Class B South Preview

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Several Teams to Compete for Title

Alden: Title goes through Bulldogs

Depew: Year of the Wildcats

Eden: Opponents fear Groundchuck offense

Pioneer: Defense will be Panther strength

Olean: Anzivine could throw for 2,000 yards

Springville: 2012 Cinderella team will be solid with Benz, Ball and Fisher

East Aurora: Merger with Holland will help program. Return of 8 on offense and 9 on defense makes the Blue Devils a sleeper team.

Dunkirk: Dominick Hitchcock is the real deal.

Top Players
Pioneer - Justin Bliss
Springville - Brandon Ball
East Aurora - Joe Gugino
Dunkirk - Dominick Hitchcock
Depew - Derrick Sekutewski
Alden - Brian Stoldt
Eden - Alex Smythe




Bulldogs have had a fantastic run with 3 consecutive Sectional Titles and a record of 31-3 and a Far West Regional Title. Rob Currin takes over for Hall of Famer Dick Diminuco. Returning are 6 on both sides of the ball, including All-WNY Candidates: 3-year starting QB Brian Stoldt, 6'5, 220-lbs. Phil Zobrest and Erik Feitshans. Ryan Richards is only 5'7, 150-lbs., but is one of the most versatile players in WNY and will take over at tailback from last year's Connolly Cup Winner Corey Barczykowski. Stoldt has thrown for 1,668 yards and 20 TDs, and rushed for 352 yards and 17 TDs in two seasons. They will have excellent receivers in Austin Hopcia and Dylan Dussault. Zobrest, Feitshans, Richards and Junior Alex Schweitzer will anchor the defense. Bulldogs host Dunkirk in the opener and play at rival Depew in week 4, which could determine League Title. Look for the Bulldogs to throw more this season. Key will be the play of the defense. Stoldt is a tremendous leader and Bulldogs will compete for Sectional and State Titles.

Head Coach: Rob Currins (1st year)
Assistant Coaches:
Tom Zaccardo, Ken Partell, Joe Gawron, Scott Bruso
2012 Varsity Record:

Starters Returning:
Offense - 6, Defense - 6
Key Players:
Brian Stoldt, Ryan Richards, Erik Feitshans, Phil Zobrest, Austin Hopcia, Alex Schweitzer, Dylan Dussault

Key Losses:
Corey Barczykowski, Domenic Brotz, Jason Bunk
2012 JV Record:



Wildcats have excellent starters returning in All-WNY Candidates, including 6'7, 315-lb. Mike Lamb, Anthony Buono, Derrick Sekuterski, and Rodney Turner. Brian Wilson returns 8 on offense and 5 on defense from last year's 7-2 squad. Talent from the 8-1 JV team will help in the goal of winning the Class B Sectional Championship. Offense should be explosive. Key to the season will be the play of defense. Matchup with Alden in wek 4 could decide the Title. Bulldogs have defeated the Wildcats in 6 consecutive games. Wildcats will challenge for League and Sectional Titles. 2013 can be the year of the Wildcats after the Bulldogs have dominated recently. RB Turner is a candidate for 1,000 yards rushing.

Head Coach: Brian Wilson (24-37-0, 6 years)
Assistant Coaches
: Harry Sugg, Mark DiRienzo, John Kling
2012 Varsity Record
: 7-2-0

Starters Returning
: Offense - 8, Defense - 5
Key Players
: Rodney Turner, Anthony Buono, Derrick Sekuterski, Mike Lamb, Cody Penner, Nick Yelick

Key Losses:
Bob Buono, Brandon Atlas, Brian Rybak
2012 JV Record:



Raiders return 9 on defense and 8 on offense from last year's 6-2 squad. Eden will make the playoffs. Chuck Tilley does an excellent job every year with his double wing offense -- led by All-WNY Candidates Alex Smythe, Devon Shaw, Trent Thompson and Nick Saratori. Line is to be anchored by Shaw, Jake Ehrig and James Rubek. Defense is to be keyed by Anthony Cummings, Garrett DiStefano and Connor Gallivan. Smythe is a 1,000 yards rushing candidate. Raiders host Springville and Alden for their first two games. They will content for League and Sectional Titles. JV squad was winless last season.

Head Coach: Chuck Tilley (98-55-0, 18 years)
Assistant Coach:
Lee Leavell
2012 Varsity Record:

Starter Returning:
Offense - 9, Defense - 9
Key Players:
Devin Shaw, Alex Smythe, Anthony Cummings, Connor Gallivan, Garrett DiStefano, James Rubek, Joe Tripi, Jake Ehrig, Nick Saratori, Kyle Wagner

Key Losses
: Connor Nowak, Jon Lyndsley


Panthers have a solid 14-4 record over the past two years. Jim Duprey returns 6 on offense and 7 on defense, led by All-WNY Candidates DeJustin Bliss, OL Ryan Merlau, RB Tyler Mummery, WR Dorian Theriault and DT Sophomore Foster Dell. Bryce Little takes over the reins at QB. Panthers open with Oneida at the Carrier Classic. They play Alden in week 5. The key to the season will be the play of defense. Pioneer will contend for Title.

