CLASS C SOUTH PREVIEW
Salamanca Favorite to Win Title
Salamanca: football program is in good hands with Marsh.
Fredonia: Weston Ley to be impact player for Hillbillies.
Southwestern: Trojans to rebound from 2012 dismal season.
Silver Creek/Forestville: Williams/Nosbisch Tandem will be in playoffs.
Falconer: look to contend for playoff berth
Allegany-Limestone: Gators lost several quality starters to graduation
Gowanda: Panthers go as far as Geiger takes them
Fredonia - Weston Ley
Southwestern - Tanner Hoose
Falconer - Kyle Petersen
Gowanda - Brennan Geiger
Salamanca - Tadd Beattie
Allegany-Limestone - Todd Mason
Silver Creek/Forestville - Sherman Williams
Warriors are 13-4 over the past two seasons. Jason Marsh returns 7 starters on offense led by All-WNY Candidates Sean Connell, Damion Taylor and Cyrus Spruce. Defense is to be led by Tadd Beattie, Jogan John, Connell, Taylor and Spruce.
Talent from the 6-1-1 JV squad will help the Warriors this season. They play Falconer and Silver Creek/Forestville in the first two weeks. They will contend for League and Sectional Titles. Warriors will miss Tanner John, who is now playing at Hobart College.
Head Coach: Jordan Marsh
Assistant Coaches: Travis Happoldt, Aaron Hill, Paul Haley
2012 Varsity Record: 7-2-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 7, Defense - 8
Key Players: Sean Connell, Tadd Beattie, Cyrus Spruce, Jaron Ball, Logan John, Brad Cunningham, Joe Hinman, Sean Greene, Damion Taylor, Jared Fish
Key Losses: Tanner John, Dakota John, Dusty Lewis
2012 JV Record: 6-1-2
Hillbillies have a new Head Coach in Mike Marshall, who replaces Bob Ball (who recorded a67-48 record over 13 years). Key players returning are All-WNY Candidates Weston Ley and Cody Smith. Other key players include Tyler DiRusso, Matt McCarthy, Brett Seekings and John Piper.
Will compete for League Title and playoff berth. Fredonia opens at Silver Creek/Forestville which could be season barometer.
Head Coach: Mike Marshall (1st year)
Assistant Coaches: Greg Betts, Kyle Yelich
2012 Varsity Record: 7-3-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 4, Defense - 5
Key Players: Weston Ley, Cody Smith, Tyler DiRusso, Matt McCarthy, John Piper
Key Losses: Zach Buckley, Nick Nocek, Chris Saden
Trojans look to rebound from last year's disappointing season. They have one of the area's top kickers in Senior Tanner Hoose. Line will be anchored by Kyle Moran. Offense is to be sparked by Kevin Bellardo and Hunter Peterson. They return only 4 starters. Trojans open with Gowanda and Allegany-Limestone.
The key to the season will be the play of the QB. Trojans will be young. Jay Sirianni and his staff will have the team prepared to make the playoffs. Matchup at Fredonia in week 4 will determine the season's barometer. Southwestern will compete for a playoff berth. Sirianni needs 10 victories to reach the coveted 100-win mark.
Head Coach: Jay Sirianni (90-19, 10 years)
Assistant Coaches: Kevin Salisbury, Aaron Rounds, Pat Johnson
2012 Varsity Record: 3-6-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 3, Defense - 1
Key Players: Kyle Moran, Tanner Hoose, RB Kevin Ballardo, Hunter Peterson, Nick Gustafson
Key Losses: Peter Trathen, Ryan Schutte
SILVER CREEK/FORESTVILLE BLACK KNIGHTS
Black Knights have moved up to Class C South from Class D. They merged with Forestville for football. Key players will be All-WNY Candidates Sherman Williams (who is a candidate for 1,000 yards rushing), QB Nick Iskra and Jake Nosbisch who played with Hornets last season. Another key player will be Kaine Kettle.
Will miss Zed Williams, but compete for a playoff berth. They have tough matchups in the first two games against Fredonia and Salamanca.
Head Coach: Sean Helmer (45-21-0, 8 years)
Assistant Coaches: Wayne Greim, Greg Greenough
2012 Varsity Record: 5-4-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 5, Defense - 4
Key Players: Sherman Williams, Jake Nosbisch, Kaine Kettle
Key Losses: Zed Williams, Tyler Bain
Falcons have had rough times over the past two seasons, posting a 3-14 record. They return 9 on offense and 8 on defense. Top players include All-WNY Candidates RB Jacob Youngburg, DB Kyle Petersen and DE Jimmy McDonald. They have tough matchups in the first two weeks against Salamanca and Fredonia, but they will be competitive.
