameren Smith, Lackawanna
Top wide receiver: Austin Lauricella, Akron
Top defensive players: Josh White, Cleveland Hill; Jacob Haight, Barker/Roy-Hart
Top lineman: Tommy James, Akron
Major impact player: Cameren Smith, Lackawanna
Team with most Section Titles: Lackawanna
Best dressed: Brian Rudnick, JFK
Most photogenic: Joe Linares, Lackawanna
Best dancer: Josh White, Cleveland Hill
Game-changer: Brandon Thomas, Cleveland Hill
Best comedian: Jared Watkins, Cleveland Hill
Must-see game: Cleveland Hill @ Lackawanna, September 27th
Biggest: William Galley, 6'5, 270 lbs, Tonawanda
Unsung player: Joe Linares, Lackawanna
Player you will get to know: Aaron Jackson, Cleveland Hill
Biggest question mark: Play of line for Lackawanna
Best backfield: Cleveland Hill
Best offense: Cleveland Hill
Best defense: Cleveland Hill, Lackawanna
Note: Wilson will not field a JV football team in 2013.
Forecast: Cleveland Hill and Lackawanna are the classes of the league. Both teams should make the playoffs.