Head Coach: Jim Duprey (47-49, 11 years)
Assistant Coaches:
Chris Edwards, Frank Miga, Dave Buncy, Ian Wionchowski
2012 Varsity Record
: 6-3-0

Starters Returning
: Offense - 6, Defense - 7
Key Players
: Justin Bliss, Tyler Mummery, Foster Dell, Ryan Merlauikris Riordan, Bryce Little, Ian Moran, Andrew Hyman, Dom Redden, Darnell Clay-May, Jake Schloss, Troy Slomba

Key Losses:
Connor Johnson, Kyle Hoffman, Steve Andryzejewski
2012 JV Record:



Huskies look to rebound from last year's 3-win season. Returning are all All-WNY Candidates in Senior QB Chance Anzivine, who threw for 1,628 yards and 18 TDs while completing 50% of his passes as a Jr. Other key players include Ryan Phillips, Will Bathhurst, Dante Tarr and Luke Hennessy. They have tough matchups in the first two games with Depew and Pioneer. The key to the season will be the play of the line. JV teams are 14-2 over the last two seasons. Mike Kane, who has won 115 games, returns 8 on offense and 6 on defense. Olean will be a playoff contender.

Head Coach: Mike Kane (115-94-3, 2 years)
Assistant Coaches:
Phil Vecchio, Les Dosoleier
2012 Varsity Record
: 3-5
Starters Returning: Offense - 8, Defense - 6
Key Players
: Chance Anzivine, Ryan Philips, Dante Tarr, Will Barthhurst, Luke Hennessy, Kyle Steiner, Malik Burney, Jaryd Plaud, Quention Ellis, Julian Roulo, Keefer Williams, Shawn Williams, Darian Haight

Key Losses:
Pat Scholla, Jared Martin
2012 JV Record:



The Griffiths has excellent season in 2012 playing for Class B Sectional Title. Returning are 6 players on both sides of the ball. Offense to be led by Ethan Benz, Robert Disher and Tyler Conklin. Defense to be led by Benz, Fisher, Josh Cieslica, Brandon Ball, and Talan Berry. James Optman will anchor line with ball. They open at Eden in a tough matchup. Griffiths should contend for a League Title. The key to the season will be the play of QB. John Sopkos' triple option offense will be tough to stop. Tim Schewickert, Jr. RB, excelled as a JV RB in 2012 and should contribute this season.

Head Coach: John Sopko (16-17-0, 3 years)
Assistant Coach:
Rob Valenti
2012 Varsity Record
: 5-5-0

Starters Returning:
Offense - 5, Defense - 5
Key Players:
Brandon Ball, Ethan Benz, Bobby Fisher, Josh Cieslica, Tyler Conklin, Talon Berry, James Oatman, Drew Scharra

Key Losses
: Chris Phinney, Bill Dickinson, Tyler Studd
2012 JV Record:



Blue Devils have won two games over the past two years. They merged with Holland for football and will have 7 Varsity and 20 JV players from Holland this season. Tim Wade returns 8 on offense and 9 on defense. The line will be anchored by Grant Haffenden, Bryce Potter, and Pat Garvey. Offense is to be sparked by Joe Gugino, Dan Rasichuck and Frank Nigro. Defense is to be led by Gugino, Haffenden, Drew Horton and Bryce Assad. The key to the season will be the play of QB. Blue Devils open against Kenmore East and Depew. Talent from the 6-2 JV squad will help. They will compete for a playoff berth; could be the League sleeper. One can only hope to avoid the injury bug, which hurt the Blue Devils over the past two seasons. The merger with Holland is huge and will avoid forfeits due to a low number of players.

Head Coach: Tim Wade (42-36-0, 9 years)"
Assistant Coaches:
Jeremy Ling, John Swiniuch, Gary Vara
2012 Varsity Record
: 1-7-0

Starters Returning
: Offense - 8, Defense - 9
Key Players
: Joe Gugino, Dan Reischuck, Drew Horton, Bryce Potter, Connor Allen, Grant Haffenden, Bryce Assad, Tom Volpe, Ryan Stube, Pat Garvey, Frank Nigro

Key Losses:
Alec Hibit, Grant Haffenden



Marauders are looking to rebound from a 41-0 record over the past two years. Tim Majka returns as Head Coach, succeeding Rob Genco. Dunkirk will have talent from last year's 6-2 JV team. Line will be anchored by 6'4, 300-lb. All-WNY Candidate Dominick Hitchcock. Offense to be sparked by Nick Barlette, Rashad Graham, Lucas Lugen and Devonte Lockett. Key to the season will be to put points on the board. Will be competitive, but they have tough matchups in the first three weeks with Alden, Springville and Pioneer. Barlette is a candidate for 1,00 yards rushing.