Head Coach: Dan Krenzer
Assistant Coaches: Aaron Erikson
2012 Varsity Record: 1-7-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 9, Defense - 8
Key Players: Kyle Petersen, Jimmy McDonald, Jimmy Scwab, Cole Stuart, Jacob Younburg, Jacob Stimson, Jacob Penhollow, LJ Spangenburg.
Key Losses: Branden Muntz, Dan Williamson
2012 JV Record: 4-4-0
Gators will compete for a playoff berth. Key players for Paul Furlong's squad include Todd Mason, Pete Harris, Sean Robertson and Thomas Nye.
They open with Cattaragus/Little Valley and Southwestern in the first two games.
Head Coach: Paul Furlong
Assistant Coaches: Glenn Anderson, Mike Wilber
2012 Varsity Record: 5-4-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 5, Defense - 4
Key Players: Todd Mason, Pete Harris, Sean Robertson, Thomas Nye
Key Losses: Josh Harrington, Dakota Woodie
Panthers have won only two games over the last two seasons. Brennan Geiger, an All-WNY RB Candidate will provide the offensive spark. Talent from the 5-3 JV squad will help Sean Gable in his fifth season as Head Coach. Jamie Jensen will anchor the line. Southwestern and JFK kick off their season as opponents. They will improve -- the key to the season will be to put points on the board as Panthers only scored 16 points in 2012.
Head Coach: Sean Gabel (6-28-0, 4 years)
Assistant Coaches: Rob Fortrick, Chuck Ross, Rick Webber, Mark Leous
2012 Varsity Record: 0-8-0
Starters Returning: Offense - 4, Defense - 4
Key Players: Brennan Geiger, Walter Gygan, Nathan Myers, Jason Pickering, Jamie Jensen
Key Loss: Justin Grimm
2012 JV Record: 5-3-0
CLASS C SOUTH PRESEASON ALL-LEAGUE TEAM:
QB - Nick Iskra Silver Creek/ Forestville
QB - Weston Ley Fredonia
RB - Sherman Williams Silver Creek/Forestville
RB - Damian Tayler Salamanca
WR - Joe Hinman Salamanca
WR - Kyle Peterson Falconer
OL - Brad Cunningham Salamanca
OL - Cole Stewart Falconer
OL - Pete Harris Allegany-Limestone
OL - Brett Seekings Fredonia
K - Tanner Hoose Southwestern
RB - Hunter Peterson, Southwestern
DL - Sean Connell Salamanca
DL - Jimmy McDonald Falconer
DL - Tim Manning Silver Creek/ Forestville
LB - Kevin Bellardo Southwestern
LB - Jake Nosbisch Silver Creek/ Forestville
LB - Cyrus Spruce Salamanca
LB - Todd Beattle Salamanca
LB - Jacob Youngberg Falconer
DB - Sean Greene Salamanca
DB - Mike Wilcox Falconer
NEWS AND NOTES:
Coach with Most Wins: Jay Sirianni, Southwestern
Top Academic Achievers: Kyle Moran, Southwestern; Jacob Youngburg, Falconer
Strongest: Brett Seekings, Fredonia
Fastest: Kyle Peterson, Falconer
Biggest: Sean Connell, Salamanca
Best Cheerleaders: Falconer
Top Complex: Southwestern
Best Rusher: Cyrus Spruce, Salamanca
Top Wide Receiver: Kyle Peterson, Falconer
Top Defensive Player: Sherman Williams, Silver Creek
Top Lineman: Kyle Moran, Southwestern
Major Impact Player: Sherman Williams, Silver Creek
Team with most Section VI titles: Salamanca
Best Dressed: Jacob Youngburg, Falconer
Most Photogenic: Kyle Moran, Southwestern
Best Dancer: Joe Hinman Salamanca
Game Changer: Tanner Hoose, Southwestern
Best Nickname: Sean "Boomer" Connell, Salamanca
Must See Game: Silver Creek/Forestville @ Salamanca, September 13
Unsung Player: Tadd Beattle, Salamanca
Player you will get to know: Hunter Peterson, Southwestern
Biggest question mark: Who will replace Tanner John at Salamanca
Best Backfield: Salamanca
Best Offense: Salamanca
Best Defense: Salamanca
Forecast: Salamanca is favorite to win League