Head Coach: Tim Majka (12-17-0, 4 years)
Assistant Coaches:
Jim Quinn, Will Thiel, Mario Muscarella
2012 Varsity Record:

Starters Returning:
Offense - 4, Defense - 4
Key Players:
Lucas Lugen, Rashad Graham, Dominick Hitchcock, Nick Barlette, Devonte Lockett, Kobe DeJesus, Nick Jones, Julium Fred, Josh Goodwin, Shane Guziec, Jesses Rosplock, Adam Sanabria, Alex Pryll

2012 JV Record:



QB- Anthony Buono, Depew
QB- Brian Stoldt, Alden
QB- Chance Anzivine, Olean
RB- Rodney Turner, Depew
RB- Alex Smythe, Eden
RB- Dante Tarr, Olean
RB- Ryan Richards, Alden
TE- Ryan Stube, East Aurora
WR- Will Bathurst, Olean
OL- Grant Haffenden, East Aurora
OL- Erik Feitshans, Alden
OL- Mike Lamb, Depew
OL- Ryan Phillips, Olean
OL- Dominick Hitchcock, Dunkirk
OL- Ryan Merlou, Pioneer
OL- Devin Shaw, Eden
K- Ryan Richards, Alden
RS- Nick Barlette, Dunkirk
RS- Dan Raischuck, East Aurora


DL- Phil Zobrest, Alden
DL- Justin Bliss, Pioneer
DL- Brandon Ball, Springville
DL- Foster Dell, Pioneer
DL- Joe Gulgino, East Aurora
LB- Tyler Mummery, Pioneer
LB- Ethan Benz, Springville
LB- Drew Horton, East Aurora
LB- Kris Riordan, Pioneer
LB- Anthony Cummings, Olean
DB- Talan Berry, Springville
DB- Austin Hopica, Alden
DB- Darian Haight, Olean

DB- Nick Spratori, Eden
DB- Joe Tripi, Eden
U- Robert Fisher, Springville
RS- Tyler Conklin, Springville
RS- Dante Tarr, Olean



Coach with most wins: 115, Mike Kane, Olean

Top Academic Achievers: Brian Stoldt, Phil Zobresti, Alden; Brandon Ball, Springville; Ryan Merlou, Justin Bliss, Pioneer; Anthony Buono, Derrick Sekuterski, Depew; Chance Anzivine, Olean

Strongest: Mike Lamb, Depew

Fastest: Dorian Theriault, Pioneer; Dan Raischuck, East Aurora

Biggest: Mike Lamb, Depew; Grant Haffenden, East Aurora/Holland

Best Nickname: Mike "The Tower" Lamb, Depew

Best Cheerleaders: Springville, Olean

Top Complex: Depew

Best Rushers: Alex Smythe, Eden; Rodney Turner, Depew

Top Wide Receiver: Derrick Sekuterski, Depew

Top Defensive Player: Justin Bliss, Pioneer

Top Lineman: Phil Zobrest, Alden; Devon Show, Eden

Major Impact Player: Ryan Richards, Alden

Team with most section titles: Springville

Best Dressed: Brian Stoldt, Alden

Most Photogenic: Anthony Buono, Depew

Best Dancer: Foster Dell, Pioneer

Best Comedian: Joe Tripi, Eden

Game Changer: Brian Stoldt, Alden

Best Athlete: Will Bathurst, Olean

Must see game: Alden at Depew, September 27th 7:30PM

Most Loquacious: Harry Sugg, Depew

Unsung Player: Tyler Corklin, Springville

Players you will get to know: Devon Shaw, Eden; Tom Schweickert, Springville

Biggest question marks: Does Alden have the firepower to win its 4th consecutive sectional title?  What will be the impact on East Aurora football program after merging with Holland?

New coaches: Rob Currin, Alden; Tim Majka, Dunkirk

Best Backfield: Depew

Best Offense: Alden

Best Defense: Pioneer

Sleepers: Springville, East Aurora

Alex Smythe, Eden; Rodney Turner, Depew; Tyler Mummery, Pioneer, and Ethan Benz of Springville are all candidates to rush for 1000 yards this season.

Brian Stoldt, Alden, Sr. QB, attended the Peyton and Eli Manning passing academy.

Darian Theriault transferred from Pioneer to Olean and changed his name to Darian Haight.

Forecast: Alden and Depew are favored to make playoffs, remaining berths up for grabs.




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